City Orientation Walk, Bonn (Self Guided)

If you visit Bonn, get ready to be impressed by the splendid architecture and grand sculptures reflecting the history and exclusive style of the city. All the presented landmarks, important elements of the cultural or the political history of Bonn, are priceess architectural treasures. Take the present guided tour in order to admire the most significant landmarks of the city.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Germany » Bonn (See other walking tours in Bonn)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 15
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Author: Caroline
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Marktplatz

1) Marktplatz

Built in the 11th century, Marktplatz has been the center of daily trade in Bonn ever since. Dominating the busy square is the Marktfontaine, also known as the Obelisk, standing in the center. The market square also houses a number of historic buildings, including the Baroque-style city hall and the famous Em Höttche restaurant, established in 1389, which went down in history as the place where Elector Gebhard Truchsess of Waldburg celebrated wedding with Agnes Gräfin von Mansfeld on 2 February 1583 which ultimately led to the outbreak of the so-called "Cologne War".
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Town Hall

2) Town Hall (must see)

The Town Hall in Bonn is an impressive building located in the center of the city. It was built in 1737 - 1738, during the reign of the Wittelsbach princes. The architect who worked on the design of the structure was Michel Leveilly and it is one of his most successful works. The building was designed in Rococo style. The Town Hall is magnificently adorned with rich architectural elements, but the most impressive is the front staircase, where world renowned politicians made speeches. Some of them are Theodor Heuss, John F. Kennedy and Mikhail Gorbachev.
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Koblenz Gate

3) Koblenz Gate

The Koblenz Gate, or the Koblenzer Tor is an archway that stands over the road leading to the city of Koblenz. It was erected between 1751 and 1757 and was initially intended to be the seat of the Order of Saint Michael. The architect who worked on the Baroque design of the structure is François de Cuvillies dem Alteren. Unfortunately, the gate experienced major damage during the war, but was succesfully renovated later, the splendid statues on top of the archway having been replaced by reconstructions. The most impressive one is the gold plated statue of archangel Michael killing the dragon. Nowadays Koblenz Gate houses the administrative offices of Bonn University.
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Egyptian Museum

4) Egyptian Museum (must see)

The Egyptian Museum of Bonn University exhibits a collection of the most beautiful and interesting objects. With around 700 pieces being exhibited, it is the most important collection of Egyptian culture in North Rhine-Westphalia. The permanent exhibition offers a comprehensive picture of ancient Egyptian cultural history, starting from the fourth millennium BC to the third century AD. The three divisions provide a clear overview of ancient civilization. In addition to a separate area dedicated to the worship of the dead and the afterlife, the exhibition includes detailed temple architecture, facts about the role of the Pharaoh in the religion and the relationship between humans and gods. The featured clothing, jewelry and tools provide visitors with a better understanding of the daily life of the time. The Book of the Dead fragments, papyri, and many other objects illustrating the rich, literary Egyptian culture are also presented in the museum's collection.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 1 pm - 5 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 1 pm - 6 pm
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Kennedy Bridge

5) Kennedy Bridge

The Kennedy Bridge (German: Kennedybrücke) is the middle of Bonn's three Rhine bridges (North, Kennedy and South bridge) and connects the city center of Bonn on the left side with the town center of Beuel on the right side. In July 1895, a competition for the bridge was announced.

Gutehoffnungshuette from Oberhausen, R. Schneider from Berlin and the architect Bruno Moehring won the 1st prize awarded with 8,000 marks. The winners also received the contract to build the bridge. In April 1896 the construction began and 33 months later the bridge was opened for public traffic. At this time, with a main span of 188 meters, it was the largest and by its situation in front of the picturesque Siebengebirge most beautiful bridge over the Rhine. On December 2, 1963, just ten days after the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy the bridge was renamed to Kennedy Bridge in the presence of U.S. Ambassador George McGhee and Bonn's mayor Dr. William Daniels. The 3-phased reconstruction (north side, south side, road surface) began on April 16, 2007 and should be completed in April 2010. After the reconstruction the bridge will be 10 meters wider than before (26.80 meters in total).

