Cologne & Northern Rhineland

The 1913 Nibelungenhalle is a temple-like shrine to the composer Richard Wagner, decorated with scenes from his opera cycle Ring of the Nibelungen. Part of the ensemble is the Drachenhöhle, a musty walkway that wraps around the hall and culminates at a pond inhabited by a 13m-long moss-draped stone dragon. Tickets are also good for the small reptile zoo with pythons, anacondas and crocodiles.

Tram 66 heads to the bottom of the hill from Bonn Hauptbahnhof; from here it's a 1.2km walk.

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1. Schloss Drachenburg

0.19 MILES

The neo-Gothic Schloss Drachenburg looks medieval but was actually built in the 1880s. It houses exhibits on the building's history, the ongoing…

2. Deutsches Museum Bonn

3.12 MILES

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3. Bundeskunsthalle

4.67 MILES

Adjoining the Kunstmuseum Bonn, the Bundeskunsthalle (Federal Art Hall) is another striking space that brings in blockbuster exhibits from around the…

4. Kunstmuseum Bonn

4.76 MILES

Beyond its dramatic foyer, the Kunstmuseum Bonn presents 20th-century works, especially by August Macke and other Rhenish expressionists, as well as such…

5. Haus der Geschichte

4.93 MILES

The Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland presents a smart, fun romp through recent German history, starting from the end of WWII. Walk…

6. Museum Koenig

5.32 MILES

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…

7. Arithmeum

6.01 MILES

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8. Kreuzbergkirche

6.21 MILES

This rococo gem is lavishly decorated with gilded faux marble, frescoes and a Balthasar Neumann–designed version of the Holy Steps.