Bonn was the capital of West Germany before unification. Although Berlin replaced Bonn as capital after 1990, Bonn is still an important political center for embassies. Surrounded by mountains and River Rhein, Bonn is famous as a hometown of Beethoven additionally to its nice natural landscapes. Bonn can be said to be one of the cities along River Rhein denoted with significant musical culture. Only 30 kilometers away from Cologne, festivals in Bonn enjoy same popularity like the festivals in Cologne. Carnival, for example, starting from 11:11 on 11. November is one of the typical festivals in Bonn.