Bad Honnef

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Bad Honnef
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Coordinates: 50 ° 39 '  N , 7 ° 14'  E

Basic data
State : North Rhine-Westphalia
Administrative region : Cologne
Circle : Rhein-Sieg district
Height : 75 m above sea level NHN
Area : 48.17 km 2
Residents: 25,812 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 536 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 53604
Area code : 02224
License plate : SU
Community key : 05 3 82 008
City structure: 2 boroughs

City administration address :
Rathausplatz 1
53604 Bad Honnef
Website :
Mayor : Otto Neuhoff ( independent )
Location of the city of Bad Honnef in the Rhein-Sieg district
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Bad Honnef (until January 26, 1960 Honnef ) is a town in the Rhein-Sieg district on the southern edge of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia with 25,812 inhabitants (December 31, 2019). It is located on the eastern side of the Rhine and borders on the north-west of the Bad Godesberg district of the federal city of Bonn and the state of Rhineland-Palatinate . According to state planning, Bad Honnef takes on the function of a medium-sized center . According to the definition of the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning , Bad Honnef is a " small medium-sized town ".

The former spa town has become known due to the year-round mild climate , which is why it is sometimes referred to as "Rhenish Nice". Konrad Adenauer , the first Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany , lived in the district of Rhöndorf until his death in 1967. The city is the seat of the IUBH International University and several national organizations and interest groups.


View over the train station to Bad Honnef

Bad Honnef is located on the eastern orographically right bank of the Rhine between Königswinter and Rheinbreitbach at the foot of the Siebengebirge , which marks the northern end of the Rhenish Slate Mountains and thus the beginning of the transition from the Middle Rhine to the Lower Rhine . The western edge of the 48.3 square kilometer urban area can naturally be assigned to the Honnef valley widening , the northern boundary of which is the Drachenfels near the Rhöndorf district. It is characterized on the left bank of the Rhine by a steep bank more than 100 meters high, opposite to the right bank of the Rhine a much wider, crescent-like widened valley area and includes the two islands of Grafenwerth and Nonnenwerth . The middle part of the urban area is occupied by the Siebengebirge and the Rheinwesterwälder volcanic ridge and the eastern third with the urban district Aegidienberg lies on the Asbacher plateau , thus belonging to the northwestern foothills of the Westerwald .

The urban area includes the southern part of the nature reserve and nature park Siebengebirge, which belongs to the Honnef city forest . In addition to the Drachenfels, which with its summit already belongs to Königswinter, the mountains Löwenburg , Himmerich , Großer Breiberg , Leyberg and Ölender are located there. Immediately above the center of Bad Honnef are the Reichenberger Höhe ( 194  m above sea  level ) and the Augusthöhe ( 206  m above sea level ). The mountains of the urban area on and south of the Schmelztal are part of the Rheinwesterwälder volcanic ridge , more spaciously part of the Niederwesterwald . The highest point in the city is 455  m above sea level. NHN the Löwenburg , the lowest point is 53 meters on the banks of the Rhine near Rhöndorf. The city center is already 20 meters above the height on the banks of the Rhine. Lead up into the Siebengebirge or the Niederwesterwald - from north to south - the Rhöndorfer Tal , the Annatal (with the Möschbach ), the Tretschbachtal , the Schmelztal and the Mucher Wiesental . The Ohbach , which runs in the Schmelztal valley and flows into the Rhine, has the highest flow rate of the streams in the urban area. The southern city limits are largely formed by the Grenzbach Honnefer Graben .

The former spa town forms the southeastern end of the compression chamber Bonn and is ten kilometers from the Federal District from passing through the resident federal ministries , - authorities , international organizations such as the United Nations and several " global players is" a workplace priority with national and international impact.

455  m, the ruins of the Löwenburg are the highest point in the city.

City structure

Bad Honnef is usually divided into the district of Aegidienberg and the districts Stadtmitte, Selhof and Rhöndorf . This division serves as an aid z. B. for school and electoral districts and the street directory.

The mountainous Aegidienberg as a former municipality, separated from the rest of the city by the Siebengebirge, is a separate city ​​district with its own citizens' office. There is a district committee for this city district, which consists of 15 members. It has a maximum of twelve knowledgeable citizens. There are no other city districts or other administrative subdivisions of the city. The urban area comprises two districts within the boundaries of the communities that existed until the municipal reorganization in 1969: Honnef and Aegidienberg .

City center of Honnef with church and new town hall
Parish Church of St. Johann Baptist

City center

Stadtmitte is the largest district of Bad Honnef and the center of the city with the pedestrian zone and the main business area. It was formed from the former honors of Mülheim , Beuel , Bondorf , Rommersdorf and Reitersdorf as well as Lohfeld , which was later settled . In the Honschaft Mülheim the center of the city was on the market and the parish church . Mülheim actually refers to a ship settlement on the Rhine, but the name was also transferred to the city center from the 16th to the 19th century.

Reitersdorf was mentioned as "Retersdorpht" 893 in the Prümer Urbar after a "villa rateresthorp" was mentioned for the first time in 866. Excavations in 1981 exposed the foundation walls of a fortified structure, which had also been discovered in 1870, but was filled in again. This castle was built around 1270. In 1288, "Castrum Reyterstorp" was fiefdom of the Count of Jülich and then expanded. Before 1317 the castle and the village were destroyed and in 1517 it was mentioned for the last time as "Rescue Village" in a treasure book of the Jesuits of Cologne. The castle ruins are now the center of an extensive park with a nursing home on the southern edge.

In Lohfeld, located on the Rhine, there is a larger industrial area, as well as the Grafenwerth island to the west. Bondorf, Rommersdorf and Beuel represent the highest part of the development in the valley and are located on the slope. Rommersdorf in particular is a popular place to live.

There are several historical buildings on the main street, such as the renovated Kursaal and the building of the Elly Hölterhoff-Böcking Foundation and the German Physical Society .

Remains of Reitersdorf Castle
Vineyards in Rhöndorf on the slope of the Drachenfels


Rhöndorf is in the north on the border with Königswinter and has grown together with the city center. Since it was the place of residence of the first Federal Chancellor Konrad Adenauer , it is probably the most famous district. In the north there are extensive vineyards on the slope of the Drachenfels , which make the place a popular tourist destination in addition to the exhibition in the Federal Chancellor Adenauer House Foundation . The center of Rhöndorf is Ziepchensplatz , around which there are numerous half-timbered houses and a teaching vineyard with vines typical of the Middle Rhine belonging to the Rhöndorf community and local community .


Selhof is in the south of the Bad Honnef valley and borders on Rheinbreitbach . The district was first mentioned in a document in 1068 as Selehova . It extends in a west-east direction from the federal highway 42 to the mountains Zickelburg and Menzenberg and in a north-south direction from the state highway 144 to the Honnefer Graben and the border forest to Rheinbreitbach. Hagerhof Castle is also located in Selhof .

Aegidiusplatz, market square in Aegidienberg


The city district of Aegidienberg is the former residence of Carlo Schmid and Heinz Günther Konsalik . It consists of the districts of Aegidienberg (Kirchdorf), Brüngsberg , Efferoth , Himberg , Höhe , Hövel , Neichen , Orscheid , Retscheid , Rottbitze , Siefenhoven , Wintersberg and Wülscheid , which are spread over different hills. The city district is located to the east of the Honnef city forest, which is part of the Siebengebirge, and is intersected by the federal motorway 3 and the new ICE line Cologne – Frankfurt, which opened at the end of 2002 . In contrast to the valley location, there are still large forest areas here. In the north, Aegidienberg borders on Eudenbach, which belongs to Königswinter and in which the Eudenbach glider airfield is located, and in the east and south on several districts belonging to Windhagen .

