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The Home of Beethoven

Aug 17, 2007
The capital of West Germany from 1949 to 1990 was Bonn. It is said to be the Gate to the Romantic Rhine. One of the cities along the Rhine that boasts a rich tradition. It is well worth reading the chronicles and studying the history of the city, which brought both times of hardship and times of joy to its inhabitants.

There are over 30000 student in Bonn which is why it has over 550 pubs and bars including Irish pubs and many of them stay open until well past 5 a.m. It has 20 cinemas and 12 theatres.

There are a vast choice of restaurants and cafes in Bonn which offer delights for everyones taste buds. Enjoy a fresh kolsch beer and tasty delicacies in one of the numerous pubs or beer gardens.

The citys private playhouses and cabaret theatres and the Bonn Summer festival have also made a name for themselves. From May to September everybody can enjoy a wealth of world culture free of charge on the stage outside Bonn Town Hall, ranging from music and theatre to dance and literature.

Bonn has a reputation of being a great shopping city especially due to its pedestrian precinct, one of the biggest ones in Germany. All around the market place in the narrow streets and alleys one will find hundreds of stores. Shopping is a pleasure, whether it is around here or in shopping malls like the Altstadtcenter or the Kaiserpassage in Bad Godesberg. Siegburg with its compact centre also enjoys a good reputation as a visitor-friendly shopping city, and the health resort Bad Neuenahr or the medieval winegrowers village of Ahrweiler make shopping a pleasure.

Wochenmarker weekly market on the square of the same name is held Monday to Saturday. The flohmarket at Rheinaue Ludwig Erhard Strasse is a must it is held on the third Saturday of each month.

The house where Ludwig van Beethoven Germanys greatest composer was born in December 1770 has become the symbol of Bonn. Many of the citys musical events are dedicated to its most gifted son and music fans from all over the world every year come to Bonn's Beethoven festivals.

Abgeordneten-Hochhaus is the former House of Commons, until the Parliament moved to Berlin, it has 29 floors and is 114 metres high it is Bonns highest building. It was erected from 1966 69 and cost around 50 million Marks to build. The Bonn people still call it Langer Eugen after the then President of Parliament Eugen Gerstenmeier.
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Douglas Scott writes for The Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Germany Villa Rental Site
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