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Alter Zoll

Alter Zoll - Bastion with superb view

This bastion planted with chestnut trees is what is left of the city fortress and forms the south-eastern end of the old town. The name is reminiscent of the customs house that has stood here since the Middle Ages.

As the name already indicates, this was where the former Electors' customs house stood at the south-eastern corner of the city limits in the Middle Ages to collect the Rhine duties.  Following the Thirty Years War the Alter Zoll became part of the city's defences in 1642 as the so-called Three-Kings-Bastion under Elector Ferdinand. Two canons originating from the time of the Napoleonic Wars provide a reminder of its former military purpose. From here you can see the most beautiful views of Bonn towards the Rhine and Siebengebirge, whilst enjoying a chilled beer in the beer garden belonging to the Alter Zoll.

This is especially true in the summer when the large beer garden opens its gates under the majestic ancient trees. At that time of year it attracts a young student audience in particular to the Alter Zoll.  There is space for about 450 fresh air fans on the long beer benches under the ancient plane trees with an unobstructed view towards the Rhine, Beuel and the Siebengebirge. If it becomes too crowded, people can move to the large meadow. There are pretzels, salads or pizzas to accompany the chilled beer.

Alter Zoll - Biergarten
Brassertufer 1
53111 Bonn
Opening hours:
Monday - Sunday 11 am - midnight