Neighboring cities and towns

The following cities and communities border the city of Bad Honnef. They are called clockwise, starting in the north:

City of Königswinter , local community Windhagen ( Verbandsgemeinde Asbach ), local community Rheinbreitbach ( Verbandsgemeinde Unkel ), City of Remagen ( Oberwinter and Rolandswerth ) and the Federal City of Bonn (district Bad Godesberg ). Bad Honnef thus borders three municipalities in the Rhineland-Palatinate districts of Neuwied and Ahrweiler .


The climate of the valley area is mainly determined by its location on the southern slope of the Siebengebirge, which protects it from the harsh north and east winds. Warm air currents from the west and south ensure a mild climate all year round. Alexander von Humboldt called Bad Honnef the “Rhenish Nice” because of these favorable climatic conditions. These conditions were the prerequisite for Honnef's good reputation as a health resort, especially for throat, chest and lung diseases, which the city enjoyed for a long time.

In the mountain area (Siebengebirge and Aegidienberg) the temperatures are usually around two degrees Celsius lower and the wind is stronger.


The following text deals with the history of the Bad Honnef valley, the history of Aegidienberg is dealt with in the article Aegidienberg .

Origin of the name

The alleged first mention of Honnef at the beginning of the 8th century as "Honffa" is historically not tenable, as the inscription on which it is based, according to recent research, comes from a much later time. In 922 it was mentioned in Latinized form as "Hunapha", 1102 as "Hunephum", 1173 as "Hunepha" and 1283 as "Hunippe" in various Latin documents. The name "Hunefeh" appeared in German in 1120, "Hunefe" ​​in 1173 and 1278, and in 1395 the name "Hunff" was recorded in a Drachenfels expenditure account. In the necrology of Nonnenwerth the settlement at that time is called "Hunnffe" and in the chronicle of Erkelenz "Honff".

The name probably originated from the syllables “hohn” and “mockery”. The former could be derived from various place-name endings in the Westerwald, which had similar names (“han”, “hahn”, “hohn”, “hagen”), “Am mocking” was the name of a forest district. Honnef was therefore possibly the name for a forest village. In the past it was assumed, among other things, that the city name had its origins in the Celtic "on" (hon = rock) and the name would therefore mean "good in front of the rock". Other versions lead the name back to a brook or the "Hofe des Hunno", who presided over the honeymoon in the Middle Ages.

The name "Hunff", documented in 1317 and 1393, is also interpreted as "animal-rich water", referring to the two arms of the Rhine that unite at Bad Honnef.

Beginnings in the Frankish times

Settlement of the region around Bad Honnef has been traceable since the Franconian times. In 1871 Franconian graves were uncovered in the market and next to the church, which, in addition to the urns, contained numerous other grave attachments such as bronze clasps, clay beads and an iron lance tip. The first documentary mention was made in 922 as Hunapha . In the second half of the 11th century the land was in the hands of the Count Palatine from the house of the Ezzonen , who ceded property and rights to the Cologne Church around 1060 . Viticulture in particular attracted the nobility and church institutes. In addition to the Cologne church, the St. Cassius monastery in Bonn (1148), the Siegburg Abbey , the Dietkirchen monastery in Bonn, the Heisterbach monastery and other religious institutes owned in Honnef. In 1108 the rule passed to the Counts of Sayn , who built the Löwenburg . The knights there ruled the "Herrschaft Lewenberg" area for the entire 12th century, which, in addition to Honnef, also included parts of the more northerly areas such as Nieder- and Oberdollendorf as well as Beuel and the area on the Sieg . Honnef was the seat of this rule and the main court.

The "Lewenburg estate" came into the hands of Count Heinrich von Sponheim , who later called himself Heinrich von Heinsberg . In 1344 ownership changed to the Counts of Loen , who also ran a mint in Honnef . By marrying an heiress to Count Johann von Nassau-Saarbrücken in 1448 they had to hand over the property to this family. Since 1345, the Archdiocese of Cologne and the cathedral chapter , which with the bishop's court had important property, had a third share in exercising jurisdiction in Honnef . During this time, at least between 1381 and 1386, parts of the administration of the parish of Honnef were under the Electoral Cologne Office of Godesberg .

Honnef under the Duchy of Berg

The complicated and unclear ownership structure caused various feuds over the centuries. From one of these property disputes, Duke Wilhelm von Jülich and Berg emerged victorious, to whom the area passed on March 14, 1484 and thus became the office of Löwenburg within the Duchy of Berg . Honnef was the main court of the office and at times the seat of the bailiff . Various churches and spiritual institutes, including the Cologne Jesuit College , owned Honnef at that time. The district of Honnef existed since 1382, the judicial district since 1412. A lay judge's college at the Honnef High Court is mentioned in 1376, an archbishop's bailiff also in 1376. In 1343 a pastor is mentioned for the first time.

The Duchy of Berg determined the history of Honnef for centuries. Under this rule it was devastated several times. In 1543 numerous houses were destroyed in a battle between Duke Wilhelm IV and Emperor Charles V. Honnef quickly recovered from this incident. In 1520 Luther's teaching was introduced, which led to disputes over the occupation of church offices for several decades. In the Truchsessian War , Honnef was devastated again. In the time that followed, the Honnefers had to deliver food and money to the soldiers who had fallen. From 1555 at the latest, Honnef formed a parish that was divided into the honors (today's spelling of the place names) Beuel, Bondorf, Mülheim, Rommersdorf, Rhöndorf and Selhof. The parish was administered by a council of twelve (originally six) jury, to which each honor sent two representatives. A juror from each honor was also their mayor, the mayor of Honnef was elected annually from and by this group.

In 1597, Honnef was one of the places between Küdinghoven and Hönningen that formed the " Linzer Eintracht " and assured each other of help in the event of armed attacks. In 1630 the Swedes invaded the Cologne area, but Honnef survived this well. After the Counter Reformation , religious disputes arose again and again from around 1670. In 1673, during the Dutch War, about 22,000 French troops moving up the Rhine marched into Honnef under the leadership of Marshal Turenne ; It should be due to the negotiating skills of the local pastor Franz Xaver Trips that the place was protected from robbery and arson. The peace of Nijmegen put an end to these conflicts in 1678 and the population of Honnef recovered. A severe blow meant the capture of Honnef by French troops on May 24, 1689, who looted and burned the place. In 1695 Honnef was reoccupied under the leadership of the English. As a result of these events, the prosperity of the community at that time fell steadily in the 17th century. During the Thirty Years' War , numerous winemaking families died out or moved away, and the tax burden grew steadily.

In 1792, 999 acres were used as arable land, 783 acres as vineyards and 60 acres as meadows in the 2,940 hectare district of Honnef. 2,333 residents lived in 333 houses. From a house numbering documented for the first time in 1805 , a maximum number of 470-480 houses in Honnef emerges.

