A few ministries remain in Bonn, Germany, but now that parliament and most of the government have moved to Berlin, the city has become a much quieter place. Some people would argue that it's always been quiet.

But Bonn, 106 mi/170 km northwest of Frankfurt, still attracts travelers interested in visiting the city where Beethoven was born (the Beethoven Haus is in Bonngasse) and in attending top-quality productions at its Chamber Music Hall. Sudstadt, a nice quarter built in the Grunderzeit (late 1800s), is also worth exploring.

Other sights include the Poppelsdorfer Schloss (a baroque palace, museum and botanical gardens), The University of Bonn (housed in a palace) and the World Conference Center Bonn (former seat of the German parliament). The Kunst und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Art and Exhibition Hall of the German Republic) hosts prominent international exhibits, and the Kunstmuseum has some of the best works of German Expressionism and post-1945 German art.

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