I’ve been thinking about Germany a lot lately. Last night we said goodbye to some German friends that had been visiting, so it’s natural that we’d be thinking about when we can arrange to see them again. The other week we were invited to a quiz night hosted by the German tourist board and focusing on the German region of North Rhine Westphalia, so that was another reason to think about Germany. Our friends live in Bonn, which is in North Rhine Westphalia, so that all fits together very nicely.
Looking back through Nine to Three Thirty, I don’t seem to have written much about that visit to Germany, even though I’d set up the site before then. Checking through our picture records, I can see that we don’t have masses of photographs from that visit either and they haven’t been taken with writing up blog posts in mind. If we were going now, I would probably have taken hundreds of pictures. So I thought I’d write a little bit about what Bonn and the surrounding area has to offer for families. Certainly, Germany is a country that we have had some lovely holidays in the past, but our trip to Bonn is the only one we have actually made to Germany as a family.
We stayed with our friends, so accommodation was sorted out for us very neatly. They lived only a fairly short walk away from Bonn’s main station, so it was very convenient too. Public transport is very easy to use, efficient and clean in Germany, plus it isn’t overpriced like our transport system can be. As our friends don’t have a car and we didn’t hire one, we had to do all our travelling that way and it was no hardship. It was a lot of fun too from the double-decker train that took us from Dusseldorf airport to the trams around Bonn, everything was easy to use.
- Museum König in Bonn is an amazing place with some wonderful stuffed animal exhibits. H loved it and some of the pictures we took there featured on H’s annual calendar for the grandparents.
- The History Museum – H was a little on the young side for this at 4, but he enjoyed the interactive exhibits. I’m sure he’d get even more out of it now he’s older.
- Beethoven’s Birthplace Museum – Beethoven was born in Bonn and we enjoyed visiting the birthplace and found the staff helpful and welcoming of younger visitors.
We did venture out of Bonn too and spent a day wandering around Cologne and its world-famous cathedral. Nearby Brühl boasts an amazing palace and the vineyards on the hills south of Bonn were great places to run around. I’m conscious though, after finding out more about the region at the quiz we went to, that we didn’t see that much of what the region has to offer. How can we have missed the Chocolate Museum in Cologne for instance? Would H allow us to visit Bonn now without going to the Haribo factory shop? I really don’t think so. I’d like to cruise down the Rhine and see a bit of Dusseldorf, the city which we arrived and departed from, but only saw from the plane and the train. Münster and Aachen have caught my eye as places to spend a few days. We are going to have to go back and not just to see our friends.