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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

Traben Trarbach

Copy of Majesty of the Middle Rhine

2 sailing dates June 2021 to August 2021
11 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Bonn

Christmas Markets of the Rhineland

1 sailing date December 2021
4 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Dusseldorf
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Regensburg

Festive Christmas Markets - Amsterdam to Budapest

2 sailing dates November 2022
21 Nights From Amsterdam, to Berlin (Warnemuende)
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Budapest

Grand Voyage of Europe Amsterdam to Bucharest

5 sailing dates June 2021 to May 2022
21 Nights From Amsterdam, to Romania , Bucharest
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Vienna

Magnificent Europe with Prague

28 sailing dates June 2021 to November 2022
17 Nights From Amsterdam, to Prague
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Nuremberg

Britain & Ireland In-Depth from London to Prague

4 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
37 Nights From London, United Kingdom to , Prague
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Dusseldorf

Christmas and New Year on the Rhine

1 sailing date December 2021
14 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Dusseldorf
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Strasbourg

Basel to Amsterdam

1 sailing date June 2021
8 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
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Rudesheim

Sounds of the 60s on the Rhine for Solo travellers

2 sailing dates September 2021 to October 2021
5 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne

Includes return Coach travel or Eurotunnel or ferry and overseas transfers

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Boppard

Lorelei in Flames - Oberwesel

1 sailing date September 2021
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Rudesheim

The Sounds of the 60s in the Netherlands

1 sailing date May 2021
5 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Koblenz

The Rhine and Moselle

4 sailing dates May 2021 to August 2021
13 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Koblenz

Majesty of the Middle Rhine

2 sailing dates June 2021 to August 2021
11 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Koblenz

The Magnificient Rhine Main Moselle

3 sailing dates May 2021 to November 2021
14 Nights From Arnhem, Holland to , Amsterdam
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Koblenz

Respendlent Rhine in Autumn Solo travellers

1 sailing date November 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Germany , Dusseldorf
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Amsterdam

Rolling on the Rhine - Amsterdam to Frankfurt

5 sailing dates June 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Frankfurt
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Amsterdam

Rolling on the Rhine - Frankfurt to Amsterdam

5 sailing dates June 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Amsterdam
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Bamberg

15 Day Magnificent Europe - Amsterdam to Budapest

43 sailing dates June 2021 to November 2022
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest

Includes flights and overseas transfers

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Koblenz

Enchanting Rhine & Yuletide Markets River

7 sailing dates December 2021
4 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Amsterdam

Imperial Europe - Amsterdam to Vienna

1 sailing date November 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Austria , Vienna
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