Bonn is an important cultural, political and financial center of the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia, capital of West Germany from 1949 to 1990. It was foundet by Cesar Augustus, 2000 years ago, who used the advantageous location on the Rhine for his battle against the Germanic Tribes.Bonn is also known as the ultimate city of music as the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven, who lived here the first 20 years of his life. To this day important international festivals dedicated to him are held here in his honor and a visit to his Baroque style house-museum in a must for while your are in the city.
Bonn is home to many museums of great cultural heritage, such as the Bundeskunsthalle (Art Gallery) and the new Kunstmuseum (Art Museum). Within Germany Bonn is known for its famous Karnival. In spring Bonn is next to Cologne and Düsseldorf the place to be.