Bonn Germany: 1-day Itinerary

Bonn is a city in Germany situated on the banks of the Rhine, famous for being the birthplace of Beethoven.

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How to spend 1 day in Bonn Germany

In this 1-day itinerary in Bonn, discover the main attractions of the city.

Day 1 in Bonn

Start the day by visiting Bonner Münster located in the old city center. It was built between the 11th and 13th centuries. It is one of the oldest cathedrals in Germany.

Head to Sterntor, a remaining part of Bonn’s old city wall.

Close to Sterntor is the Beethoven Haus, where Ludwig van Beethoven, one of Germany’s most respected composers, was born in 1770. The site has a collection of artifacts and rare documents about the composer.

Another attraction in the city is the Poppelsdorf Palace, a baroque-style building, added in 1746.

Be sure to visit Drachenburg Castle, located in Königswinter 13.9 km (8.6 miles) from Bonn city center.

Things to see

  • Bonner Münster
  • Sterntor
  • Beethoven Haus
  • Poppelsdorfer Schloss
  • Drachenburg Castle

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Sights in Bonn

1. Poppelsdorf Palace

Poppelsdorf Palace

Poppelsdorf Palace is located  2 km from Bonn Central Station.

The foundation stone of the Baroque Poppelsdorf Palace was laid in 1715 over the remains of a castle that was destroyed in 1583.

Meckenheimer Allee 171, 53115 

2. Beethoven Haus

Beethoven Haus

Beethoven’s birthplace is located at Bonngasse, Bonn. Now it is a memorial site and museum since 1889.

Bonngasse 20, 53111 

3. Bonner Münster

Bonn Minster

The Bonner Münster was built between the 11th and 13th centuries.

Its interior has gothic and Romanesque elements, but with Baroque predominant décor.

Münsterpl., 53111 

4. Altstadt

Altstadt Bonn

The Altstadt of Bonn was almost completely destroyed during World War II. The area has many options of stores, restaurants.

Altstadt, Bonn

5. Koenig Museum

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The Koenig Museum is a museum founded in 1934 and it is one of the biggest natural museums in the world.

Adenauerallee 160, 53113 

6. Bundeskunsthalle

BundeskunsthalleBundeskunsthalle

The Bundeskunsthalle was founded in 1992 and has a variety of exhibitions dedicated to the arts, cultural history of all eras until nowadays, as well exhibitions dedicated to science, technology, and environment.

Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 

7. Rheinaue Leisure

Rheinaue LeisureRheinaue Leisure

The Rheinaue is a popular leisure area in Bonn. It is located on the left bank of the Rhine river.

Ludwig-Erhard-Allee 20, 53175

8. Godesburg Castle

Godesburg Castle

The Godesburg Castle marks the Gothic Romanticism era in the Rhine.

During middle age, it was the residence of the Prince Elector of Cologne. Today it has a restaurant, which offers panoramic views.

Auf dem Godesberg 5, 53177

9. Sterntor

Sterntor

The Sterntor consists of the old wall of the city. It is located in the north area of Bollerplatz.

Vivatsgasse 8, 53111

10. Drachenburg Castle

Drachenburg Castle

The Dranchenburg Castle is located in Königswinter 16 km from Bonn.

It was built at the end of 19 century and completed in 1884.

Schloß Drachenburg, Drachenfelsstraße 118, 53639 Königswinter, Germany

11. Deutsches Museum

The Deutsches Museum shows about 100 works of art of contemporary science and technology.

The Deutsches Museum is an offshoot of the world-famous Deutsches Museum in Munich.

Ahrstraße 45, 53175

Where to stay in Bonn

1. Marriott Bonn

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The Marriott Bonn is located close to the Rhine river.

The hotel has 336 modern rooms equipped with a TV, safe, minibar.

It has a swimming pool, sauna, and a terrace.

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Platz der Vereinten Nationen 4, 53113

2. Hilton Bonn

Hilton©Hilton Bonn

The Hilton Bonn is located in the heart of the city close to the main attractions.

Rooms are equipped with a TV, minibar, safe, and a coffee machine.

The hotel has a swimming pool and sauna.

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Berliner Freiheit 2, 53111 

3. V Hotel Bonn

V Hotel©VHotel Bonn

The VHotel is located in a green area 3,8 km from the Central Station.

The hotel has four types of rooms “comfort SR”, “comfort PLUS”, “junior suite” and “suite.

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Haager Weg 44, 53127

4. Collegium Leoninum

Collegium Leoninum©Collegium Leoninum

Located in the center of Bonn within walking distance of the central station, the Collegium Leoninum offers comfortable and cozy accommodation.

Rooms have flat-screen TV and balcony.

The hotel has an indoor pool and a spa.

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Noeggerathstraße 34, 53111 Bonn, Germany

Shopping Street in Bonn

The pedestrian area of Friedrichstrasse is a chic shopping street that boasts numerous cafés, restaurants, and shops.

Department Stores in Bonn

1. Galeria Kaufhof

Galeria Kaufhof is a German department store chain with many stores in Germany.

The company features brands like Esprit, S. Oliver, Tom Taylor, Gerry Weber, Tommy Hilfiger, Bugatti, Olymp.

Remigiusstraße 20-24, 53111

2. Karstadt

Karstadt is a German department store chain with many stores in Germany.

The company features brands like Cacharel, Clarins, Coach, Desigual, Estée Lauder.

Poststraße 23, 53111

Plan your Trip

Bonn has easy train access from various cities in Germany. Famous cities nearby: Cologne, Düsseldorf, Koblenz, Königswinter.

Distances

Cologne – 30.4 km (18.9 miles)

Düsseldorf– 77.3 km (48.1 miles)

Koblenz – 61.6 km (38.2 miles)

Essen – 93.9 km (58.4 miles)

Dortmund – 116 km (72.4 miles)

Frankfurt – 173 km (108 miles)

Munich – 557 km (346 miles)

Berlin – 596 km (370 miles)

Hannover – 315 km (195 miles)

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See also

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