Bad Honnef, the Nice on the Rhine

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Bad Honnef seen from Rolandseck © Leit

Bad Honnef seen from Rolandseck © Leit

Bad Honnef is a spa town in Germany near Bonn in the Rhein-Sieg district, North Rhine-Westphalia. It is located on the border of the neighbouring state Rhineland-Palatinate. To the north it lies on the slopes of the Drachenfels (“Dragons’s Rock”) mountain, part of the Siebengebirge.

Bad Honnef is home to a mineral spring called the Drachenquelle (“Dragon Spring”) which was discovered in 1897. This discovery led to Honnef, as the town was called at the time, transforming from a wine-growing town to a spa town, adding the prefix Bad to its name. The mineral spring has been used for both drinking and bathing.

The villages of Aegidienberg, Selhof and Rhöndorf are considered to be part of Bad Honnef. During his term as first chancellor of Germany, Konrad Adenauer lived (and died) in Bad Honnef, as it was near Bonn, then the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany. Also, German politician and leader of the Free Democratic Party Guido Westerwelle was born in Bad Honnef.

Villa Schaafhausen © Tohma The former residence of Konrad Adenauer, the first German chancellor © Sir James Siebengebirge © Leit Rhoendorf Vineyard © Schwing Reconstruction of the Löwenburg © Schwing Physics center © Leit Parts of the foundation of Reitersdorf castle © Tohma Löwenburg © Schwing Löwenburg © Schwing Haus im Turm Rhoendorf © Tohma Feuerschloesschen © Tohma Drachenfels mountain © Leit City Hall © Tohma Birds fountain © Bonifatius Stirnbergin Protestant church © Heidas Drachenfels © Leit Bad Honnef seen from Rolandseck © Leit
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The former residence of Konrad Adenauer, the first German chancellor © Sir James
Since the 1980s Bad Honnef has developed into an important place for conferences in Germany. Because of the close proximity to the still internationally important Federal City of Bonn, many federal institutions are located in Bad Honnef. The President of Germany resides there.

The headoffice of the Nationalpark Siebengebirge project was also planned to be in Bad Honnef; however the project was doomed by a referendum on sept. 27, 2009.

Bad Honnef has the highest purchasing power of all towns in North Rhine-Westphalia, its percentage of millionaires is also one of the highest.

To inform you about latest news most of the city, town or tourism websites offer a newsletter service and/or operate Facepage pages/Twitter accounts. Read more on City of Bad Honnef (German only), Service Bad Honnef (German only), International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef and Wikipedia Bad Honnef. Learn more about the use of photos.




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