The city of Bonn is located next to the River Rhine and is famous as the former capital of West Germany. It was the seat of government for the reunified Germany until power was transferred to Berlin in 1999. Bonn is also famous as the birthplace Beethoven. Over the past 20 years, the city of Bonn has undergone a huge transformation and has successfully reinvented itself by renovating many districts.
Bonn Old Town
Many of Bonn's most impressive attractions are to be found within the historic Altstadt (Old Town) center, with the sightseeing around Münsterplatz being especially impressive. Look out for the August Macke Haus - the famous House of August Macke, a local expressionist painter; Kreuzbergkirche - a grand Baroque-style church once visited by crowds of pilgrims; Marktplatz - Bonn Market Place, a prominent part of the city since the Middle Ages and still home to many market stalls and traders; Poppelsdorfer Schloss - the eye-catching Poppelsdorf Castle, surrounding by magnificent landscaped gardens and beautiful scenery; and the University Botanical Gardens - located within the grounds of Bonn University and boasting many outstanding plant collections and exotic specimens.