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Hello lovely readers!
Recently we had a long weekend because of the Pentecost holiday! So, we decided to spend a relaxing day in Bonn, which is a city really close to Cologne.
We chose to go there on Saturday, because in Germany holidays and especially Sundays are considered “rest days”. This means that not only tourist attractions, but supermarkets, pharmacies and almost all restaurants are closed. Therefore, if you are planning to visit Germany, beware of that!
Regarding transportation, we went by train. My husband has an awesome benefit called the Job Ticket. This is a public transport pass that only companies can purchase and give to their employees. This amazing ticket is valid for buses, underground and some trains. It also gives the bearer the right to take either one adult, three children or a bike with it on the public transport, free of charge. This “bonus” is valid for daily trips after 7 pm or weekend trips. Because of that, we didn’t have to pay to go to Bonn!
There are several trains that travel between Cologne and Bonn, because there are many people who work in one city and live in the other. We chose the RE5-Klobenz and the “trip” took about an hour, considering the commute from our house to the train station and such. We arrived around 11am.
The central train station is close to the city’s commercial center and Bonner Münster, our first stop attempt.
Unfortunately, the cathedral is closed for repairs and we are unable to enter. This whole side was full of scaffolding
that’s why the photo was not taken by us. Nevertheless, the area around the cathedral is beautiful and worth checking out. After that, we went to some stores, including the Haribo Store because, you know, it’s Haribo <3.
Then, we went for lunch! We chose an Italian restaurant called Braceria that was just around the corner. I highly recommend this place! The food is amazing and the waiters are super nice. I had a lasagna and my husband chose a pasta au gratin, which was kind of divine. The dishes were served on clay platters and the portions were fair, maybe even a bit too big
I couldn’t eat all of my dish. Pasta and risotto dishes cost around €9.90 and meat or salmon options were a little more expensive.
Then, we head to the University of Bonn, which is surrounded by an enormous garden. Since it was a sunny day, many people took advantage of the lawn to sunbathe and relax. If you are interested in art, you can find an art museum by the garden, called Akademisches Kunstmuseum. Since we are not very good at appreciating art, we went to the botanical garden instead.
That building at the bottom of the picture is the Poppelsdorf Palace, where the archbishop of Cologne used to live. The building is from 1340! Around 1650, the castle was surrounded by gardens that were complemented over the years and in 1818, when the university was founded, this area was donated to scientific studies.
The path to the botanical garden is filled with trees and old houses, worth checking out. During the week admission is free and on weekends it costs € 3.00. Opening days and times are different for Fall / Winter and Spring / Summer, so you need to pay attention to that as well.
Anyone who enjoys beautiful landscapes must visit Bonn during Spring, specifically the Heerstrasse, a
very famous street filled with cherry-blossom trees.
After that, we went to the Bethoven Haus, where Ludwig van Beethoven was born in December 1770.
Nowadays, the residence is a museum where letters, compositions and portraits of the musician are exhibited. Opening hours also vary according to seasons and admission costs € 6.00. Students and families are entitled to discounts!
Speaking of Bethoven, there is a statue of him at Münsterplatz, our last stop of the day, which also houses this beautiful Deutsch Post building, very nice restaurants and ice cream parlors.
So, here is the scoop of the tour: For travelers who have time on their hands, want to visit a beautiful city and spend a relaxing day, Bonn is definitely worth it. For example, let’s say you came to Germany for a few months, to work or study, something like that. But if this is the first time you’ve come to Europe or Germany, or your schedule is really tight, Bonn will not change your life.
If you know Bonn or have any other suggestions, leave a comment below!
See you on my next post!
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