Information on the destination BONN / COLOGNE / DÜSSELDORF Bonn, Cologne & Düsseldorf invite you to enjoy an unforgettable trip to the Rhineland, a region which has not only a long cultural tradition, but has also achieved a global reputation in terms of both lifestyle and media. Bonn As the gateway to the romantic Rhine valley, the city of Bonn offers a unique blend of culture and nature, of Rhenish and international flair. The home of the UN in Germany, Bonn‘s historical sites dating from its years as the country‘s capital city today provide a unique conference infrastructure. The “museum mile“ combines German history, art and architecture in the form of highly regarded exhibitions, while the city centre, including the house where Beethoven was born, offers a relaxed atmosphere where visitors can shop, saunter and enjoy the culinary specialities. Cologne The cosmopolitan and dynamic media city on the Rhine is an international congress destination at the heart of Europe. Cologne‘s unique atmosphere is generated by its fascinating blend of Roman urban history and state-of-the-art conference facilities. Visitors can experience Cologne‘s warm welcome and be inspired by the attractive cultural offerings. The city boasts a world-class art scene, with over 40 museums, more than 110 galleries and countless ateliers. Düsseldorf Düsseldorf, the capital of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, boasts the best quality of living in Germany and is a business destination with excellent transport connections. Experience the cosmopolitan charm, the famous Königsallee and the historical old town. The new MedienHafen offers a particularly cool and laid-back atmosphere. Düsseldorf‘s impressive scene makes it the lifestyle capital showcasing the latest trends. Detailed tour description for Bonn Check In: MARTIM Hotel Bonn The exclusive and elegant hotel is conveniently situated in close proximity to the Museum Mile and the recreation area "Rheinaue". Its high class elegance, its international flair and its warm hospitality radiate a very special atmosphere! The MARITIM Hotel Bonn is a partner of the project "Sustainable Bonn", with this project the UN-city Bonn makes an effective contribution to improving the environment by enhancing sustainability in business operations. Further information: http://www.bonn-conference.de/partners/maritim Themed tour of Bonn and Bonn Regio Welcome Card Discover the unqiue atmosphere of the conference destination Bonn by attending a themed tour. The region offers ideal prerequisites that may support the success of your next event. Nowhere else, you find the combination of history, culture, relaxation, nature, and adventure so close. The Bonn Regio WelcomeCard is the most comfortable way to get to know the City of Bonn and the region on you own. You have free admission to more than twenty museums, price reductions for sightseeing attractions, leisure and wellness offers and free travel on local public transportation. Further information about the city of Bonn: http://www.bonn-conference.de/bonn-en/culture-a-tourism Further information about the advantages of the Bonn Regio WelcomeCard: http://www.bonn-region.de/english/travel-info/bonn-regio-welcomecard.html Optional: River Cruise, Museums Mile, Dragon´s Rock A river valley like in a poem: between Rheingau and Siebengebirge you can see whatever the “Romantic Rhine” proposes: impressive fortresses, high rocks, steep vineyards and little villages like from a picture book. The Bonn Museum Mile, with its collections and exhibitions, fascinates around two million visitors annually. The Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, where you can go on a journey through time from 1945 to the present, and the Bundeskunsthalle by the architect Gustav Peichl are in the top ten of German museums. The densely wooded Siebengebirge is dominated by the legendary “Drachenfels” (Dragon´s Rock) mountain, even though the Drachenfels does not form the top of the total of 40 hills with its height of just 321 metres. However, its romantic ruin of a fortress and the Castle Drachenburg, which is a jewel of the High Romanticism definitely worth seeing, always attract lots of tourists. Traditional Rhenish Dinner Enjoy a traditional Rhenish Dinner in one of the typical breweries. Bonn’s cooking has been formed by regional influences, above all the Rhenish ones, but also from those which were brought to the former residential city at the Rhine by Vorgebirge, Eifel and Hunsrück. The French members of the occupation forces also left their culinary traces in the early 19th century. As a consequence, the “Bönnsche Küche” (Bonn’s cooking) is most