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A nice visit in Beethoven's town Bonn

Bonn is like Cologne's "little sister". It's situated only 25 km south of the Dom-City and their inhabitants of both places are quite familiar in things like menthality and dialect which means the nice "Kölsch" or Rhenisch accent or slang. The most important aspect is the common history mostly based on the era when the Romans were the masters all along the left bank of the rhine in old Germania. In the 19th century Bonn had become well known in the world because of its famous son, the composer Ludwig van Beethoven. But the real rise of this middle-sized city with 300.000 inhabitants today has started in 1949 when it became the capital of the new "Federal Republic of Germany". The first chancellor of the FRG, Konrad Adenauer (who was Cologne's mayor until the Nazis chased him away in 1933), used his influence for this important decision. In this role as Germany's capital city for 42 years Bonn has risen to a nice and modern place. Even a fast subway line was built in the 1980's. There are only short

Old City Hall Bonn. Photo: City of Bonn. distances between the most important sights. Some examples of them are the Old City Hall at the Markt that was built in the Baroque style in 1737. Visitors often climb the famous stairway in front of the facade to the platform where famous guests of the state, queens and kings once stood and 
made their speeches to thousands of people standig on the market place. Only a few steps away there's the Beethoven house where the composer was born in 1770. The nice building is a museum about life and works of Beethoven now. The city's main church, the "Münster" of the 11th century, also belongs to the "musts" of a guided tour in Bonn. There on the "Münsterplatz" you can meet the "alive" Beethoven as a metal monument standing on a socket in front of the main postal office. Worth to be seen is the former residence of prince elector Clemens August von Wittelsbach that houses many rooms of Bonn's university. From the campus you may follow the Poppelsdorfer Allee (avenue) with its beautiful buildings of the Art Nouveau and the gas streetlamps to the Poppelsdorfer Schloss (palace) where classical concerts under open sky take place in the summer. In general, downtown Bonn or the southside of central city with its many houses built in the beginning of the 20th century is a real highlight.

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When visiting Cologne it's worth making a trip to Bonn, Schloss Brühl (rococo palace) or Königswinter with a ride by rack railway up to the castle ruins on the Drachenfels.

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Trips and tours to Bonn, Brühl and Königswinter
 

OLD TOWN BONN AND BEETHOVEN HOUSE
We'll take you to the most beautiful spots of Bonn's old town: Müns- ter, city hall, city gate, old market and Old Customs Office with the nice rhine view. We also follow the traces of the great Ludwig van Beethoven to his parents' house. For your Inquiry please name the title of this guided walk and tell us the required date and time as well as the number of persons.

The Münster Basilica. Photo: Wagner

 

BRÜHL AND PALACE AUGUSTUSBURG
After a walk through the nice old town of Brühl (20 km south of Cologne) we will visit the park and the Schloss (palace) Augustusburg that was built on behalf of prince elector Clemens August von Wittelsbach in 1725. For your Inquiry please name the title of this guided walk and tell us the required date and time as well as the number of persons.

 

KÖNIGSWINTER UND DRACHENFELS
First we we'll make a relaxing walk through the nice old town to the city museum and take the rack railway up to the castle ruin on the Drachenfels (321 m) with the beautiful view down to the Rhine and sometimes even to Cologne. For your Inquiry please name the title of this guided walk and tell us the required date and time as well as the number of persons.

The nice view on Königswinter.

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What to see and visit in Bonn 2012
 

Markt and Altes Rathaus
The centre of Bonn is the Markt where you can find the Old City Hall (Altes Rathaus). This buiding in the Baroque style was built in 1737 on behalf of Clemens August. Historically important are the steps in front of the facade where high-ranking VIPs and majesties stood and made their speeches to the crowds of people on the market place: 1949 Theodor Heuss, First president of the FRG, Charles de Gaulle in 1962, 1963 John F. Kennedy, Queen Elisa- beth II. in 1965 and 1978 and the Sovjet President Michael Gorbatschow in 1989. The obelisk on the Markt reminds of Bonn as a residence city of Cologne's archbishops.

The old town hall in Bonn. Photo: Wagner.

 

Beethoven House and Münsterplatz
His name is known around the world. But did you know that Beethoven was born in Bonn? That's a really important fact for this middle-sized city. The Beethoven House is situated in the street Bonngasse 20 where the master was born on December 16th, 1770. Today the house has become a nice museum that wants to give an insight into life and works of Ludwig van Beethoven. Visi- tors can buy some souvenirs in the shop or join the concerts in the nice concert hall there. After that just meet maestro "alive" at the monument for Beethoven on the Marktplatz just in front of the main postal office. more

The Beethoven Monument. Photo: City of Bonn.

 

Museums' Mile and Government Sector
For good reason Bonn's inhabitants are proud to have four internationally famous houses: the Museum Koenig for Zoology, the House of History of the FRG, the Kunstmu- seum Bonn and the large Art and Exhibition Hall of the FRG with its regularly changing subjects. Just around the corner and along the Adenauer Alle lies the former government sector. It's worth visi- ting because of the interesting buildings like the
Villa Hammer- schmidt (former home of the President), the Palais Schaumburg and the House of Parli- ament (Deutscher Bun- destag) that is used for sometimes inter- national congresses. more

House of parliament in Bonn. Photo: Bundestagsverwaltung.