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Beethoven House

6) Beethoven House (must see)

The Beethoven House is the only home of the family van Beethoven that was preserved. Nowadays, the Beethoven House is known worldwide as one of the most important cultural monuments. It was opened officially in May, 1893. It is not widely known that the Beethoven House is home to the largest and most diverse collection dedicated to Beethoven. The collection has grown as a result of a now 110 year-long collection activity. Over the years, the museum has received many valuable pieces as a gift or as a permanent loan. Thus even Johannes Brahms and the King of Prussia have enriched the museum's collections.
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Church in the Name of Jesus

7) Church in the Name of Jesus

The Church is one of the most interesting north German Jesuit churches, built in Romanesque style featuring Gothic elements juxtaposed with almost Baroque forms. Designed by Jakob de Candrea, the church was built using the so-called "Jesuit Gothic" style, combining Baroque elements with other styles. The two towers surrounding the building have double recessed Romanesque windows with Gothic windows on the central arch. However, the columns are ornamented with Baroque decorations. Each tower is crowned with a bulbous dome. The interior of the church features a huge, impressive hall. The crypts below the church serve as the resting place of 65 Jesuit Fathers.
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Sterntor

8) Sterntor (must see)

The present Sterntor, or Stargate, is a monumental gate that was built in 1900 in order to replace the former gate of the same name, that had been built in approximately 1244 and was part of a Medieval wall. In 1898, the Sterntor was eliminated because it caused a lot of traffic. The present gate was erected in a more convenient place. The Sterntor is decorated with two ancient sculptures depicting religious moments.
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Münsterplatz

9) Münsterplatz

The Münsterplatz is a square in the city ​​center of Bonn . It is located to the north-west of the Bonn Cathedral and can be reached from the main station via the Poststraße. Beside the Friedensplatz square and the market square in Bonn , it is one of the three largest squares in the pedestrian zone in Bonn. South of the Münsterplatz is the Martinsplatz. The Münsterplatz is the venue for several festivals and events such as the Bonner Christmas Market and the Wasserspektakel Klangwelle . There are many historic buildings on Münsterplatz, the former main post office . In front of it stands the famous Bonner Beethoven monument .
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University of Bonn

10) University of Bonn (must see)

The University of Bonn (German: Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn) is a public research university located in Bonn. Founded in its present form in 1818, as the linear successor of earlier academic institutions, the University of Bonn is today one of the leading universities in Germany.

The University of Bonn offers a large number of undergraduate and graduate programs in a range of subjects. Its library holds more than two million volumes. The University of Bonn has 525 professors and 27,800 students. Among its notable alumni and faculty are seven Nobel Laureates, two Fields Medalists, twelve Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize winners, Pope Benedict XVI, Heinrich Heine, Friedrich Nietzsche and Joseph Schumpeter. In the years 2010 and 2011, the Times Higher Education ranked the University of Bonn as one of the 200 best universities in the world.

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Bonn Minster-Basilica

11) Bonn Minster-Basilica (must see)

The Bonn Minster (German: Das Bonner Münster) is one of Germany's oldest churches, having been built between the 11th and 13th centuries. At one point the church served as the cathedral for the Archbishopric of Cologne. However, the Minster is now a Papal basilica.

Originally the Minster was the collegiate church of Saints Cassius and Florentius, who were Roman legionaries of the legendary all-Christian Theban Legion. The legion's garrison, according to legend, was in the Egyptian town of Thebes. Roman Emperor Maximianus Herculius ordered the legion to march to Gaul and assist in subduing rebels from Burgundy. At some point during their march, the legion refused to follow the emperor's orders either to kill fellow Christians or to worship Maximianus Herculius as a god. As a result, a large number of legionaries were martyred in Agaunum, now named Saint Maurice-en-Valais after Saint Maurice. According to legend, Saints Cassius and Florentius, who were under the command of Saint Gereon, were beheaded for their religious beliefs at the present location of the Bonn Minster.

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Bonn Central Station

12) Bonn Central Station

Bonn Central Station is a railway station located on the left bank of the Rhine along the Cologne–Mainz line. It is the principal station serving the city of Bonn. In addition to extensive rail service from Deutsche Bahn it acts as a hub for local bus, tram, and Stadtbahn services.

The first station was constructed in 1844 by the Bonn-Cologne Railway Company, as part of the West Rhine Railway. The station sharply increased in importance in 1949, when Bonn became capital of the Federal Republic. In 1969, Bonn grew considerably by incorporating towns which includes the stations of Bad Godesberg, Beuel, Duisdorf, Oberkassel and Mehlem and, in 1971, the station was renamed Bonn Hauptbahnhof. Today, Bonn Central Station is connected indirectly to the high-speed line, by tram line 66 of the Bonn Stadtbahn to Siegburg/Bonn station. Despite Intercity-Express services running through Siegburg/Bonn rather than Bonn, Bonn Central is still a major stop for long-distance traffic.

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Rheinisches Landesmuseum

13) Rheinisches Landesmuseum (must see)

The Rheinisches Landesmuseum Bonn, or LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn, is a museum in Bonn, run by the Rhineland Landscape Association. It is one of the oldest museums in the country. The museum has a number of notable ancient busts and figures dating back to Roman times.