In the course of the formation of the Rhine Confederation , the Duchy of Berg became part of the Grand Duchy of Berg in 1806 . With the introduction of new administrative structures based on the French model, the Löwenburg office as well as the parish of Honnef and its division into honorships were abolished by 1808. Since spring 1809, the former parish of Honnef was under the management of the Mairie Königswinter , which belonged to the canton of Königswinter in the arrondissement of Mülheim, losing its own council and mayor . This step was seen as the loss of Honnef's communal independence. On January 1, 1810, Napoleon introduced French law ( Code civil ) in the Grand Duchy of Berg .

On January 28, 1813, there was an uprising against increasing taxes, the trade freeze and suffering over Napoleon's wars . In the Wars of Liberation from 1813 to 1815, Honnefers were active as members of the Landsturm vom Siebengebirge.

Evangelical Church of the Redeemer (1900)

1815–1871: From the Congress of Vienna to the founding of the Empire

After the resolutions of the Congress of Vienna in 1815, the former Rhenish territories, including the Grand Duchy of Berg, fell to the Kingdom of Prussia . After the introduction of the Prussian administrative structures in 1816, the municipality of Honnef remained part of the mayor's office in Königswinter ("Mairie Königswinter" until 1813), which was assigned to the Siegburg district (from 1925 "Siegkreis") in the Cologne administrative district . 1816 was the year without a summer - Prussian rule began in one year with bad harvests, drought and high food prices. In 1822 the Rhenish areas were combined to form the Rhine Province . The economic situation of Honnef stabilized again in 1823. When in 1824 the intention of the Prussian government to abolish French law met strong resistance from the population, the project was abandoned.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, mining (lead, zinc ores) was carried out in the Schmelztal , which is named after the smelters attached to the mines. This mining area included the pit fields (from west to east) Alter Fritz , Johannesberg (in the so-called Bergenstadter Gangzug ), Happy Elise and Adler . The construction of country roads in the years 1850–1855, such as a road from Königswinter via Honnef to Linz am Rhein (1851/52) and around 1855 one from Honnef to Asbach , promoted the industrialization of Honnef. From 1855 the railway line on the right bank of the Rhine was built, which runs along the Rhine. Their commissioning in the northern section Neuwied - Oberkassel in 1870 favored the further development of the city.

Honnef around 1900

In 1845/46 the municipality of Honnef received its own municipal council and head of the Rhine province with the enactment of new municipal regulations, and in 1849 its own postal expedition (previously part of the delivery area of ​​Königswinter). After years of effort - already at the beginning of 1852, the community had its own registry office get - succeeded in Honnefern 1862, by Royal Decree of July 14, the city right after the Rhenish order to obtain. With this, the municipality left the Königswinter mayor on January 1, 1863 and became independent as its own mayor in Honnef . The old coat of arms was also valid again. The rejection of Prussia by the population of Honnef subsided and Honnef survived the wars of 1864 ( German-Danish War ), 1866 ( German War ) and 1870/71 ( German-French War ) relatively unscathed.

1871–1918: Honnef in the German Empire

In the peace years from 1871 to 1914, Honnef experienced an upturn that was previously unknown. During this time - especially since the onset of a building boom in 1898 with 250 new buildings up to 1905 - the previously separate villages grew together in terms of settlement geography to form a city, with numerous villas and commercial buildings in the center that still shape the cityscape in the Wilhelminian style - or historicism -Architecture.

Hohenhonnef 2012
“Aalschokker Aranka” with a view of the Drachenfels between the mainland and Grafenwerth Island

In 1878 a newly built girls' school was opened on Bergstrasse. In 1891/92 the castle-like Hohenhonnef Lung Clinic was built on Augusthöhe above the city , which contributed to the city's boom. During these years the Swedish Queen Sophie set up a seat in Honnef (Villa Brinck-Neviandt), which she used at least ten times between 1892 and 1906. In 1894/95 the city had its own town hall built. On February 9, 1897, a mineral spring ("Dragon Spring") was drilled on the grounds of Villa Weckbecker (demolished in the 1950s ), and a bathhouse was built the following year. In 1901 the city administration bought the Villa Haarhaus in the center of the city and converted it into a spa house. The spring was bought by a Dutch company in 1902. In 1906 the August Lepper company , which later settled in Lohfeld, and in 1908 the Penaten company moved to Honnef. Since several factories had already been built and in order not to endanger the reputation of Honnef as a climatic health resort , further settlement of the industry was prevented. In return for the expansion of tourism and industry, the economic importance of viticulture decreased, for which large parts of the urban area were still used until the end of the 19th century.

The third mayor after the separation from Königswinter, Theodor Waechter, completed the construction of a waterworks . During his tenure, a new gas works was built, the streets and paths were expanded and beautified. The inauguration of a new Protestant church on December 2, 1900 and the development of an urban development plan by the Aachen university professor Karl Henrici also fall during his term of office. In 1902 the first Protestant elementary school was built on Bismarckstraße, and from November 1913 to January 1915 the Catholic elementary school was built on Bergstraße. Waechter's successor P. J. Brenig (term of office 1908–1919) continued to strive to promote tourism by building a landing stage for steamers and a bridge to the island on Grafenwerth . In 1913, 4,830 spa guests visited the city, which had become known nationwide as the “German Nice” ( Alexander von Humboldt ). Several large country houses were built in which many pensioners and merchants from the nearby cities stayed.

1918–1933: Weimar Republic

The city ​​survived the First World War relatively well, even if forced administration of food was introduced in the meantime. After the war, the city suffered from high unemployment and the economic situation initially continued to deteriorate. After the Versailles Treaty came into force in 1920, Honnef was initially part of the unoccupied area in the Rhineland , until it was occupied by French troops on March 1, 1923 as part of the so-called "burglary area" in the southern Siegkreis and northern Neuwied district as a result of the Ruhr War. The mayor of Honnef (Albert Berns) was arrested on April 6 and imprisoned in Bonn. After the London conference , on November 17, 1924, the occupation evacuated the burglar area and the mayor of Bern was reinstated.

In 1921 the island of Grafenwerth was bought by the state and on September 27, 1925 the Siebengebirgsbahn was extended from its previous terminus in Königswinter to Honnef. The cultural scene was revived, the Kursaal once again the focus of social events. In 1925 a "literary-musical society" was founded. Historically valuable memorabilia have been collected in a new local museum. The crisis years of the Weimar Republic were also reflected in Honnef: In 1923, separatists who intended to found a " Rhenish Republic ", came from Koblenz and ravaged the city. a. the Kursaal. The local population of the neighboring unoccupied places organized armed self-protection. At Aegidienberg it came to clashes of the units in November 1923, which were referred to as " battle " and glorified as separatist defense.

Since there was a strong local communist group in Honnef, from which the Reichstag member Wilhelm Pinnecke stood out as a leading figure, the confrontation with the local National Socialist group, which was also growing in strength, intensified in the final phase of the Weimar Republic.

Fire castle

1933–1945: National Socialism and World War II

During the National Socialist era, the new mayor developed a number of ideas to lead the city out of economic misery. At his suggestion, the Gauführerschule des Gaues Köln- Aachen was relocated in 1934 from Wahn to Honnef in the vacant so-called “ Feuerschlößchen ” in Bondorf. His plans for a separatist defense memorial on the Himmerich and a Thingplatz on the Löwenburg fizzled out after initial activities. The drilling of a second mineral spring on the island of Grafenwerth in 1938 and the construction of an outdoor swimming pool there brought an upswing for the health resort.

