Located at the heart of the city, it has been a popular meeting place since medieval times. The square is surrounded by many historic buildings and monuments that tell stories from centuries ago.
The first mention of Münsterplatz dates back to 1238 when it was referred to as ‘Monasteri Plaz’. Over time, this became ‘Minsterplaz’ which eventually evolved into its current name: Münsterplatz. In 1715, Elector Clemens August commissioned architect Johann Conrad Schlaun to redesign the area with an eye towards making it an attractive public space for citizens to enjoy. He created a large central fountain adorned with statues representing four rivers from around Bonn – Rhine, Sieg, Ahr and Wied – each holding their own unique symbolism for local residents.
Today, Münsterplatz remains a vibrant gathering spot where locals come together to celebrate festivals or special occasions such as Christmas markets or concerts throughout summer months. Visitors can also take part in guided tours offered by various organizations that will provide insight into the history surrounding this iconic square and its many landmarks, including two churches – Stadtkirche (City Church) and Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Lady). Both are considered architectural masterpieces, featuring intricate designs crafted during different periods between 16th-19th century Baroque style architecture.
In addition to these religious structures there are other notable sights worth seeing while visiting Münsterplatz such as Alte Rathaus (Old Town Hall), which served as Bonns City Hall until 1975; Rathausgalerie (Town Hall Gallery); Alter Friedhof (Old Cemetery); Kurfürstliches Palais (Electoral Palace) built between 1750–1753; Schloss Kessenich Museum; and Hofgarten Park located just north of the plaza itself offering plenty more opportunities for exploration.