An early forerunner, the "Museum of Antiquities" (Museum Rheinisch-Westfälischer Alterthümer), was founded in 1820 by decree of the Prussian state chancellor Karl August von Hardenberg. A more direct ancestor, the "Provincial Museum", was founded in 1874, though it did not get its own building until 1893. This was enlarged in 1907, but the older section was destroyed during World War II and replaced by a new building. The museum was extensively renovated from 1998 to 2003, allowing a new presentation of the exhibits. The "Stone Age Area" was redesigned in 2010.

The archaeological exhibits are divided into historical themes. Works of art are also displayed throughout the exhibition, with masterpieces next to simple tools and religious works beside everyday objects. The museum also owns a collection of prints and photographs, and one of coins and medallions. The "Stone Age Area" features the original skeleton of a neanderthal, and displays the evolution of humanity from the development of upright posture to the early Celtic cultures of Europe.

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The Botanical Gardens

14) The Botanical Gardens (must see)

The Botanical Gardens are one of the top attractions when visiting Bonn. The six and a half hectares of gardens and arboretum are managed by the Bonn State University. Initially, the Botanical Garden, which was the private garden of the Archbishop of Cologne, was designed in Renaissance style, but in 1720 it was transformed to Baroque. During World War Two, the place was seriously damaged. Nowadays visitors, especially children, are invited to admire the three thousand species of palms, orchids, rainforest trees, carnivorous plants and many other showpieces grouped by species and origin. A gift shop is available. Visitors are welcome from April to Octomber every day except sat - 10.00 - 18.00 and from November to March - mon - fri - 10.00 - 16.00.
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Poppelsdorf Palace

15) Poppelsdorf Palace (must see)

9.Poppelsdorf Palace

Poppelsdorf Palace (German: Poppelsdorfer Schloss) is a Baroque palace style in the district Poppelsdorf of Bonn, western Germany. It was constructed from 1715 till 1746, under design by the Frenchman Robert de Cotte. The palace was owned by the Archbishop of Cologne Clemens August. Under the Prussian rule, in 1818 the Palace and the nearby Park became part of the University of Bonn. In the same year the Park was converted to the Botanical Garden of Bonn, which today contains about 0.5 hectares of greenhouse area with eleven greenhouses and about 8.000 different plants. In 1944 the Palace was heavily damaged by an Allied air attack. It has been rebuilt in a much more simple appearance from 1955 on.

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Walking Tours in Bonn, Germany

Create Your Own Walk in Bonn

Create Your Own Walk in Bonn

Creating your own self-guided walk in Bonn is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Kids Entertainment in Bonn

Kids Entertainment in Bonn

Bonn, beside having an incredible variety of attractions for grown-ups, offers an accordant number and selection of places to visit for children of all ages and personalities. The attractions will offer kids not only positive impressions, but will also provide them with much useful information. Take the present guided tour to give your children a day full of pleasant memories to take back home.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Bonn Museums Tour

Bonn Museums Tour

The city of Bonn is famous for its marvelous museums, both in Germany and worldwide. It is the birthplace of the great Beethoven, his house now serving as a museum. The A. Koenig's Natural History Museum is also based in Bonn, as well as the Mathematics Museum (The Arithmeum), the Egyptian Museum and the Bonn Women's Museum. Take this walking tour to learn more about the city's past...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Bonn Cultural Tour

Bonn Cultural Tour

Bonn is an amazing city with rich history and culture. With a wide selection of museums, theaters, operas and libraries, Bonn is guaranteed to satisfy even the most demanding tastes. Take this walking tour to explore the cultural life of Beethoven's hometown.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
Bonn Shopping Tour

Bonn Shopping Tour

Bonn is a wonderful city to visit on a shopping tour. The diversity and multitude of shops is absolutely amazing, allowing you to spoil yourself with a delicious chocolate, or a qualitative cigar and select special gifts for relatives, friends and acquaintances waiting back home. Take the present self-guided tour and you will experience an exciting and colourful shopping trip which will remain in...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Bonn Places of Worship

Bonn Places of Worship

The city of Bonn is home to numerous religious confessions which co-exist in the spirit of tolerance and peace. It is also the home of various places of worship such as ancient churches, cathedrals, chapels and basilicas. Take this tour to discover the exceptional architectural design and style of the finest churches that Bonn has to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Bonn Art Galleries Tour

Bonn Art Galleries Tour

Bonn is known as the birthplace of Beethoven and also prides itself on its famous Museum Mile, but it is also home to various art galleries. Don't hesitate to take this tour and find out more about the finest galleries in the city and explore the variety of featured artworks.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Bonn for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Bonn has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Bonn, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.