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The 7 things to see in Bonn

The lazy river Rhine sets the tone for a visit to Bonn. This relaxed city offers plenty to do throughout the day, while vibrant nightlife means you won't be bored after hours. Don't miss out with our tourism top 7.

Museum Koenig

Museum Koenig

Your sightseeing journey should start with Bonn's impressive museum of natural history. A great spot for animal lovers, enjoy permanent Blue Planet, Savannah and Arctic exhibits.

Poppelsdorf Palace

Poppelsdorf Palace

No German break is complete without a tour of a palace or schloss, and Bonn is no exception. Poppelsdorf offers manicured lawns and concerts in the summer. Parking can be tricky.

Rheinisches Museum
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Rheinisches Museum

One of the oldest museums in Germany, this is the place for real relics, including Roman busts and a neanderthal skeleton. Admission is free and the museum is closed Mondays.

Kunstmuseum Bonn

Kunstmuseum Bonn

Focusing on post-war German art and Renish Expressionism, this modern art mecca also offers eclectic short-term exhibitions, so check their site for highlights. Tickets are 7€.

Post Tower

Post Tower

This is the tallest and most iconic modern building in Bonn, designed by Helmut Jahn. It's particularly impressive lit up – located at the corner of Freizeit Park.



Visit the birthplace of Bonn's most famous son, Ludvig van Beethoven. The museum contains instruments belonging to the composer, including his grand piano and many other artifacts.

Bonn Minister
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Bonn Minister

Find peace at this, one of Germany's oldest churches. The Romanesque basilica is beautiful from the adjacent square, while inside they welcome visitors, particularly children.

Planning Your Bonn Visit

Where is Bonn and how to get there?

Bonn is in the far west of Germany. It's around 30km (half an hour by car or train) from Cologne, making it a great location for a day trip. Bonn is just under 80km from Düsseldorf (one hour by car) or around 150km from Frankfurt. It's around a 600km drive, five-hour train ride or one-hour flight from Berlin.

Where is the nearest airport and how do I get there?

Cologne Bonn Airport is located between Cologne and Bonn - Express City trains run regularly to both.

Good to know

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    Euro (€)
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    UTC (+01:00)
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  • Best time to visit
    Spring is a great time for a visit to Bonn, with low rainfall and humidity, mild temperatures and lots of sunlight.

Things to Do in Bonn

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What people are saying about Bonn

A whole day of no-stress and pleasant, historic views!

A very pleasant, no-stress day filled with historic views of picturesque towns, vineyards, and if you look closely, spots in the landscape that indicate fascinating stories in themselves. If you choose not to eat on the boat, there are plenty of opportunities to hop off into one of the postcard-looking but very real towns for a reasonably-priced lunch, then catch the next K-D cruise boat going the opposite direction. Be sure to bring a sweater or jacket because the weather along the Rhine changes quickly. If it rains, there are coverings on board where you can hide from the rain and still enjoy a historic, beautiful view. Wonderful for a much-needed slower-paced day. An excellent value for the money. Would also be easy for older travelers.

KD RhinePass - Rhine River Cruise Full-Day Pass Reviewed by Cynthia, 07/09/2017

Worthwhile experience, the best of the Rhine in a couple of days

Definitely a worthwhile trip, I took 2 days based out of Koblenz and took a train to a different starting point each day and covered a good range of towns in the process. Would have preferred to stay in one of the Rhine towns but carting luggage about would have been a pain & I didn't need to worry about luggage this way.

KD RhinePass - Rhine River Cruise Full-Day Pass Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/24/2017

A budget friendly amazing way to see the beauty of the middle Rhine!

Enjoyed this leisurly curise from Rudensheim to Koblenz which took approx. 4 hours. Castles, churches and quaint villages on either side with some information provided along the way. Food and drink can be purchased on board and lots of seating inside and out! Really enjoyed this way to travel!

KD RhinePass - Rhine River Cruise Full-Day Pass Reviewed by Kimberly, 08/25/2018

Lovely relaxing cruise with excellent views, highly recommend.

Very happy with KD Rhine Cruises. Boat was very clean, plenty of room, well set out & aOff on a welcome relief from the heat. The large viewing windows made it easy to see the spectacular views from anywhere inside. This is a must do, great value & fabulous way to spend an afternoon.

KD RhinePass - Rhine River Cruise Full-Day Pass Reviewed by Susanne, 08/04/2018

Very relaxing, beautiful scenery, lovely boat

We had no problems using printed tickets. The facilities on board was great. Took the upstream cruise and this was a wonderful day trip. Used the boat to travel from one city to the next

KD RhinePass - Rhine River Cruise Full-Day Pass Reviewed by Charmaine, 07/16/2017