Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the explosion of lights, flames and sound that is the famous Rhine in Flames spectacle, staying in the picturesque Rhineland town of Rüdesheim.
Taking place each year between May and September, the Rhine in Flames events are an impressive display of fireworks and light along the German river’s most scenic stretches, centred on a flotilla of illuminated riverboats which glide majestically underneath the exploding night sky.
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The amazing Rhine in Flames events are a riot of noise, colour and light which really have to be seen to be believed. Romantic, dazzling and astonishing in equal measure, the spectacle is one you’ll remember for the rest of your days.
Of course, we combine the main event with a couple of exciting day trips to see some of the region’s most impressive places, with plenty of free time to explore this lovely part of Germany.
Your 6-day itinerary:
Day 1: We head for Folkestone and our Eurotunnel crossing to Calais, and then head on through France to our overnight hotel.
Day 2: After a good night’s sleep and a nice breakfast, we continue our journey to our hotel in the German wine-making town of Rüdesheim in the Rhine Gorge, where we will be staying for 3 nights.
Day 3: Following breakfast we enjoy a trip out to the lovely city of Koblenz, situated where the Rivers Rhine and Moselle meet, returning to our hotel mid-afternoon.
Later this afternoon we travel to the picturesque riverside town of Boppard, where we board a river cruise to witness the spectacular Rhine in Flames, complete with a 2-course dinner on board. Marvel at the jaw-dropping firework and light show as you cruise along the river with a flotilla of other boats, before returning to our hotel around midnight.
Day 4: Today we enjoy a full day trip to the scenic Moselle Valley, with its vine-covered slopes, where we have some free time in the typical German town of Cochem.
Day 5: We leave our hotel in Rüdesheim and head into France where we stay overnight. On the way we stop for a while in the bustling city of Cologne.
Day 6: Onwards to Calais, to catch the Shuttle back to Folkestone and home.
3-star Hotel Rüdesheimer Hof, Rüdesheim
The Hotel Rüdesheimer Hof is a delightful 3-star family-run hotel ideally located in the heart of Rüdesheim, close to picturesque vineyards and historic buildings. Built in 1792, the award-winning hotel has bags of Germanic charm and boasts a friendly atmosphere.
The hotel is within easy reach of the town’s many attractions, and just a stone’s throw from the attractive riverside, where you can go for a stroll when you have the time.
All of the comfortable, homely rooms are equipped with a bathroom with bath or shower, hairdryer, satellite TV and telephone. Each hotel room is individually designed, with the focus on comfort and style.
For your convenience, all floors are served by a lift.
Rhine in Flames
Germany’s Rhine Valley has long been associated with romance at any time of year – and rightly so – but the region’s annual Rhine in Flames spectacle is perhaps the jewel in its romantic crown.
Taking place each year on five dates between May and September, the Rhine in Flames events are an impressive display of fireworks and light along the river’s most scenic stretches, centred on a flotilla of illuminated riverboats which glide majestically underneath the exploding night sky.
This jaw-dropping display of pyrotechnics coincides with traditional wine festivals and other celebrations on the riverbanks, and scores of visitors flock to the main vantage points to get the best views. Others take to the river on prettily lit-up cruise boats to get in the thick of the action.
The festival takes place at various venues along the Rhine, with riverbank celebrations usually held at Remagen, Linz, Königswinter, Bad Honnef and Bonn, where 300,000 people gather in the city’s Rheinaue Park for the main event.
Moselle Valley and Cochem
The Moselle River twists and turns its way between Trier and Koblenz along one of Germany's most beautiful valleys. The river flows through a region shaped by man for more than 2,000 years, ever since it was first cultivated by the Romans.
In places the terraced vineyards – where some of the best German wines are grown – seem to rise almost to the sky, while majestic castles tower over romantic villages lining the riverbanks.
The traditional German town of Cochem is a popular tourist spot – and no wonder. Its half-timbered buildings, quaint winding streets and pretty cottages are dominated by a towering castle straight out of a fairy tale.
The remarkable city of Koblenz enjoys an enviable location at the meeting point of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Its old town is made up of romantic lanes, picturesque courtyards and cosy squares, while Stolzenfels Castle, which towers over the city, is the epitome of Rhine romanticism.
Don’t miss the Kaiser Wilhelm memorial, which remembers Kaiser Wilhelm I, who brought about the unification of the country after years of war and became the first Head of State of a united Germany.