24 Facts About Bonn


From 1949 to 1990, Bonn was the capital of West Germany, and Germany's present constitution, the Basic Law, was declared in the city in 1949.

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The era when Bonn served as the capital of West Germany is referred to by historians as the Bonn Republic.

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From 1990 to 1999, Bonn served as the seat of government – but no longer capital – of reunited Germany.

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Bonn is the secondary seat of the President, the Chancellor, and the Bundesrat, and the primary seat of six federal government ministries and twenty federal authorities.

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The urban district of Bonn is then again divided into four administrative municipal districts .

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In 1969, the independent towns of Bad Godesberg and Beuel as well as several villages were incorporated into Bonn, resulting in a city more than twice as large as before.

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Units of the Bonn legion were deployed to theatres of war ranging from modern-day Algeria to what is the Russian republic of Chechnya.

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Between the 11th and 13th centuries, the Romanesque style Bonn Minster was built, and in 1597 Bonn became the seat of the Archdiocese of Cologne.

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Bonn was then returned to Cologne where it remained the capital at the Peace of Ryswick.

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However, the Bundestag, seated in Bonn's Bundeshaus, affirmed Berlin's status as the German capital.

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Bonn was chosen as the provisional capital and seat of government despite the fact that Frankfurt already had most of the required facilities and using Bonn was estimated to be 95 million DM more expensive than using Frankfurt.

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Bonn was chosen because Adenauer and other prominent politicians intended to make Berlin the capital of the reunified Germany, and they felt that locating the capital in a major city like Frankfurt or Hamburg would imply a permanent capital and even weaken support in West Germany for reunification.

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In 1949, the Parliamentary Council in Bonn drafted and adopted the current German constitution, the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany.

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Additionally, Bonn was closer to Brussels, headquarters of the European Economic Community.

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From 1990 to 1999, Bonn served as the seat of government of reunited Germany.

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Bonn's defeated incumbent mayor Ashok-Alexander Sridharan in the most recent mayoral election, which was held on 13 September 2020, with a runoff held on 27 September.

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Kunstmuseum Bonn or Bonn Museum of Modern Art is an art museum founded in 1947.

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Bonn's work is on display in the August-Macke-Haus, located in Macke's former home where he lived from 1911 to 1914.

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The Deutsches Museum Bonn, affiliated with one of the world's foremost science museums, the Deutsches Museum in Munich, is an interactive science museum focusing on post-war German scientists, engineers, and inventions.

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Bonn's population is predicted to surpass the populations of Wuppertal and Bochum before the year 2030.

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Bonn is home of the Telekom Baskets Bonn, the only basketball club in Germany that owns its arena, the Telekom Dome.

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Since 1983, the City of Bonn has established friendship relations with the City of Tel Aviv, Israel, and since 1988 Bonn, in former times the residence of the Princes Electors of Cologne, and Potsdam, Germany, the formerly most important residential city of the Prussian rulers, have established a city-to-city partnership.

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Central Bonn is surrounded by a number of traditional towns and villages which were independent up to several decades ago.

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City district of Bonn is a partner of the English university city of Oxford, England, UK, of Budafok, District XXII of Budapest, Hungary and of Opole, Poland .

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