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Fireworks have a specific magic. No one can possibly elude the luminous transient colourful pictures in the sky. But the fireworks in Middle Rhein Valley are extra special. Maybe because then the valley unfolds its undoubtedly romantic nature best. Throughout the year five of these fireworks, called “Rhein in Flammen” (Rhein in flames), are being displayed between the cities of Koblenz and Bingen. Since years I am watching especially the one in Bingen on TV but it needed dear Dee and hubby to make me go and see this with my own eyes. Luckily Burg Rheinstein (Rheinstein Castle) is open during this event since 2011. Since I like this castle very much because of the loving way the owners have restored it and care for it, we decided to watch the beginning of the fireworks from there. The castle is located high on the valley slope and that made it the perfect location. And no TV can ever transfer the magic of this fireworks event because one must be there, in the dark, on the castle, with an almost 360 degree view of fire and illumination. We stood on the terrace at approximately 22:30 when the ship parade arrived from the north (village of Trechtinghausen). This ship parade is an essential part of the fireworks event because individual fireworks are being shot from several points along the ship routes, until it all culminates in Bingen with a superb finale. The approximately 50 ships of all sizes sail almost silently, which is strange because they move against the river current. But maybe we didn’t hear them because we were high on the castle? The sight of the ships is amazing and in retrospective this was the best of the fireworks for me: they are illuminated in all the colours of the rainbow, mirroring the colours of the fireworks. We stayed on Rheinstein Castle until approximately 23:00 because the ships were already close to Bingen and out of our sight, and we didn’t see the fireworks anymore which then have been shot from Bingen’s surroundings. So we went back to our car and drove to Bingen. Luckily we could park on the bridge that leads to the ferry port. It was locked for cars but at this late hour no one did control anymore. From there we could see the final of the fireworks – fantastic!
Rhein-in-Flammen takes place on five Saturdays throughut the year. The first one is in Bonn (May) and the last one in St. Goar (September). We have been in Bingen, where the event is being held on the first Saturday in July.
We booked ourselves into a small hotel in Bad Kreuznach, since the reasonable hotels in Bingen were all fully booked. Bad Kreuznach is located only 15 minutes south of Bingen. The best decision we could do was to drive to Rheinstein Castle because we could easily park at the river and because there were not as many people up there as it would have been the case on any high elevation spot in Bingen or in Rüdesheim. Nevertheless we had to pay the entrance fee for the castle (5 Euro, their entrance fee for special events). But that didn’t matter at all – the feeling up there was fabulous!
Location of Rheinstein Castle on Google Maps.
© Ingrid D., July 2011 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)
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