Bonn & Beethoven

June 11, 2012 at 10:32 pm 1 comment


Lucky us….last Saturday we were walking in Beethoven’s footsteps! We saw where he was born and raised (learned a little about window tax) and many team members had their pictures taken in front of his home, which is now a popular museum. A large statue of Beethoven graces the main square, right in front of the main post office building, across from town hall.

The square was bustling with a pottery market filled with original works—loved some of the small fountains but could not figure out a way to get them home in my luggage!

Our walking tour of the city illustrated a bit of history through time—we saw the very opulent residences of the elector Clemens August (built in 1737) (he was very rich and influential—no vow of poverty there!) His summer residence, Poppledorf Palace, is now a university since 1818. Quite the place to attend university!

The Romanesque cathedral stands on the ground where two Roman Christian soldiers were executed and buried—their relics lie in an ornate reliquary within. The interior houses numerous treasures spanning the generations. Thanks to Burkhart, I did not miss visiting the Minster Bascilica Cloister, just off of the cathedral—a serene enclave in the middle of the city, was built over the remains of a Roman burial ground.

Bonn had been W. Germany’s capital prior to re-unification, and the old government buildings are now home to departments of the United Nations.  Bonn is also home to an exceptional museum that chronicles the period stemming from the end of WWII through to current times. It presents the realities facing the Germany people’s journey from war through reunification. For me, it brought history and events I lived through alive.


Just before walking back in time–1945 to present times

Here we are–in front of Bonn University


The Cathedral in Bonn

Minster Bascilica – Bonn






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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. billrobson1  |  June 12, 2012 at 8:10 am

    I am loving your reports Marie, from one history nut to another.


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