Bohn and Koln, Germany

Author: , June 27th, 2014

Bonn, Germany - Dolly GoolsbyGuten Tag,

Yes, we are in Germany now. We started sailing last night from our last little village in the Netherlands, where we were on the Waal River, a tributary of the Rhine. At 0830 this morning we docked at Bonn, Germany. We had already had our breakfast and we were ready for our walking tour through the city of Bonn.

Bonn is one of the oldest cities in Germany, and was the capital of West Germany before the Berlin Wall came down. Bonn is a university town, and has several old churches, but the city was so heavily bombed during World War II that very little of the original buildings are standing, and those that are have been restored.

The administration building for the university. Like many large universities, this one has no central building, but has different buildings for different schools of study. We talked with some young lady students, and found that tuition for each semester is 250 Euro per student, whether local or foreign. Almost makes foreign study cheaper than going to university at home, no?

From there, we walked to see the old cathedral. Much of it has been restored, but still looks ancient to me. We did not go inside, but walked around the city for a bit. We came to a statue of Beethoven, who is a favorite son of Bonn. He was born here, but spent most of his life in Vienna, but Bonn still claims him as their own local boy.

After our walking tour, several of us decided to go to Koeln to see the Cathedral there. The train system is very good here. We got group rates for 2 groups of 5, for 5 Euro each person, round trip. The Hauptbahnhof (train station) in Koeln is right beside the Cathedral, and the trip took 30 minutes each way.

The Koeln Cathedral is enormous, and beautiful. There are so many stained glass windows, from different eras. The ceiling is 140 feet high. When we first got there, a Mass was in progress, with the pipe organ playing. I would have loved to have heard that music for longer. The floors throughout the upper chapel were beautiful mosaics. We saw several tombs of popes and bishops, but I cannot tell you who they were. Guess I should have brought a guide book.

We found a place for a nice light lunch, then took the train back to Bonn. After finding our way back to the ship, we are now enjoying a glass of wine in the lounge. When Frank and I got down here, Ron and Jo were already on their first drink. I don’t know what this says about us, but the bartender came came over to our table, and said he noticed that we drank a lot of wine, and offered us a 20% discount on bottles of wine, rather than our just buying it by the glass. He thought that would save us some money. Sounded like a good deal to us, so we took him up on it.

So I will close on that note. By writing, I have fallen behind the others in the wine drinking!

Auf Wiedersehen for now. We will be in Germany for quite a few more days. Therefore, you will get more information from me on how the wine drinking is going.


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Bonn, Germany: A Jewel on the Rhine

Author: , April 22nd, 2011

Bonn, GermanyBrendan’s brother, sister-in-law and their two cute children live in Bonn and we had the pleasure of visiting them and this pretty little town for a few days as we travel around Germany. Bonn was the former capital of the Federal Republic of Germany (previously, West Germany) and lies on the river Rhine some 20 km south of Cologne.

Bonn is best known culturally as the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven with a population is a around 315,000. Bonn’s beginning dates between 13 – 9 BC when Romans began building roads, bridges, and fortresses at a location known as “Bonna.” One well-documented event was the martyrdom of two Thebaean legionaries, Cassius and Florentius.

The Thebaean Legion was an all Christian legion, which refused to worship the Roman emperor as a god. As punishment, the Thebaean Legionnaires were executed in St. Mortiz in Switzerland and buried in Bonn and at the location of the present-day Muenster basilica, which was built on top of the burial site and Cassius and Florentius became the town’s patron saints.

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