to Bonn

  Bonn can conveniently be reached by all the usual forms of transportation. The directions given below all have in common a route to Bonn main station (Hauptbahnhof), and then the way from there to the hotel closeby. For this second part, a map comes in handy:

map around Bonn Hbf

And here is your direct map access to Google Maps or OpenStreetMap

by car   Bonn is so well connected in the German Autobahn network, that is is pointless to tell you which autobahn and exit to use. There are so many possibilities. Just drive to Bonn center as signposted!

Reaching the city, follow directions to the train station (Hauptbahnhof, or Hbf for short, often also shown by an icon). When you arrive there, you have to cross the rails by the underpass next to the adjecent bus station, which you can see on the maps. Coming out of the underpass, turn left, and you are just in front of the Bristol hotel.

Many of you will have a GPS navigational system installed in their cars. Just enter the address of the hotel: Prinz-Albert-Straße 2, 53113 Bonn. Most likely, the Bristol hotel will have an entry of its own in the list of hotels in Bonn stored in the system. Easy.

by train   Bonn Hauptbahnhof (often abbreviated to Hbf, main station) is on the German ICE train network. So it is well connected, not only in the German train system, but in the overall European train network also. Travelling by Eurostar from London to Brussels and then further with the ICE high speed train via Cologne is for example an alternative to flying for english participants.

When you arrive, leave the station on the rear side. Do not take the exit to the city, where everybody else will rush to, but take the exit in the other direction, i.e. exit Quantiusstraße. Don't be afraid, the street looks rather unspectacular, but you are on the right track! Turn left, and walk about 130 meters to the next street corner. The Bristol hotel lies just across the street.

by plane   There are two options, airport Cologne/Bonn (IATA code CGN) and Frankfurt airport (IATA code FRA). Both are international airports. Airport Cologne/Bonn lies in the other side of the river Rhine between the two cities. During the time that Bonn was the capital of West-Germany, it was a first rate international airport with transatlantic and other overseas connections. Nowadays, this is much less the case, as a number of the very big airlines have moved that traffic to Frankfurt airport. Nevertheless, CGN is very well connected in Europe, in particular for vacation charter flights and by economy / discount airlines.

CGN - Airport Cologne/Bonn   The airport is connected to Bonn via the express bus line SB60, from Terminal 1 to Bonn bus station next to the train station. It runs every 30 minutes during the week and every 60 minutes during the weekend; the ride takes 27 minutes (timetable/map). When you arrive at the station, walk over to the pedestrian underpass next to the car underpass as shown on the map above, cross the train lines by that underpass and turn left when you come to the street.

FRA - Frankfurt Airport   Taking an airplane from Franfurt to Cologne/Bonn is nonsense, take a train instead. Details follow soon....

walk from
Bristol to
  Leave the hotel and cross the street. Turn left and walk about 30 to 40 meters to the pedestrian path on the right, which continues to the other side of the railroad tracks via an underpass. Follow the street in the same direction until you get to the park (Hofgarten) with the church at the right hand. Turn right and walk on to the next corner of the park, where you find the Arithmeum. For that last part, an even more pleasant way is to cross the street and walk along the path parallel to the street in the park under the trees.