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About Bonn

Sitting on the banks of the iconic Rhine River, Bonn is a popular river cruise destination with a long history which extends further back beyond the time the city spent as the capital of West Germany between 1949 and 1990 and of reunified Germany until 1999. The history of Bonn actually began when the Romans established a unit in the area which is the town’s historical centre. Eventually a fort was built, which survived up until medieval times and which eventually developed into the town of Bonn. Over the years, the town continued to gain importance and became part of the kingdom of Prussia during the Napoleonic Wars, had strategic importance during the Second World War and was subsequently captured by US forces in 1945. Today, its long history and landmark buildings make it a fascinating city to explore.

Exploring Bonn

Marktplatz is the city’s historic town square and a go-to starting point for many visitors to the city. It hosts farmers’ markets, festivals and musical performances and is a great place in which to sit and soak up the atmosphere. It’s also where you’ll find the city’s minster, which is one of the oldest churches in Germany and a beautiful and fascinating building both inside and out. Also situated on the Marktplatz is the historic Altes Rathaus, or town hall, which has a striking, pastel-coloured façade. In front of the town hall, you’ll also find the poignant ‘bookmarks’ memorial, which honours books burned by students of Bonn University during the time of Nazi rule and also their authors.

Unsurprisingly, Beethoven House is one of the city’s most famous attractions, naturally because it is the birthplace of one of history’s most celebrated composers. It is filled with all manner of manuscript copies, paintings and artefacts with a connection to the great man himself, including, most significantly, his last piano. If the composer’s life and work is a focus of your visit, be sure to head over to the expansive Munsterplatz for a look at the Beethoven Monument. If you’re visiting on a Christmas Markets cruise, you’ll also find that the Munsterplatz is the place where the city’s celebrated festive market is held.

An architectural attraction in itself, Poppelsdorf Palace is a beautiful baroque building which is part of Bonn’s university and its grounds play host to another of the city’s most popular attractions, the beautiful Botanic Garden. Perfect for lovers of horticulture, or simply for those who simply want to get away from it all, the gardens feature a vast array of specimens from all over the world and are a real riot of colour. The garden is not too large, well laid out and easy to navigate, so even if you don’t have too long to spend in the city, you’ll have the opportunity to explore.

Bonn tips

Those with a sweet tooth will be interested to know that Haribo has its headquarters in Bonn and there’s a factory store which hosts memorabilia as well as, not surprisingly, a vast array of confection. Germany is also big on bread and Bonn also boasts a wealth of fine bakeries to choose from.

 

Bonn Itineraries

Trier

The Rhine and Moselle - Southbound

3 sailing dates July 2019 to September 2019
12 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel, Switzerland
Tauck logo FROM £5029pp
Amsterdam

Imperial Europe - Vienna to Amsterdam

1 sailing date November 2020
14 Nights From Vienna, Austria to , Amsterdam
APT Cruising logo FROM £3869pp
Amsterdam

15 Day Magnificent Europe - Amsterdam to Budapest

52 sailing dates July 2019 to December 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
APT Cruising logo FROM £2419pp
Koblenz

Enchanting Rhine & Yuletide Markets River

13 sailing dates December 2019
4 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne

Price includes Eurostar from London | Regional flight options available

Riviera Travel logo FROM £649pp
Cochem

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date September 2021
10 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £6149pp
Koblenz

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date September 2021
10 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £6149pp
Bernkastel

Enchanting Moselle amsterdam - amsterdam

1 sailing date October 2021
10 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £6529pp
Bernkastel

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date June 2021
10 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £5489pp
Cochem

Magnificent Moselle and Rhine

7 sailing dates July 2019 to October 2019
9 Nights From Cologne, Germany to , Frankfurt
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £2499pp
Rudesheim

Rhine, Rhone & Moselle Amsterdam to Barcelona

2 sailing dates July 2019
17 Nights From Amsterdam, to Barcelona
APT Cruising logo FROM £8229pp
Bonn

Legends: Tribute to the singers

1 sailing date May 2019
11 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
Saga Group logo FROM £1949pp
Rudesheim

Sounds of the 60s on the Rhine

5 sailing dates October 2019 to October 2020
5 Nights From Arnhem, Holland, Holland to Arnhem, Holland
Saga Group logo FROM £1059pp
Amsterdam

Keukenhof and the Rhine

1 sailing date April 2019
7 Nights From Arnhem, Holland to , Amsterdam
Saga Group logo FROM £1579pp
Cochem

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date October 2020
10 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £6379pp
Bonn

Round-trip Amsterdam

3 sailing dates June 2020 to September 2020
10 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £5729pp
Cochem

Classical Music Rhine

1 sailing date October 2019
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel, Switzerland
Amadeus River Cruises logo FROM £1789pp
Frankfurt

Magneficent Moselle & Rhiine

8 sailing dates July 2019 to November 2019
9 Nights From Frankfurt, to Germany , Cologne
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £2499pp
Passau

Imperial Europe - Amsterdam to Vienna

2 sailing dates November 2019 to November 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Austria , Vienna
APT Cruising logo FROM £2499pp
Rudesheim

Rhine, Rhône And Moselle

2 sailing dates May 2019
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to France , Arles
APT Cruising logo FROM £4689pp
Amsterdam

Rolling On the Rhine - Frankfurt to Amsterdam

1 sailing date July 2019
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Amsterdam
U River Cruises logo FROM £1379pp

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