of the time hearty, often solid, but also subtle. Just try it! Detailed tour description for Cologne Individual tour of Cologne Cathedral The Cologne Cathedral is one of the architectural masterpieces of mankind. Declared a World Cultural Heritage Site as a perfect example of Gothic construction, the Cologne Cathedral is the symbol of the Rhenish city. And with about six million visitors a year, Germany's largest Cathedral is also the country's most popular architectural monument. Further information http://www.cologne-tourism.com/attractions-culture/cologne- cathedral.html City tour with i-Guide Using a small hand computer, you can enjoy an audio-visual walking tour of Cologne and discover the most important sights between the Cathedral and Heumarkt square. With spoken commentary and corresponding images, the well-elaborated route guides you to numerous fountains, monuments and buildings. The iGuide is very easy to handle. Just a few buttons allow you a maximum of options. Pressing a button you may abbreviate operating processes, interrupt your tour or comments and return to particularly attractive sights - just as you please. Visitors are provided with a convenient city map that shows the walking route with individual sights. As from now the iGuide is available in English or German. Optional: – Highlights of Cologne museums Being an internationally renowned cultural metropolis, Cologne boasts 36 museums and far more than 100 art galleries. Whether municipal, ecclesiastical, company-owned, or private museum - the wide array of displayed exhibits ranges from Roman, medieval via non-European to contemporary art. Further information http://www.cologne-tourism.com/attractions-culture/museums.html City tour with hop-on hop-off bus See Cologne's best attractions with a Hop-On Hop-Off Tour. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city on the Rhine in a convertible bus - a pleasant open-top ride in good weather. Explore parts of the city you would probably never see on foot - in complete comfort. 13 stops offer you an opportunity to design your own individual journey of discovery in Cologne. Enjoy the whole tour or just hop on and off at any stop along the route and rejoin the tour on one of the next buses. Organize the day as you please and experience a fascinating mix of arts, culture and shopping. Duration 1.5 hours without "hopping-off" Departure and Schedule Main departure point is at Burgmauer/Kardinal-Höffner-Platz next to KölnTourismus, opposite the Cathedral main entrance, and Café Reichert. Departure Times Wednesdays to Sundays 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays to Sundays 12:30 noon, 01:00 p.m., 01:30 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays 02:30 p.m., 03:00 p.m., 03:30 p.m. Last departure from main departure point: 03:30 p.m. Timetable and bus stops: http://www.cologne- tourism.com/fileadmin/Mediendatenbank/Fuehrungen/English/Timetable_hop_on_April.p df Languages Recorded commentary in English and German Dinner in a traditional brewery With more than 100 former “Kölsch“ beer breweries, Cologne can look back on a long beer-brewing tradition. Enjoy a glass of the light, top-fermented beer in one of the typical Cologne brewery taverns. Detailed tour description for Düsseldorf Check In: HYATT Regency Düsseldorf MediaHarbour The new Hyatt Regency Dusseldorf hotel is an innovative and exclusive five star city hotel. Located in the heart of the trendy MediaHarbour the hotel offers a privileged location right at the tip of the peninsula. The 303 luxury rooms & suites of our city hotel feature a spectacular view over Dusseldorf’s MediaHarbour, the Old Town and the Rhine Tower. Discover the lifestyle metropolis Benefit from our Düsseldorf WelcomeCard getting free use of trams and buses within the city area and discover the lifestyle metropolis e.g. with a bird's eye view of the city and the river from the top of the Rhine tower at 168 m height, shopping at the famous Königsallee - one of the world’s dream-boulevards, a visit of a museum or gallery… 14:30 – 16:00: Old Town Walk The city walk begins with the sights of Düsseldorf's Altstadt, famous as “the longest bar in the world”. With the motto “churches, arts and pubs“, our guides show you the birth place of Heinrich Heine, the old town hall with Jan Wellem's equestrian statue, the Rhine embankment promenade and much more... Further information: http://www.duesseldorf-tourismus.de/en/public-guided-tours/old-town-walk/ Traditional Düsseldorf menu Enjoy a wonderful evening at the “longest bar in the world“ with a typical Rhenish meal and the special Alt beer: be our guest in the brewery “Zum Schlüssel”!