The perfect example of positive reuse of industrial space, the converted breadfactoy in Bonn or Kulturzentrum Brotfabrik is now a lively cultural center. The center features a theater, cinema, a cultural institute for education as well as children's workshops and a cafe. With a number of interactive programs through the year, as well as the exhibitions, performances, film screenings, dance classes and other activities; the Brotfabrik has grown into one of the most accessible and vibrant cultural spaces in the city.
Bonn's green oasis is definitely the Rheinauenpark, where the Federal Garden Show of 1979 was held. It is almost as large as the city-centre. When the weather is nice, go for long walks (the footpath is 45km long), have a picnic on one of the lawns or a barbecue in one of the designated areas. In summer, you can go rowing, or play with a remote controlled boat on the 15-hectare Auen lake. There is also an adventure play area for the kids and beer gardens for adults. In summer, regular events are organised here, such as Rheinkultur, Rhein in Flames, Beer Festival and the big Flohmarkt (which is held on the third Sunday of each month).
A beautiful representation of German Romanesque architecture, the Maria Laach Abbey is a Benedictine abbey that was established in the year 1093. Idyllically located on the shores of the picturesque Laacher Lake and due to the regular renovation and maintenance efforts, it continues to be in excellent condition. Its serene lakeside setting coupled with the various towers and turrets of the Abbey, give it a very fairy-tale fortress appeal. The structure has been embellished with several embellishments over the years such as 16th-century murals, mosaics dating back to 1910 and stained glass windows from the 1950s.
Botanische Garten der Universität Bonn is an oasis of peace and quiet in the middle of the city. The original gardens were re-landscaped in 1819 and still bear the typical English elements that were the flavor of the day in the early 19th Century. Visitors can admire a host of exotic plants ranging from Amazonian water lilies to orchids from the tropical rain forests. The giant North American trees are particularly striking.
The Haus der Geschichte (History House) of the Federal Republic of Germany is a must for all. Post 1945 German history is portrayed here in an interesting manner -with text captions, historical objects and photos illustrating historical events. The information here is not restricted to politics, the visitor also learns interesting facts about the history of society, art, culture as well as the economic situations. Technical aids such as screens, listening posts and info-drawers make the visit a relaxing journey through Germany's recent history. You can sit on one of the original seats from the plenary chamber to observe parliamentary debates from the fifties and sixties.
This neo-classical building, which contains one of Germany's most important Zoological collections, was built at the beginning of the 20th Century. The Alexander Koenig Research Museum, with its preserved animals and exhibits, offers an exciting afternoon for families. Over 3000 animals are on display in their natural surroundings. From local birds to exotic mammals and huge skeletons of extinct ostriches, it's all here. The bird collection has 70,000 exhibits and is particularly extensive. The egg collection is just as important and unique. The corridor to the vivarium is also impressive, as a few living reptiles are on display.
Gallery 2000 is a beautiful art gallery in Bonn where one can learn more about the rich artistic talent of the area. The gallery showcases attractive artwork. One can also choose picture frames, image holders and other decorative items to take home. The staff is helpful and also offers delivery and pick up.
The Rheinische Landesmuseum founded in 1820 is very centrally situated. Visitors to the museum can see exhibits and documents from various eras (from the Stone Age to the present day), as well as experience a bit of Rhenish history. A 50,000 year old skull of a Neanderthal, various Roman soldiers' grave stones as well as the huge rock altar of the Hercules Saxanus from the Brohltal are only a few examples of the extensive collection. The art collection includes work by the artists Barthel Bruyn Senior, Hann Trier, Leo Breuer and A.van Dyck. In addition, there is a section which exclusively deals with contemporary Rhenish art. The museum also houses a public library that boasts an extensive collection of books on archaeology and art history, and is open from Monday to Friday, 8a to 6p. Other features include a restaurant and a gift shop. Guided group tours of the museum can be arranged for schools and private groups.
In the Middle Ages, Münsterplatz was very lively. It is still the most happening area of the city. The Beethoven Memorial, the Basilica, the old Main Post Office are all situated here, as are some department stores. Various events also take place here throughout the year, such as festivals, craft markets, fairs, rallies and of course the large Christmas Market. The long established Milchpavillon as well as the traditional pub Hähnchen are also found here. Situated only a few minutes away from the main station, the Münsterplatz is the first sight many visitors see. The tourist information office is also located close to the main post office building.
Euro Theater Central situated in the corner of Muensterplatz is a Repertoire theater featuring mesmerizing acts by talented local as well as international artists throughout the year. The ensemble at this theater is a perfect blend of talented, experienced and novice actors and performers. Watching a performance at this theater makes you feel as if you are part of the story due to the intimate setting and power-packed performance. Euro Theater Central has been providing quality live entertainment to the fans of the performing arts in the city for many decades making it an important fabric of the city's culture.
Enjoy a tour of the Firla Gallery in Bonn that reveals the nuances of graphic art. The gallery is named after Siegfried Firla who was a renowned artist himself. It showcases the works of several modern artists like E. Bach, M. Chagall and J. Votteler. There are over 600 pictures and artworks that can be seen at the in-house art shop. One can also pick some handmade frames.