From Paderborn-Lippstadt to Bonn-Hangelar
It would have been out of the ordinary to not take-off a day on Monday 18 February 2019. We had no obligations, and the weather was perfect for a small flying trip at this time of the year. The plane at our nearby airfield was already booked, so we booked a plane from the aeroclub at Paderborn-Lippstadt. We set our destination to Bonn, where we had not yet been before. In case the weather would not be good over the Sauerland, which it often is, then we would go north to Bremen. On Monday morning we drove to Paderborn-Lippstadt, and it was CAVOK in all directions. We took off for Bonn.
René fueling the Piper Archer
En-route to Bonn
Veleda at Bonn-Hangelar
After landing on runway 29 of Bonn-Hangelar and parking the plane in front of the tower, we payed the landing fee, and then walked to the tram station for the short journey to Bonn centre.
Travelling from Bonn-Hangelar airport to Bonn
From the airport, it is 1 km on foot (12 minutes' walk) to the tram station Hangelar Centre of line 66. Tickets can be purchased from a ticket machine at the tram stop. A one way ticket to Bonn is €4.00 (2019). Exit the tram at the sixth stop (the first stop after crossing the Rhine) at Bertha-von-Suttner Platz/Beethovenhaus.
Bonn lies on the banks of the Rhine in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Founded in the 1st century BC as a Roman settlement, Bonn is one of Germany's oldest cities. From 1949 to 1990, Bonn was the capital city of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Romanesque Minster church with its 900-year-old cloister, the Old Town Hall, the electoral palaces which now form part of the University are just some of the highlights.
Room where Beethoven was born
Bonn is the birthplace of composer Ludwig van Beethoven. Ludwig was born in the rear building at no. 20 Bonngasse. He spent the first four years of his life here. The Beethoven House accommodates the most extensive Beethoven collection worldwide, including paintings and portraits, original manuscripts and first editions of important works, Beethoven's last grand piano, his string quartet instruments and ear trumpets.
The Bonn Minster is one of Germany's oldest churches, having been built between the 11th and 13th centuries. It was built on the graves of the two martyred Roman soldiers who later got promoted to be the city's patron saints. It got its Gothic look in the 13th century but the Romanesque origins survive beautifully in the cloister. The interior furnishings are largely Baroque, except for the 12th-century baptismal font.
Old Town Hall
The historic Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus) is located behind the University directly by the market. The building with the decorated rococo facade houses the offices and representative rooms of the mayor. Crowning the center of the city's old town, the building has hosted some of the country's most esteemded visitors. The central monument on the square is a obelisk that dates back to 1777.
The tourist office of Bonn has published a Bonn City Walk that takes approximately 1-1½ hours. It starts at the Bonn Tourist Information office (1), and ends at the Minster Basilica with Cloister (14).
In Bonn we visited the Beethoven House. Ludwig van Beethoven was born here in December 1770. Since 1889 the Beethoven-Haus Society has maintained a commemorative museum in the birthplace, which today houses the world's largest Beethoven collection. The exhibition rooms contain a selection of more than 150 original documents from the time Beethoven spent in Bonn and Vienna.
From Bonn-Hangelar to Paderborn-Lippstadt
After our visit to Bonn we returned to the airport for our flight back to Paderborn-Lippstadt. At Paderborn-Lippstadt we met Jaap, who had just returned from a two day trip to Courchevel airport. We had an interesting and pleasant day trip.
Veleda before departure from Bonn-Hangelar
Autobahn 46 under construction
Final runway 06 Paderborn-Lippstadt