The federal city Bonn is, like Koblenz, situated at the border of the river Rhine. It is in the federal state North-Rhine Westphalia. With about 325 thousand inhabitants it is one of the 20 largest cities in Germany. Bonn’s dated history goes back until 40 B.C to 20 B.C where Teutons started to build settlements.
Bonn became between 13 and 9 B.C. a roman military post with the name “Bonna”. In 1989 the city celebrated its 2000th anniversary.
After the second world war, Bonn became the provisional capital of Germany. This temporary arrangement lasted 41 years. Then, in 1990, after the reunion of the BRD and DDR and the “Einigungsvertrag”, Berlin became the capital. But still, Bonn stayed an important political city as many federal ministries have her main- or at least second seat in the city. Bonn is the main-seat for two important international company’s (Telekom and Deutsche Post) and a UN-city. It is the only German city with the title “federal city” which is a reminder and tribute at the city’s past as capital.
Bonn is also known as the native town of Ludwig van Beethoven, a famous musician and composer.