8 Best tourist attractions to visit in Bonn in a quick day trip

When I planned my two-weeks holiday in Cologne, I thought I would be able to make a complete visit to the region, with daily trips to Dortmund, Düsseldorf, and Bonn. Unfortunately, I only learned when I arrived in Germany that the weather in March can be very bad. During these two weeks, it has rained for 10 days and was minus 5 degrees. So the only day trip I've been able to do was in Bonn. However, I'm glad I did not get intimidated by the weather and I went because the city is much nicer than I imagined. It`s also very small, with only around 300,000 inhabitants, but don`t worry it has many interesting tourist attractions. I bought an S-Bahn ticket from Cologne and in less than 30 minutes I was in Bonn.

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1. The Bonn Minster is a Roman Catholic church in Bonn  by train 


I followed the habit I use on each holiday, looking for the Dome Towers to know where the center is. In Bonn, it is relatively close to the train station, a short 10 minutes walk. Just as we expected, we found the Cathedral in one of the main squares. It has 5 towers and a lot of beautiful architectural elements, that are worth admiring from different angles. Behind it are two enormous heads that remind us of Cassius and Florentius, the two Christian soldiers who came to Bonn in the third century to speak to the people about Jesus. Unfortunately, their pilgrimage was not a success. My visit was not too lucky as well, because the Dome is in renovations in 2018 so I could not see it from the inside.

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2. The historic center of Bonn, the former capital of West Germany and Beethoven's birthplace 


It's hard for me to understand how such a small city was the capital of a country, as big as Germany, but the good part is that there are many old houses from that period and all the atmosphere in the historic center is created by them. It does not look like Cologne at all if you ask me (which is much more modern in my point of view). We continued walking through the Munster square, then crossing the narrow alleys full of shops. We did a short stop on Bonngasse, at the little pink house where Beethoven's composer was born, but we chose not to visit inside because I read that there is nothing explained in English.

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Centrul-istoric-din-Bonn

3. Alter Rathaus - A stop in front of the Town Hall  


City Hall occupies an honorable place in the main square of Bonn - it is a visually pleasant building with two long stairs joining in front of the door. The façade is white with impressive golden edges. It is an old building, finished in 1738, well-maintained. Unfortunately, we could not visit it because it's open only one Saturday a month, but we walked through the square in front of it. Around the Beethoven statue, there were many fruit stands and some fast-food caravans, a little Saturday market.

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4. Sterntor - Traces of the former medieval city  


As we walk through the alleys, I found a wall I had seen in the postcards with Bonn, but I imagined it somewhere at the edge of the center, not on the main boulevard. Anyway, it's a point of reference that reminds us of the history of the city, and from a touristic point of view, it's a nice place to make a souvenir photograph of Bonn.

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Bonn-Germany-visit-Sterntor

5. Picnic in front of the University  


We did a light picnic with the strawberries bought in the market, right on the grass esplanade, that lay in front of the University. The building is a big Palace, painted in yellow,  that dates from 1700 and now functions as a university. It was a nice place to relax and watch the locals. Even the low temperatures didn`t scare us away.

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Univeristy-picnic-Bonn-places

6. A visit to the History Museum 


The rain caught us, so where could we find better shelter, if not in a museum? I took the bus, 5 stations from the center, and for two hours I learned about the history of Germany from 1945 until now, the Second World War and its impact on Germany. You know I'm not a big fan of history museums, but I liked this one because of the way the materials are arranged, some of the information of those times you can hear through a receiver, while others you can see them through all sorts of interactive projections. There's no way to get bored with dozens of objects and testimonies (pieces of newspapers, old cars, paintings, rebuilt rooms from those times, etc).

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Bonn-history-museum

Bonn-history-museum

7. Kunstmuseum Art Museum 


The museum of contemporary art was very close, but I was no longer tempted to enter. I just walked through the museum courtyard and climbed the 100 stairs to get to the roof, where I knew they were some interesting towers. Well deserved!

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visit-Bonn-Kunstmuseum-Art-Museum

8. The Japanese garden, small but very beautiful  


I took the last bus on my touristic itinerary of the day, to reach the Japanese Garden. I went because I read in the guide, that in March is a beautiful bonsai exhibition that is organized here. Unfortunately, there was no exhibition. Anyway, it would be stupid to complain that I got into a Japanese garden. The garden is beautiful, with a few plants and bushes, a waterfall, a small lake and some banks where I rested. If you see it as a whole, it meets the beauty of the Japanese landscape art, but it's quite small, in my opinion, and a bit far from the city center. The good part is that nearby is the Freizeitpark Rheinaue park, which I would have missed, if not for this occasion.

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The-Japanese-garden-Bonn-Germany

The-Japanese-garden-Bonn-Germany

Thanks for visiting 
XoXo Alice

14 comments:

  1. I absolutely love travelling to Germany, gutted not to be going this year and enjoying the festivities and some gluhwein! I've never been to Bonn but will definitely add it to my list, so thanks for sharing your ideas

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  2. I really want to travel to a lot of places and after looking at this post, germany has made my list. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. This looks and sounds amazing. Glad you had a good time despite the weather �� adding this to our list of places to visit, thank you for sharing.

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  4. I’ve been to Berlin but not Bonn, it looks great. I’m from Holland but live in Australia now and I miss all the old buildings. Great photos 👌

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  5. Now I have to add Bonn to my traveling list! Thank you for sharing your experiences! The photos are beautiful :)

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  6. Thanks Alice for sharing this post. These kind of lists are really helpful when planning a trip as I get to know all the places worth visiting. And especially the pictures you clicked are so beautiful. Just 1 query. Is it possible to see all these in just a single day? I feel like I might need 2 days to cover them all.

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  7. Totally missed out on a chance to visit Bonn when I was in Cologne a few years ago - I'll have to go back and do the things you've listed!

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  8. Bonn is a city I missed so far. It seems I have to right this wrong soon. Thank you for posting this!

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  9. Now curious about Bonn. Can't wait for the corovirus to stop doing mess in our life and start exploring places like you described.

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  10. I have never been to Germany but have heard wonderful things about it. It is definitely a destination on my bucket list, and you made it a higher priority for me to go now! I love all of your photos as well in your post. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas!

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  11. Germany is on my list of places to visit. Partly because I'm half German :) Your photos are wonderful!

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  12. Bonn looks like a fun place to travel. The architecture and history are so interesting.

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