Karl Kleine
  touristic recommendations

Many participants of an IM, in particular those travelling those with their partners, do not just attend the conference, but use the opportunity and add a day or two, or even make the journey a holiday trip. For these people I assembled this brief list of personal tips, in particular for participants from abroad.

Karl Kleine

daytrip(s) to Cologne   Use a local train from Bonn Hbf (main station) to Cologne (Köln) Hbf. Do not use your car! In Bonn the station is close to the hotel, and the destinations in Cologne are equally close to the station (except the last one), the cathedral even next door. Car parking would be more expensive than the train ticket. Trains run frequently and need about 30 minutes for the trip.

Each of the following five locations are famous and well documented, so I just provide web links for their homepages and Wikipedia entries.

Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom)

Romano-Germanic Museum (Römisch-Germanisches Museum)

Museum Ludwig

Wallraf-Richartz Museum

Chocolate Museum

The first three museums are located close to the cathedral. For the chocolate museum, walk to the river Rhine, then south / upstream until you meet the museum; it is a twenty minutes walk from the cathedral.

Museums in Bonn   Please look at the alternatives for bad weather in the partner programme! Board the underground at the train station or take the walk in the direction of the Arithmeum and board the underground at its next station Universität / Markt in the direction Bad Godesberg. The stations Museum König and Museummeile are just three resp. four stops from the station Universität.

Romantic Rhine   picture of the River Rhine near Kaub with castle Pfalzgrafenstein in the river and castle Gutenfels above the village of Kaub

South of Bonn ends the part of River Rhine known as the Romantic Rhine, roughly from Mainz to Bonn. See the overview map (Drachenfels, where the partners will go on saturday, and missing from this map, lies just across from Rolandswerth, but there is a state boundary, with another tourist organisation). As seen above the Rhine Valley is lined with castles, palaces, vineyards and pittoresk villages squeezed on the banks of the river. The stretch between Rüdesheim and Koblenz is the highlight and even a UNESCO world heritage site. Just watch the this video, even if you can't understand the german speaker; the views speak for themselves. Another video is offered on YouTube by the American Rick Steves, in particular the first 12 minutes of his travel report.

How can you profit from it in conjunction with the IM2017 in Bonn? In two ways: First, if you travel to Bonn from the south by train, take care that you go via Mainz station and have a seat on the right hand side of the train, as the passenger trains run on the left bank of the river Rhine. Second, put in some extra time and visit that stretch between Bingen and Koblenz, with a stay in one of the villages, for instance Bacherach. The B9 road connects them all and goes up to Bonn. You can do that both by car or by local train. Beware that there are bridges over the river Rhine only at Bonn, Koblenz and Mainz. [Aside for the history buffs: That's why the famous Remagen bridge was so important in WWII.] In between there are ferrys accross the river. So, slow down, do it the traditional way, and take the opportunity to spend some pleasant time in this beautiful setting.

Final remark: The rocks on the banks of the river consist of slate, a perfect soil for vine, and together with the micro climatic conditions in the Rhine valley, the Riesling from this area is more than just recommendable. Enjoy!

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