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Stores and businesses in Bonn with a long history

BONN. Many shops in the city center come and go, but some of Bonn's businesses have been around for a very long time: Puppenkönig has existed since 1913, the optician Dancker since 1883 and the seed shop Schmitz since 1926.  Here is a list of Bonn stores that have a long history of tradition. 


For more than 140 years, Puppenkönig in Bonn city center has been a popular place for children and grown-ups alike. Lots of toys are hidden behind the old stone walls in Gangolfstraße 8 - 10. The toy store in Cologne was founded in 1873. At that time it was Cologne's largest children's toy store. In 1913 the branch opened in Bonn, first in the street "Am Hof" then at Münsterplatz. There, Puppenkönig expanded its assortment considerably and had everything children could wish for some 100 years ago. The first Christmas model railway, which is still a much-loved tradition today, was also on display in the branch at Münsterplatz. In 1934 the shop moved to Gangolfstraße. It is expected to close for good in November 2019.

Address: Gangolfstraße 8 - 10, 53111 Bonn, Germany

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Witsch + Behrendt

Students from Bonn know the bookshop Witsch + Behrendt right next to the main university building and in the canteen on Nassestraße. Those who need study and reference books can browse the shelves of the specialist bookshop. Gustav Hermann Behrendt founded the Behrendt bookshop in Bonn in 1872. The company remained in the family until the death of its owner Manfred Herbert in 2001. There was no new owner in the family. Therefore the business had to collaborate with the bookshop Witsch in Cologne and became "Witsch + Behrendt". Gundula Strauss, branch manager of the shop next to the university, describes the atmosphere at the beginning of the semester: "At the moment many students are coming and going. Like at a fashion show. That's very nice."

Address: Am Hof 5a, 53113 Bonn and Nassestraße 11, 53113 Bonn

Opening hours: next to the Uni - Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.. Nassestraße - Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.



The family stationary shop "Struck" in the heart of Beuel has been run by the family since 1967 and is now in its third generation. Not only pencils and notebooks are available here, but also toys and children's books have been available here for several years.

Address: Friedrich-Breuer-Straße 46-50, 53225 Bonn, Germany

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Van Dorp

For 150 years, van Dorp in Bonn has been committed to the quality of its products and professional advice - and this applies to everything to do with cooking and baking, table and dining decor.  Today they offer a range of glass, porcelain and cutlery, household goods and lighting and lamps for every living area.

Address: Münsterplatz 25, 53111 Bonn, Germany

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.



Knauber is a Bonn family business and was founded in 1880 by Anna and Michael Knauber as a grocery store. They sold household goods, animal feed and fuel. With that, they established the tradition of an entrepreneurial family which today has six branches at different locations. The first so-called hobby market opened in Bonn in 1968. In the 70s to 90s, the Knauber owners continued to expand this concept and turned the company into today's popular "leisure market". Everything for do-it-yourself enthusiasts is available. 

Addresses: see website

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.