Bonn Day

Bonn, Germany’s former – and still considered as the second, unofficial – capital is really worth to visit! Founded in the first century BC, Bonn is one of the oldest german cities. The birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven has a plethora of great museums, not least the great composer’s birth house or the house of history. The lovely riverside setting and the nostalgic feel of the old government quarter round off the atmosphere of this charming city.

Besides the cultural programme where you can explore this beautiful city center and wander on the traces of German history, also the scientific programme will not be neglected. We are organising lab visits and lectures and as a special highlight you will have the unique possibility to visit the famous physics show performed by students of the Friedrich-Wilhelms University Bonn. Be excited about this trip!


Programme on Bonnday


CodeLab TourCodeLab Tour
BL1FHR WachtbergBC1UN Campus
BL2CAESARBC2Villa Hammerschmidt
BL3DLR BonnBC3Haus der Geschichte
BL4Quantum OpticsBC4Kunstmusem
BL5Particle Physics Accelerator ELSABC5Botanischer Garten
BL6Detector physics BC6City Tour
BL7Ultracold atomsBC7Bundeskunsthalle
BL8Nano PhotonicsBC8Goldfuß-Museum


Lab Tours

Fraunhofer Institute Wachtberg

At the Fraunhofer institute Wachtberg, research activities focus on high frequency sensors for high-precision range or position determination as well as imaging systems with resolutions of up to 3.75 mm. The application spectrum of these devices ranges from reconnaissance, surveillance and protection systems to real-time capable sensors for traffic and navigation as well as quality assurance and non-destructive testing.
You can find further information here.

DLR Bonn

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is the national aeronautics and space research centre of Germany. The DLR Space Administration is located in Bonn. It is responsible for managing national space activities on behalf of the federal government. This tour will be combined with a presentation about the ”Horizion” mission of ESA.
You can find further information here.

Neuroscience research institute Caesar

Caesar is a neuroethology institute that studies how the collective activity of the vast numbers of interconnected neurons in the brain gives rise to the plethora of animal behaviors. Their research spans a large range of scales from the nano-scale imaging of brain circuitry, to large-scale functional imaging of brain circuitry during behavior, to the quantification of natural animal behaviors.
You can find further information here.

Quantum Optics labs at the university

The groups of Prof. Meschede and Prof. Weitz, both located at the institute of applied physics, work on technological applications of quantum optics. Beside research on Quantum information technology and the quantum physics of ultracold atomic gases, they realized at first a bose-einstein condensate which is made out of photons.
You can find further information here.

Nano Photonics Labs

“Small is beautiful” is the slogan of the Nano photonic group which is lead by Prof. Linden. Using electron beam lithography the group produces planar nanostructures with sizes down to 50 nm. These are used for research in the fields of plasmonics and photonic metamaterials in which the optical properties of individual metallic nanostructures and artificial optical media are investigated.
You can find further information here.

Particle Accelarator ELSA

The electron accelerator ELSA which is operated by the university of Bonn consists of three stages (injector LINACs, booster synchrotron and stretcher ring) and delivers a beam of polarized or unpolarized electrons with variable energy of max. 3.5 GeV. Its main research topic is hadron physics. For this purpose a beam of up to several nA can be extratced and transfered to the different experimental areas.
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Grid Pix and Silicon Lab

Particle Physics is one of the main foci of the physical institute of the university of Bonn. Besides theoretical particle physics and data analysis, also the development of new detectors ist part of the research. Since the Silicon lab improves parts of the ATLAS detector of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, the group of Prof. Desch tries to use Grid Pix detectors in order to measure axions coming from the sun.
You can find further information here.

Ultracold atoms

The Quantum Metrology group of Prof. Stellmer follows two topics. Using ultracold samples of mercury atoms, realized in Bose-Einstein condensated or degenerate Fermi gases, the group tries to measure the electric dipole moment with a very hight resulution. As the electric dipole moment is related to the matter/antimatter imbabalance of the universe, this might be a first step in order to explain this imbablance.
On the other hand, those systems of ultracold gases can be employed as platforms for the improvement of optical clocks. Prof. Stellmer and his team work on developping optical clocks which have an uncertainty of a tenth of a femtosecond.
You can find further information here.


Cultural Tours

City Tour

Beside university and museums, Bonn offers much more specialties. On our city tours you will have the possibility to discover the City of Bonn together with a tour guide who will provide you with a lot of anecdotes about Bonn and its citizens.

Botanic Garden

The botanic gardens were originally castle grounds for the Archbishop of Cologne, dating to about 1340. Circa 1650 they were fashioned into a renaissance garden. When the University of Bonn was founded in 1818, its first garden director began to focus the garden on scientific botany.
Today the garden cultivates about 8,000 plant species, ranging from endangered local species from the Rhineland to very rare and protected species.


The United Nations are currently represented with 20 organizations in Bonn. UN Bonn supports targeted efforts by governments for a sustainable future in the fields of climate change, land degradation, biodiversity and ecosystem services, wildlife conservation, volunteerism, health, human security, disaster risk reduction, tourism, as well as education and training.
The UN campus provides for the Bonn Day tours and presentations dealing with their work in Bonn as well as their global challanges and tasks.
You can find further information here.

The ”Villa Hammerschidt”

The ”Villa Hammerschmidt”, also called the ”White House at the Rhine”, was the primary official seat and primary official residence of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1950 until 1994. Beside visiting the villa, we will get an insight in the political activities of the former capital of Germany.
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Haus der Geschichte

Travel back in time through German history since 1945: The exhibition starts with the post-War years, new beginnings and the division of Germany. Why did the Cold War come about? How did the two Germanies develop and what links existed between West Germany and Communist East Germany? What prompted Reunification and what challenges has Germany faced since?
You can find further information here.

Art and Exhibition Hall of Germany

The Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany – in short, the Bundeskunsthalle – is a unique venue devoted to art, culture and science. Central to the programming are exhibitions of art of all periods, including contemporary art, as well as shows devoted to cultural history, archaeology, science and other areas of knowledge.
You can find further information here.

Arts Museum

The Arts Museums offers an exhibition of masks and the art of transformations:

People have always been fascinated by masks in all erasand cultures. When placed upon the face, a mask changesits wearer into someone or something new while simultaneouslyoffering protection and connecting the individual with the outer world.
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Goldfuß Museum

Located in the institute of geology and paleontology, the exhibition of the Goldfuß Museum shows fossiles from all over the world which give an insight in the development and the history of live on earth.
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Due to its superb collection as the only museum of cultural history in the Rhineland, the LVR-Landesmuseum shows the development of the region from its beginnings to the present day. In the permanent exhibition, you will be greeted with an eventful journey through time, from the Stone Age up to today. Not only is the world-famous original Neanderthal man (40,000 years B.C.) on display here, but also the world’s largest Neolithic well. Further highlights are the Fritzdorf gold beaker from the Bronze Age, the Pfalzfeld Column dating from Celtic times, and a treasure that had once belonged to a Celtic princess from Waldalgesheim.
You can find further information here.