In November 1938, the Honnef Synagogue , formerly a Protestant church, located on Linzer Strasse near the Ohbach stream , was set on fire and thus destroyed. Many Jewish residents (see Honnef Jewish Community ) emigrated. The Jews living in Honnef after 1939 had to leave their apartments and were all concentrated in two (now purely Jewish) houses in Honnef. From here they had to move to a camp in Much . In July 1941, Much was transported east to her murder.

In World War II, about 250 war veterans from Honnef came around, the city also had to complain three civilian deaths. During the war, Honnef was largely spared from air raids in the Allied air war. One of the few destructions was that of the Penaten factory. For this reason, foreign authorities moved their headquarters to the city, including parts of the Upper Presidium of the Rhine Province from Koblenz, the NSKOV to Linzer Straße 108, the Archbishop's General Vicariate with the diocesan administration and the official office in Cologne, which was bombed on June 29, 1943, to the St. Antonius-Heim and the district training director in the district training castle in the Feuerschlößchen . Numerous prisoners of war and later forced laborers, especially women from the Soviet Union, worked in Honnef to remedy the personnel emergency. From July 1941 onwards, air-injured persons from Cologne and other large cities were accommodated in Honnef several times, initially around 150 mainly in closed hotels and hostels and again around 120 people in April 1943. An air raid on Honnef with bombs dropped on Lohfelder Strasse took place in November 1944. After the passage of American troops over the Remagener Ludendorff Bridge , there were fighting around Honnef between March 9 and 10, 1945, as a German tank advance against the bridgehead was conducted. On the evening of the 10th, the US 331st Infantry Regiment of the US 78th Infantry Division occupied Honnef. On March 13th, the American combat troops reached Hohenhonnef and the Rhine heights near Rhöndorf, the next day the occupation of Rhöndorf and Löwenburg followed. The bombardment by the German artillery lasted in Honnef until March 22nd.

After the Second World War

The SPD faction of the Parliamentary Council found shelter in Honnef in 1948/49

After the decision of the Parliamentary Council and the Bundestag for Bonn to be the provisional seat of government of the Federal Republic of Germany, Honnef became part of the new “capital region”. From 1949 to 1955, the city belonged to the Bonn enclave , a special area around the seat of government under the Allied High Commission . For the members of the British High Commission, 14 single houses (160 m² each) with large land areas were built in Honnef and Rhöndorf. The SPD faction in the Parliamentary Council also found accommodation in Honnef in 1948/49. In 1935 the future Chancellor Konrad Adenauer moved to Rhöndorf . In 1949 the so-called " Rhöndorfer Conference " took place in his house , in which the foundations for the political structure were created after the first federal election . After Adenauer died in his house in 1967, the first tours of the house were offered in 1970. In 1975 an exhibition about his life was published in a new building below the house. In 1997 the exhibition building was redesigned. It continues to attract numerous tourists to Bad Honnef.

In 1953 the first municipal gym was built on Bergstrasse. From 1953 to 1958, federal road 42 was rebuilt next to the railway line on the right bank of the Rhine , which made it necessary to build three new pedestrian bridges over the federal road and the railway line in order not to separate the banks of the Rhine with the tram stops (today the Stadtbahn) from the rest of the city. The Rhöndorfer train station , which was rebuilt below the road bridge , also had to give way to the construction of the federal road . Also in temporal association with the road was Station Honnef (Rhein) changed comprehensively in 1957, the building lost its classical style and the signal box was moved. In 1958 the railway line was electrified . Due to the resolution of the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia on January 27, 1960, the city ​​received the addition "Bad". The Siebengebirge health clinic was also opened that year. In 1962, the mineral swimming pool on Grafenwerth Island was demolished and replaced by a new building until 1963, at the same time as the new drinking hall was built . Also in 1963, the Franco-German Youth Office (DFJW) moved to a building on Hauptstrasse in Rhöndorf . In July 1969, the Drachenfels health clinic, which was built for eight million German marks, went into operation, and was extensively expanded and rebuilt in 1975 for 14 million marks.

In 1967 Honnef had 16,269 inhabitants, of which 149 were employed in agriculture and forestry, 2,730 in manufacturing and 3,487 in the service sector. 3,319 people worked in 55 industrial companies, 1,880 outbound commuters compared to 1,646 inbound commuters. In 1967 there were public facilities: an outdoor swimming pool, two sports fields, three kindergartens, six gyms, two hospitals with 150 beds each, four elementary schools, four special schools, a secondary school and two high schools.

In the course of the municipal reorganization of the Bonn area on August 1, 1969, the municipality of Aegidienberg was assigned as the new Bad Honnef district from the dissolved Königswinter-Land office. A merger of Aegidienberg with the mountain communities of Ittenbach , Heisterbacherrott , Oberpleis and Stieldorf had previously been considered. Due to the growth of the city, the rooms in the former town hall on the market reached their capacity limits , so that a new one was built in the town center in 1982/83 according to the plans of the architect Joachim Schürmann (→ town hall (Bad Honnef) ). In 1977 the new headquarters of the Bad Honnefer Stadtsparkasse was opened, and in 1980 a pedestrian zone was set up.

Income from spa tourism began to decline significantly in the economic crisis that began in 1980 and the subsequent austerity measures taken by health insurance companies . A scandal over settlements between Bad Honnef AG as the operator of the health clinics and the Federal Insurance Agency led to the withdrawal of the occupancy confirmation for the Drachenfels clinic in 1982 and to its closure in 1983. This year Bad Honnef had to give up the title "Heilbad" because the conditions for fulfilling this title - which already led to the designation of production facilities such as the Delu-Becker company - were economically difficult for the city to cope with. The sudden end of spa tourism forced the city to undergo rapid structural change. In 1984 a new retirement home was opened on the site of the former Drachenfels clinic, and in 1986 the Seminaris -Hotel Bad Honnef was opened in the former Siebengebirge health clinic as an important building block in the transformation into a conference and congress city. In the autumn of 1982 the Academy for Executives of the Deutsche Bundespost had already moved into a new building in the south of Selhof.

On August 18, 1988 , the Gladbeck hostage drama ended in Aegidienberg on the federal highway 3 in the direction of Frankfurt am Main .

At the beginning of the 1990s, the seven mountain railway of which was road to rail expanded, connected with it were a clock increase and the construction of all three located in the urban area stops. In 1998 the Avendi Hotel , which cost more than 20 million marks, was opened as a further building block in the transformation to a conference and congress city. By the end of the 1990s, a second commercial area and a new supply center had been built in the south of Honnef around the "Hit" market, which was expanded again at the end of the 2000s. From July 2010 to April 2012, a short road connection to the Rheinbreitbach industrial area and to federal highway 42 was created from there with the so-called “Drieschweg connection” .

Before moving the seat of government to Berlin (1999), Bad Honnef was the residence of the New Zealand ambassador from 1997 to 1999 . As a result of the relocation, the Franco-German Youth Office left its previous domicile in Rhöndorf at the end of 2000 to move to Paris and Berlin. However, the city remained the seat of some organizations and interest groups active at the federal level. As part of the " Agreement on Compensatory Measures for the Bonn Region ", which was decided by Parliament and parts of the Federal Government as compensation for the move, federal funds were used to expand the Bad Honnef-Bonn International University of Applied Sciences, which was founded in 1998, with a focus on the tourism sector The site of the St. Anno Business School promoted. Another compensatory measure was the fundamental modernization of the Selhofer youth hostel.

