The festival 'Rhein in Flammen', is a stunning celebration of light and German culture, but while you're in the area, there's a lot more to discover besides the main event. Take in the festivities and spend some time exploring the area's delights, including food & drink, history and legends.
Here's a guide to the top 10 highlights.
1. Fireworks Display
The primary attraction of 'Rhein in Flammen' is the spectacular fireworks show, the 'flames' of the festival. Watch as the sky over the Rhine River explodes into a symphony of colours, perfectly synchronized with music.
2. Illuminated Flotilla
The parade of boats adorned with twinkling lights is an integral part of the festival and a beautiful floating show of celebration. Each boat is uniquely decorated, creating a mesmerizing spectacle on the river.
3. The Lorelei Rock
Near St. Goarshausen, this steep slate rock creates a stunning backdrop for the fireworks display. The rock is associated with numerous legends and folklore, including a siren who sat atop the rock and lured sailors to their fate.
4. Local Vineyards
Visit the sprawling vineyards in the Rheingau and Middle Rhine region, considered some of the best vineyards in the world. These vineyards often offer wine tasting events during the festival.
5. Rheinstein Castle
Situated near Trechtingshausen, Rheinstein Castle offers a magnificent view of the Rhine and is a fantastic location to watch the fireworks from. Perched on the side of the hill, the castle is a prime spot for watching the boats go by.
6. Music Concerts
Several towns along the Rhine host music concerts during the festival, featuring a variety of genres and styles. These concerts can serve as an accompaniment to the festival's visual spectacle, and add another angle to the celebrations.
7. Local Cuisine
Don't miss out on the local food stalls and restaurants serving traditional German cuisine, ranging from bratwurst to pretzels, and the region's famous white asparagus, usually served plain with a simple peel of butter.
8. Markusburg Castle
This medieval castle, located in Braubach, offers wonderful views of The Rhine and gifts visitors a great vantage point for watching the fireworks and the parade of boats. It's also an interesting excursion and a beautiful castle.
9. St. Goar and St. Goarhausen
These twin towns on either side of the Rhine offer charming streets to explore, unique shops, and great views of the fireworks. A ferry runs from one side of the river to the other, every 20 minutes for exploring both towns.
10. River Cruises
If you're looking for a front-row seat to the spectacle, consider booking a river cruise. With amazing dinner and wine packages included, it's the making for a memorable and intimate experience and a great way to enjoy 'Rhein in Flammen'. As you travel along the Rhine, take in the beauty of the landscape, immerse yourself in the local culture, and marvel at the stunning spectacle that unfolds before your eyes.