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Things to do in Bonn – something for all the family

A city with an interesting past, visit Bonn for beautiful scenery, history with a musical twist, castles, and volcanoes.

There aren’t many cities that can claim to be the birthplace of a musical legend, feature in a poem by Byron, and have once been the capital of Germany. Did we mention there is also a volcano nearby?

A brief history of Bonn

When Berlin was split into two by the ‘Iron Curtain’ in 1949, Bonn replaced it as the capital city of Germany. Government officials flocked to Bonn, using its stately buildings as their base and there were later plans to invest into building new governmental buildings, as well as a new chamber for parliament. But before this could happen, in 1991, the German Parliament voted that Berlin should assume its full role as the seat of government and be the capital city once more.

Today, Bonn is a thriving city that attracts people from all around the world, with an array of museums and other attractions worthy of a far bigger city. And it will always maintain its place in history as the birthplace of Beethoven. It’s a place for lovers of art and culture as well as a home to some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Europe.

crowd of people gathered outside of the Old Town Hall in Bonn

For art and culture lovers

Bonn may not be a capital city, but it has all the culture of one, not least on its Museum Mile, which has an excellent museum about German contemporary history and the Bundeskunsthalle, one of the country’s top exhibition venues. Bonn is where the composer Ludwig van Beethoven was born and grew up, and his birthplace and childhood home are now museums full of invaluable memorabilia from his life.


Hôtel Château Tilques ©Chantal Garcin

Hôtel Château Tilques is a delightful residence built in 1891 and surrounded by a 10-acre park. You can either stay in one of the 52 bedrooms in the château for an authentic experience, or in the designer bedrooms of the Hotel Pavilion.

Make the most of the various activities on offer: indoor swimming pool, tennis court, bike hire and boat trips to the nearby marshes. The golf course of the "Aa Saint-Omer Club" is located 15km away from the hotel.

The château has a lounge bar and a gastronomic restaurant, the Vert Mesnil.

Getting there

12 Rue du Château
62500 Tilques
tel: +33 (0)

Schloss Drachenburg

Hôtel Château Cléry ©Chantal Garcin

Built as a castle in 1766 on the heights of Boulogne-sur-Mer, Hôtel Cléry is located in the heart of a 12-acre wooded park.

This bourgeois mansion has 27 bedrooms and suites. The hotel rooms are split between the castle, the cottages and the farmhouses. You will get a view either over the park or the inner yard of the castle.

Restaurant Le Berthier

The hotel restaurant, Le Berthier, serves numerous tasty regional dishes. The hotel has a fitness centre and a sauna; massages and beauty care treatments are also available by appointment.

Getting there

Rue du Château
62360 Hesdin l'Abbé
tel: +33 (0)

Kid-friendly things to do in Bonn

If you are travelling as a family, it’s good to know there are things nearby to keep you entertained. Bonn has some wonderful places to take children, with fun for the grownups too!

Sea Life Konigswinter

Hôtel du Golf ©Chantal Garcin

Along the greens of the Aa Saint-Omer Golf Club, this hotel boasts an exceptional panoramic view over the 18-hole golf course and the Aa valley.

Hôtel du Golf has 54 bedrooms with a sober and contemporary style. It also features a spa, which includes a jacuzzi and a sauna.

Restaurant Le Lodge and Brasserie Le Ristandèl

The hotel Club House has a brasserie, Le Ristandèl, which welcomes players and non-players after a game of golf. Gastronomic meals are served at Le Lodge restaurant, where gourmets can also enjoy the beautiful view over the golf course.

Getting there

Chemin des Bois
62380 Lumbres
tel: +33 (0)

Deutsches Museum Bonn

Hôtel Le Parc ©Chantal Garcin

Explore this chic yet tranquil hotel, located in the heart of the Cote d’Opale and just 2 km from the seaside. With stunning room views of both the park and forest to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to stunning vistas.

All rooms are recently refurbished and offer modern amenities. An outdoor heated pool and sauna guarantee an idyllic and relaxing break.

The rooms

Spacious, modern and airy rooms overlooking the surrounding countryside.

Restaurant L'Orangerie

The restaurant l’Orangerie offers varied regional dishes, with an emphasis on local seafood. Set in a chic and relaxed atmosphere, savour the delightful flavours of the Cote d’Opale.

Getting there

111 Avenue Francois 1er
62152 Hardelot
tel: +33 (0)

Historic places to visit in Bonn

If you like your holiday with a little history, Bonn will not disappoint. This city is home to gothic architecture, legendary tales of dragons, and a musical genius was born here. Plan a trip to any of the following places to travel back in time.

Beethoven Monument

Hôtel de L'Univers ©Chantal Garcin

Close to the historic centre of Arras, this is a cosy hotel where you can relax in a former 17th century Monastery.

The rooms

The Hotel l’Univers welcomes you with its 38 individually decorated rooms, where you can enjoy a charming and tranquil stay.

Restaurant Le Clusius

You will have the opportunity to discover a wide selection of local produce and seasonal dishes at the restaurant Le Clusius. Choose from the impressive wine list offering more than 250 wines stored in the vaulted cellars.

Getting there

Place de la Croix Rouge
62000 Arras
tel: +33 (0)

Bonn Minster

Golf de Valescure ©Chantal Garcin

Located at the foot of the Esterel Mountains, the Golf De Valescure Hotel combines modern comfort with history and is open all the year round. Minutes from the beach and the coves of the Cote d’Azur, it is the ideal place to stay and enjoy a round of golf at the famous golf club. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and spa to help you unwind.

The rooms

You can choose from a Charme, Luxe or Junior suite, all of which have magnificent vistas which include views of the pool, the pine forest or the golf course.

Brasserie Le Club House and Restaurant Les Pins Parasols

Les Pins Parasols is a gastronomic restaurant offering Provencal cuisine. Whether you dine on the terrace by the swimming pool, in the beautiful gardens or in the restaurant, you will be sure to enjoy the exceptional views. A lighter brasserie lunch can also be enjoyed at the Rest du Golf.

Getting there

55 Avenue Paul l’Hermite
83700 St Raphael
Tel: + 33 (0)

Outdoor attractions in Bonn

With its landscape steeped in magical history and lauded in poems by Lord Byron, Bonn is the place to go if you love the great outdoors. Walk, bike, climb, or ramble, the choice is yours as you discover Bonn’s natural highlights.

Getting there and around

From Calais it takes a little over 4 hours to reach Bonn by car on the E40. You pass by Ghent and Antwerp en route, if you decided to plan a trip with a few stops. The city itself has an extensive public transportation network and is also very walkable. Buses, trams and the U-Bahn make up the public transport system with all being linked to the Cologne network and divided into zones. All you need to travel within Bonn is a City Ticket (€2.90 per trip or €8.60 for a 24-hour pass) or you can rent bikes at numerous points around the city.

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