Bonn, the former capital of West Germany, sounds like candy to me as it reminds me of Bonbon and Bonne, both are French words, one means candy, the other means different things.
This German city is a must-see, not only because of its rich history or because the greatest composer of all times was born here but because of everything it has to offer. So? Los geht’s!
1. Rhine River
Fancy a walk by one of the longest and most important rivers in Europe? Look no further, when in Bonn, you get the chance to see a lot of the Rhine River. And if walking is not your cup of tea then you can always take a cruise or jump into a ship to go from one side of the river to the other while enjoying the magnificent view along the way. We were blessed by a couple of sunny days during our stay so we did what we love to do: Reading! Armed with our loyal kindle devices, we made our way down the river and found refuge in one of its peaceful corners where time and space faded into oblivion.
2. City Centre – Beethoven House & HARIBO
There is a lot to see in Bonn city centre from Bonner Münster, which is one of Germany’s oldest churches to the old Town Hall aka Altes Rathaus, passing by multiple shopping streets, peppered with fountains and hidden gems.
If you’re like me, a fan of classical music then you will be thrilled to know that the house where composer Ludwig van Beethoven was born is just around the corner and to me, that was the highlight of my visit.
Did you know that HARIBO is actually an abbreviation of Hans Riegel, Bonn? The famous German confectionery company was founded in 1920 in Bonn by Hans Riegel Sr. and we couldn’t come to Bonn and not have some of these renowned sweets.
I am personally not the biggest fan of the chewy texture of these particular sweets but when in Bonn, you have to give it a try.
3. Museum Haus der Geschichte
If you had the time to only visit one museum in Bonn then go for Haus der Geschichte. As I walked from station to station, I found myself slowly slipping down memory lane, the German history flashing before my eyes, the war, the coming down of the Berlin wall, the sad times, the happy times and everything in between; it was an emotional rollercoaster that I would definitely recommend to everyone visiting Bonn!
If you enjoy hiking then Drachenfels is the way to go but if sweating up a mountain is not your idea of fun, then you can always jump into Drachenfelsbahn, which will transport you up the hill and onto a fairytale land.
The first stop will be Schloss Drachenburg, a private villa that looks like a fairytale palace, where one’s imagination can and should run wild. The second stop will be the ruins of Drachenfels castle and as I stood there, what captured all of my senses was the Rhine, flowing through the former capital in all its glory; that view was worth it all!
5. Parks & Gardens
I’m sure you have got the gist by now you. Bonn is a green place, full of attractive parks and picturesque gardens.
For me, each green place serves a different purpsose. For example, Japanischer Garten or Japanese garden is my go to for reading. The Botanische Gärten der Universität Bonn is my favourite place to sip on my coffee while learning more about the plants, their names, where they come from, it’s like an exciting coffee date with nature. Rheinaue Park is for listening to an audiobook while admiring the beauty of the Rhine and its flamboyant surroundings.
There are so many green spaces here and they might seem similar at first as they all offer calm, peace, and serenity but if you look closer, you’ll notice that each place has its own charming character and quirky personality and it was my pleasure to get to know each one of them. Now it’s your turn 🙂