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Top Choice Museum in Bonn

Beethoven-Haus Bonn

One of the world's most famous composers, Beethoven was born in 1770 in this rather humble town house. Today it displays a predictable array of scores, letters, paintings and instruments, including his last grand pi…
Top Choice Cathedral in Bonn

Münster Basilica

A good place to start exploring Bonn’s historic centre is on Münsterplatz, where the landmark Münster Basilica was built on the graves of the two martyred Roman soldiers who later got promoted to be the city’s patro…
Top Choice Museum in Bonn

Haus der Geschichte

The Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland presents a smart and fun romp through recent German history, starting from the end of WWII. Walk through the fuselage of a Berlin Airlift ‘Rosinenbomber’, watch…
Top Choice French in Bonn

Pastis

This little bistro-deli is so fantastically French you’ll feel like donning a beret and affecting a silly accent. Dine on unfussy gourmet cuisine – paired with great wines, bien sûr – or get a superlative picnic fro…
Museum in Bonn

Museum Koenig

Across from the Villa Hammerschmidt, the Museum Koenig is a natural history museum but it’s hardly your usual dead-animal zoo. The ‘Savannah’ exhibit re-creates an entire habitat with theatrical flourishes: elephant…
Museum in Bonn

August-Macke-Haus

The expressionist painter August Macke (1887–1914) lived in this neighbourhood in the three years before his untimely death on the battlefields in WWI. At his neoclassical home, you can soak up the master’s aura in …
Museum in Bonn

Arithmeum

The Arithmeum explores the symbiosis of science, technology and art. On view are hundreds of mechanical calculators and historic mathematics books but also an out-there exhibit on the aesthetics of microchips. Desig…
Church in Bonn

Doppelkirche Schwarzrheindorf

The 12th-century Doppelkirche Schwarzrheindorf is a magnificent ‘double church’ where the nobility sat on the upper level and the parishioners on the lower. The beautiful Romanesque architecture is impressive, as is…
Museum in Bonn

Deutsches Museum Bonn

Did you know that the airbag and MP3 technology were invented in Germany? You will, after visiting the Deutsches Museum Bonn. This pint-size subsidiary of the blockbuster Munich mothership highlights German technolo…
Beer Garden in Bonn

Biergarten Alter Zoll

Here's a Bonn drinking game: every time a barge passes below this beer garden with gorgeous views of the Rhine, have a drink. You won't last an hour. Bonn's Stadtgarten is a little leafy gem next to the Altstadt wit…