Sights in the Surrounding Area
Bonn is the
gate to the romantic rhine, two UNESCO world heritage sites are just a few kilometers away and many beautiful landscapes await you just outside of Bonn.
Only 35 km from Bonn lies the lively carnival capital of Cologne with its impressive landmark – Cologne Cathedral. The third-highest church building in the world with a height of 157 metres can be seen from a great distance, and is generally considered to be a unique example of Gothic architecture. The awe-inspiring building was already started in the 13th century but only completed in the 19th century after an interruption of several centuries. With such a mammoth project it is no wonder that the Cathedral is now the most visited place of interest in Germany.
The most well-known amusement and leisure park in the region called Phantasialand is located directly in front of the gates of Bonn, in the neighbouring town of Brühl. This paradise for old and young is in the top 15 most visited amusement parks in Europe. The park was already opened in 1967 and has since been expanded continuously. A large number of impressive shows and additional attractions to suit every taste put a sparkle in the eyes of children and adults alike. Phantasialand takes its visitors on an exciting themed voyage of discovery round the world - Africa and Asia, Mystery and Fantasy, Mexico and Berlin are only a few of the many magical worlds at the park. The park also offers entry to children up to the age of 11 at a reduced price.
The construction of the Palace of Augustusburg was started on the orders of Clemens August in 1725 and initially carried out by Johann Conrad Schlaun with the construction of the palace on the ruins of a waterside castle dating back to the Middle Ages. The building was extended in 1728 by François de Cuvilliés and later by Balthasar Neumann. UNESCO included the Palace of Augustusburg in 1984 together with Falkenlust Palace and the Brühl Gardens on the list of the world cultural heritage sites. The grounds were designed in 1728 by Dominique Gerard and in 1840 Peter Joseph Lenné added a few surrounding wooded areas.
The Nürburgring is a unique destination for an excursion for motor sport fans and families. All round the two race tracks a large leisure centre has been built with a hotel, holiday village, shopping centre, roller coaster and eating/drinking area. The race track that was built in 1927 is located in the district of Ahrweiler in Rhineland-Palatinate and was expanded in 1984 with a modern grand-prix track. You can even drive the North Loop in your own car or on a motorbike. On certain dates the track is open for tourists and invites fans, who have always wanted to feel like Vettel & Co, for an unforgettable experience on the track.
Koblenz and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
The historical fortification is an amalgamation of several Prussian fortresses, which were built in the first half of the 19th century and were used as the city fortifications of Koblenz and Ehrenbreitstein. On the rocky promontory high above the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle, the majestic site towers over its surroundings with a powerful, magical force of attraction. Cultural and culinary highlights await you here together with the extensive grounds and the unique panoramic views that invite visitors to spend some time.
At the place where the Moselle flows into the Rhine, probably the most well-known artificial tongue of land in Germany is situated - Deutsches Eck (German Corner). It is crowned with a statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I. on horseback, the emblem of the city of Koblenz, which was built as part of the foundation of the German Empire in 1871 and attracts thousands of visitors every year. The area around the landmark also plays an important role at events such as
Rhine in Flames® as well as in the numerous firework displays on the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.
Summer toboggan run
The summer toboggan run in Altenahr is an attractive excursion destination for the whole family. The
toboggan is pulled up the 200 metre high hill with the lift. From the top the toboggans roll into a trough made of stainless steel round seven fast bends covering 500 metres down into the valley below. The brake makes the ride an adventure not only for speedy drivers but also for those who want to take things at a more gentle pace. Anyone who prefers to watch tobogganing, can take a seat in the pretty beer garden.
The monastery dating back to the Middle Ages (1093-1216) was built as a charitable foundation by the Salian King Heinrich II. and his wife Adelheid. The building with six towers stands out particularly because of its elaborately designed western entrance. This entrance, which is also described as
paradise in this form, is the only one north of the Alps. Together with the restored cloister, the abbey is regarded as one of the most beautiful monuments of Roman architecture in Germany.
Owing to its the beautiful location by Laach Lake, the Benedictine abbey attracts tourists particularly in the summer with boat hire, a camping site, fishing and the large lakeside hotel. In addition, there is a book and art publisher, a garden centre as well as various local craftsmen, which also provide training opportunities (sculpture workshop, bell foundry, carpenter's workshop).
You can find more places of interest in the region at www.rheinland.info.