Whether or not you are a classical music enthusiast you have probably heard of Ludwig van Beethoven-a legend in his own right. What many do not know, however, is that he was born in the German city of Bonn. And that’s not all this former capital of Germany has to offer. Some of the city’s stunning tourist attractions are listed below alongside what you need to know about them:
Poppelsdorfer Scloss (Poppelsdorfer Castle) – Meckenheimer Allee 171, Bonn, D-53115, Germany, DE. Tel: +49 0228 73 2761
The castle stands on an open, square piece of land on the west side of Poppelsdorfer Alle. Construction of the castle was started in 1715 by Elector Joseph Clemens and finished by his successor-Clemens August-forty years later in 1753. Its architectural design bears a mix of both Italian and French architecture especially from the curved court and the presence of four wings.
Botanic gardens surrounding the castle add life and color to the magnificent structure.
Open: Wednesday 15:00 – 17:00 and Sunday 10:00- 12:00.
August Macke Haus (House of August Macke) Address: Bornheimer Strasse 96, Bonn, D-53119, Germany, DE. Tel: +49 0228 65 5331
This former residence of August Macke, who was an expressionist painter, and his family is located within the city. It was bought and renovated by the city in 1989. The attic is of particular interest as it served as his studio where he created nearly 400 pieces of art.
Open: Tuesday – Friday 14:30 to 18:00 and Saturday-Sunday 11:00 to17:00.
Kreuzbergkirche (Cross Mountain Church) – Stationsweg 21, Bonn, D-53127, Germany, DE. Tel: +49 0228 28 999
The well-known church is found in Poppelsdorf district in Bonn. Adding of the entrance was officiated by Clemens August. It was regularly visited by pilgrims until the Baroque church was built in the same area in the early part of the 17th century. It was restored in the mid-1990s when some of the missing decoration from mid-18th century repaired. Balthasar Neumann, a celebrated draughtsman, was behind the design of the spectacular stone stair case that leads to the altar and guides visitors past an array of stunning artifacts.
Open: April to October 09:00 – 18:30 & November to March 09:00 – 17:00.
Hardtbergbad- In der Dehlen, Bonn, D-53125, Germany, DE. Tel: +49 0228 62 6218
This is Bonn’s highest swimming pool owing to its strategic location at the top of a mountain. Visitors can even get an elevated view of the Cologne Cathedral when the weather is being friendly. It is also the only combo-swimming pool in the region with both indoor and outdoor pools and even has a paddling pool for children. It is famed for having hosted the European Water Polo Championships for women in the 1980s.
Marktplatz (Market Place) – Markt, Bonn, D-53111, Germany, DE
This particular attraction dates back to the Middle Ages when it was Bonn’s trading centre and includes three cinemas as well as numerous shops, stalls and restaurants. It also hosts music, charity and multicultural festivals.
Open 24 hours daily