It's not for nothing that Bonn and the surrounding regions are one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. The historic buildings - including Beethoven's birthplace, the Rococo-style old town hall, the Electoral Palace (now the university), and the Poppelsdorf Palace - attract as many visitors as the wonderful surroundings: for Bonn is the gateway to the romantic Middle Rhine region, a landscape which has been inspiring painters, poets, and musicians since the 18th century. Rolling hills crowned with old castles line the river, charming villages on the banks invite you to stop for a glass of wine. Undoubtedly, this city on the Rhine has plenty more to offer guests and inhabitants: open-air concerts by international pop stars in a unique setting in the park along the banks of the Rhine, an international dance festival, major operas, modern theatre, galleries, and museums.
Bonn City Facts
Bonn population: 311,287 habitants
City area: 141.06 km2
Currency: Euro (€, EUR)
Time zone: GMT +1 (GMT +2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October)
Language: German. English is understood
Telephone codes: 0228. The leading 0 must be dialed when calling from within Germany and must be omitted when calling from abroad
Electricity: 220-240 volts, 60Hz; A German plug has two round prongs. If you own US devices all you’ll need for Europe are plug adapters
Climate: Average temperatures in May vary from 13.6oC (56.5oF) to 19oC (66.2oF).
Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN) is situated 15 km (9 miles) north-east from the city centre of Bonn. By traffic units, which combines cargo and passengers, the airport is in fifth position in Germany. The airport is one of Germany's few 24-hour airports.
The federal motorway (Autobahn) A59 connects the airport with the city. Long distance and regional trains to and from the airport stop at Cologne/Bonn Airport station. Other major airports within a one hour drive by car are Frankfurt International Airport and Düsseldorf International Airport.
Transportation from the Airport to the Congress Venue
- From Bonn main station: Subway lines 16, 63, 66 towards Bad Godesberg/Königswinter and then five stations to Heussallee/Museumsmeile.
- From Siegburg/Bonn station: subway line 66 towards Königswinter to Heussallee/Museumsmeile.
- Bus: Lines 610, 611 and 630 to Heussallee or line 630 to Walter-Flex-Strasse.
Find the times of subway and bus connections on the VRS public transport homepage
- From Cologne: A 555 or 565 motorways to the Bonn North junction, head for Koblenz and take the Poppelsdorf/Bad Godesberg exit, then carry on for around 3 km down Reuterstrasse bearing right into Adenauerallee / Willy Brandt Allee. At the first junction with traffic lights, turn right into Walter-Flex-Strasse and then first left into Emil-Nolde-Strasse.
- From south of Bonn: A3 to the Siebengebirge or Bonn Siegburg exit. Follow the A59 and then take the Bonn Zentrum (city centre) exit for the Museumsmeile (Museum Mile). The Apcoa Parking Services multi-storey car park in the direct vicinity of the Bundeskunsthalle has a capacity of 535 spaces. Coach parking is available directly in front of the car park. Coach parking is also available at the Rheinaue Leisure Park.
Currency / Credit Cards / Banking
All registration and booking fees are calculated in EUR (€). Participants from countries where currency restrictions prevent them from sending registration fees in advance are asked to inform the Congress Organizing Secretariat, in order to avoid being charged the late registration fee.
Banks are generally open Monday to Friday 09:00-12:30 and 13:30-15:00/18:00.
Self service areas are open Monday to Sunday round-the-clock.
For cash withdrawals, automatic cashpoints (ATMs) operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Banks are closed on public holidays.
The weather in Bonn in May is pleasant, but variable. Average temperature ranges between 9 0C (48 0F) and 19 0C (66 0C).
Passport & VISA Requirements
As a general rule, foreigners require a visa to enter Germany. The visa can usually be obtained at a German diplomatic mission abroad; it is strongly advised to apply for a visa as early as possible. Schengen Visa (C Visa) is valid for a maximum stay of 90 days. Citizens of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) neither require an entry visa nor a residence permit for stays of longer duration.
Calling code - Emergency Numbers
The international access code for Germany is +49. The outgoing code is 00, followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom).
- Emergency Doctor and Fire Department: 112
- Police: 110
- Poison Control Center for Bonn: (0228) 19 240