Useful Information about Bonn

Location

Bonn

The former Federal capital is almost on the same geographical longitude as Cannes (7º 7´ 4´´) and almost the same latitude as Kiev or Newfoundland (50º 43´14´´). The city stretches out over an area of 141 km² on both sides of the Rhine. 43.7 km² of this is built-up, 27 km² agricultural area, 39.3 km² comprises forest, 8.8 km² public green spaces and 15.1 km² streets. Three bridges connect the two districts Bonn and Bad Godesberg with Bonn-Beuel. Bonn was the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1949 to 1990 and has been a university town since 1818, with around 40,000 students these days. The city had 307,657 inhabitants as at June 30, 1999. Düsseldorf, capital of the Land, is 60 km away, with Cologne around 25 km away. Both cities can be reached via the motorway in around 50 and 20 minutes respectively.

Hotel Petersberg lies 20 km south-east of Bonn Central Station and 30 km from Cologne-Bonn airport. We recommend that you take a taxi from the airport or Central Station to Hotel Petersberg.

 

Currency

A new currency will be introduced in most European countries on January 1, 2002 (Belgium, Germany, France, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Spain). The currency of these countries will then be the euro (€), with the exchange rate currently  € 1 = US $ 0.89.

http://www.n-tv.de/kurse/devisen/currencies.html

 

Sights

http://www.bonn-regio.de/engl/sightseeing.htm

Alter Zoll: Fortress from the Thirty Years’ War with magnificent views over the Rhine. Name of the former Customs House. Ernst Moritz Arndt Memorial.

Koblenzer Tor: (formerly Michaelstor) Magnificent baroque gate at the entrance to the city center. Former seat of the Order of St. Michael. Important ethnological collection within its walls.

University: Former residence of Cologne’s electoral princes. Built under Elector Joseph Clemens in 1697. Became University of Bonn from 1818. Almost completely gutted in 1777 and 1944. Centerpiece of Bonn’s baroque axis.

Altes Rathaus: The Old Town Hall is one of the city’s most famous sights and a baroque landmark of Bonn from 1737. Countless heads of state and prominent figures have already climbed its steps.

Beethoven Haus: House where the famous composer was born. Very interesting exhibition with paintings, busts, letters and music written by Beethoven himself, first editions, musical instruments and objects used by the great man himself.

Münsterbasilika: The Minster Basilica is one of the Rhineland’s most important buildings from the point of view of art history and a famous Bonn landmark. One of the key nuclei in medieval town development.

Godesburg: The Godesburg is also known by the name “Godesberg Ruin”. The tower, which is approx. 30 m high, boasts a vantage point that offers a superb view of the city, Rhine and Siebengebirge (Seven Mountains).

http://www.bonn-regio.de/engl/kultur.htm

Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle: As a venue for changing exhibitions, the Art and Exhibition Hall offers a varied cultural program of international renown.

Stadtmuseum Bonn: The permanent exhibition housed in Bonn’s Art Museum guides you through two thousand years of Bonn history. The main emphasis of the relatively new museum is on the 18th and 19th century.

 

Cologne-Bonn airport

The airport lies approx. 25 km north-east of Bonn to the right of the Rhine in Köln-Wahn (http://www.airport-cgn.de/index_e.html). You can reach it via the motorways A 59 and A 565. A journey from the city center to the airport takes around thirty minutes if there is little traffic. Airline passengers can also take the airport shuttle buses that stop at the terminal on a regular basis. Connecting flights from Frankfurt/Main to Cologne-Bonn take 40 minutes. Bonn can be reached by train from the international Frankfurt Rhine/Main airport in just under two hours (price: around € 32 / second class). The trains run every hour. The best way to get from Bonn Central Station to Petersberg is by taxi (price: around € 25).

 

Express bus connections from Bonn to Cologne-Bonn airport: The SWB line 670 departs daily for the airport from bus platform F2 at Bonn Central Station, stopping at Mozartstraße, Frankenbad / Kunsthalle, Innenministerium at regular intervals. Schedule info: Tel. (02 28) 711-4813. Buses run every 15 minutes during the day, every 30 minutes in the late morning and afternoon and every 30 minutes early in the morning; at weekends, the airport buses run every 30 minutes or every hour.

