What is Bonn most famous for? Well, it is the birthplace of renowned musician and composer Beethoven. This fact itself is known to attract hoardes of tourists to this German city. Lying on both banks of the Rhine, the metropolis is also extremely picturesque in its appearance which is one of the many reasons why it is a compelling destination to visit.
Bonn leaves no stone unturned to nourish and promote its associations with Ludwig van Beethoven, one of Germany's most respected composers. One of the 'must-see' places to visit during this trip is the Beethoven-Hau, where the genius artist was born in 1770. It was later revamped as a museum in 1889 for it has a stunning collection of rare artifacts and documents, a research centre (including rare recordings) and the Chambers Music Hall which has a series of programs of Beethoven-themed concerts and events. Be sure to catch a glimpse of the Beethoven Monument as well, a huge bronze statue erected in Munsterplatz in 1845.
When it comes to religious shrines, head over to the incredible Bonn Cathedral that is devoted to Saints Cassius and Florentinus. It is renowned to be one of the best Romanesque churches on the Rhine. Constructed between the 11th and 13th centuries, its also said to be one of Germany's most ancient churches. Some of the highlights are its 11th century east crypt, its striking 12th cloister and the crossing tower. Be sure to head over to the Alexander Koenig Zoological Museum for it is one of the biggest natural history museums in the globe. Its exhibits include displays of ecosystems via a series of incredible dioramas, including the African Savannah, tropical rainforests and Polar regions.
Take a stroll along the Bonn Botanic Gardens which encompasses over 16 acres. They can trace back its roots as far back as 1340 when it was first designed as part of a castle gardens. The garden houses over 11,000 species of plants, including many endangered local species. Some of the highlights of its outdoor gardens comprises of various species of woody plants in the huge arboretum. Be sure to visit the Rhineland Museum for it is an incredible collection of antiquities including rare Frankish and medieval works of art and paintings. Also, don't forget to spend some time at the German Museum with its several science and technology displays.
Explore the University of Bonn, launched in 1697, for it houses an array of new and old museums and collections. One of the new ones is the incredible Artithmeum, an interesting museum devoted to Mathematics. It is home to a collection of 1,200 antique calculating machines and rare books on the subject dating back many centuries. The museum is also renowned for its incredible steel and glass structure, designed to represent 'the transparency of science'.
Launched in 1991, August Macke Haus is devoted to the renowned expressionist who stayed there between 1911 and 1914. Some of the highlights of the museum comprises of reconstructed interiors as well artifacts and documents passed down by the artist's family.
When it comes to shopping, tour around the Marktplatz (Market Square) and procure some interesting souvenirs at this historical location in the Old Town Center. As for cuisine, there are plenty of local delicacies that can be gorged in any of the restaurants spruced around.
The stay options in Bonn are abundant for the richie-rich can be put up at the best luxury hotels and swanky apartments. At the same time, penny pinchers and budget tourists can opt for cheap accommodations.
Bonn experiences oceanic climate. The best time to visit this city would be during autumn and spring months for the weather is ideal and pleasant.