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Bonn Travel Guide: 263 reviews and 861 photos

After our re-unification, Bonn lost the Capital title to Berlin, but there still are many branches of Federal Ministries and Federal agencies residing in the city.

And, of course, Bonn continues to be what it always has been: a nice bourgeois, somewhat sleepy city on the River Rhine, right where it exits the German hills and continues to flow through the Northern European plains towards the North Sea.

Bonn's new landmark, the Post Tower, owned by the German ex-Federal postal service . As far as I know, it's the only real skyscraper in Germany outside of Frankfurt. It was completed after 9/11, maybe that's why it was decided not to have a public viewing platform on the top of it :-( Anyway, I think this is a very good example of what you can expect from these still-monopoly state firms and their attitude towards their owners/customers -- the taxpaying, stamp-buying citizens of Germany. Abandon the monopoly on letters and get some competition in.

The Rhine downstream

North of Bonn all the way to the Netherlands and eventually the North Sea, the Rhine flows through flat terrain. This does not mean, however, that it is a boring region. To the contrary: the middle/northern European marsh landscapes have a beauty of their own, and it is here just north of Bonn, that you can get a hint of this. Picture was taken on a gorgeous June evening shortly before sunset.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Large enough to offer everything, small enough not to get lost
  • Cons:Not really cosmopolitan anymore
  • In a nutshell:A nice, safe city with good infrastructure
  • Intro Updated Jun 25, 2006
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  • CatherineReichardt's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2012 at 6:07 AM

    Hi Win
    I see you haven't logged on to VT in some time, but I just wanted to tell you how much I've enjoyed reading this page and will thoroughly enjoy following your advice when we're in Bonn in a couple of weeks time!
    Regards
    Cathy

  • Pijlmans's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2011 at 1:24 AM

    Thanks for your tips, I am going to Bonn next week and they were quite useful! Dennis

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    YOu have showed some fine sites for Bonn and the comments are well done. We have a May trip planned for Dresden, Bamberg area but maybe one day get to see Bonn also. We like the culture a lot in GErmany

  • davesut's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2010 at 5:44 AM

    Hi Win, great to meet you. Like your tip on driving and your comments that nothing is free, I wonder how long free admission to museums in UK will last.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    nice page thanks Win, heres some Happy Birthday rates!?

  • jo104's Profile Photo
    Sep 17, 2007 at 7:13 AM

    A very tasty bit of venison it is too :-) Mongolian stirfry its been a while since I've enjoyed one but there is a place in Covent Garden must try it out

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jul 22, 2007 at 2:40 PM

    Interesting updates here ... :-)

  • Jul 22, 2007 at 1:10 PM

    Great write up about the Cafe Rohmuehle Win! "very popular with Bonn residents of all descriptions" Even bad tempered ones?? LOL! I'll have to remember that it isn't suitable for romantic liaisons though! ;-)

  • Mar 30, 2007 at 5:03 PM

    Don't worry, some of the worst looking boys and girls hanging around there are undercover officers or social workers from the very special police-station in "the hole" - so even this hotspot is sometimes dirty but generally safe.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2006 at 8:07 AM

    I really enjoyed reading these tips Win, and that Flammkuchen sounds fantastic!

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