Bonn is a green, medium-sized city of roughly 330,000 inhabitants in the heart of Europe, beautifully situated on the banks of the river Rhine. With its idyllic green surroundings, it waits to be explored by nature-lovers, hikers and cyclists. Here, at the gateway to the Upper Middle Rhine Valley – a UNESCO World Heritage site – visitors encounter a hospitable place with rich history, many cultural offerings, a cosmopolitan flair and open-minded citizens. Bonn is a multicultural city where people from around 180 nationalities live peacefully together.
Bonn has developed a profile that is unique in the world as a second political centre and a place for international dialogue – Germany’s United Nations city focusing on environment and development. UN Bonn has become the hub of UN efforts geared towards global sustainable development with 23 UN secretariats, among them the UN Climate Convention and the SDG Action Campaign. The city also hosts 170 globally active institutions and NGOs and many other players in the field of sustainability, development and cooperation. The landmark of the city’s international district is the UN Campus.
Bonn’s excellent Friedrich-Wilhelms-University is part of the most intense research area in Europe with more than 150,000 students, 20,000 scientists and around 50 renowned science and research institutions.
Bonn is one of the cities with the highest quality of life in Germany . The city features a rich history and a great number of cultural events throughout the year. The Museum Mile and several other museums, including the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven, are located in and around the city centre. Visitors come from all around the world to enjoy various events and festivals and to go to the theatre and the opera.
Bonn has put sustainability at the centre of its work. The city has pledged to achieve climate neutrality before the year 2035. Bonn is actively engaging with European and global networks and is currently active in six project partnerships with cities around the globe. Learn more about Bonn’s comprehensive Sustainability Strategy adopted in 2019 and the action leading up to its implementation on the city website.