Bonn and the Rhein-Sieg region

Between Beethoven, the Rhine and the Drachenfels

Cultural highlights, strolls along the Rhine, hiking the romantic Siebengebirge or exploring historic villages – Bonn and its hinterlands certainly has a lot to offer.

Bonn may no longer be Germany’s capital city, but for it still has a lot to offer visitors: culture and international flair, a historic old town and the romantic Rhine – not to mention a beautiful hinterland.

The “city of Beethoven” was of course the birthplace of Bonn’s most famous son, the composer Ludwig van Beethoven. The house of his birth (Beethovenhaus) is now a museum dedicated to the world’s largest Beethoven collection. The Beethovenfest, an annual festival that takes place in September, has acquired an international reputation among music lovers.

Apart from the music festival, culture fans mainly flock to Bonn for its museums. The Haus der Geschichte (House of History), the Bundeskunsthalle cultural venue and the Alexander Koenig Zoological Research Museum are just a few of the city’s famous attractions. Parts of the university are now housed in the former Electoral Palace as well as in Poppelsdorf Palace, which is also the location for one of the world’s oldest and most diversely stocked botanical gardens.

The city is one of the oldest in Germany, and retains many other buildings with a centuries-old history. Visitors should definitely make time for a stroll through the pleasant old town or the former diplomatic district with its many mansions dating from the early years of industrialisation.

Activity tips for Rhine and Sieg

Summer is the ideal time to enjoy walks or longer hikes along the nearby Rhine. One popular trail is the Rheinsteig, which follows the river for over 320 kilometres from Bonn to Wiesbaden. This route also takes in the Siebengebirge mountains with the world-famous Drachenfels hill and Drachenburg Castle.

Less well known but just as beautiful is the Natursteig Sieg (River Sieg Nature Trail), which offers unspoilt nature and scenic views from Siegburg to Windeck. Along the way, hikers can explore castles, monasteries and idyllic villages. The trailhead in Windeck delights visitors with yet more castles and a half-timbered old town. There are many more charming and historic places to discover in the vicinity of Bonn, notably Bad Honnef.

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