Sightseeing
in Bonn & Umgebung

Bonn and its environment is an ideal destination for travellers interested in culture, nature and culinary delights. Below we have listed a few suggestions for your visit to Beethoven’s place of birth. Several hotels offer special Beethoven packages for the duration of the Festival. For full-coverage service in accommodation and sightseeing, please contact Tourismus & Congress GmbH Bonn/Rhein-Sieg/Ahrweiler, with whom we work closely together. Those who want to look for a hotel now, please click here.

Below you will find more ideas of "travel modules" in conjunction with a visit to the Beethovenfest Bonn:

Beethoven-Haus Fassade © Michael Sondermann

Experiencing Beethoven

The Beethoven Birth House holds the world's largest collection of Beethoven memorabilia, from more than 1,000 autograph scores and the composer's own viola all the way to his ear trumpets. In December 2004 the "Digital Beethoven House" was opened: museum visitors can now embark on an interactive journey of discovery through Beethoven's legacy and plunge into an audio-visual experience of his music. Why not combine a visit to this historic yet modern site with a tour through Beethoven’s Bonn? The tour includes the tavern that Beethoven frequented as a young man, the church where he played the organ, and the Neoclassical Redoute where he played for Haydn. Individualists can strike out on their own paths: With its interesting information and stories accompanied by wonderful music and illustrations with ancient and new pictures of the city the itour guide makes your Bonn visit become very special. For a small fee, you can hire it from the Bonn Information Office.

City tours:
Bonn Information,
+49-(0)228-775000,
bonninformation@bonn.de

Beethoven-Haus guided tours:
museum@beethoven-haus-bonn.de,
+49-(0)228-98175-25 (Answering machine)

Further information:
www.beethoven-haus-bonn.de, www.bonn.de

Bundeskunsthalle roofgarden © Tourismus & Congress GmbH

Bonn and its museums

2.5 million People visit Bonn's museum district every year, making it one of the most popular attractions in Germany. You can find the Art and Exhibition Hall here as well as the Museum of Art and the Haus der Geschichte – the museum of post-war German history, along with other significant sights such as the August Macke House and the Ernst Moritz Arndt House. Some of the museums serve as concert halls during the Beethovenfest Bonn or show exhibitions in co-operation with the festival.

Group tours:
+49-(0)180-1000166,
fuehrung@kah-bonn.de

Contact for Travel agents:
Axel Thiele, +49-(0)228-9171201,
info@kah-bonn.de


Haus der Geschichte visitors’ service:

+49-(0)228-9165-400,

Further information:
www.bundeskunsthalle.de, www.hdg.de

Drachenfels mit Rheinschiff © Michael Sondermann

The romantic Rhine

Bonn, the Siebengebirge hills, and the Ahr Valley abound in natural wonders. One can take a romantic boat trip down the Rhine from Bonn to Königswinter, ride to Drachenfels Castle on the oldest crack-and-pinion railway in Germany, or explore the Ahr Valley while taking a walk through the vineyards on the Red Wine Hiking Trail (“Rotweinwanderweg”).

Wasserwerk © Frank Fremery

Bonn and modern German history

Bonn veritably confronts its visitors with modern German history; Bonn was the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany until 1990, and since the move of the Parliament to Berlin, the city has been an important location for international firms and organizations (e.g the UN). The Adenauer House, the Bundestag deebating chamber and the Waterworks Building as well as the Grandhotel Petersberg bear witness to Bonn's political past. Visitors can experience everyday life in post-war Germany in the Haus der Geschichte and reconstruct Bonn’s political history and the way to German democracy after 1945.

Tours of the Palace and the House of History:
Helena von Wersebe,
+49-(0)228-9165212,
wersebe@hdg.de

City tours:
Bonninformation,
+49-(0)228-775000,
bonninformation@bonn.de

Further information:
www.hdg.de, www.bonn.de

Kölner Dom © Jürgen Christ

Four sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list

Four destinations within an hour’s drive of Bonn are UNESCO World Heritage sites: Cologne Cathedral, Aachen Cathedral with Charlemagne’s palace chapel, the rococo palaces of Augustusburg and Falkenlust in Brühl with their magnificent grounds, and the Upper Middle Rhine Valley with its castles and palaces from Koblenz and Loreley to Rüdesheim.

UNESCO travel routes:
business offices,
UNESCO World Heritage,
+49-(0)3946-811253, 
info@unesco-welterbe.de

Further information:
www.unesco-welterbe.de

Orgel Madison Overture Hall USA © Bob Rashid

Bonn, the city of music - and home to the queen of instruments

Klais organs can be heard in cathedrals and concert halls from Cologne to Kyoto. Founded in 1882, this family firm is one of the most renowned organ building companies in the world. A tour through its works will show you where and how these mighty instruments originate - you can savour the wood and feel the metal.

Group tours are given on Fridays and Saturdays for a maximum of 25 people.

Contact:
+49-(0)228-98240-0,
mail@klais.de

Further Information:
www.klais.de