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 motor sports fans and families. A large leisure center with hotel, vacation village, shopping center, roller coaster and pub district has been built around the two race tracks in recent years. The race track, built in 1927, is located in the district of Ahrweiler in Rhineland-Palatinate and was extended in 1984 by a modern Grand Prix track. You can even explore the Nordschleife with your own car or motorcycle. On fixed dates, the track is open for tourist drives and invites fans who have always wanted to feel like Vettel & Co themselves to an unforgettable experience on the race 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 destination for the whole family. The lift pulls the toboggan 200 meters up the mountain. From the top, the sleds roll in a stainless steel tub through seven fast curves over 500 meters down into the valley. The brake makes the ride an adventure not only for fast-paced riders, but also for leisurely ones. Those who prefer to watch the tobogganers take a seat in the beautiful beer garden.
The high medieval monastery complex (1093-1216) was built as a foundation of the Salian King Henry II and his wife Adelheid. The six-towered building stands out especially for its elaborately designed west entrance. This entrance, also called Paradise in this form, is unique north of the Alps. Together with the restored cloister, the abbey is considered one of the most beautiful monuments of Romanesque architecture in Germany.
Due to its beautiful location on the shores of Lake Laach, the Benedictine abbey attracts tourists, especially in summer, with boat rentals, camping, fishing, as well as the large lakeside hotel. In addition, there is a book and art publishing house, a garden center and various handicraft businesses, in which training is also offered (blacksmith's shop, sculpture shop, bell foundry, carpenter's shop).