Travel Information

Bonn
Coordinates: 50°44′02.37″N 7°5′59.33″ECoordinates: 50°44′02.37″N 7°5′59.33″E
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Cologne
District Urban district
Founded 1st century BC
Government
 • Lord Mayor Ashok-Alexander Sridharan (CDU)
Area
 • Total 141.06 km2 (54.46 sq mi)
Elevation 60 m (200 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 318,809
 • Density 2,300/km2 (5,900/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 53111–53229
Dialling codes 0228
Vehicle registration BN
Website www.bonn.de

The Federal City of Bonn (German pronunciation: [ˈbɔn] (About this sound listen)) is a city on the banks of the Rhine in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, with a population of over 300,000. About 24 km (15 mi) south-southeast of Cologne, Bonn is in the southernmost part of the Rhine-Ruhr region, Germany’s largest metropolitan area, with over 11 million inhabitants.

Because of a political compromise following German reunification, the German state maintains a substantial presence in Bonn. Bonn is the secondary seat of the President, the Chancellor, the Bundesrat and the primary seat of six federal government ministries and twenty federal authorities. The unique title of Federal City (German: Bundesstadt) reflects its important political status within Germany.[2]

Founded in the 1st century BC as a Roman settlement, Bonn is one of Germany’s oldest cities. From 1597 to 1794, Bonn was the capital of the Electorate of Cologne, and residence of the Archbishops and Prince-electors of Cologne. Composer Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn in 1770. From 1949 to 1990, Bonn was the provisional capital (“temporary seat of the Federal institutions”) of West Germany, and Germany’s present constitution, the Basic Law, was declared in the city in 1949. From 1990 to 1999, Bonn served as the seat of government – but no longer capital – of reunited Germany.

The headquarters of Deutsche Post DHL and Deutsche Telekom, both DAX-listed corporations, are in Bonn. The city is home to the University of Bonn and a total of 20 United Nations institutions, including headquarters for Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and the UN Volunteers programme.[3]

For more details on Bonn and available tours, visit www.bonn-region.de/overv/sights-culture.html

Airport

 

For more information about the Cologne-Bonn International Airport (CGN), we invite you to visit the website at www.koeln-bonn-airport.de/en.html

Getting around Bonn

Trains are running from Düsseldorf International Airport to Bonn Bad Godesberg (close to the conference site) every hour.

From Köln-Bonn Airport, you may take the Airport Shuttle Bus to Bonn Central Station or the train to Cologne Central Station. Either way, you need to transfer to public transportation or short-distance trains for Bonn Bad Godesberg.

If you send us your flight details in advance, we can organize an Airport Shuttle to the conference site for you.

Banks
Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:00 and sometimes on Saturdays. You will find automated teller machines mostly everywhere.
Car rentals

 

Cars can be rented in Bonn from local or international companies. Average cost per day for a medium-sized car is €60. All cars are left-hand drive.

Climate & Clothing
Generally speaking, in October in Bonn, you should be able to count on typical Fall weather conditions. Crisp, cool but fairly comfortable. As far as clothing, bring a jacket that is preferably waterproof and that you can easily wear with layers if the weatherman calls for cooler temperatures or rain. Daytime temperatures can be somewhat varied, but the average is about 12ºC. Highs can reach 18ºC and lows 10ºC.
Electricity

Electrical outlets in Germany provide the same current as in the EU that is 230 volts (60 Hz).

Languages
The official language of the Conference will be English. We do not foresee to offer simultaneous translation.
Liability
The Organizing Committee and/or Meeting Organizer shall not be held liable for personal accidents or losses or damage to private property of registered participants of the Conference. Participants should make their own arrangements with respect to personal insurance.
Sales Taxes
Goods and services A Value-added tax (VAT) of 19% is charged on most goods and services in Germany
Shopping
Most shops are open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They are usually closed on Sundays and legal holidays – and on  The legal drinking age in Germany is 18 years old.
Tipping
Service is not included in restaurants and it is customary to add a 10% tip to the total. Taxi drivers, hairdressers, etc. are also normally tipped 10%. Bellhops, porters, doormen, etc. generally receive at least €0,50 per suitcase or per service rendered. Coffee and food counters often have a tip cup next to the cash register; spare change is always appreciated.