Discover Bad Honnef and the region in a relaxed way – experiences for 72 eventful hours in Bad Honnef

STOPS:

  • Extensive city tour of Bad Honnef
  • Rhöndorf with the “Stiftung Bundeskanzler Adenauer Haus” (Chancellor Adenauer House Foundation)
  • Walk along the promenade leading to the island
  • Grafenwerth Island
  • Bicycle tour along the Rhine up to Bonn, back on the left side of the Rhine
  • Willy Brandt Forum
  • Beethoven hiking trail
  • Boat trip to Bonn
  • Visit to the “Haus der Geschichte” (House of History) or one of other museums in Bonn
  • Stroll through Bonn
  • Beethovenhaus (Beethoven House), BTHVN Story
  • ARP Museum & “Rolandsbogen”

During a 3-day stay in Bad Honnef, it is of course also advisable to first get familiar with the city and the immediate surroundings, such as the island of Grafenwerth and the district of Rhöndorf. You can find more information about this under the category “48 hours in Bad Honnef”.

For the second day, we recommend either one of the shorter hikes from “48 hours in Bad Honnef” or, for those who want to combine hiking with culture, the large loop along the “Beethovenwanderweg” (Beethoven hiking trail). This trail was initiated in 2020 to celebrate the 250th birthday of the region’s greatest son, Ludwig van Beethoven. The path is about 15km long and leads over various mountains of the Siebengebirge, such as Weilberg, Stenzelberg and Geisberg, but also over the Drachenfels and Petersberg. Due to the differences in altitude that have to be overcome, it can definitely be labeled as challenging. At various points, such as on the Petersberg or at the Heisterbach choir ruins, pillars of the BTHVN story are integrated, which inform about the artist’s life in the Rhineland.

For those who prefer cycling instead of hiking, a bike tour to the former federal capital Bonn, 17km away, is recommended. On both sides of the Rhine, wonderfully developed bike paths stretch alongside the waterfront, offering views of the Rhine, the Siebengebirge and Bonn’s skyline again and again. Once you arrive in Bonn, we recommend taking a short breather in the Rheinaue, Bonn’s “green lung”. Stroll through the Japanese Garden or relax in one of the many green spaces. On the way back on the left side of the Rhine, your path will take you through the former consulate city district of Bad Godesberg. From here you have a particularly beautiful view of the Rhine and the Siebengebirge. Once you have arrived in Rolandseck, you can either take the ferry across to Bad Honnef and stop for a meal directly by the ferry at “Anleger 640“ (“pier 640”). Alternatively, you can visit the “Bistro Interieur No. 253” of the ARP Museum, which offers a fantastic view of the Rhine and Siebengebirge in a classicist atmosphere with an exterior dining terrace.

Since Bad Honnef is only a small distance away from the former capital Bonn, you could choose to visit it on the third day. In a city like Bonn there is of course a wide range of activities, which you can plan to suit your own interests. We recommend a stroll through the city center, a visit to Beethoven House and the “BTHVN-Story” tour. Alternatively, a visit to the “Haus der Geschichte” or the “Bundeskunsthalle” is an option. And if you get hungry or thirsty from all the exploring, “Brauhaus Bönnsch” is the right place to stop by: beer, brewed in Bonn, one of a kind.

But there are also interesting possibilities for another day in Bad Honnef’s immediate surroundings: Visit the “Willy Brandt-Forum” in Unkel (Willy Brandt lived in Unkel from 1979 to 1992) or Linz, “the colorful city on the Rhine”. Explore the ARP Museum and the Rolandsbogen in Rolandseck or hike to Leyberg and Himmerich. There are many possibilities and if you can’t decide, stop by the city info and ask our colleagues for their insider tips.

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