Insider tips for Bonn from Sternhotel
A diverse day in Bonn’s pedestrian area
Royal breakfast, relaxed promenade
To commence my perfect day, I obviously like most to have an extended breakfast at Sternhotel with a first-class selection leaving nothing to be desired. Why is our breakfast that delicious? A large portion of our selected specialties comes from a Bonn based delicatessen store. They offer food that satisfies guests with even high expectations as to quality, taste, and appearance. After having breakfast, I use to stroll across Bonn Market situated directly in front of the hotel entrance, along numerous fruit and vegetable stalls with both regional and exotic delicacies. At the spice dealer, I find anything from throughout the globe, however rare it may be, and a natter with the owner is inspiring for me, time after time. Then I walk through Sternstraße, Bonn’s most popular pedestrian mall with variegated shops in small houses with a beautiful façade – a glance upwards is worthwhile! At the street’s end, there is Friedensplatz Square; after turning right twice, I finally reach Bonn’s most beautiful pedestrian zone, exclusive Friedrichstraße with its numerous boutiques.
My very personal suggestion: savoir vivre at noon
At lunchtime, I allow myself a culinary time-out at “La Cigale”, a genuine French Restaurant with daily changing menu and a good glass of wine. I like their cuisine very much – particularly light, elegantly served – and appreciate the French atmosphere. During summer, the atmospheric terrace invites to lunch under the open sky. To round off lunch, I use to take an espresso and, sometimes, I let myself be seduced by a little dessert.
The afternoon between culture and coffee
Coming from there, take the first to the left to visit one of the probably most famous buildings of Bonn’s city center: the birthplace of the famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven. Beethoven’s birthplace is not only a popular museum – it’s moreover an amazingly tranquil place where you can escape the city’s turmoil, for a while. Here I can spend many hours and marvel at the numerous exhibits or make a tour across the garden. I finally pay a visit to the Museum’s Shop where various souvenirs related to Beethoven are available. Then I go back to Sternstraße; at Café Faßbender, I enjoy a first-class afternoon coffee. Those coming there are spoilt for choice: I always have difficulty choosing right one of the innumerous delicacies – pastry creations are so various and extremely seducing!
Dinner in a traditional ambiance – my suggestion for the evening
For an atmospheric dinner in a typical ambiance, I recommend traditional “Gasthaus zum Stiefel”. At this long-established tavern, one enjoys Rhineland specialties with a tasty Kölsch beer or a good glass of wine. Actually everybody feels comfortable there: the abundant menu ensures the right dish for all tastes and the atmosphere is relaxed and convivial – here you can easily get into conversation with your table neighbor.
Most beautiful during summer: a perfect evening in Bonn
During summer months, I like to stroll under the open sky, particularly in the evening. After having dinner at the traditional inn, I return to Bonn Market and enjoy the highlights of “Bonner Sommer”. There is a huge both cultural and gastronomic offer – thus I take a seat anywhere and enjoy the day’s end with dance, music, and a cool drink. To night-owls and those wanting to stay up all night, I’d suggest a side-trip to “Hausbar” integrated in the opera building. Here you can –until morning hours- party, dance, and enjoy a spectacular view over the Rhine. A perfect day I coming to its end…
- La Cigale Friedrichstraße 18, 53111, Bonn, Deutschland lacigale.de/ +49 228 1841250
- Café Faßbender Sternstraße 55, 53111, Bonn, Deutschland www.fassbender.de/ +49 228 726110
- "Gasthaus Zum Stiefel" Bonngasse 30, 53111, Bonn, Deutschland www.gasthausimstiefel.de/ +49 228 696596
- Hausbar Am Boeselagerhof 1, 53111, Bonn, Deutschland www.panorama-bonn.de/ +49 228 1844770
Friedrichstraße 18, 53111, Bonn, Deutschland
lacigale.de/ +49 228 1841250
Sternstraße 55, 53111, Bonn, Deutschland
www.fassbender.de/ +49 228 726110
"Gasthaus Zum Stiefel"
Bonngasse 30, 53111, Bonn, Deutschland
www.gasthausimstiefel.de/ +49 228 696596
Am Boeselagerhof 1, 53111, Bonn, Deutschland
www.panorama-bonn.de/ +49 228 1844770