Bonn - for sustainable meetings and a dose of contemporary history
Germany's former capital has much to offer:
Birthplace of Beethoven, home of UN institutions and beautifully located on the banks of the Rhine - Bonn, West Germany’s former capital, is certainly not short of attractions and fascinating history. With its outstanding infrastructure and selection of venues, it is one of Germany’s prime conference locations, combining a cosmopolitan flair and culture galore with serious business
Germany's UN City
Over the past two decades, Bonn has proven everyone wrong who thought that the North Rhine-Westphalian city would lose its mojo and be stuck with the label of ‘ex-capital‘. With Germany‘s parliament moving to the ‘new‘ capital Berlin after the reunification, the centre of power might have shifted, however, Bonn, appealingly located between the Rhine and Siebengebirge hills, is as attractive a destination as ever. Commerce and culture mix well here which creates an ideal environment for successful events.
As a UN city, it particularly stands out as a centre for international cooperation and has become a know-how hub for sustainability. Bonn hosts 18 UN secretariats and organisations, with the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) being by far the largest. This has attracted a cluster of international organisations and companies that make Bonn a leading platform for sustainability issues, including events and conferences. Moreover, the local convention bureau promotes the Sustainable Bonn project with more than 50 businesses, including hotels, catering, conference technology as well as transport providers that support sustainable conduct.
Transport & Location
Transport and Location
Bonn is centrally located in Europe, with three international airports serving the region. The nearest is Cologne Bonn Airport, a mere 20 minutes’ drive outside town. Düsseldorf Airport lies about 50 miles north with frequent train connections. Bonn’s train station is on German Rail’s high-speed train network, providing numerous national and international travel options, plus the city has a superb public transport service.
Bonn offers a large selection of conference venues and conference hotels, be it for five guests or 5,000 delegates: The World Conference Center Bonn (WorldCCBonn) combines the former plenary chamber of the German parliament with an adjacent waterworks and is a state-of-the art venue for conferences and meetings. An extension was opened in autumn 2015, enabling WorldCCBonn to now host up to 5,000 people in a prime location in the middle of Bonn’s former government quarter and in the immediate vicinity of the UN Campus, international organisations and right by the Rhine. WorldCCBonn is regularly booked for international events, such as the 2015 8th International Meeting of the Stem Cell Network North Rhine-Westphalia or the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference with 5,000 delegates.
Among the conference hotels, the Maritim Hotel Bonn has hosted a number of major UN conferences. The Kameha Grand Hotel Bonn, a stylish and modern option with a 23 metre high glassed-in event hall, provides space for conventions and conferences with up to 2,000 guests while the famous Steigenberger Grandhotel Petersberg, which is also the official Guest House of the German Federal Government, sits on the Petersberg mountain with stunning views over the Rhine Valley and offers a variety of meeting rooms and spaces for different occasions.
Things to see & do
Things to see & do
The many attractions in the city and region offer event organisers ample choice to put together engaging programmes: Bonn’s so-called museum mile features, among others, the ‘Haus der Geschichte’, presenting the history of both German states after 1945 with stunning exhibits that represent the country’s most pivotal moments. There’s also the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany with its distinctive architecture and exhibitions ranging from fine arts and cultural history to science and technology.
Last but not least, the Beethoven House and Museum as the birthplace of the great composer and city’s most famous son mustn’t be missed, and for a moment of magic and stunning panorama views, head out to Schloss Drachenburg, an enchanting 19th century fairytale castle high above the Rhine.