Bonn 2020

Bonn - Choice of the travel guide - Lonely Planet:

Bonn The former federal capital has taken fifth place in the worldwide ranking of city tours of the renowned publishing house "Lonely Planet". Experts and Bonn are surprised.

What does the award mean for the city? Many people from Bonn appreciate their city and some consider it one of the most beautiful places in the world.

This perception has now been confirmed by the well-known Australian travel publisher "Lonely Planet".

For the year 2020, the publisher of travel guides selected Bonn as one of the top ten most beautiful city travel destinations in the world - the federal state landed in 5th place,

And is listed there as the most attractive German city center. In front of Bonn is only Salzburg, the US capital Washington, Cairo and Galway (Ireland).

In social networks, the reactions were mixed: In addition to many positive contributions, a user criticized, for example, the choice that would be overshadowed by a "financial disaster" of the Beethovenhalle.

Another user left the comment in disbelief and asked, "Sure, I love this city. But rank 5 of the top destinations worldwide? "

So what is behind this election?

Lonely Planet publishing a house founded in 1970 with offices in Melbourne and London, justifies the placement, in particular with the 250th Beethoven anniversary, Which will take place in 2020 and celebrate the birth of the world-famous composer.

The journalist Andrea Schulte-Peevers writes in the reasoning that the cultural offerings during the jubilee year visited Bonn a "unique" musical experience.

Bonn is often wrongly in the shadow of other cities:

In the spirit of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy", in the name of "Lonely Planet", she names her the "joyful ode to Bonn".

Also, the commitment of the famous conductor Daniel Barenboim's for the closing concert in December crowns a special year.

Bonn has often been unfairly in the shadow of more exciting cities, it says at Lonely Planet: "Who strolls through the medieval old town to the spitzürmigen Bonn Cathedral and the stately Hofgarten gets a faint idea of ​​the romantic atmosphere that inspired Beethoven."

In addition to praise for the renovated Beethoven House, which will be reopened soon, Lonely Planet highlights the University of Bonn and the Town Hall building.

The travel publisher praises the former Federal District, the House of History and the LVR State Museum as further highlights.

The award could attract many guests:

"The Lonely Planet is one of the most internationally renowned publishers and travel guides," says Markus Aspetzberger from the German Tourism Association.

As with any award, this choice can certainly be used for "self-promotion of Bonn," he writes. Just because it is known that Lonely Planet is read internationally, the city could benefit from the surprising award.

According to Aspetzberger, Bonn has always ranked among the top 20 major German cities in terms of several guest arrivals. In 2018, just under 19 per cent of guests from abroad came to the Federal City.

The tourism and congress marketing company for Bonn and the region hopes to impact tourism. The award in the worldwide known medium Lonely Planet turns to "the future-oriented target group of the Young Travelers".

The Bonn region has about three million overnight stays per year. Already with the Beethoven anniversary year 2020, increased demand from tour operators could be felt.

The city of Bonn described the award on Tuesday as "deserved image for Bonn". The worldwide interest in Ludwig van Beethoven shines on his hometown.

Julia Sengelhoff from the "Tourismus NRW" association is pleased about the award: "The city can and will benefit from this image formation in a young, international and very travel-oriented target group.

And we are sure that has great appeal for the region and all over NRW. "The Beethoven anniversary year is marketed under the symbol "BTHVN2020".

Malte Boecker, artistic director of the jubilee organizers, commented on the positive performance in the international ranking that the application of Germany abroad under the slogan 

"DiscoverBeethoven" - similar to the jubilee program - is paying off. "We are already feeling a demand that can only be explained by the jubilation effect," he said afterwards.

Recently, a German city was included in the list of "Lonely Planet" in 2018: at that time Hamburg was ranked fourth with the new Elbphilharmonie.

For 2019, Germany as a whole came in second place because of 100 years Bauhaus and also 30 years fall of the Berlin Wall in the top ten countries.


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