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Planning a short break to Bonn? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Bonn. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Bonn. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Beethoven House

Bonngasse 20, just north of the market place. This is the top attraction in Bonn. Beethoven was born in 1770 in this small house with a beautiful little garden. On the second floor of the house is the room in which he was born.

The house contains many of Beethoven's personal possessions, including manuscripts and musical instruments. Beethoven's last piano is on display in the Vienna Room in the front of the house.

Admission is $4.80 for adults and free for students and children.

For more information visit: www.beethovenhousebonn.com

Kunstmuseum Bonn

Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2, take the U-Bahn to Heussallee. This art museum is one of the main buildings along the Museum Mile, and contains possibly the most important art collections along the Rhine river. The museum's highlight is it's collection of 20th century art, including works by Rhenish expressionists; Kirchner; Schmidt-Rottluff; Campen-Donk; Ernst; Seehaus; and Thuar. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday 10h00 - 18h00. Admission is $6 for adults and $2.60 for children.

For more information visit: www.bonn.de/kunstmuseum/

Rheinaue Leisure Park

Located in the centre of the New Bonn district, the Rheinaue Leisure Park covers around 160 hectares on both sides of the Rhine river, with 125 on the left bank and 35 on the right bank. The park has a large network of hiking paths that take you through the entire park, with the park's main attraction being the 15 hectare Meadow Lake crossed by six pontoon bridges. The park also has numerous sporting facilities and playgrounds for children. This is a great place to take a break and relax amongst the beautiful natural surroundings.

House of History of the German Republic

Willy-Brandt-Allee 14, take the U-Bahn to Heussallee. This museum covers everything about Germany's modern history, with artifacts; photographs; and other interesting displays. Exhibits on display follow Germany's history from 1945 up to reunification In 2001 Emilie Schindler, the widow of Oskar Schindler, donated some of his documents to the museum, including excerpts from the diary of one of hundreds of Jews that Schindler saved from the Nazi death camps. Admission is free, and the museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday 09h00 - 19h00.

For more information visit: www.hdg.de

Palais Schaumburg

Adenauerallee 137, take the U-Bahn to Museum Koenig. This amazing museum is located between the Chancellery and Villa Hammerschmidt, and has beautiful Renaissance styles and a round tower. It was built between 1858 - 1860, and was owned by the Prussian Royal family in the late 19th century. When Germany was divided after WWII, it was turned into the residence of the West German Chancellor. The Palais is open from Tuesday to Sunday.

Beethoven Festival Bonn

The Beethoven Festival Bonn is held from mid September to Mid October, and focuses on Beethoven and the bohemian-moravian culture. This is one of the highlights on the Bonn events calendar, with symphony concerts featuring international artists to Jazz performances. The concert schedule is accompanied by readings; exhibitions; lectures; and film demonstrations.

For more information visit: www.beethovenfest.de

Wildfreigehege Waldau

Haus der Natur, An der Waldau 50. This is one of the top attraction for children and those young at heart. This beautiful nature park has a wide range of facilities on offer, including a large network of cycling and hiking trails; a large open air enclosure with red deer, fallow deer and wild boar; and a huge playground with many fun things to offer the children. The park is open from Tuesday to Sunday 10h00 - 24h00.

For more information visit the park's website: www.waldau.de

Kaiser Karl

Vorgebirgstrasse 56. This hotel is one of the most popular in Bonn, and has more style and comfort than most ofther top brand name hotels. It was built in 1905 as a private residence and converted into a 4 star hotel in 1983. The beautiful decor consists of Japanese screens; English antiques; Oriental carpets; Venetian mirrors; and Edwardian potted palms. The rooms have all the facilties a top hotel offers, including TV; mini bar; safe; telephone; and a full bathroom. The hotel also features an excellent restaurant; a stylish bar; a garden and underground parking.

Biking Rally for Children

Bonn Nordstadt. Bonn is a biker friendly city and there is no better way for the children to experience Bonn than on this biking tour through the centre of Bonn. The tour makes twelve stops along the trip through Bonn, including the model of a Roman camp and the reconstruction of a Roman heavy-lift crane. There are also games and fun at playgrounds included in the tour.

For more information call Bonn Information on 0228 – 77 50 00.

Christmas Market

Munsterplatz and surrounding streets. The Christmas Market in Bonn is one of the most popular events every year, with over 150 exhibitors; 1 million visitors; a wide range of goods on sale; and a live entertainment program.

The Market runs from November 19 to December 23, and you can browse through the shops at the Market; drink mulled wines; or sample some of the tastey treats, like hot chestnuts. There are a wide range of arts and crafts on sale, as well as delicious local food.

The Market is open from Monday to Friday 11h00 - 20h00; Saturday 10h30 - 20h00; and Sunday 11h00 - 20h00.

User Suggestions

Walk in the woods.

Germany is a walkers paradise and Bonn in particular. There is a nice path through the woods in Venusberg. The path leads to a play area for children and a small cafe near it.

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