The former capital of the Federal Republic of Germany, and birthplace of Beethoven, Bonn stretches along both banks of the Rhine in the south of North Rhine-Westphalia. Historic sites, artistic highlights in the institutions along Bonn’s Museum Mile, atmospheric events – Bonn offers outstanding cultural diversity. Lovingly restored villas, grand city houses from the end of the 19th century and buildings by renowned architects dominate the appearance of this historic city. Parks such as the Rheinauen Park or the gardens of the Schaumburg Palace and the Villa Hammerschmidt provide only some of Bonn’s great recreational and leisure value. The romantic Rhine Valley and the Siebengebirge mountains are attractive daytrip destinations near the city. It closeness to the Rhine metropolises of Cologne and Düsseldorf, and the good connections between academia and business, make Bonn not only a great city in which to live, but also a popular international conference and business location.