"Germany's United Nations City" Bonn by Rupanworld

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Bonn is the Capital city of the former West Germany and was so for 41 years, 1949 to 1990. It is situated by the river Rhine in the German state of Land North Rhine Westfalia, near Cologne. It is the 19th largest city in Germany. From 1998, many national government offices were moved from Bonn to Berlin. However, Bonn still remains to be a centre of politics and administration. It is now called the 'Bundesstadt', or a Federal City. A little bit of history here: The city of Bonn was first known as Castra Bonnensia, and was a fortress built by the Romans in the 1st century AD. It became a civilian settlement after the breaking of the Roman Empire and in the 9th century AD, it came to be known as the Frankish town of Bonnburg, from which the present name Bonn emerges.

One present significance of this city is that it is called Germany's United Nations City. This City currently hosts 16 United Nations institutions and agencies, most of which are based at the newly established United Nations Campus in the area where the former parliamentary offices were situated, by the banks of the river Rhine. Another great significance of Bonn is that it has been the birthplace of Beethoven, perhaps the world's greatest composers and my favourite. The Rheinische Friedrich Wilhems Universität Bonn (University of Bonn) is one of the largest universities in Germany and its buildings are spread throughout the city. So Bonn is also known as the city of Universities.

The Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Museum of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany) is an important history museum here and a must see for visitors apart from the Beethoven house.

I have a regret that I was not able to spend much more time in this city and see all that the city has to offer, many museums, many other places of significance and ofcource, the United Nations quarter. I wish I have the opportunity to visit this capital city of the former West Germany once again in future in order to be able to explore it better.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Good place with historical significance
  • Cons:Very congested, populated
  • In a nutshell:Capital city of former West Germany
  • Last visit to Bonn: Nov 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Aug 7, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    I have been to Germany around 100 times but never to Bonn.
    Gotte make it there soon.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    May 12, 2008 at 1:26 AM

    Interesting to read your views on this nice city. Next time you go to Bonn, be sure to go inside the Beethoven House and especially the Stage for Music Visualization in the basement.

  • Feb 27, 2008 at 1:12 AM

    I went to Bonn when I was 6 so I was very interested to see some photos of it. After seeing yours I have realised that I don't remember a thing! It was a long time ago ;)

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2008 at 10:48 PM

    All's well that ends well! Great trip!

  • mallyak's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Nice pages On Bonn.And SYdney rail stations are a haven for drunks on the week ends.Still not a good experience when you land in a city the first time.


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