Cherry Blossom
in the Old Town
UN and Business Location
internationally connected
Cherry Blossom
UN and Business Location

Welcome to Bonn!

In many respects, our location offers the best conditions for excellent, international, transdisciplinary, closely networked research: In addition to four universities, the international science region of Bonn is home to numerous research institutes of the Max Planck and Fraunhofer Societies as well as the Leibniz and Helmholtz Associations. The close cooperation between these institutions in BORA offers excellent conditions for the joint, strategic further development of the research landscape, which is located in a strong neighborhood. The ABCD region in the Rhineland, which includes the universities of Aachen, Bonn, Cologne, Düsseldorf and the FZ Jülich, forms a strong axis for scientific interactions. The Bonn region also plays a strong role in advising the federal government and in cooperation with the United Nations

Why do research, teach and live in Bonn?

01.

International City

As a German city of the United Nations with inhabitants of 170 nationalities, Bonn has about 125 international NGOs, 5 international schools and 3 international day care centers. In addition, 13 diplomatic missions are located here as well as 25 UN organizations, including the UN World Climate Secretariat (UNFCCC).

02.

Science Hub

Bonn is a science hub with a total of 6
universities (3 of which offer doctoral programs), 16 non-university research institutions, 8 departmental research institutions and 6 funding institutions.

03.

Cultural Center

Bonn is the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven and has the highest density of art and cultural institutions in North Rhine-Westphalia. It is a modern, lively and cosmopolitan city with an international flair and an exceptionally high quality of life. 

04.

Business Location

Bonn is also an economic center with several Dax companies and a strong SME sector, including several "hidden champions" that operate worldwide. There are 495 companies in Bonn. Among the largest employers are Deutsche Post and Deutsche Telekom.

Bonn's facets

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
© Volker Lannert / Universität Bonn

UN City

Bonn is the German city of the United Nations, with over 1,000 employees in 25 UN organizations, including the UN World Climate Secretariat (UNFCCC) and the United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS).

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
© Volker Lannert / Universität Bonn

Federal City

In 1999, the parliament and parts of the German government moved to Berlin. The federal city of Bonn remains the second federal political center of Germany and the official residence of 6 federal ministries, the second official residence of the Federal President and the Federal Chancellor, and the location of more than 20 federal government agencies.

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
© Maxim Abramov on Unsplash

Kulturzentrum

41 museums, 12 cycling and theme tours, 620km of hiking trails and 1001 other ways to discover Bonn and the region. In addition, Bonn is a stronghold of the carnival and home to the natural spectacle "Cherry Blossoms".

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
© Volker Lannert / Universität Bonn

Buisness Location

There are about 15,000 companies in Bonn. Among the largest employers are Deutsche Post and Deutsche Telekom. Bonn also ranks second among German cities with the highest stock market value.

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
© Volker Lannert / Universität Bonn

Family friendly

Bonn and the region have more than 200 day care centers (including 3 international day care centers) and more than 100 general and vocational schools (including 5 international schools).

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
© Universität Bonn / Volker Lannert

In the middle of Europe

Bonn is located in the middle of Europe, between the Rhine-Ruhr and Rhine-Main regions, 3 international airports within 15-60 min. distance, 2 connections to the ICE high-speed rail network and optimal connections to the Autobahn.

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© Hannah Busing on Unsplash

Non-governmental organizations

Bonn is home to 125 international organizations working in the fields of social sustainability, peacekeeping, international cooperation, energy, climate, ecology and much more. The onboarding of new organizations is actively supported by the city.

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© Michelle Henderson on Unsplash

Funding landscape

6 major funding institutions have their headquarters in Bonn: the DAAD, the DFG, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the German Rectors' Conference, the Joint Science Conference and the German National Academic Foundation.

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Bonn as an International Location, BonnTours and further information material for tourists and newcomers in German and English as well as pictures for free disposal can be found here.


Explore Bonn

Astronomical Walks at Effelsberg by MPIfR

From the Planetary Walk to the Galaxy Walk to the Milky Way Walk - there's something for everyone! The three themed hiking trails with descriptions of astronomical objects have been set up in the direct vicinity of the 100 m radio telescope Effelsberg.

Museums mile

With five museums, the Museums mile Bonn is one of the largest museum networks in Europe. 

Bonn Altstadt

Innumerable cherry trees unfold their full bloom, transforming the narrow roads of the Altstadt into a pink seas of flowers.

Bonn in pictures

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