In 2019 visitors to the Rhine in flames event in Sankt Goar and Sankt Goarshausen can again expect an impressive extravaganza on the River Rhine and along the embankments. The two quaint, historic towns in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Upper Middle Rhine Valley are about 30km away from Koblenz and conveniently connected by train to Frankfurt am Main (2 hours) and Wiesbaden (1.20 hours).
British Royals loved it
The river is the second longest river in Central and Western Europe with beautiful historic places dotted along. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert admired the romantic Rhine Valley around Bonn and Koblenz already in August 1845 during their Honeymoon on a steamboat. They were welcomed by a firework display to honour their visit.
Spectacular experience around Lorelei rock
Nowadays around 60 colourfully illuminated boats are forming a parade transferring the river into various different colours at the bottom of the popular Lorelei rock. The highlight is when all boats anchor in the middle of the river and the precisely planned fireworks display start. Gun salutes mark the official beginning of the Bengal illumination followed by the firework display at the pier. Katz castle and Rheinfels castle are playing an important part of the beautiful scenery during the fireworks. The final follows the tradition that the fireworks master surprises the visitors with a spectacular highlight.
Boat trip is recommended
It is truly unforgettable to experience this event from a boat. The boats take you on a panorama trip through the romantic scenery of the legendary Lorelei rock as well as along Katz castle and Rheinfels castle in the centre of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Upper Middle Rhine Valley with the Rhine Gorge. It is recommended to book tickets in advance via the tourism office or the boating companies directly. They offer different packages including a meal. Various hotels offer as well special Rhine in flames packages.
From lunchtime there is an entertainment programme in the picturesque city of Sankt Goarshausen with its half-timbered houses and a beautiful promenade. Drinks, food and other various stalls create a nice atmosphere. After the firework display there will be live music at Lorelei square.
Things to do
The Rhine Valley region is a lovely destination if you like outdoor activities e.g. walking or cycling. The Rheinsteig walking and hiking path is a 320km long trail connecting Bonn, Koblenz and Wiesbaden with fascinating views. For cyclists the easy to ride Rhine Cycle Route EuroVelo 15, which is in total 1,230km long is perfect for taking in the views of the vineyards, numerous castles and fortresses.
If you are a wine lover, you might like to combine some activities with discovering the vineyards, which this area is famous for. The worldwide known Riesling white wine can be tasted at several vineyards and
Dogs are welcome
Bear in mind that you can also easily bring your dog to this region as dogs are welcome at many places in Germany. Most accommodation places, restaurants and cafés accept dogs and provide even water bowls if not even snacks for your four legged family member. In case your dog is one of the many who doesn’t like fireworks, there is the option to book him in a kennel close to the fireworks places you are attending.
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