|Springtime in Bonn, so lovely!|
Bonn was the capital of West Germany, but it took until 1988 for people to consider the possibility it could be a permanent capital, so there was very little development in infrastructure apart from a couple of out-of-place high-rises built to accommodate the politicians and public servants. Spatially, Bonn's a tiny city - you can walk through the old part of town in a matter of minutes, and it was always considered West Germany's capital village, rather than its capital city. In 1988 they decided to build stuff, life a concert hall etc.., but in 1989 the wall came down! Germans being the nice folk they are, decided to let Bonn finish construction of the planned buildings, but still, the timing couldn't have been much worse. Prior to 1989, politics provided, directly or indirectly, 1 in 3 jobs in Bonn, so mass unemployment was a real risk and Bonn’s plight was desperate enough that companies were offered significant tax breaks to stay put. Luckily for the city, the tax concessions seem to have worked, and Bonn is now the home of DHL, Telekom, and the confectionery giant Haribou is still based there. What this all means is that the city can ooze faded glories without feeling too run down.
|The Rhine, with the government buildings (built in the '60s) in the background|
|The garden once belonging to the family Beethoven|
I have also been fortunate enough to have had two boat tours up and down the Rhine, and I can utterly and thoroughly recommend the English tour of the city. The tour I took, included a visit to a former cinema now transformed into a bookshop, just because our guide really likes it, and it really was a cool bookshop. As an added bonus kebabs in Bonn are generous (served in a massive piece of Turkish bread), cheap (€2.50), and with an emphasis on salads rather than being heavy on the meat, only in Stuttgart have I had better.
|The University of Bonn (seriously)|
|A monument to Roman martyrs|