MY SUGGESTIONS OR YOUR REQUESTS
Bonn is diverse, and so are my tours. So it is up to you whether you’d rather explore the natural or historical side of Bonn. As an example, I would like to tell you about my most popular tours.
Up and down the Rhine
Exploring the villas, bridges and ferries of Bonn’s Rhine promenade by bike
With a total length of 29 kilometres along both of the river’s banks, it is the longest contiguous promenade on the Rhine. Lined with stately lime trees and beds of beautiful and seasonal plants, a bicycle tour in the summer is particularly appealing. Villas and other buildings along the promenade awaken memories of times past – and bring you back to the present. Three bridges and four ferry crossings offer plenty of flexibility for the planning of your tour. What if you get tired along the way? No problem! Both sides of the Rhine are replete with pubs and beer gardens that cater to day trippers to help you rest and relax.
You want to see more of the Rhine valley? Then I recommend a bus or ship tour through the Middle Rhine valley, a World Heritage site.
Central Bonn, the classic
The Romans, Beethoven and a bit of Versailles
This tour offers you a glimpse into the 2,000-year history of the city. The topics include the remains of the Roman bathhouses, Münsterplatz square with its impressive medieval basilica church and the Beethoven memorial from 1845. The palace at Versailles served as the template for the owner and builder of our former Electoral Palace. The old town hall on the square brings to life memories of visits from dignitaries during Bonn’s time as the capital, while Beethoven’s birthplace on Bonngasse pays tribute to the world-famous musician and composer.
When Bavaria (co-)ruled Bonn
Humorous and serious stories from Bonn’s history
First they saw to it that Bonn residents remained (were forced to remain) Catholic. At first, the “southern Prussians” were sceptical of the Rhine region’s traditional carnival celebration (so it was outlawed), but they eventually got caught up in the festivities.
And last but not least, the architectural ensemble of the former Electoral Palace, including Poppelsdorfer Allee and the Poppelsdorfer Schloss, commissioned by one of Bavaria’s noble families, the Wittelsbachs, still shapes the architectural character of Bonn’s city centre.
And the Bavarians also meddled in Bonn’s business during its time as the German capital. Ministers of finance from the Free State of Bavaria helped ensure sound budget policies. In addition, they also helped set the stage for the construction of Bonn’s underground train system. And two of the federal chancellors who held office in Bonn had Bavaria listed as their place of birth on their birth certificates.
Bonn under Prussian control
A search for clues
At the end of the Napoleonic era, Bonn became, at least administratively, a part of the Kingdom, and later Free State, of Prussia. Without being asked, the city was placed under Prussian control along with the rest of the Rhineland in 1815. The first 50 years of this relationship were filled with mistrust and misunderstandings of the new authority. After the establishment of the German Empire in 1871, they made peace with the situation and made it the fourth-wealthiest city in the kingdom by 1914. Prussia also made a mark on Bonn in the Weimar era that’s still visible today in the city centre and which even the then newly-founded Federal Republic of Germany drew on.
Sawmill, government quarter and the UN campus – Bonn’s ever-changing Gronau district
Conspirators, demagogues and other infamous people – A new look at Bonn’s cemetery
Nature, architecture, culture – Bonn’s Tannenbusch district, from a shifting dune to the 21st century
Of Romans, moated castles, Electors and natural monuments – A cycle through the Kottenforst wood
Cultural hike in the Siebengebirge nature preserve – With certified outdoor tour guide Toni Lankes
I would be happy to create a customised itinerary just for you. You can call me or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you!