Welcome to Bonn, the charming city on the banks of the Rhine River. Join Bob on a journey through the centre of this fascinating town to discover its hidden gems and rich history. From the stunning Baroque architecture of Poppelsdorf Palace and the iconic Beethoven House Museum to the bustling Marktplatz and the picturesque Rheinaue Park, Bonn is a treasure trove of sights and experiences.
Although Bonn is a highly walkable city, it also has electric scooters for rent for an eco-friend, fun and convenient way to get around. You can also expect reliable public transportation, including buses, trams, and trains. Follow this guide as you make your way through the quaint streets, stopping at cafes, markets, and cultural landmarks. Get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of Bonn's city centre and discover why this city is a true gem on the Rhine.
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Restaurants and places to eat
The Bonner Wochenmarkt, or Bonn Weekly Market, is a great way to start your day. This bustling market in Marketplatz (Market Square) is open every day (except Sunday) starting at 8 AM.
It features a variety of vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, meats, cheeses, and other local delicacies. Grab a coffee and a slice of the famous Bonn cherry cake, and browse through stalls of regional specialities. The market showcases global flavours, including India, Los Angeles and the Mediterranean, and has vegan options. You might come across special events, such as live music and other entertainment, making it a fun and lively destination for locals and tourists alike.
Gasthaus im Stiefel
Located on the same street as Bob W Beethoven, Gasthaus im Stiefel is a German restaurant housed in a historic building that dates back to the 16th century. The rustic wood details and warm lighting give Gasthaus a cosy and inviting atmosphere filled with many traditional German touches.
Open for lunch and dinner, the charming ambience and delicious food make it an ideal choice for an authentic taste of German cuisine. The menu features classic German dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, such as schnitzel, sausages, and potato pancakes. Gasthaus also has an extensive beer selection, including several local brews.
Meyman is a family-owned restaurant specialising in authentic Turkish cuisine and is just a few minutes walk from Bob W Beethoven. The interior is decorated with traditional Turkish motifs and artwork, creating an inviting atmosphere.
The delicious menu includes grilled kebabs, lamb chops, and stuffed eggplant, and Meyman also offers a variety of vegetarian options, such as hummus and stuffed grape leaves. Portions are generous, prices are reasonable, and it works great for couples, families or groups. The combo of friendly service and delicious food make it a great place to experience the flavours and hospitality of Turkey while in the heart of Bonn.
Cafes and breakfast
Bob is proud to have The Lighthouse Café as a partner and friend, with discount breakfast passes available for Bob W guests. It is just steps from your accommodation, making it easy to be first in line for their famous freshly baked cinnamon rolls each morning. The café has a small outdoor seating area, providing a great spot to enjoy a coffee on a sunny day. The inside is bright and cheerful and oozes warmth and cosiness.
We love that they stock handmade crockery, making every cup and plate unique. The extensive drinks menu includes hot and cold coffee, matcha, turmeric latte, teas, smoothies, lemonade, and more. Meanwhile, the delicious food options range from pastries and snacks to eggs and sandwiches.
A ten-minute stroll through the town centre will land you at the delightful Kaffeesaurus, Bob's other breakfast partner. They are serious about coffee and have delicious breakfast options such as homemade pastries, yoghurt bowls, smoothie bowls, and sandwiches.
Kaffeesaurus features colourful murals, comfortable seating, and quirky decor, creating an eclectic atmosphere. There is also seating outside in a large, open courtyard. The menu offers a range of coffee and tea drinks, and a selection of homemade pastries, yoghurt bowls, smoothie bowls, soups, salads and sandwiches. Kaffeesaurus offers vegan and gluten-free options for customers with dietary restrictions.
If you've never been to a croissanterie this is your chance. Grab a little slice of France before you start your day exploring Bonn and you won't regret it. Sweet or savoury and always fresh and buttery, these croissants are as creative as they are delicious.
Madame Croissant is located at Acherstrasse 10, within a 5-minute walk from your accommodation and just around the corner from Marktplatz. They don't open until 10 am (noon on Sundays) so, it might not be the go-to breakfast spot for the early risers, but it's worth the wait!
If you're looking for a cool and healthy-ish treat, Yomaro frozen yoghurt has you covered. As another one of Bob's wonderful partners, this place hits the spot when it comes to satisfying your sweet tooth. The yoghurt is made from fresh, natural ingredients and is low in fat, making it a healthier alternative to ice cream.
With a wide range of funky and traditional flavours, you'll be spoilt for choice; and don't even get us started on the toppings! Whether you like your froyo loaded with fruit or topped with candy, Yomaro has all the options. The lively and fun atmosphere makes it the perfect spot to meet friends or enjoy a tasty on-the-go treat on a warm summer day.
Bars, pubs, and nightlife
The Old Jacob
The Old Jacob is an eclectic and inviting cocktail bar in the heart of Bonn's old town. Its laid-back, old-world vibe, plus an impressive selection of drinks, make it the type of bar everyone needs in their neighbourhood. Amid vintage decor and served by friendly staff, enjoy a diverse menu of delicious speciality cocktails, craft beers, and snacks. In addition, The Old Jacob often hosts live music events featuring local talent, adding to the already vibrant ambience.
Biergarten Alter Zoll
For a beer garden with a view, there are plenty of spots along The Rhine to indulge, but only Biergarten Alter Zoll has a history dating back to the 19th century. Built in 1790, Alter Zoll once served as a customs station for goods transported into Bonn, then in the 20th century was converted into a public park, and the beer garden was established in the 1970s.
Today, the Biergarten Alter Zoll is known for its friendly atmosphere, river and countryside views, delicious German beer and traditional food. There is ample seating on long tables, making it a perfect spot for groups, but is also suitable for families or couples.
Visiting Beethoven Haus in Bonn is a must for any lover of classical music and history. This museum is dedicated to the life and work of the famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven, who was born in the building in 1770. The museum houses a collection of original manuscripts, personal belongings, and artefacts, offering a fascinating insight into the life of this musical genius. You can explore the rooms where Beethoven was born and grew up and see the instruments he played throughout his career.
Poppelsdorf Palace was built in the early 18th century by Archbishop Joseph Clemens of Bavaria. This magnificent baroque building is now home to part of the University of Bonn, and is considered one of the finest examples of baroque architecture in Germany. The grandeur of the architecture and the intricate details of the furnishings are a testament to the wealth and power of the former aristocratic owners. Take a tour and experience the rich history of this impressive structure, and don't forget to visit the gardens, full of fountains, sculptures, and botanical collections.
House of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany
For anyone fascinated by German history, a visit to the House of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn takes you on a journey through the political, social, and cultural structure of Germany from the end of World War II to the present day.
The museum houses an extensive collection of photographs, documents, and artefacts, and offers interactive exhibits that engage visitors with key events and themes of the postwar era. From the Cold War to reunification and beyond, the House of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany provides a comprehensive and thought-provoking exploration of modern German history.
Historic Sternstraße is a charming and picturesque street in the centre of town that offers a unique shopping experience. Dotted with quaint, independent shops and boutiques, you can discover artisanal bakeries, cheese shops, vintage clothing stores, and bookshops, making it a treasure trove for unique and distinctive souvenirs. You'll also pass historical landmarks, such as the Beethoven House and the Old Town Hall, which contribute to the overall nostalgic atmosphere of the area.
This bustling shopping street in the heart of Bonn is pedestrian-only and offers a mix of high-end boutiques, international chains, and local shops. You can find everything from luxury fashion and jewellery to electronics and home goods. The street also features a variety of restaurants and cafes, perfect for a break during a shopping spree.
Markets in Bonn offer an enjoyable and diverse shopping experience. The weekly market in Marktplatz is a treat for the senses, with its vibrant array of fresh produce, local delicacies, and unique crafts. It offers a chance to engage with local vendors and immerse oneself in the community. It's open every day except Sundays.
Additionally, the flea market in Rheinaue Park is open from April to October on every third Saturday of the month and provides a treasure trove of vintage finds, antiques, and secondhand items.
Sports, wellness and parks
Spanning over 160 hectares, Rheinaue offers a serene escape from the bustling city. The park features lush green meadows, tranquil lakes, scenic walking paths and a small Japanese Garden. You can enjoy picnics, bike rides, or simply relax amidst nature.
Rheinaue also hosts various events and festivals throughout the year, including concerts, cultural celebrations, and the aforementioned flea market between April and October.
Bob's gym partner, Fitness First, is there to help you stick to your fitness goals while you're in Bonn. Each guest gets one free pass a day, and it's located just around the corner from your accommodation, so you never have to miss a workout.
Rhine River jogging route
If outdoor exercise is more your style, this Rhine River jogging route provides a perfect opportunity to combine your workout with the beauty of nature and the city. The well-kept pathways, flanked by trees, and with access to bridges, create a circular jogging route along the Rhine River that offers lovely vistas from both sides. The route offers a refreshing and scenic experience along the river's picturesque banks, passing by iconic landmarks such as the Villa Hammerschmidt, the Opera House and Rheinaue Park.
The Bonn Botanical Gardens are an integral part of Bonn University, serving as both a research facility and a teaching resource. Spanning a vast area, the garden showcases a diverse collection of plant species from around the world. As you wander through, you'll encounter vibrant flowers, towering trees, and manicured landscapes. You'll also find specialised sections dedicated to specific ecosystems, such as tropical rainforests, monsoons and desert habitats. Whether you're seeking inspiration, relaxation, or a moment of tranquillity, the Botanical Garden in Bonn offers a captivating escape into nature.
Bob W Beethoven
Whether you’re staying in Bonn for a night or a month, Bob W Beethoven, conveniently situated near Marktplatz, is the ideal spot to enjoy this charming town like a local. Get complimentary access to Fitness First and fixed-price Breakfast Passes from Lighthouse Cafe and Kaffeesaurus, plus discounts at Yomaro frozen yoghurt. For the best rates and perks, you won’t find anywhere else, book directly on Bobw.co