Bad Godesberg · For about 50 years, the biggest part of the diplomatic corps resided in Bad Godesberg. This summer, there are fascinating walking tours to explore the history of the city.
For about 50 years, the biggest part of the diplomatic corps resided in Bad Godesberg. This summer, there are fascinating walking tours to explore the history of the city, organized by the Stadtmarketing Bonn team.
During the next few months there are four dates available (August 12, September 16, October 21 and November 18). Ambassadors, diplomats and local employees resided and worked in the magnificent Wilhelminian mansions and Rhine residences. Today, successful business people, entrepreneurs and retirees live and work here.
The walking tours recall Bad Godesberg as a quarter of diplomats and offer a view of the life behind the scenes during that era. The walk takes the participants through the idyllic villa district down towards the banks of the Rhine, past numerous former embassies, amongst which are those of Pakistan, Thailand and Israel.
On the river bank the groups will pass the beautiful ambassadors’ residences of Portugal, the United Kingdom and Italy. During a short break in the historic RheinHotel Dreesen on the river bank the owners Fritz and Olaf Dreesen will give a talk on the role their hotel played while the diplomats lived here.
The RheinHotel Dreesen was the starting-point of all the embassies which were later opened in Bad Godesberg and served the French High Commission as the seat of their administration from 1949 till 1952. From “Dreesen” the sightseeing tour leads back through Rüngsdorf to the train station in Bad Godesberg. One tour takes about two-and-a-half hours. Admission is 12.50 Euro per Person.
Tour language is generally German, but the website www.botschaftstouren.de is available in English, tours in English may be available on request.
For more information, call 0228/1 84 26 90 or send an email to email@example.com.
Original text: Jürgen Pohlmann
Translation: Mareike Graepel