The city of Bonn has an eventful past: not only was it the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1949 to 1990; it also looks back on a history that spans more than 2,000 years. This makes Bonn, the site of former Teuton and Roman settlements, one of the oldest cities in Germany. It is also Beethoven’s birthplace and, as you would expect, his life is widely celebrated throughout the city. Bonn also boasts fabulous architecture from modern buildings through to a network of half-timbered and historic buildings centred around the main square and town hall. With its setting on the might Rhine, Bonn is a great place to visit.
The romantic town of Koblenz, due to its strategic importance at the confluence of the Rhine & Moselle rivers, has seen its fair share of battles throughout history. It remains rich in Gothic and Baroque architecture, with a pedestrianised area, town hall and attractive façades.
Situated on the banks of the Rhine is the pretty town of Rudesheim, with its crooked narrow streets, medieval houses, riverside cafes, colourful boutiques and the famous Drosselgasse - a street packed with lively Klosterkellers and Weinkellers. Take the time to ride the cable car up into the vineyards steeped high above the town (small charge applies) or just spend the time wandering Rudeshaim's pretty streets, listen to the traditional German Oompah bands or just sit on one of the many terraces with a local beer and watch the world go by...