|Founded||1st century BC|
|• Lord Mayor||Ashok-Alexander Sridharan (CDU)|
|• Total||141.06 km2 (54.46 sq mi)|
|Elevation||60 m (200 ft)|
|• Density||2,300/km2 (5,900/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
The Federal City of Bonn (German pronunciation: [ˈbɔn] ( 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.
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.
For more details on Bonn and available tours, visit www.bonn-region.de/overv/sights-culture.html
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.
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
Electrical outlets in Germany provide the same current as in the EU that is 230 volts (60 Hz).