In May 2000, Bad Honnef received the title of "Recreation site with spa facilities" awarded by the regional president . It is intended to strengthen the city as a health location. In the same month, the modernized outdoor swimming pool on the island of Grafenwerth was opened for 4.5 million marks. At the end of 2000 the Hotel Avendi, the renovated Kursaal, the Seminaris conference hotel and a wellness hotel were combined to form the Bad Honnef Congress Park . Also in 2000, the most famous of the Honnef industrial companies, Penaten, relocated its production to Italy and France following a decision by the parent company Johnson & Johnson , whereby the Bad Honnef location was partially retained.

In 2002 the Rottbitze industrial park in Aegidienberg was opened, in which around 300 jobs were created. Not far from the new industrial area in Rottbitze, a new supply center with several petrol stations and discounters was developed by 2005. Another commercial area is currently being implemented on the Dachsberg .

On July 1, 2002, after 121 years, the last edition of the Honnefer People's Newspaper (HVZ) appeared. The Honnefer People's Newspaper was fully integrated into the Bonner General-Anzeiger , which took over the previous paper with its archive and buildings and has since used it as a local edition for the Siebengebirgsraum and the northern district of Neuwied. The General-Anzeiger had already bought the HVZ in 1989 for four million marks. In 2003, after around three decades, the Bad Honnef indoor swimming pool closed at the terminus of the Siebengebirgsbahn. In February 2010 a cultural center opened there, the center of which was a discotheque.

In September 2009, Bad Honnef prevented neighbors by referendum the establishment of a national park Seven Mountains.

On January 24th, 2010 Bad Honnef became the tenth fair trade town in Germany.

Population development

The population development of Bad Honnef has so far followed the trend in the Bonn / Rhein-Sieg region, but the number of inhabitants rose much more slowly than in the rapidly growing neighboring towns and communities of the Rhein-Sieg district . Since the municipal reorganization in 1969 there has been a growth of approx. 6,000 inhabitants, about half of them in the mountain area, i.e. Aegidienberg.

The future development will depend on the designation of new built-up areas in the mountain location, as either there are hardly any free, buildable areas left in the valley or building cannot take place for other reasons such as nature conservation . The prices for building land are expected to rise here also in the future. The Bertelsmann Foundation predicts that the population will age at an above-average rate compared to the region. However, Bad Honnef has had an excessive average age for a long time, which is due to the large number of senior citizens' residences.

In 2000 Bad Honnef became a middle district town because it exceeded the 25,000 limit provided for it. Although the population had meanwhile fallen below this limit again, the city retains the title. The number of the total population including the high number of second residences was 26,977 on May 26, 2006, almost 2,000 higher than the official population determined by the State Office for Data Processing and Statistics North Rhine-Westphalia.

The following shows the population development of Bad Honnef (until 1970 without Aegidienberg), data source for the years 2010 and 2015: Landesbetrieb IT.NRW:

year Residents
1816 2,369
1843 3,104
1871 3,707
1905 6,183
1925 8,197
1939 9,281
1950 13,948
1961 15,500
year Residents
1970 15,830
1975 20,903
1980 20,907
1985 20,467
1990 22,577
1995 24,462
2000 25.004
2005 25,241
year Residents
2010 25.213
2015 25,654


Bad Honnef has been a medium-sized district town since 2000 and as such performs additional tasks.

Allocation of seats in the city council
A total of 42 seats
Council election 2014
Turnout: 59.63% (2009: 54.84%)
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Gains and losses
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City council

The city ​​council is the municipal representative of the people of Bad Honnef. The citizens decide on the composition every five years. The last election took place on May 25, 2014.


Period mayor
1862-1876 Clemens Joseph Adams
1877-1889 Aloys Hubert Schumacher
1889-1907 Theodor Waechter
1907-1919 Peter Joseph Brenig
1919-1929 Albert Berns
1929-1933 Alfred von Reumont
1933-1934 Heinrich Behr
1934-1935 com. from Wittich
1935-1945 Johannes "Hans" Schloemer
1945-1946 Heinrich Goertz
1946-1949 Jakob Mölbert
1949-1952 Peter Rustemeyer
1952-1961 Jakob Mölbert
1961-1964 Albert Weidenbach
1964-1972 Jakob Mölbert
1972-1982 Franz Josef Kayser
1982-1990 Werner Osterbrink
1990-1999 Franz Josef Kayser
1999-2004 Hans-Peter Brassel
2004-2014 Wally Feiden
since 2014 Otto Neuhoff

badges and flags

Coat of arms of the city of Bad Honnef
Blazon : "From Silver (White) and Red thirty geschacht , in the upper half covered with a continuous blue fünflätzigen tournament collar ."
Reasons for the coat of arms: The coat of arms is the former shield of the Counts of Sponheim- Heinsberg as a reminder of the medieval rule Löwenburg , whose main town was Bad Honnef. The slaughtered field goes back to a jury's seal from 1374. Since January 24, 1973, the city of Bad Honnef has been entitled by a certificate from the District President in Cologne to a. to carry a coat of arms.

According to the main statute, the city of Bad Honnef carries a banner and a seal in addition to the coat of arms , but no flag .

City mark

The city brand, which was introduced in 2017, represents the Bad Honnef attitude of joie de vivre. It creates a sympathetic external effect with recognition value.

The logo shows a heart in the coat of arms: "Joy of life guaranteed".

Town twinning

Bad Honnef has had a town partnership with the French town of Berck (locally Berck-sur-Mer ) since 1976 , after which the southern bridge leading to the Grafenwerth island is named. A partnership with the small Saxon town of Wittichenau was entered into on August 26, 1990. Since Konrad Adenauer regularly spent his holidays in the Italian village of Cadenabbia , a partnership was established with the town in Lombardy in 1992 . Bad Honnef entered into its fourth and so far last partnership on October 31, 2000 with the Swedish Ludvika .

Culture and sights

Buildings and cultural monuments

"Tierbrunnen" ( Ernemann Sander ) in the pedestrian zone
Cedar of Lebanon on Bernhard-Klein-Strasse

One of the city's landmarks is the three-aisled Catholic parish church of St. Johann Baptist am Markt , built shortly after 1500 . There you will also find the oldest secular building in the city, the Hontes, and the old town hall . Kirchstrasse 8 is the oldest town house . The Protestant Church of the Redeemer in Luisenstrasse with its bishop's cap as the top of the tower was not built until 1900. The landmark of the Selhof district is the St. Martin Church, built after the Second World War. The Marienkapelle , built between 1714 and 1716, is located in the middle of the main road in Rhöndorf . Also in this part of the city is the most important building from the 19th century, the house in the tower (formerly "Villa Merkens"), which used to be the seat of the Löwenburg judge and, until 2004, was the state college of the Archdiocese of Cologne. The old cemetery of the city is located on Linzer Straße , not far from it, with the Austrian Cross, the oldest burial site in the city.

In addition to the churches in the mountains and valleys - including a forest chapel with the Fuchshardt Chapel - numerous other historical buildings have been preserved, mainly in the area of ​​the city center and Rhöndorf. The Rommersdorf district consists mainly of half-timbered houses , which are among the oldest in Bad Honnef. Like some of its side streets, the main street is lined with splendid residential and commercial buildings from the historicism phase around 1900, many of which are listed . The former spa facilities are now used by the "Seminaris Congress Park". The Kurhaus , which was built in 1906, received a new drinking hall in 1937/1938 and is now part of the Bad Honnef Congress Park, is an important testimony to the past . With its ballroom it is considered the cultural center of the city.

