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).
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.
Shooting foamy jets of cold water in the air at a height of 196.85 feet (60 meters), the Andernach Geyser is the world's highest cold water geyser. Along the banks of River Rhine, the spectacular landscapes of Namedy Peninsula encompass the geyser with the verdure of dense trees and grasslands. The geyser is fed by a 1149 feet (350 meter) deep aquifer which was dug with a purpose of extracting carbon dioxide for mineral water. Today, the location of the geyser and its environs have become a major tourist attraction, called the Andernach Geyser Adventure Center. A ferry ride through the river is a favored activity and the best way to explore the scenic landscapes of the Rhine. A tourist information center allows visitors to get detailed information about the geyser. A sight to behold, the high rising water jet is a unique phenomenon to witness.
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.
The mountain and the ruins on top, collectively called the Drachenfels, can be found at a height of 321 meters (1053 feet). Below the ruins on the path up the mountain, you can find Drachenburg Castle, which is also worth a stop but does require an admission fee. According to the old legends about the Drachenfels, a dragon once lived here and sank ships along the Rhine with its fire breath, giving the mountain its name, though it may be more likely that the name comes from the first city count Gottfried von Drachenfels who lived here from 1176.
In the mid-19th Century, there was a bridge connecting the two banks of the Rhein near the Kölner Dom. This bridge was jokingly known to the inhabitants of the city as the Muusfall - the Mousetrap. At the beginning of the 20th Century, it had to give way to the Hohenzollern Bridge, a half-timbered arch bridge that was designed to carry the railway. Although the bridge was destroyed in 1945 during the last few days of World War II, it was later rebuilt and is most notable for the thousands of 'love padlocks' that adorn the railings. One of the most photographed landmarks in Cologne, the arches of the bridge light up the night in a beautiful sight to behold.
Known as one of the most romantic hiking routes in the area, the Rheinsteig Trail is a 320 kilometers (200 miles) stretch of rolling hills, forests and vineyards. The trail is ideal for beginners though it has areas which are recommended only for professionals or advanced trekkers. One is rewarded with memorable views of the surroundings all through the trail.
Stadtgarten, also known as Municipal Park, is situated close to the more popular Hofgarten. However, Stadtgarten has the advantage of being located on the banks of the River Rhine and offers magnificent views of the gently flowing water. The monument of Ernst Moritz Arndt, a famous German writer on patriotic topics, lies here. This park is a hidden gem and is ideal for strolling round the walkways while admiring the Rhine, as well as for some moments of peace and quiet, away from the hustle and bustle of Bonn.
Go on one of the many Rhine cruises and discover the castles, the mountains and the Rhine and Mosel. Enjoy a day on board.
Adenauerallee is a street in Bonn that passes from south to north through the neighborhoods of Gronau, Südstadt and Zentrum. It stretches parallel to the Rhine River, which is located in close proximity. It is named for Konrad Adenauer, who was the first Chancellor of Germany and is famous for its political history. It houses important tourist attractions and political buildings such as the Museum König, Palais Schaumburg, Collegium Albertinum, Federal Agency for Civic Education, Federal Chancellery, Villa Hammerschmidt, Federal Court and Faculty of Law.