I hope you all are working towards your new year goals, But don't forget to explore new places and share your experience. Today we have a beautiful guest to share her experience in Bonn, Germany. She is Anna and sharing her experience living abroad and exploring Germany. Let's check out her experience and learn about the new place.
My first time living abroad was in London, England when I studied abroad at King’s College. After that, I realized how much I loved living abroad and there was no turning back. Since then I’ve lived in Germany, and Dubai. I’m originally from the USA (Connecticut), but I love being an expat. Currently I am living in Bonn, Germany. I started writing as a travel blogger in 2014 when I realized I could combine my passion for travel, with my love of writing. I also run a personal blog which you can read about here:
Bonn was the former capital of Germany from 1949-1990 It is located in the West of Germany and has many historic buildings dating back to the Roman empire. There are many beautiful places to visit while here both in the city and in the countryside.
How to get there
The closest airport is the Cologne/Bonn airport, located just 30 minutes from the Bonn city center. From this airport, there is a bus that brings you city center of Bonn. Most international flights arrive from Düsseldorf airport (approximately 1 hour away) and Frankfurt airport (approximately 1.5 hours away).
There are plenty of train connections from Düsseldorf and Frankfurt that will bring you directly to the Bonn center train station. Bonn has only one main train station called Bonn Hauptbahnhof.
Tips to explore Bonn
- Bonn is definitely a walking city. For most places, you can easily walk. Alternatively, there are buses and trams that can be taken to destinations located all over Bonn. There are also trains that connect the neighboring countryside areas to the Bonn city center. The public transportation in Germany is amazing.
- Do be aware, that Bonn can be particularly rainy especially in the winter and spring months. As a tip, you should always carry an umbrella. On some days it can be sunny, then suddenly start to rain.
- Bonn is a great city to visit all year round. The summers are very lovely, because you can sit outside at all the restaurants and cafes. Alternatively, if you would like to experience the Christmas Markets of Bonn then you can do so in December, usually up until December 24th.
Places to visit in Bonn
A Visit to the Rhine River:
A visit to Bonn won’t be complete without a visit to the Rhine river. The Rhine river is still used as a shipping route from the Netherlands to Switzerland. In the distance, from Bonn you can see the famous Siebengebirge (Seven Mountains). There is a large walkway for taking a stroll along the Rhine. Alternatively, you can choose to take a boat tour and see many ancient ruins along the way, including the famous Drachenfels (Dragon’s Rock”, which is an old fortress from the 1100’s.
The Ratshaus is the Old Town Hall of Bonn. It is located in the city center of Bonn, in the Marktplatz. The building itself is stunning and was built in the late 1700’s. There are many great places to enjoy a meal or coffee in the surrounding market square. During the week, there is a local market selling fruits, vegetables, and local meats and cheeses. It’s a great place to sample some delicious local delicacies.
The Bonn Botanical Gardens has around 8,000 plant species. There trees and flowers from all over the world. There is even a beautiful tropical garden located inside of a greenhouse, that has several small lizards running around. The gardens are a quiet reprieve from the bustling city center. There are plenty of benches to sit and enjoy the afternoon sun.
The University of Bonn founded in 1818. One of the main buildings of the campus is an impressive building that has beautiful architecture. Located outside of the main University building is a huge garden area, where during the warmer months where the locals hang out.
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Dinner at Im Stiefel
One of the best restaurants you can enjoy traditional German cuisine as at Im Stiefel in Bonn. There you can have wonderful items like Schitzel or pork knuckle—which are a favorite of Germans. If you are a vegetarian, don’t worry, there are several items on the list to accommodate you as well. If you are beer drinker, you can have a Kölsch, which is a beer brewed in Cologne the neighboring city to Bonn.