Bonn may no longer be the capital of one half the country, but it boasts enough in sightseeing attractions to maintain its status as a capital of culture.
The Bonn University has always been an important part of the city’s history. Founded in 1818, it has been a backdrop for protests throughout the years, as well as a meeting place for the great minds of the city.
The main building boasts some impressive architecture and the campus is surrounded by the lovely Hofgarten park.
Poppelsdorf Castle (Poppelsdorfer Schloss)
This Bonn sight is a rococo-style palace that was built for the Archbishop of Cologne in 1717. The Botanical Garden that sits beside it is a showcase for exotic plant life and the occasional sun-worshiping turtle.
The Poppelsdorfer currently acts as a warehouse for the university’s mineral collection which, regrettably, is not open to visitors.
The Kreuzbergkirche is a Baroque-style church that today doubles as a school of German culture and language.
The one must-see feature of the church is the Heiliger Steige or Holy Staircase. Allegedly, there are pieces of Christ’s actual crucifix embedded within the stone. (The legend claims the small brass crosses you see on the second, eleventh and final step “mark” the spot.) Come decide for yourself at this beautiful historical and spiritual house.
August Macke Haus
August Macke was a 20th-century expressionist painter who called Bonn home. The August-Macke-Haus was opened in 1989 by the German government as a way to record the life of this painter, as well as display the studio where he created the majority of his work.
This Bonn sight is a picturesque basilica and cloister built in the Romanesque style. The Bonner Münster is found right in the center of town on the site of a former Roman temple. This has been sacred ground for almost 2,000 years!
From the outside, you can take in the stunning architectural design of its five soaring towers. The interior features impressive works of art, such as a mural of the Three Magi and an alabaster relief depicting the baptism of Jesus Christ.