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Some pleasant hours in Düsseldorf

Some people knowing the city of Düsseldorf think of the Königsallee at first. The "Kö", like the common abbreviation, is the most important street of this city on the rhine that got its name from a little river with the name "Düssel". It's a stream or creak that leads into the river rhine just beside the St. Lambertus Church standing in the old town of Düsseldorf. The whole city has 587,000 inhabitants looking back 

Old Town Hall with Monument. Photo: City of Düsseldorf. proudly a city's history of more than 700 years. It was in 1288 and after the famous "Battle of Worringen" near Cologne when the little village Düsseldorf got the rights fo an independent city in the German Reich on behalf of Graf Adolf von Berg who was the owner of the land including the area of 

Düsseldorf. In the following centuries the development of the new town was quite slowly. The era of the indus- trialisation in the 19th century made the city suddendly grow faster and the number of inhabitants rose up to 100,000 people quickly. A great time of glory were a couple of years in the 17th century when prince elector Johann Wilhelm II von Pfalz-Neuburg (or "Jan Wellem") was the governor of Düsseldorf and some other areas around the city. One of the most famous and beloved sons of Düsseldorf is the poet Heinrich Heine who was born here in 1797. Today the "village at the (stream) Düssel" is a modern city with an economical focus on industrial services. The culinarian specialities are some hearty meals and espacially the "Altbier", a dark and lightely sweet beer.

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When coming to Cologne we recommand visiting the nice city of Düsseldorf, too. Guided walks are offered for travel groups in the blue and grey table below this article.

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What to do and visit in Düsseldorf?
 
Monuments
The historical part of Düsseldorf is found between Heinrich-Hei- ne Allee and the bank of river rhine. Here in the old town the nice city hall of 1573 built in the Flemish style with the equestrian statue of Jan Wellem from 1711 is worth to be visited. Only a few steps away the Burg- platz with the round tower rules the wide square. The tower once was part of a castle built in the 13th century by the Lords of Berg. The whole castle burned down in 1872. Behind the castle tower the distorted tower of the church St. Lamber- tus of 1206 rises over the place. The highest point of Düsseldorf ist the Rheinturm with a visitors' platform in 168 m height.
 

Museums
Düsseldorf has 18 museums. A very important one is the Heinrich-Heine Institut that deals with life and works of the poet who was born here in 1797 and died 1856 in Paris. According to a legend not only Heine but also Goethe liked to be Düsseldorf. Life and works of the German "rince of poets" from Frankfurt is documen- ted in a museum with 1000 original exhibits. Anyone interested in the city's general his- tory should visit the City Museum. And as modern city Düsseldorf is proud to have one of the most important and largest collections of Modern Art of the 20th century in the world. Museum and exhibition is called Kunstsammlung NRW.

 

Shopping
Even if you don't like to go shopping a walk on the nice Königsallee is worth to be done anyway. Many trees are standing there and stone bridges span over a ditch beside the street where shops of well known fashion designer companies are found. Jewellery, watches, perfumes, household and electric devices are offered also in shopping malls like the "Kö-Galerie". Here and along the whole Kö many coffee bars and restaurants with teraces on the side walk are open. It's nobel but quite expansive to go shop- ping on the Kö. That's why most of the inha- bitants buy clothes and other things in the Schadowstrasse or in the old town. 

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Guided walks in Düsseldorf for groups
 

OLD TOWN TOUR
An interesting and funny walk through the old town of Düsseldorf with many anecdotes and stories about the city in the past. Our path leads to the most important monuments, places and lanes of 700 years' history: City hall, Jan Wellem monument, Burgplatz with castle tower and rhine promenade, the church St. Lambertus and much more.
For your Inquiry please name the title of this guided walk and tell us the required date and time as well as the number of persons.

View on a couple of nice houses. Photo: Wagner.

 

KÖNIGSALLEE
Guided walk on the "Kö" that is one of the world's most beautiful boulevards because of the trees and the canal with the stone bridges. You'll hear interesting aspects of the boule- vard's history and get some tips for your first or next shopping tour on the Kö: Where to buy what kind of things best in these shops with designer clothes or at the nobel malls?
For your Inquiry please name the title of this guided walk and tell us the required date and time as well as the number of persons.

Entrance of shopping mall "Kö-Galerie". Photo: Wagner

 

BREWERY-TOUR
A popular drink in Düsseldorf is the dark beer called "Altbier". It's best as a draft beer in one of the Brewery Houses in the old town. Some good names of breweries are "Zum Schiffchen", "Zum Schlüssel" or "Uerige". They have been brewing their own beer for generations. Come with us to disco- ver the history of the breweries and the Alt.
For your Inquiry please name the title of this guided walk and tell us the required date and time as well as the number of persons.

View into a brewery house.

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