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Oberwesel Wine Festival and Rhine in Flames

September 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - September 10, 2018 @ 11:00 pm

Each year, the town of Oberwesel celebrates this traditional wine festival on its historic market square and Rathausstraße. The event takes place over two weekends (07th – 10th and 14th – 15th September). Both locals and visitors gather around to enjoy the wonderful atmosphere. Together with the Rhine in Flames Festival, the wine market is one of the highlights of the World Heritage in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley.

The six days are a paradise for wine connoisseurs and wine lovers. More than 150 different wines from the Middle Rhine region can be tasted and enjoyed. A selection of high-quality wines, sparkling and ice wines can be sampled, as well as other alcoholic drinks. Every visitor is guaranteed to find something they like at one of the 14 stalls offering quality wines. And of course, there are also stalls offering regional and international food.

Various bands contribute to a great festival atmosphere and in the evenings, visitors can dance away the night.

On the Friday, from 6pm, the winemakers will begin offering their delicious drinks and at 8pm the wine festival will be officially opened by Mayor Jürgen Port and the Oberwesel wine witch.

The event is free on all festival days but visitors are encouraged to purchase a festival wine glass for 2.50€, which goes towards the cost of the firework display.

Saturday 8th September is firework night (known in Oberwesel as ‘the night of a thousand fires’. This is one of the five spectacular Rhine in Flames firework displays.

Thanks to a new and innovative digital procedure for setting off fireworks, effects will be synchronised to within a thirtieth of a second. The result is a so-called pyrotechnical musical – a brilliant firework display which harmonises with the music to perfection –  guaranteed to give you goose-bumps!

The historical town is the perfect backdrop for the convey of around 50 boats – the illumination is truly magical.

More information as well as tickets for the Rhine in Flames boat trips can be found at:

Tourist-Information Oberwesel, Rathausstr. 3 , 55430 Oberwesel, T: +49 (6744) 710624, F: +49 (6744) 1540
Email: info@oberwesel.de, Web: www.oberwesel.de

Festival programme:


Friday 7th September

6pm Wine sale at the ‘Winzerlauben’ wine stalls with a concert on the square.

8pm Wine Festival is opened by the Mayor, Jürgen Port and the  Oberwesel wine witch. Live music will follow on the festival square.

Saturday 8th September – Rhine in Flames

1pm  Wine market opens

2.30pm Concert on the square

7pm  Live music on the festival square

5pm – 7.30pm  Visitors begin boarding the boats  (must be pre-booked)

Approx. 8.15pm  The Boat parade sets off from Loreley Rock, which is lit up with Bengali-style lighting

Approx. 9.20pm The illuminations begin

Approx. 9.30pm Pyromusical

Approx. 10.10pm Boats return to the quay; wine market and live music until the early hours

Sunday 9th September

11pm  Wine market opens

11pm  Morning concert

3pm   Festival parade starts from the station and travels along to the northern edge of the town before returning to the market square.

4.30pm Parade finale on the market square; the wine witch and representatives from neighbouring towns welcome visitors

5pm Live music on the market square.

Monday 10th September

1pm Traditional morning drinks with music; wine sale commences

7pm Live music on the festival square

Friday 14th September

6pm Wine market opens to gun salutes; wine sale commences; concert on the square

9pm Live music on the festival square

Saturday 15th September

4pm Wine market opens to gun salutes, wine sale commences

4.30pm Concert on the square

8pm Live music on the festival square until the early hours


You might also like to check out the Bingen Wine Festival.

Oberwesel Rhine Valley


September 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
September 10, 2018 @ 11:00 pm
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Oberwesel Tourismus
Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH