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This card offers you a good-value and convenient way to see a great number of attractive places in Bonn and its environs. It includes free entry to over 20 museums and reduced rates for sights as well as for leisure and wellness activities. Free public transport to all WelcomeCard attractions is also included.
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Old Town Hall
Markt, 53111 Bonn
Built between 1737 and 1738 under the rule of Elector Clemens August. The steps leading up to the building are world-famous due to numerous receptions for State guests. Representation rooms are accessible on selected dates. Announcements can be found in the press.
Subway: 16, 63, 66 - H: Universität/Markt
University of Bonn
Regina-Pacis-Way 3, 53113 Bonn
The University of Bonn, the former electoral residence, was founded in 1818 by King Friedrich-Wilhelm III. The long east wing of the building reaches almost to the Rhine. A gilded archangel flies in splendor over the ‘Koblenzer Tor’ (Coblenz Gate), which was designed by Michel Leveilly and built into the impressive façade of the gate.
Bonn’s Egyptian Museum is situated above the Coblenz Gate and boasts an Egyptology collection of about 3,000 objects from 4000 BC to 300 AD.
The Hofgarten park is adjactent to the main building of the university and the Academic Art Museum, which features, among other things, one of the world´s largest collections of plaster cast antique sculptures.
Subway: 16, 63, 66 - H: Universität/Markt
Poppelsdorf Palace and the Botanical Garden of the University of Bonn
Meckenheimer Allee 171, 53115 Bonn
The former summer residence of Elector Clemens August is situated at the end of Poppelsdorfer Allee and has housed the University of Bonn´s natural science collection since 1818. It ist home to the Museum with an impressive collection of precious stones and meteorites.
The Botanical Gardens at the palace are among the oldest in Germany and have one of the most extensive collections of plant species in Germany, with a stock of 11,000 different species in eleven greenhouses. The highlights include the largest water lilies in the world, the leaves of which can bear a weight of 80 kg and the titan arum, the world´s largest flowering plant.
Opening hours Botanical Garden: Apr-Oct: Sun-Wed, Fri 10-18 h, Thu 10-20 h, Sat closed. Nov-March: Mon-Fri 10-16 h.
Bus: lines 601, 602, 603 and 631 - H: Botanischer Garten
The Südstadt quarter, situated south of the city, between Regina-Pacis-Weg, Poppelsdorfer Allee, Reuterstraße, Kaiserstraße, Weberstraße and the Rhine, is often referred to (along with Bonn´s Weststadt) as the largest connected and preserved Wilhelminian quarter in Germany. The many restaurants and bars contribute to the quality and popularity of this lush green residential quarter.
The Sterntor gate on the northern site of Bottlerplatz is a testimony to the city´s medieval fortifications and consists of the remain of the original Sterntor, what is left of the city walls and an old half tower.
Minster Basilica with cloister
Münsterplatz, 53111 Bonn
Bonn´s nine-hundred-years-old minstre was built on a Roman burial ground. The basilica´s 12th-century Romanesque cloister and its powerful, yet slender-looking, 92 meters high spire make it well worth a visit.
Please remark: The church is actually closed for renovation.
Train: 16, 61, 62, 63, 66 - H: Hauptbahnhof
Dixstrasse 41, 53225 Bonn
The Doppelkirche Schwarzrheindorf consecrated in 1151 is an architectural rarity. The octagonal opening between the Lower and the Upper Church is reminiscent of the octagonal Palatine Chapel in Aachen. Its distinctive feature are the two naves, one superimposed on the other, each with an altar of its own.
Opening hours: outside church Tue-Sun 9-17 h,
Oberkirche Sat, Sun 9-17 h
Bus 550, 640 - H: Schwarzrheindorf-Kirche
Rhine promenades, Rheinaue Leisure Park and Alter Zoll
Bonn´s Rhine promenades are among the most beautiful in Germany. Rheinaue Leisure Park, site of the Federal Horticultural Show (BUGA) in 1979, offers an extensive network of paths and tracks. Some of its main attractions are the Japanese Garden and a large boating lake.
The former tolling station „Alter Zoll“ offers a wonderful panoramic view of the Siebengebirge.
Auf dem Godesberg, 53177 Bonn
The first of the romantic castles on the Rhine. Work started on the construction of Godesburg Castle in 1210. The castle was a favorite retreat of the Electors of Cologne in the Middle Ages and is today a restaurant and popular viewing point. Climb to the castle’s 32 meters high keep.
Opening hours: Visit of the Michaelskapelle
Apr.-Oct.: daily 8-17.30 | Nov.-March: daily 8-16 h
Subway: 16, 63 - H: Plittersdorfer Strasse
Charles-de-Gaulle-Strasse 20, 53113 Bonn
At 162.5 meters, the Post Tower, built between 2000 and 2002, is the tallest office building outside Frankfurt am Main and serves Deutsche Post DHL as global headquarters. The building can be visited as part of a guided tour.
Bus: lines 610, 611 and 630 | H: Post Tower
Stationsweg 21, 53127 Bonn
The Kreuzbergkirche is situated above the city, in the district of Ippendorf. It belongs to the rococo ensemble of the era of the Princes Elector and is particularly known for the Holy Staircase, which were planned by the famous master builder Balthasar Neumann. The Holy Staircase is opened every year on Good Friday.
Opening hours: daily from 8am to 8pm| Heilige Stiege: summer time 9am to 6pm, winter time 9am to 5pm
Bus: Line 602 and 603 - H: Melbbad
Bornheimer Straße, 53113 Bonn
Sepulchral monuments of great artistic value and magnificent old trees make a visit worthwhile. Famous personalities have found their final resting place in Bonn’s Alter Friedhof (Old Cemetery)
Visitors can explore the cemetery on their own or as part of a guided tour.
Opening hours: summer time 7-20 o'clock, winter time 8-17 o'clock
Train: 66 | H: Stadthaus
Old town - Cherry blossom
Bonn's old town is located north of Bonn's city center and impresses with its narrow, winding alleys and many individual shops and pubs. Bonn's old town is internationally renowned for its annual cherry blossom, which turns the district into a sea of pink every April.
Train: 66 - H: Stadthaus