The Rhine in Flames is a fireworks spectacular that takes place along the most scenic stretches of the Rhine every year between May and September. From Rüdesheim to Bonn, spectacular pyrotechnics and curtains of fire bathe the riverbanks and landmarks in a magical red glow, and a flotilla of illuminated riverboats glides beneath mesmerising patterns of light in the night sky – a romantic and unforgettable experience for the whole family.
Rhine in Flames: the river at its most romantic. This captivating display of fireworks and illuminations can be witnessed on five dates at some of the most scenic locations on the Middle Rhine. There's always a traditional wine festival or similar celebration happening at the same time, as well as music and dancing. In the late evening, beautifully illuminated boats sail out into the river to give their passengers the best views of the fireworks, which begin as the flotilla arrives. Every year the first section of the route is from Linz to Bonn, but if you'd rather stay on dry land, maybe to see the illuminated boats as well as to enjoy the fireworks, the riverbank celebrations at Linz, Remagen, Bad Honnef, Königswinter and Bonn are just the thing for you. Bonn's Rheinaue Park is the venue for the biggest single Rhine in Flames event, a festival that draws some 300,000 visitors, spreading excitement during the afternoon and offering a wonderful view of the fireworks spectacular before midnight – the climax and culmination of an unforgettable evening.