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Practical Information

The practical information provided in this section is designed to help our visitors and participants have a comfortable stay in Bonn during the congress.


The Resilient Cities 2017 congress will take place in Bonn, Germany at the Gustav-Stresemann-Institut (GSI) - a modern center for trainings, discussions and meetings. The center is located in the middle of the easily accessible new federal quarter of Bonn, and boasts a large, quiet park estate.

Gustav-Stresemann-Institut e.V. (GSI)
Langer Grabenweg 68
D-53175 Bonn

Tel: +49 (0) 228 / 8107 – 0


Plan your stay in advance!

You can choose to either book your room at the congress venue, or you can use our dedicated bonn-region search tool (see below) to explore alternative accommodation options.

Additionally, we are pleased to inform you that accommodation booked through the dedicated bonn-region site comes with a free public transportation ticket, which includes travel to and from airports, as well as travel within the Bonn area.

Attention: Accommodation Tax

As a congress participant and business traveler you may be liable to be exempt from the new accommodation tax (5% of the gross room rate) levied by the City of Bonn. This should be demonstrated by the presentation of the appropriate documents to the hotel staff such as the official accreditation for the conference and proof of the reservation/ billing of the hotel room via your employer. In addition you may also need to fill in a short form.

Leisure time activities

Rhein in Flammen

On May 6th, the annual firework spectacle "Rhein in Flammen" will be illuminating the Rhine and the adjacent Rheinaue, a large public green space south of the city center. A long convoy of extravagantly lit boats will be making its way down the River Rhine and is expected to arrive in Bonn at 10.15pm for a concluding 20min firework accompanied by music.

Rheinaue, which can be reached from the Gustav-Stresemann-Institut in approximately 5 walking minutes, will offer a great view at the firework as well as a variety of food and beverage stalls, and live music. Admission is free of charge. Tens of thousands of people are expected for the annual event, most of them congregating in Rheinaue. For visitors preferring less crowds it is advisable to take public transport (66 from stop "Olof-Palme-Allee" headed towards Bad Honnef) to the other side of the Rhine (alight at "Ramersdorf") or to watch the fireworks from the city center.

Other Activities: Additional information (in English) on cultural activities and events in and around Bonn can be found at as well as

Practical information

Weather: In Bonn, the weather in May is unpredictable. It can be sunny, warm and dry, or cloudy, rainy and cool. Please be prepared and bring suitable outerwear. Average maximum temperature is 19.0°C (66.0°F), average minimum temperature is 8.0°C (46°F).

Time: Summer time in Germany is CEST (GMT+2 hour).

Electricity: 220V 50Hz European plugs with two circular metal pins are used.

Currency: The German monetary unit is the Euro. We recommend withdrawing money at the airport upon your arrival. There are several banks within walking distance of the GSI, including the Volksbank on Heinemannstaße and the Postbank and DSL Holding on Kennedy Allee (a 5 to 10 minute walk from the congress venue).

Shopping in Bonn: GSI is located in the South of Bonn, 10 minutes by tram from the city center where you can access shops, post office, pharmacies, bakeries etc. to fulfill your needs. Shops are normally open until 20:00 from Monday to Saturday and closed on Sundays. Within a 5 minute walking distance from the venue, such as Heinemannstraße, you will find a variety of restaurants