One of the few monuments of the city is the 2,015 displaced in the city garden at the Alexander von Humboldt Street Lion Monument . At Franz-Xaver-Trips-Platz is the bird fountain , decorated with life-size and movable bird figures , which the sculptor Bonifatius Stirnberg created on the occasion of the establishment of the pedestrian zone in 1980. There is also the Tierbrunnen by Ernemann Sander (1978) on the corner of the main street and Kirchstrasse . A 200-year-old Lebanon cedar in the city center (Bernhard-Klein-Straße 16) is designated as a natural monument . With nine trunks, it has a multi-stemmed structure that differs from the norm. In the old arm of the Rhine between island Grafenwerth and Honnefer mainland anchored as a symbol of the city, built in the Netherlands in 1917 Aalschokker "Aranka" the last of some of these type of fishing sailing ships before Honnef until the second half of the 20th century in use were. The eel fishing ship is designated as a movable monument .

Park on Grafenwerth Island


The image of Bad Honnef as a “city in the countryside” is due not least to the extensive parks. The 15 hectare park area on the Rheininsel Grafenwerth contributes significantly to this. But other city parks such as the " Park Reitersdorf ", the parks at the Rhöndorfer Haus in the tower and around the former monastery Haus Nazareth in Rommersdorf or the spa park on the main street enrich the ensemble. In a broader sense, this also includes the grounds of the International University of Applied Sciences, the Villa Schaaffhausen in Rommersdorf and the St. Josefskloster. The park of Villa Dahl on Bergstrasse was laid out as a landscape garden between 1903 and 1908 on a dry vineyard .

The Haus Nazareth monastery was demolished in 2007 and replaced by new buildings; other parts of the associated park have also been built on.


The basketball players of SOBA Dragons Rhöndorf play in Pro B , the third highest German division. Until 1999 they played successfully in the basketball league and even reached the semi-finals. After 1999 the Dragons Rhöndorf had to sell the license to Frankfurt and withdrew to the second Bundesliga. Since then one has been once champion of the second division, whereby the license acquired for the BBL was given to Cologne. In 2007 the Dragons withdrew to the third highest Pro B league in order to be able to promote their own youth. 2010 the rise of managed back into the Pro A . The home games take place in the 1,800-seat sports hall on Menzenberg.

The TTF Bad Honnef club played in the table tennis Bundesliga in the 1990s .

One of the most successful clubs in Bad Honnef is the water sports club Honnef, whose rowers have been qualifying for world championships in irregular order since 1977. A total of three world championships, two U23 world championships and one junior world championship have been won so far. There are also numerous World Cup medals and German championship titles in all age groups.

In football, the FV Bad Honnef belonged to the Oberliga Nordrhein from 1978 to 1998 and thus to the third and from 1994 fourth highest division, but now only plays in the state league.

The hockey club Bad Honnef played 1980 on the field in the Regionalliga West and 1984 in the indoor season in the league.

Furthermore, many sports are represented by the teams of the local International University Bad Honnef Bonn . These include soccer, volleyball, kickboxing and rugby. The university's rugby team, the IUBH Barbarians , took first place in Eurokonstantia in 7-a-side rugby on May 20, 2013 .

Regular events

  • Rhine in flames : on the first Saturday in May. Large fireworks and boat tour from Linz along the Rhine along Erpel , Unkel , Remagen , Rheinbreitbach , Rhine island Nonnenwerth near Bad Honnef, Bad Godesberg , Königswinter to Bonn's Rheinaue near Bonn.
  • Rievkooche-Kirmes Aegidienberg : entertainment program on the first weekend in September on Aegidiusplatz. The potato pancake is named after it.
  • Walk on the Rhine : regularly in summer, mostly in August. Regional bands play live on Grafenwerth Island. In addition, there are many stalls, including beer stalls, play attractions for the children and food stalls.
  • Rhöndorf Wine Festival : Always on the first weekend in September on Ziepchesplatz in Rhöndorf. The wine festival is organized by the Rhöndorf Winzercorps. A band performs on Fridays and Saturdays, a tractor meeting is held on Sundays and the region's wine queens are invited.
  • Eel King Festival : October, Kurhaus , honoring a public figure
Deutsche Telekom Conference Hotel Bad Honnef (2006)
ABB's transformer plant (2013)

Economy and Infrastructure

Until after the Second World War, Bad Honnef's economic structure was characterized by both industrial operations and three large jam factories. The latter gradually gave up their operations. The cultivation of wine was already reduced to the areas on the Drachenfels at the beginning of the 20th century, the cultivation area fell from 65 to 10 hectares in the period 1880 to 1920 alone. A few gravel pits were operated on the Rhine until the early 1950s , and butcher shops with their own slaughterhouses until the mid-1960s . August Lepper and Penaten were among the city's most important industrial companies throughout the 20th century . Spa tourism, which began around 1900, continued to flourish into the 1970s and then lost more and more importance due to the decline in state spa subsidies and the loss of the spa status. The location on the Rhine and the nature park and nature reserve Siebengebirge still attracts tourism in Bad Honnef. The Löwenburg , one of the most prominent of the mountains of the Siebengebirge in terms of tourism, is located in the urban area of ​​Bad Honnef.

From the 1980s onwards, Bad Honnef had developed into an important meeting and congress location, but has recently lost its importance again due to the closure and relocation of some facilities. The conference hotels and event venues include the Bad Honnef Physics Center , which houses several associations and organizes conferences there. The Seminaris Kongresspark Bad Honnef includes other hotels and event venues, for example the Kursaal , in which theater and concerts take place. Also the Commundo Tagungshotel Bad Honnef Deutsche Telekom (former Staff College of the German Federal Post Office , closed in 2018) and the Catholic Social Institute (2017 to Siegburg moved) fell into this category. One of the most important institutions for the city was the Academy for International Cooperation (AIZ) of the German Society for International Cooperation (the largest German development aid organization; formerly the German Foundation for International Development ) , which was relocated to Bonn at the end of 2017, in the Uhlhof directly on the border with Rheinbreitbach , in which managers from politics and business have been prepared for their use in developing and emerging countries. On the other hand, in autumn 2018 the advanced training academy of the state finance administration of North Rhine-Westphalia was relocated from Bonn to Bad Honnef to the premises of the former management academy of the Deutsche Bundespost. The former municipal indoor pool in Bad Honnef was bought by an investor and reopened in 2010 as a conference, exhibition and event location under the name Rheinsubstanz .

The dense settlement of the Bad Honnef valley area has meant that there is less and less space available there for the expanding companies in the Bonn Rhine-Sieg region. In the Lohfeld industrial area and in the newer Bad Honnef-Süd industrial area, there are hardly any vacant lots. Therefore, many companies have to fall back on the mountain location in Aegidienberg for their new settlement or expansion . In particular, in Aegidienberg- Rottbitze leads, also due to the location next to the A 3 to extensive commercial and industrial areas.

Bad Honnef has an above-average purchasing power index of 127.2 percent of the national average (100 percent) for 2015. This makes Bad Honnef the municipality with the highest purchasing power in the Rhein-Sieg district, followed by Wachtberg with 126.7 percent and Königswinter with 117.1 percent. The proportion of wealthy millionaires is only higher in Meerbusch (near Düsseldorf ), calculated per 10,000 inhabitants .

