Things are a little quieter these days in Bonn, the former West German capital. Yet although the national government moved to Berlin back in the 1990s, Bonn’s cultural scene is as vibrant as ever. Bonn is home to two of Germany’s top-rated museums, the Haus der Geschichte, a museum of post WWII history, and the Bonn Kunsthalle, an art museum. A great way to get your bearings and explore the city is the Beethoven Tour, a 16-stop route tracing the life and work of the great German composer, who was born in Bonn.
Then visit the Chancellor’s Bungalow and soak up some of the unique atmosphere of post-war Bonn. The Federal Chancellor’s residence was built in the 1960s, but the modern, functional and thoroughly unassuming architectural style got mixed reviews from the bungalow’s residents.
Wine and Rhine, a match made in heaven. The Rheingau and Mittelrhein regions are home to numerous top-class wineries, which produce limited quantities of excellent vintages from their steep, terraced vineyards. Here is a short list of recommended wineries where you can stop, taste and buy, directly from the source: