Bonn's Münster on Münsterplatz is a central meeting place for Bonn residents and students. © Bauz/DAAD
Bonner Münster© Bauz/DAAD

The city of Bonn is like a big family of very different children – famous artists, crazy Carnival lovers, international politicians and, in the midst of them all, about 43,600 students. This is where centuries of history come alive and where every serious businessman transforms into a cheerful Carnival reveller.

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During the years of German division between 1949 and 1990, Bonn was the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany. That’s why several federal ministries still have their headquarters here. Numerous political and public institutions provide the city its international flair, such as the UN Campus and 150 non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Bonn is home to several international corporations like Deutsche Telekom and the large postal and logistics company Deutsche Post DHL.

Bonn’s most famous son is the composer Ludwig van Beethoven, who was born here in 1770. His statue at the Münsterplatz watches over the daily life of Bonn’s residents. Right next to it, you’ll see the large minster, a Catholic church dating back to the Middle Ages. From here, you can follow Remigiusstrasse to the marketplace where you will discover the Old City Hall with its beautifully ornate façade.

Carnival is a major event which takes place every year in Bonn. The Carnival days are sometimes referred to as the “fifth season of the year” culminating in six days in February or March. So don’t be surprised if you happen to be standing in the queue at the bakery behind someone in a cow costume. Dress up in costume too and join the party! Rhenish Carnival revellers are known for their friendly, open manner.


Although Bonn isn’t a very large city, there are plenty of cultural events to enjoy. Along the “Museum Mile” you can visit the , for example, and take an exciting tour of German history since 1945. Other popular museums include the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, which regularly features major art and cultural history exhibitions, and the .

You can go hiking in the Siebengebirge. We recommend taking a tour of the Drachenfels castle ruins which are visible for miles around. From up top, you have a fantastic view of Bonn and the region.

When the weather’s nice, you can meet with friends at the Rheinaue, Bonn’s largest park, and lie out in the sun or play sports together. The large lawn at the Hofgarten in front of the university’s impressive main building is another great place to hang out. There are always a lot of students sitting there when the weather is good.

You can get delicious snacks at Café Blau on Franziskanerstrasse or at the KostBar on Riesstrasse. There are also several good restaurants and places to eat on Clemens-August-Strasse in the Poppelsdorf disctrict.

Bonn’s historic part of town is a popular meeting place for students. You’ll find numerous pubs with student-friendly prices, in other words, the drinks are relatively cheap. If you also want to go dancing, try out the Nyx in the Vorgebirgsstrasse. You are guaranteed a nice evening at the James Joyce Irish Pub on Mauspfad which has cosy niches and real Irish ale.


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