Supply infrastructure

Bad Honnef AG is responsible for the entire energy and water supply in Bad Honnef , in which the city holds 50 percent directly and approx. 90 percent via Freizeitbäder Grafenwerth GmbH . The supply area of ​​the company also includes parts of northern Rhineland-Palatinate for water and gas sales. In contrast to the cities in the north of the Rhein-Sieg district, the water in the former spa town does not come from the Wahnbachtalsperre . a. taken from the groundwater in the water protection area in Lohfeld.

The Bad Honnef sewage works, which operates a sewage treatment plant for the valley area on the B 42, is responsible for drainage.

Companies and businesses

In Bad Honnef there are over 200 craft businesses and numerous service and industrial companies. The most important include or were:

  • ABS Emmerich - fire protection school NRW - fire extinguisher tests and service - training center
  • ABB transformers (Lohfeld industrial area)
  • Bad Honnef AG
  • Birkenstock , specialty shop
  • Coppeneur - Chocolate delicatessen (Dachsberg industrial park in Aegidienberg)
  • DIACOR Society for Diaconal Tasks GmbH
  • Ergoline (Aegidienberg-Rottbitze; Vogelsbitze / Zilskreuz industrial park)
  • Footprints Schuh GmbH
  • Hupperich + Westhoven Bau GmbH, civil engineering
  • Jass Baubedarf GmbH & Co. KG, building materials (industrial area Lohfeld)
  • Joseph Junker GmbH, fine iron construction, sheet metal processing, laser technology, morse keys
  • Seminaris Kongresspark Bad Honnef
  • Tatami Schuh GmbH
  • TX Logistik AG (relocated to Troisdorf in 2015)
  • Johnson & Johnson (Penaten Cream)
  • Bad Honnefer Mineral- und Heilbrunnen GmbH / Aegidius Brunnen (discontinued in mid-November 2009)
  • Volksbank Köln Bonn eG (until 1999 Volksbank Siebengebirge eG)
  • Stadtsparkasse Bad Honnef ( merged with Kreissparkasse Köln in 2019 )
"House of Landscape" near the banks of the Rhine
Physics center Bad Honnef

Organizations and associations

Numerous associations and associations have their headquarters in Bad Honnef. Some of the organizations originally settled in the city of Bonn, which is still a political center in Germany, because of its proximity to the former seat of government.

Furthermore, the Bad Honnef water control station of the North Rhine-Westphalia State Environment Agency has existed in the Lohfeld district since 1981 , which monitors , among other things, the water quality at the state border with Rhineland-Palatinate .

Bad Honnef – Rolandseck car ferry


Road traffic

Bad Honnef is located directly on the four-lane B 42 in the direction of Bonn, opened in 1958, and has two junctions: Rhöndorf and Bad Honnef ("Honnefer Kreuz"). The Honnef Cross with its bridge structure also connects the local areas to the west of the federal road and rail line with the east. This junction was rebuilt from 2005 to 2008. In Aegidienberg with accessibility by approximately 6 kilometers through the Honnefer City Forest extending melt Talstrasse ( L 144 ), the city with the A 3 connected (connection point 34 Bad Honnef / Linz).

5.2 kilometers of federal motorways, 5.5 kilometers of federal highways, 24.7 kilometers of state roads and 9.1 kilometers of district roads run through Bad Honnef . A total of 44.5 kilometers of local roads run through the urban area.

On January 1, 2018, 17,296 motor vehicles were registered in the city, of which 15,063 were cars.

Ferry traffic

The Bad Honnef – Rolandseck Rhine ferry in Lohfeld , which has its origins in a yaw ferry that has been in operation since the 1870s, is important for inner-city traffic . The Amt Neuhaus ferry (then Rheinhilde ) was used here until 1969 , followed by the Siebengebirge , and from 2015 its successor of the same name .

The last stop at Bad Honnef on tram line 66

Rail and bus transport

The DB Regio NRW connects Bad Honnef with the stations Bad Honnef (Rhine) and Rhöndorf ( right Rhine route ) to the regional express line RE 8 (Rhein-Erft-Express) and the regional train RB 27 (Rhein-Erft-Bahn) Mönchengladbach - Cologne - Koblenz with connection to Cologne / Bonn Airport . Both regional train lines together offer approximately half-hourly intervals during the day. The Bad Honnef station building was sold in 2011 to a Bad Honnef company that has had its business premises in the station for several years. The new owner plans to demolish and rebuild the station in the long term. The station forecourt was extensively redesigned and expanded in 2011/12. In the urban area there are no longer any level crossings on the right-hand Rhine stretch . The high-speed line Cologne – Rhine / Main crosses the eastern area of ​​Bad Honnef without stopping and has a substation in Orscheid .

Orscheid substation

The city is also connected to Königswinter , Bonn , Sankt Augustin and Siegburg by the Siebengebirgsbahn (tram line 66) of the SSB, which runs every 20 minutes and starts in Bad Honnef and runs directly on the Rhine . The route belonging to the Bonn light rail system includes three stops in the city: Bad Honnef , Bad Honnef Am Spitzenbach and Rhöndorf .

In Bad Honnef there are four bus routes that are operated by the Rhein-Sieg-Verkehrsgesellschaft , lines 562 and 565 together with the transport company Martin Becker . The tariffs of the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg , which serves Bad Honnef, apply .

  • Line 560 runs from the Bad Honnef Stadtbahn terminus to the Oberpleis district of Königswinter .
  • Line 562 runs from Asbacher Markt to the terminus of the tram in Bad Honnef.
  • Line 565 runs from the Linz train station to the final stop of the tram in Bad Honnef. There are stops in Rheinbreitbach , Unkel and Erpel .
  • Line 566 runs from the Rhöndorf tram stop through the city center and Selhof to Berck-sur-Mer-Strasse in the south of Honnef.


Along the Rhine through Lohfeld and Rhöndorf , frequently used and developed cycle and footpaths - including the Rhine Cycle Route (EV15) - lead in the direction of Bonn, which has been recognized as the most cycle -friendly city in North Rhine-Westphalia. To the south, the cycle paths are as far as Erpel in the immediate vicinity of the Rhine; in the further course they lead to the mountain next to the B 42 .


For over 120 years, the Honnefer Volkszeitung (HVZ), founded in 1881 and managed from 1886 by the Werber bookstore and printing company, initially in Haus Hauptstrasse 82 and from 1904/05 in so-called Haus Gutenberg (Hauptstrasse 40), determined the city's media landscape. In the course of the press concentration , the newspaper, one of the smallest daily newspapers in Germany, was affiliated to the Bonner General-Anzeiger in the summer of 2002 and thus lost its independence.

In response to this, an initiative was formed to ensure the continued existence of the independent reporting on Bad Honnef anchored in the city. In August 2002 the Honnefer Sunday newspaper (HSZ) was founded, which has since been the smallest German Sunday newspaper . Until 2006, two editorial offices were represented in the city with the HSZ, which are dedicated to local events. However, due to insufficient customer numbers, this newspaper appeared for the last time on August 6, 2006. As the “informal” successor of the HSZ, the journalist Helmut Böndel is now publishing the eight-page “Honnefer Wochenzeitung-HWZ”, which appears on Fridays.

In addition to the regional edition of the General-Anzeiger, the Siebengebirgsstadt also has a free monthly calendar of events, Dates Bad Honnef . The Wednesday newspaper (ZUM), which also existed for a long time, was discontinued like the HSZ. In addition, the Rundblick Siebengebirge newspaper is distributed to all households in the Bad Honnef and Königswinter urban areas on a weekly basis , including the official journal of the city of Bad Honnef. Since December 1996, the colored regional illustrated rheinkiesel has been published in the entire Siebengebirge area , the place of which is the neighboring municipality of Rheinbreitbach.

