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Bonn parks include some very unique experiences. Read further to discover what Bonn has to offer!
The Bonn Botanical Garden (Meckenheimer Allee 171) is located on the campus of the esteemed Bonn University. Covering 7 hectares (17 acres), the Botanical Garden is home to over 3,000 species of plants and flowers.
The gardens also have historical significance, as they were founded well over 400 years ago. Some of the highlights include the record-setting flower called the Titan arum (for “largest unbranched inflorescence”), palm trees, water lilies and glasshouses filled with exotic flora.
One of Bonn’s most pleasant and popular green areas is undoubtedly the Rheinaue Park (Rheinaustraße). This Bonn nature park is adjacent to the Rhine River, making it a perfect summertime destination.
The river is used for boating while the park’s many green lawns are wonderful for barbecues and picnics. The Rheinaue Park also boasts an exquisite Japanese garden, several beer gardens and play areas for the young kids to enjoy.
The Kottenforst is a large area of protected woods that may be found just west of the city center. This thousand-year old forest is a great place for peaceful recreation, like hiking or picnicking.
Naturschutzgebiet Rodderberg (Nature Preserve Rodderberg)
This Bonn nature preserve is more than just wildlife viewing. It is also the site of the Rodderberg Volcano. Its last eruption was over 250,000 years ago, so there’s no need for concern!
These days, the once-mighty volcano is little more than a small hill with a shallow crater. However, the Rodderberg is worth the trip just for the spectacular views it offers. On a clear day, you might make out the Cologne Cathedral, situated over 50 km (31 mi) away!
Drachenfels (“Dragon’s Rock”)
Just across from the Rodderberg, you’ll find the Dragon’s Rock. The legend goes that the German hero Siegfried killed a dragon on this very spot and gained invincibility after bathing in its blood.
You can reach the summit via the Drachenfels Railway.