Airport transfer: Tel. (02 28) 62 50 55. TBM Transfer-Service GmbH & Vermittlungszentrale Theisen provide chauffeur-driven vehicles and minibuses (up to 13 people).

Taxi transfer: Tel. (02 28) 55 55 55. Bonn Funk-Taxi Zentrale eG charges around DM 70 for journeys from Bonn to the airport.

 

Getting there by car

From Cologne

A 59 towards Cologne-Bonn airport (signposted “Flughafen Köln-Bonn”)

A 59 turns into B 42, continue until “Königswinter” exit

Direction “Ittenbach” (you will also see brown signs here saying “Petersberg”)

Straight on until you reach the hotel (caution: sharp bends, especially if the road is slippery)

 

from Bonn

A562 over the bridge

Take B 42 towards “Königswinter”

B 42 until “Königswinter” exit

Direction “Ittenbach” (you will also see brown signs here saying “Petersberg”)

After approx. 1 kilometer, take a left towards “Petersberg”

Straight on until you reach the hotel (caution: sharp bends, especially if the road is slippery)

 

from Frankfurt

A 3 towards “Cologne”

Take “Siebengebirge” exit, head for “Königswinter”

Just before Königswinter, take a right towards “Petersberg”

Straight on until you reach the hotel (caution: sharp bends, especially if the road is slippery)

Bus and tram

You can reach every inner-city destination in Bonn using the city railroad, the subway as well as the bus routes operated by SWB. You can reach places in the surrounding countryside using DB (national railroad), the KVB (Cologne Transport Services) or the routes operated by RVK (Cologne Regional Transport).

Tram line 66: Bad Honnef – Rhöndorf – Königswinter – Oberdollendorf – Oberkassel – Ramersdorf – Bonn-Rheinaue – Heussallee/Museumsmeile – Bonn Central Station – Beuel – Vilich – Hangelar – Sankt Augustin – Siegburg

Bus route 541: Königswinter-Oberpleis – Vinxel – Holtorf – Ramersdorf – Bonn/Hochkreuz

Tourist information

The Bonn Tourist Information Center (BonnInformation) is located near to the Central Station at Münsterplatz. It is around three minutes’ walk from the station. The BonnInformation is the so-called Service Center, offering visitors as well as citizens various services under one roof. These include information on the city of Bonn and its attractions, brochures, pamphlets, posters, souvenirs, sightseeing tours and guided tours of the city, as well as advice and tickets for local public transport and all cultural offerings. With its range of services, the Tourist Information Center is aimed at visitors, the Citizen Service at the citizens of Bonn, BonnMobil helps people get from one end of the city to the other, whilst BonnTicket is the advance booking office for cultural events.

http://www.bonn.de/tourismus//e_index.htm

Weather

http://www.donnerwetter.de/extern/region.mv?1553

The weather in Bonn is extremely varied. It can get very cold and foggy in winter.

Expected temperature                                     -5°C to +7°C

Expected deviation (in degrees)                     +/-5°C

Average rainfall over the years                       50 mm per month

Expected deviation (in %)                              10 %

 

Emergency numbers

Police:                                     110

Fire service:                             113 or 110

Emergency doctor/rescue:      112/19222

 

Time zone

Germany is GMT +1 hr.

 

Electricity

The voltage is 220 volts AC 50 cycles. US appliances will not work in Germany, and UK plugs will not fit the sockets.

 

Customs

The following goods may be imported from countries not belonging to the EU:

-200 cigarettes or

100 cigarillos or

50 cigars or

250g tobacco

-1 l spirits (alcohol content above 22% vol.) or

2 l spirits (alcohol content below 22% vol.) or

2 l table wine

-50g perfume

-0.25 l eau de toilette

-500g coffee

-Drugs for personal use

-Other goods up to € 100

All visitors should keep the invitation in their hand luggage. Technical devices such as laptops etc. must be registered with Customs as “Import for Temporary Use” upon arrival. For all other items that are not travel essentials, visitors should ask the German Embassy in their respective native country (presents or similar that are possibly subject to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species etc.).