The nationwide TV learning channel nrwision bundles TV programs about Bad Honnef or from TV makers from Bad Honnef in its media library .

Public facilities


Campus of the IUBH International University

The establishment of the Bad Honnef International University of Applied Sciences in Bonn was important for the city. It started operations in the Feuerschlößchen in 1998 and later moved to the former site of the St. Anno Business School. Since it was founded, the university has grown rapidly to around 1,000 enrolled students, which is why the “campus area” grew by several student apartments and a cafeteria by mid-2006. The tourism college, which was founded on the basis of the “Agreement on Compensatory Measures for the Bonn Region”, was often referred to as the “flagship for Bad Honnef and the region”. After being renamed the International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef Bonn (IUBH), the university is now called IUBH Internationale Hochschule . In 2017, around 13,000 students were enrolled there across campuses. In 2019, the university moved its headquarters to Erfurt .


  • Primary school GGS Am Reichenberg
  • Elementary school Löwenburgschule
  • Theodor Weinz primary school, Aegidienberg
  • Primary school Europaschule, Rhöndorf
  • St. Martinus Primary School, Selhof
  • Special school Rudolf three course school
  • Hauptschule Konrad-Adenauer-Schule
  • Real and comprehensive school St. Josef, private provider
  • Siebengebirgsgymnasium
  • Hagerhof Castle Gymnasium , privately owned
  • International University Bad Honnef Bonn (IUBH), private sponsor
  • Nell Breuning vocational college for business and administration in Haus Rheinfrieden , private sponsor
  • Bad Honnef commercial school (branch of the vocational college of the Rhein-Sieg district in Siegburg ), business school
  • ABS Emmerich - Fire Protection School NRW - Training and seminars in the field of fire protection and first aid
  • Volkshochschule Siebengebirge (communal training center for the cities of Königswinter and Bad Honnef)

In addition, there is a private Franciscan high school on the Rhine island of Nonnenwerth , which belongs to Remagen , which is part of Rhineland-Palatinate , and which is mostly attended by Bad Honnef pupils. The island can be reached by ferry from Grafenwerth Island.


Catholic Hospital in the Siebengebirge (2014)

In the area of ​​the city center is the Catholic Hospital in the Siebengebirge (formerly St. John's Hospital ), which was built from 1886 to 1888 as an institution of the Catholic Church under the name Elise-Philomene-Stift and underwent a fundamental expansion from 1964 to 1968. The carrier of this hospital is the CURA - Catholic Institutions in the Siebengebirge gGmbH . After the merger with the Königswinter Hospital in 2011, around 450 people are employed there. Due to the concentration in Bad Honnef, the hospital has been expanded and modernized.

In addition, the Rhein-Klinik is also located in the city center , which was opened in 1972 as a hospital for psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy and has had a day -care clinic in a neighboring villa since 2006 .


Honorary citizen

Grave of Theodor Daniels in the old cemetery in Bad Honnef
  • 1906: Hubert Theodor Daniels (1832–1911), pastor to St. Johann Baptist 1887–1911
  • 1910: Mathias Heinrich Göring (1823–1916), church master of the Evangelical Parish Association of Königswinter / Bad Honnef 1876–1894, multiple benefactor
  • 1912: Wilhelm Girardet (1838–1918), publisher
  • 1920: Adolf Jansenius († 1937), long-time city councilor and first alderman and district deputy
  • 1926: Josef Rings († 1945), furniture manufacturer, long-time city councilor and alderman
  • 1946: Joseph Frings (1887–1978), Archbishop, lived in the city several times during the war years 1941–1945
  • 1949: Konrad Adenauer (1876–1967), politician
  • 1973: Jakob Mölbert , politician, mayor of Honnef 1946–1949, 1952–1961 and 1964–1972
  • 1985: Michael Dick, politician, co-founder of the CDU in Honnef

sons and daughters of the town

Other personalities associated with the city

See also


  • Peter Saget : Bad Honnef - the German Nice in Rhineland's paradise. Jos. Bach Wwe., Bonn 1911. (Reprint 1996 by Verlag Kortge, Windhagen)
  • J [ohann] J [oseph] Brungs : The city of Honnef and its history . Publishing house of the St. Sebastianus Schützenverein, Honnef 1925 (reprinted 1978 by Löwenburg-Verlag, Bad Honnef).
  • Heimat- und Geschichtsverein Rhöndorf (ed.); August Haag : Pictures from the past of Honnef and Rhöndorf . Complete production by JP Bachem, Cologne 1954.
  • Franzjosef Schneider : Banks and Streams - Past Honnef. Manual print 1962.
  • August Haag (Ed.): Bad Honnef am Rhein. Contributions to the history of our home community on the occasion of their city elevation 100 years ago. Publishing house of the Honnefer Volkszeitung, Bad Honnef 1962.
  • City of Bad Honnef (Ed.): Bad Honnef in the picture. Bad Honnef 1973. (Text by Karl Günter Werber )
  • Franz Xaver Trips : Honnef before 1700. Notes on local history. Self-published by Ernst Nellessen, Bad Honnef 1978.
  • State Conservator Rhineland: Bad Honnef - Urban Development and Urban Structure. Rheinland-Verlag, Cologne 1979, ISBN 3-7927-0414-5 .
  • Ernst Nellessen: The Honnef bell casting from 1694. Studies on the local history of the town of Bad Honnef am Rhein, issue 5, Bad Honnef 1982.
  • Karl Garbe (Ed.): Bad Honnefer picture book. Junge Verlag, Bonn 1989.
  • Karl Günter Werber : Bad Honnef on the Rhine in old views. European Library, Zaltbommel / NL 1989, ISBN 90-288-4861-4 .
  • Adolf Nekum : Viticulture in Honnef - memories of a 1,100 year history (= Heimat- und Geschichtsverein “Herrschaft Löwenburg” eV : studies on the local history of the city of Bad Honnef am Rhein , issue 10). Bad Honnef 1993.
  • Martin Maus: Honnefer memories. Festivals - events - special features from 1898–1986. Bad Honnef Tourist Office, Bad Honnef 1993.
  • Helmut Arntz (with the assistance of Adolf Nekum): Urkataster und Gewannen: using the example of the municipality of Honnef 1824/1826 . (= Heimat- und Geschichtsverein “Herrschaft Löwenburg” e.V .: Studies on the local history of the city of Bad Honnef am Rhein , Issue 13, Bad Honnef 2000; Society for the History of Wine e.V . : Writings on Wine History , ISSN  0302-0967 , No. 133, Wiesbaden 2000).
  • Karl Günter Werber: Honnefer walks. Verlag Buchhandlung Werber, Bad Honnef 2001, ISBN 3-8311-2913-4 .
  • Karl Josef Klöhs: Imperial weather on the Siebengebirge . Edition Loge 7, Königswinter 2003, ISBN 3-00-012113-7 .
  • Dorothea F. Voigtländer: History and stories from the Rhine. Bad Honnef 2004.
  • Ansgar Sebastian Klein : Rise and Rule of National Socialism in the Siebengebirge . Klartext Verlag, Essen 2008, ISBN 978-3-89861-915-8 (also dissertation University of Bonn, 2007).

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