The Rhine in Flames event dates back to 1756 to honour the visit of the Trier Elector, Johann Philipp von Walderdorff, to Koblenz. A Firework display was organised for him as well as a spectacular boat parade. In August 1845, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert celebrated their honeymoon on a steamship along the River Rhine between Bonn and Stolzenfels Castle. The Queen was said to have thoroughly enjoyed the romantic landscape from her viewpoint on deck. On 12th August, a large firework display was organised to honour their visit. Since then, fireworks have been displayed in many of the cities, towns and villages that are dotted along the River Rhine.
Bonn’s Rhine in flames event occurs annually on the first Saturday in May at one of the prettiest sections of the River Rhine. Around 800 Bengal flames light up the embankments and buildings in Linz, Remagen, Unkel, Rheinbreitbach, Bad Honnef, Köngswinter and Bonn. The mountains, castles and fortresses as well as the surrounding landscape are lit up – creating a wonderful, magical atmosphere. Around 50 boats gather together in Linz ready to make their journey to Bonn. Visitors are entertained with fireworks along the embankments of the various towns en-route or from the boats. The fireworks are even synchronised with the rhythm of the music – creating fascinating pictures in the sky. Enjoy this unforgettable event in the beautiful city of Bonn, which was Germany’s capital city between 1949 and 1990.
Visitors can watch the event from anywhere along the embankment and tickets only need to be purchased for certain event packages organised by hotels or restaurants. Tickets for the boat trips should be purchased in advance from the various boat companies. Check the Rhine in Flames website for more information on the different boat trip packages or how to book.