The works of Ludwig van Beethoven, Germany's greatest composer, are played throughout the world. At the tender age of 12 he was already creating sonatas.
An impressive cultural centre has sprung up at the heart of the city, with institutions such as the Bonn Art Museum and the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Bonn's theatres have staged many internationally acclaimed productions and attract a highly discerning audience. Variety entertainment and cabaret are also very popular.