Doms, Road Sodas, and the River Rhine (Bonn)
Trip Start Jun 15, 2009
18Trip End Dec 20, 2009
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So, as I said, my trip began with the train ride up to Bonn on Thursday morning. We traveled along the Rhine seeing all the towns on the river and wineries clinging to the cliffs on either bank. I got into Bonn around noon and checked into the conference center where the meeting was being held for all the RISE professional scholarship holders. After luch and a few meetings we visited the Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, which was a museum covering the German history since the end of WWII
The next day, we were split up into groups to visit different company sites near Bonn. I was in the Bayer group (the others were Henkel and Ford), and the company site was pretty much a small town in itself. Bayer is associated with aspirin mainly, but they also make a lot of plastics and polymers that are the basis for pretty much any product you can think of (they make the plastic for Legos... so it goes that a lot of thier products don't bear the name Bayer). They also have a crop science and life science division, which we learned about on our tour. Unfortunately, our group missed the tour of Brühl castle since the company tour was so long. Back in Bonn we ate at the Bahnhofchen biergarden restaurant along the Rhine. I have to say, the best part was the unlimited free bier that came with dinner.
On our last day we took a cruise on the River Rhine to the old medieval village, Linz. After the cruise back to Bonn, I decided to stop off at Köln again to see inside the Dom. I thought the outside was impressive on Thursday, but the inside was simply stunning with its stained glass windows and we clmbed all 509 steps to the top about 100 meters high (took about 10-15 minutes to climb it all!).