A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post on 20 places to feed your wanderlust. I created that list based on my favorite places I had traveled to over the last couple of years. One place on that list is Bonn, Germany, which is my current home. I moved to Bonn in the summer of 2014 to be with my boyfriend and end our crazy international long distance relationship.
In just a few months, we will be leaving Bonn to relocate to the USA. I can’t believe that I’ve lived in Bonn for nearly two years now. The time totally flew by—it seems like just yesterday I arrived with just my two suitcases and purse! Before I leave Bonn I wanted to write this post to share some of my favorite areas of the city with you. If you do ever come to Germany, I highly recommend coming to Bonn and checking out some of the places I mentioned!
Der Rhein—The Rhine
Bonn is located on the banks of the Rhine River, which flows from Switzerland to the Netherlands. I can walk to it in about 10 minutes from my apartment, and I most certainly will miss that when I go! The Rhine is a great place for strolls, bike rides or for hanging out on the areas nearby (lots of grassy areas to chill on!). There are plenty of Biergardens right by the river offering diverse selections of food and most importantly drinks, which is an awesome way to spend a summer day!
Last year we went on a boat cruise on the river, which was amazing because along the way you can see older cities and historical landmarks like old fortresses on the neighboring mountains! If you ever get to Bonn, I totally recommend taking a boat cruise on the Rhine.
Die Altstadt—The Old Town
The Altstadt—the old town—is by far one of my favorite places in Bonn. I’ve been living in this neighborhood for nearly two years and I am quite sad to move away from here. The street I am living on dates back to Roman times. There are tons of ancient Roman relics that get dug up around Bonn quite often! Pretty cool, right?
The Altstadt offers plenty of cafés, bars and restaurants. The best pizza I have had in Germany is just minutes away from my house. Real authentic Italian food made by a couple from Naples, Italy! I will definitely miss that when we leave here. I also am quite lucky to live near a wonderful café called C’est la Vie which has too many delicious pastries and deserts to choose from.
The vibe of the Altstadt is really great. I particularly like the warmer months here because people are always outside hanging out at the bars, cafés and restaurants. I’m getting a bit nostalgic while I write this, because I really do love my neighborhood, particularly the street I live on. During the spring, it is canopied by all the blossoming cherry blossoms. Take a look for yourself, what do you think?
Das Zentrum—The City Center
The Bonn city center is a conveniently sized area to walk around and enjoy all the sights. One of my all-time places to hang out is around the Hofgarten—courtyard— of Bonn´s University. Many lazy summer days of mine have been spent hanging out in this area soaking up the sun and relaxing!
Within the city center, there are so many great things to do. There are a few beautiful squares to visit and marvel at the beautiful architecture. One of my favorites is Marktplatz, which translates to market square in English. During the week, there is always a farmer’s market, where you can buy fresh local produce. The Old Town Hall is also located here, which is an absolutely beautiful building to look at!
I love to spend my free time strolling around the city center of Bonn. During the summer months you can of course enjoy all the cafes and restaurants outdoors. In the winter you can enjoy all the wonderful Christmas markets which are truly marvelous! I am so sad that this year I won’t be able to able to get my Glühwein—mulled wine—and hang out at the Christmas markets!
In the city center you can also pay a visit to the composer Beethoven’s birthplace. My mother is a piano teacher, and growing up I used to watch this movie called Beethoven Lives Upstairs, which is about a young boy and Beethoven. When I watched that I never thought I would actually see Beethoven’s house one day. But, I have been there several times, including with my mother which was a really wonderful day for me! That place just carries some sort of energy. I suppose it is because one of the greatest composer’s lived there!
There is another (sweet) reason I will really miss Bonn. I’ve always LOVED gummi bears and while living in Bonn I figured out that Haribo is actually from Bonn. Haribo stands for Hans Riegel, who was born in Bonn. He invented the gummi bear in the 1920s. The city center of Bonn has a Haribo store that is always packed with people. But my insider tip is to take the number 16 tram from the main station to Bad Godesberg where you will find the Haribo factory outlet store. There are so many different selections of gummies I never knew existed! I loaded up my basket with tons of sweets on a regular basis there. I am quite sure my dentist isn’t happy about my love of Haribo, but at least I fulfilled my dream of feeling like Charlie in the Chocolate Factory. 😉
What part of Bonn would you like to visit?
I have traveled all around Germany, and I still think Bonn is one of the best cities in the country. If you are thinking of visiting Germany, you should definitely check out this area. If you do ever come here, let me know! I would love to give you an itinerary of places to check out both in Bonn and the surrounding regions.