Bad Honnef occupies a section of land between the Rhine River on the west and the Siebengebirge Nature Reserve on the east, just southeast of Bonn. This ideal location makes excursions by boat or on foot very easy, and you will want to take full advantage of opportunities to explore the area.
Like so many communities in the fertile Rhine Valley, Honnef (as the town was originally known) focused on wine production until the late 19th century. Then, the curative waters of a mineral spring were discovered. That earned the town its “Bad” designation and turned it into a spa resort almost overnight.
Since 1897, the so-called Dragon Spring, or Drachenquelle, has provided an uninterrupted resource for both drinking and bathing, making Bad Honnef one of North Rhine-Westphalia‘s most popular holiday destinations.
When you arrive, look for the family-friendly Grafenwerth open-air bathing facility, open May through September. You will enjoy its swimming pool, water slide, waterfall, massage jets and woods-enclosed seclusion. Of course, other indoor spa facilities and wellness centers are available year-round, too.
The historic town center is worth exploring. It features many fine pubs and restaurants, as well as several museums. Thanks to the closeness of Bonn, quite a few federal institutions are located here, too, and the town has become a busy site for conferences over the past thirty years.
The International University of Applied Sciences has a local branch, offering degrees in international management, air traffic control, audits and taxation, hotel management, and more. Take a walk around its historic grounds, located within St. Anno, the town’s central park. The old buildings have been restored, and they blend with modern architecture to create an inviting atmosphere for the students from many countries who study here.
One interesting aside: Bad Honnef has the distinction of the highest occurrence of millionaires in the state. Could it be the water? Come and find out!