THE BEST WAY TO BONN
To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 49 (country code for Germany), 228 (local code for Bonn) and the local number.
WHERE TO STAY
Hotel Baden, 1 Graurheindorfer Strasse, Bonn; 96-96-80, http://www.hotel-baden.de. The budget hotel is close to Bonn's center. Doubles from about $92, with bath.
Ameron Hotel Königshof Bonn, 9 Adenauerallee; 26-01-0, http://www.hotel-koenigshof-bonn.de. Elegantly situated on the Rhine. Doubles from about $180 a night, including breakfast.
WHERE TO EAT
Gasthaus im Stiefel, 30 Bonngasse, 69-65-96, http://www.gasthausimstiefel.de. Next door to the Beethoven-Haus museum, the historic eatery is great for game hens washed down by kolsch, as the local beer is called. Main dishes from about $14.
Em Hoettche, 4 Markt, 69-00-09, http://www.em-hoettche.de, on the central market plaza, is wonderful for boiled pork knuckles, asparagus in season and Riesling. Beethoven is said to have been a customer. Main dishes from about $15.
TO LEARN MORE
Bonn's excellent tourism office can supply maps and arrange tours: http://www.bonn.de/tourismus_kultur_sport_freizeit/tourist_information/index.html?lang=. For information on the Beethoven-Haus, go to http://www.beethoven-haus-bonn.de/sixcms/detail.php?template=portal_en. To learn about Beethovenfest, which takes place Sept. 9-Oct. 9, go to http://www.beethovenfest.de.