If you consider yourself a historical buff, then you absolutely must visit the grand German city of Bonn. It boasts of the Bonn Museum Mile (Museumsmeile) located from the Südstadt to Bad Godesberg. Within this stretch that is several kilometers long, you will find some of Bonn’s finest museums including one that your kids will probably enjoy even more than you (Haus der Natur).
Stadtmuseum- Altes Rathaus, Bonn, D-53103, Germany, DE. Tel: +49 0228 77 2094
The City Museum is housed within City Hall and documents the history and the development of the city itself. It bears themed rooms containing paintings, photographs, documents, artifacts, period furnishings and various local antiquities.
Open: Monday – 09:30 to 14:00, Thursday to Saturday – 13:00 to 17:00
Entry: No charge
Haus der Natur-An der Waldau 50, Bonn, D-53127, Germany, DE.
Tel: +49 0228 28 5107
The House of Nature is home to stuffed animals from the local woods, such as foxes, magpies and badgers. It even features an ancient slice of wood an elm tree planted in Napoleon’s year of birth.
Open: Tuesday to Friday – 13:00 – 18:00 (seasonal variations apply)
Admission: no charge
Heimatmuseum Beuel -Steinerstrasse 34-36, Bonn, D-53225, Germany, DE.
Tel: +49 0228 46 3074
Beuel Homeland Museum was established privately in the mid 1980s and is located in the oldest half-timbered house in Beuel. Its rooms exemplify typical trades for Beuel, like sea transport, fishing, laundry and traditional crafts. Exhibits date back to the Stone Age including a one-man bunker in the square and a 500kg shell, which blew up in the city in WWII.
Open: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday – 15:00 to 18:00
Admission: no charge
Deutsches Museum Bonn – Ahrstrasse 45, Bonn, D-53175, Germany, DE. Tel: +49 0228 30 2256
The German Museum of Bonn is located in Plittersdorf along the Ahrstrasse. It was founded in 1995 and houses over 100 exhibits documenting the advancement of technologies, research and science over the past six decades. Highlights include a futuristic-looking monorail train parked at the entrance and a gift shop where you can purchase your own scientific experiments.
Open: Tuesday to Sunday – 10:00 to 18:00
Admission: charge (concessions available)