Bonn, the gateway to the romantic Middle Rhine, is situated north of the Siebengebirge hills on the southern end of the Cologne Embankment (50° 43’14’’ north, 7° 7’4’’ east). Roughly three quarters of the city is situated west of the Rhine and one quarter east of the river.
Total area: 141.2 km2. Built-up area: 46.3 km2, or roughly one third of the total city area (33%). Forests extend over 39,4 km2.
Tallest Structures: The radio transmission mast on the Venusberg (180m), the Post Tower (162m), the former MPs' Office Building (114.7m), the smokestacks of the Southern Thermal Power Station (98.8m) and the recycling plant (98 m), crossing tower of the Bonn Minster (81.4 m), City Hall (72.1 m).
Climate and Weather
Temperate weather dominates in winter, bringing little snow and few days of frost (56) or ice (10). Summers are continental; with an average temperature in July of over 18° C, there are a number of summery days (33) and very hot days (5). Average annual precipitation: 669 mm.
As at 1st July 2002: 310,673 inhabitants (148,261 male, 162,412 female). 43,001 foreigners from 174 different countries are registered in Bonn. Added to this number are around 800 diplomats, embassy personnel, United Nations staff and their families - a total of about 2,500 persons. The largest group is the Turks (15.8%), followed by the Moroccans (5.2%), Italians (5.0%), Yugoslavs (4.1%), Poles (3.3%), Spaniards (3.2%), Iranians (3.0%), Chinese (2.9%), Russians (2.8%), Greeks (2.6%), Iraqi (2,7%) French (2.4%) and US-Americans (2.0%). Approximately 43.3% of Bonn's population is Catholic, 24.0% Protestant and 25.1% is of other religious denominations, agnostic or atheist.