Rhein in Flammen is a great event for the local people as well as for the tourists , and you may attend it at many places along the river Rhine / Rhein.
Bingen is one of the places, where you may enter a boat or watch the scenery from the banks of the river Rhine.
"Rhein in Flammen" is mainly a parade of various ships, day-cruisers, hotelships and also some private ships. All of the villages will be lighted, Big bonfires will be burning at most of the castles along the river Rhine and fireworks will make the parade a special event, attracting thousands of people watching it from the banks of the river or preferably from one of the participating ships.
Check the local newspapers upon arrival, or take a look at the web-page below, so you are in Bacharach at the right time in order to watch this special event !
NO entrance-fee, just come along and enjoy the great atmosphere !
Ruedesheimer Kaffee is a great and tasty speciality of the region around Bingen. Ruedesheimer Kaffee is similar to Irish Coffee , but it is made with "Asbach Uralt", the famous Brandy from Ruedesheim.
The waiter will prepare it directely at your table :
The waiter will bring the cup, a small 2cl-bottle of "Asbach Uralt" and will pour the brandy into the cup at the table.
Then the brandy will be set on fire by long matches. That way most of the alcohol will disappear and a certain flavor will be added by the burning.
Then the coffee and some sugar will be added and finally topped by whipped cream and some chocolate chips.
You may get Ruedesheimer Kaffee at many cafes and restaurants in Bingen, Ruedesheim and other villages along the river Rhine. You may also buy these special cups in many shops !
Don't miss it !!
Everyone in Germany smokes. Like, seriously, I did not meet one human being that didn't. I think perhaps even the dogs smoke. Also, there's not the stigma attached to smoking there that there is in the states. So, before you get in a throw-down with someone whose smoke whafted in your direction, you might wanna just move.
This is one instance when your all-purpose travel guide translation dictionary will NOT help you. In the front of a lot of bars and discos in Germany (not just Bingen), you'll see a sign that says "Wendenplatz." Literally, this translates to "turning place." Do not think that this is a safe (or legal) place to turn your car around. It's a joke. If you are feeling down, you can turn yourself around . . . inside the bar. Your car, on the other hand, will have to find a nice cul-de-sac.