Bonn, Germany

Guide for the rail traveller


Local languageGerman
Country Germany


It was once the capital of western Germany, now it’s a place to soak up a history spanning 2,000 years. Bonn was founded by the Romans, and while there aren’t any vestiges of this era remaining there are medieval churches like the Minster Church. Next to this is the Beethoven Monument, honouring the great composer who was born here in 1770; Robert and Clara Schumann, although not born in Bonn, are both buried at Alter Friedhof, which means “old cemetery”. The Old Town’s main features are the market square and the rococo mayors’ office.

Locals take great pride in the Beethoven Orchestra, which promotes Bonn’s classical music scene abroad. Throughout the year there are various festivals and a number of performance venues, plus there is no shortage of theatres.

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