From 1949 to 1990, Bonn was the capital of West Germany. From 1990 to 1999, most German governmental institutions were located in Bonn. By 2000, the city lost its status as a seat of government, handing it magnanimously over to Berlin.
Bonn is divided into four municipal districts: Bad Godesberg, Beuel, Bonn and Hardtberg. Previously independent towns, Bad Godesberg and Beuel were incorporated into the city in 1969. Bad Godesberg is situated in the south of the city. Today, considering the role it has played as a major embassy area and the abundance of prestigious restaurants located there, it is referred to as the 'posh part of Bonn'.
Bonn is renowned for its numerous churches, monasteries and many other samples of architecture. These include the Cathedral, Schwarzrheindorf Church (1151), Kreuzberg Chapel, Redoute (1792), Poppelsdorf Palace (1715-40) and Town Hall (1737). If you are only drafting your sightseeing tour around the city, please, include the Siebengebirge, the Ahr Valley, Bruhl Castle and the Nurburgring into your sightseeing plan. Bad Godesberg is famous for its museums, such as the Museum Alexander Konig, Art Museum and the Federal Art and Exhibition Hall.
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