Bonn is a wonderful place to live…
As a university town, home to international business, host to 18 United Nations organisations, Bonn is a vibrant, diverse city of over 300,000 inhabitants. It unites the advantages of large metropolitan cities (great network of public transportation, international population, variety of entertainment and spectacular museuems) with the benefits of smaller towns (high quality of life, close proximity to schools and shops).
The city is known for its dedication to the arts. The Museum Mile features highly-acclaimed galleries with an emphasis on modern art. For music fans, Bonn hosts the annual KunstRasen in the Summer, Beethoven Festival in September, a number of musical competitions, and an opera house.
Simultaneously, Bonn residents take advantage of the many opportunities for outdoor recreation. The city is nestled on the banks of the Rhine River and at the foot of the “Seven Hills” region. There are countless bike paths along the river and in the local forests leading into and throughout the city, as well as out into the surrounding countryside. Hiking paths connect sightseeing points and villages. Ferries and tourist boats ply the Rhine and provide easy access to points just outside the city.
Founded over 2000 years ago by the Romans, Bonn has a proud and rich history. Its most recent asserts its status as the capital of Germany from 1949 to 1990. After the federal government officially moved to Berlin in 1999, Bonn re-positioned itself as a centre of technology, innovation and development. In 2007, the IFO Institute, a leading economic think-tank in Germany, designated Bonn one of the top 5 places to live in the country.
The City of Bonn has launched a website, all in English, which is called Bonn International.
You can find useful information about:
- how to find a job in and around Bonn
- living in Bonn (housing, formalities, medical care, transport system, useful services about public holidays, opening times of shops …)
- leisure time and social activities, culture and sports
- educational institutions in Bonn
- international events
Here are some other useful websites that provide information about Germany, Bonn and the surroundings: