Bad Honnef (German: [baːt ˈhɔnəf] (listen)) is a spa town in Germany near Bonn in the Rhein-Sieg district, North Rhine-Westphalia. It is located on the border of the neighbouring state Rhineland-Palatinate. To the north it lies on the slopes of the Drachenfels (“Dragon's Rock”) mountain, part of the Siebengebirge.
Bad Honnef seen from the Drachenfels
|• Mayor||Otto Neuhoff|
|• Total||48.3 km2 (18.6 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||455 m (1,493 ft)|
|Lowest elevation||53 m (174 ft)|
|• Density||530/km2 (1,400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
Bad Honnef is home to a mineral spring called the Drachenquelle ("Dragon Spring") which was discovered in 1897. This discovery led to Honnef, as the town was called at the time, transforming from a wine-growing town to a spa town, adding the prefix Bad to its name. The mineral spring has been used for both drinking and bathing.
The villages of Aegidienberg, Selhof and Rhöndorf are considered to be part of Bad Honnef. During his term as first chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (then West Germany), Konrad Adenauer lived (and died) in Bad Honnef, as it was near Bonn, then the capital the republic. Also, German politician and leader of the Free Democratic Party Guido Westerwelle was born in Bad Honnef.
Since the 1980s Bad Honnef has developed into an important place for conferences in Germany. Because of the close proximity to the still internationally important Federal City of Bonn, many federal institutions are located in Bad Honnef.
Bad Honnef has the highest purchasing power of all towns in North Rhine-Westphalia; its percentage of millionaires is also one of the highest.
|Term of office||Mayors|
|1862–1876||Clemens Joseph Adams (1831–1876)|
|1877–1889||Aloys Hubert Schumacher|
|1907–1919||Peter Joseph Brenig|
|1929–1933||Alfred von Reumont (1898–1984)|
|1934–1935||temporary von Wittich|
|1935–1945||Johannes „Hans“ Schloemer|
|1972–1982||Franz Josef Kayser (1928–2015)|
|1990–1999||Franz Josef Kayser|
|2004–2014||Wally Feiden (born 1940)|
|since 2014||Otto Neuhoff|
- Fritz Tillmann (1874–1953), theologian
- Curt Haase (1881–1943), officer, last Colonel General and commander of the 15th Army in World War II
- Boris Papandopulo (1906–1991), composer and conductor
- Franz Brungs (born 1936), football player and coach
- Peter Frankenberg (born 1947), professor and politician (CDU), minister in Baden-Württemberg
- Peter Hintze (1950–2016), politician (CDU), 2013–2016 Vice-President of the Bundestag
- Guido Westerwelle (1961–2016), politician, (FDP), Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (2009–2013)
- "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2019" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
- One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Honnef". Encyclopædia Britannica. 13 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 659.
- Informationssystem zum geplanten 'Bürgernationalpark Siebengebirge' Archived 2008-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
- Bad Honnefer haben das meiste Geld (16.12.2006) | Wirtschaft | Lokales | News | General-Anzeiger Online - Bonn
- "Die Bürgermeister der Stadt (Bad) Honnef". Die Bad Honnefer (in German). Archived from the original on 2014-10-27.
|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Bad Honnef.|
- Media related to Bad Honnef at Wikimedia Commons
- Stadt Bad Honnef (in German)
- International University of Applied Sciences, Bad Honnef (in English)
- Physikzentrum Bad Honnef (in English)
- Information about Bad Honnef, from campus-germany.de (in English)