Bonn is the 19th city in Germany (Population of 313,605), in the Bundesland of North Rhine-Westphalia, located about 20 kilometres south of Cologne on the river Rhine. It was the capital of West Germany from 1949 to 1990.

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HOW TO GET THERE (google maps)

By train: http://www.bahn.de/i/view/GBR/en/index.shtml

  • 5 hours from Berlin
  • 3′5 hours from Bremen
  • 4 hours from Göttingen
  • 2 hours from Heidelberg
  • 7 hours from Jena
  • 6 hours from Leipzig
  • 5 hours from München
  • 4 hours from Nürnberg
  • 6  hours from Potsdam

By plane

Bonn/Köln airport is only 22 km from Bonn. Direct flights from the main German cities with:

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In Max Hostel,  located in the old part of Bonn – somewhat hidden in a quiet dead end street, but nevertheless right in the multicultural centre of the town.  Here you will find quite a number of pubs, bars and restaurants as well as any kind of shops.


From mainstation (Hauptbahnhof):

    Subway: Line No. 66 (towards Siegburg) for one stop to “Stadthaus“

    Tram: Line No. 61 towards “Kopenhagener Strasse” or Line 62 towards “Oberkassel/Römlinghoven“ for two stops to “Stadthaus”.

    Cross the main road (“Oxfordstrasse”) at pedestrian lights towards city hall. On the right of the city hall turn into „Maxstrasse“. Follow the street for approximately 250 m and turn left into the small street. The Hostel is the third house on the left side.

    By foot:
    Leave mainstation towards city cente and turn left. Behind the car-park trun right into “Thomas-Mann-Strasse”. Follow the street up to “Berliner Platz”, cross the big street at pedestrian lights towards city hall. Right from the city hall into “Maxstrasse”. Then like above.

From airport:

    Take bus line No. 670 from bus terminal 2 towards Bonn “Hauptbahnhof” (Mainstation). Then follow the instructions above.

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The conference dinner on Friday, 4th June is going to take place in Bahnhöfchen, a nice Biergarten by the Rhein river. You can get there:

  • on foot by crossing the  Kennedy bridge and turning left right after the bridge.
  • taking the UBahn 62 (richtung Oberkassel or Beuel) or 66 (richtung Siegburg Bf) and getting off at Konrad-Adenauer-Platz.
  • taking the bus 603 or 640 in Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz and getting off at Konrad-Adenauer-Platz.

In case you are still hungry after dinner (or even before)…click here!

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    Bla Bornheimer Straße 20

    Fiddlers Irish Pub Frongasse 9

    Take Two Rathausgasse 15

    Hausbar Am Boeselagerhof 1

    Diskothek Carpe Noctem Wesselstraße 5

    Salsa im Nyx Oxfordstraße 6

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The history of the city dates back to Roman times. About 10 BC the Romans constructed a bridge across the Rhine close to a place called “Bonna”.  Between the 11th and 13th centuries, the Romanesque style Munster (cathedral) was built, and in 1597 it became the capital of the principality of Cologne.  Ludwig van Beethoven was born in the city in 1770.

In 1794 the town was seized by French troops. It became a part of the Napoleonic Empire. In 1815 Bonn was taken by Prussia and remained a Prussian city until 1945.

Following World War II Bonn was in the British zone of occupation, and in 1949 became the capital of West Germany.

The German reunification in 1990 made Berlin the nominal capital of Germany again. However, some of the ministries largely remained in Bonn, with only the top officials in Berlin. .

The University of Bonn, with ca. 30,000 students, is one of the biggest in Germany.


If you want more information, go to wikipedia

Notes: All images in this page are copyright of Michael Sondermann, (Presseamt der Bundesstadt Bonn)

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Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy


Exploring the secrets of the Universe

The complete sky in radio frequencies (© MPIfR)

The Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR) in Bonn is dedicated to researching astronomical objects through radio and infrared emissions.

Objects investigated include:

  • the Sun and other objects in the solar system
  • stars, supernova remnants and pulsars
  • interstellar gas and nebulae
  • the centre of the Galaxy
  • radio galaxies
  • quasars

In cooperation with international partners, the four research groups at the Institute explore the mysteries of the evolution of the universe. The largest and most important astronomical observatories worldwide are employed in this research.

How to get there (map)

You can easily reach the MPIfR from Hauptbahnhof taking the bus 610 Richtung Duisdorf Bahnhof or bus 611 Richtung Lessenich Sportplatz and getting off in Immenburg.

The institute is right in front of this bus stop.

100-meter radio telescope Effelsberg

Effelsberg 100-meter radio telescope

The Institute’s “house” telescope is the 100-meter Radio Telescope Effelsberg near Bonn – an observatory

unique in Europe. The frequent talks held here for the general public (and for scientists) offer insights into the fascinating world of radio astronomy.

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