BonnAugust 3, 2016 in Germany
A short hop over the river on a Rhein Ferry and a drive downstream found us in Bonn, former capital of West Germany and birthplace of Beethoven.
The stopover was about 6km out of town but the pleasant cycle ride in took us through a park and alongside the Rhein. Bonn is the most diverse city we've visited on this tour of Germany. Students have a big presence but the recent influx of refugees also add to the mix. Whilst many seem to have found work, some sadly are seen begging on their knees with paper cups. Others can be heard busking, notably a pair with a violin and electronic keyboard bringing Münsterplatz (Münster Square) to life with some incredible classical music, overseen by Beethoven's statue.
The grand Münster church is a dominant feature with some striking stained glass windows seen best from the inside.
We got soaked to the skin on the cycle ride back to the van but it was great to see so many others out cycling, walking running and even rowing despite the pouring rain.
We were a little concerned that evening when we heard (and felt) a loud bass 'boom boom'ing from speakers. After we'd discounted our neighbours and the cars on the road, we discovered the sound was coming from the park. It soon turned into really good rock music so Will wandered over the bridge to investigate. He found about 250 people watching a free concert, one of 54 daily evening concerts shown between July and September. There were seats and shelter from the rain so he sat himself down, ordered a beer and enjoyed the show!Read more