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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Sweet And Quiet Bonn

Dear friends,

Here we are, back with stories from our trip this February-March to my dear sweet friend Dana. Our 5th day in Germany was not in Koln but we spend the most of it in Bonn. It was the lovely 1st of March and we boarded late in the morning the fast train from Koln to Bonn (as we wanted to have a long nap and how sweet it was!). Now fear not! the trip takes no more than 20 minutes and Bonn is truly a lovely and sweet and quiet place that you fall in love with at first sight. My adorable husband already fell for it ;)
Bonn was the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany (previously, West Germany) and lies on the river Rhine some 20 km south of Cologne. The city remains a popular choice for large-scale exhibitions and conferences. Bonn is best known culturally as the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven. Its population is 315,000.
You should consider a trip to Bonn if you like atmospheric smaller cities with many students and a rich culture. Admirers call it Italy's most northern city because of its street culture with many cafes and beer gardens in the summer. It is also a good base for day trips to Cologne, Düsseldorf, the romantic Rhine and the Eifel region.
The city centre itself is not very big and you are able to reach the different attractions there by foot.
Bonn has an excellent bus, night bus, tram and subway system operated by the local Stadtwerke Bonn. There are ticket offices and vending machines at major stations, offering single tickets, multiple tickets and both 24-hour and weekly passes. The tickets are valid on local trains, Stadtbahn (underground), tram, buses and night buses. It is also a good city to explore by bike. Rental bikes are available at the train station from Deutsche Bahn at platform 1 or from the Radstation behind the train station.
The Bonn Minster (German: Das Bonner Münster) is a Roman Catholic church in Bonn. It is one of Germany's oldest churches, having been built between the 11th and 13th centuries. At one point the church served as the cathedral for the Archbishopric of Cologne. However, the Minster is now a Papal basilica.
The Beethoven Monument is a large bronze statue of Ludwig van Beethoven that stands on the Münsterplatz in Bonn, Beethoven's birthplace. It was unveiled on 12 August 1845, in honour of the 75th anniversary of the composer's birth
Here I am, with my friend Beethoven :)
Sculptures depicting the heads of Saints Cassius & Florentius in front of the Bonn Minster.
Originally the Minster was the collegiate church of Saints Cassius and Florentius, who were Roman legionaries of the legendary all-Christian Theban Legion. The legion's garrison, according to legend, was in the Egyptian town of Thebes. Roman Emperor Maximianus Herculius ordered the legion to march to Gaul and assist in subduing rebels from Burgundy. At some point during their march, the legion refused to follow the emperor's orders either to kill fellow Christians or to worship Maximianus Herculius as a god. As a result, a large number of legionaries were martyred in Agaunum, now named Saint Maurice-en-Valais after Saint Maurice. According to legend, Saints Cassius and Florentius, who were under the command of Saint Gereon, were beheaded for their religious beliefs at the present location of the Bonn Minster.
Now in case you did not know... Haribo is a German confectionery company, founded in 1920 by Johannes ("Hans") Riegel, Sr. Haribo is headquartered in Bonn and the name is an acronym for Hans Riegel, Bonn.
Haribo made the first gummy candy in 1922 when Hans Riegel, Sr. made the first Gummibärchen (little gummy bears). After Hans Riegel, Sr. died during World War II, his son, also named Hans Riegel, took over the company. Haribo expanded its operations, taking over many local confectionery manufacturers in countries all over the world.
We were happy to go inside the main shop in Bonn and choose sweets from this amazing heavenly sweet (tooth) place :) Haribo's German catch phrase is Haribo macht Kinder froh – und Erwachsene ebenso ("Haribo makes children happy – and adults as well"), and in English-speaking countries, it uses the slogan "Kids and grown-ups love it so – the happy world of Haribo".
Adorable husband with Haribo Sweets :)
The city tour Dana had prepared got us through the main square, HARIBO Shop, University Area, The Federal Ministry Of Affairs, the Bonn White House & we topped the day up with a museum that destroyed my fav museum list by popping in unexpectantly!  :) But more on that next week at the next #TravelTuesday but fret not, in the meanwhile you can check one of the below posts I did previously on our trip to Koln:
  • What Would You Visit In Koln - thoughts upon what one could see in Koln, ideeas at the beginning of the journey
  • Germany, Ich Liebe Dich - Koln/Cologne & Bonn through BB pictures + 2 dear pictures that my best friend Dana took :) - a short intro to our trip in Germany
  • The Flight Travel Bug - or how I love to fly and I am glad my husband choose Lufthansa for our trip to Koln/Cologne 
  • Krakow-Cologne. How do I get there? - on how we managed to get from Poland to Germany: flight + ICE Train, and a little extra on the side: chinese food for dinner :) 
  • A Dark And Gloomy Cathedral - a very extensive post on the awesomeness of the Cologne/Koln Cathedral. I fell in love with her at the first sight!
  • You Love Me. Real Or Not Real? - the wonderful Hohenzollern Bridge with its love locks, right next to the Koln Cathedral was a wonderful stop :) 
  • A Walk Along The Rhein - a short stroll from the Hohenzollern Bridge to the Chocolate Museum, close to the  Severinsbrucke.  
  • 3D Golf - Now That's Something New! - a little bit of our 3D party + a short detour at  Metzgerei & Salon Schmitz 
  • Sweet And Quiet Bonn - more about our travels in Germany and the wonderful little town called Bonn, where the yumyum Haribo gummy bears come from :)
Yours truly,
A LadyBug That Loves Bonn