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Rhine in Flames is a very popular event taking place along various sections of the Rhine valley. There is a Bonn-Remagen one, another one in and around Koblenz and a third one between Boppard and the Loreley cliff further upstream. Every Rhine in Flames involves a tourist boat parade, red fires along the shores and fireworks as the boats pass through. The Rhine promenade in Remagen is one of the better spots to watch the boat parade.
A few hints regarding Rhine in Flames. The whole thing is a bit overhyped in my opinion -- it doesn't quite deliver. The boat parade is nice to watch. I would recommend against buying one of the overpriced boat tickets though. I did it once and the boat was packed with people -- all the boats are -- and some boats have rather smallish observation decks. Usually you must buy a ticket involving some kind of dinner which tends to have terrible quality as it is prepared off board and warmed up in the microwave oven on board. If you are in the Rhineland anyway, you might include Rhine in Flames. But do not come for this event as the main thing of your stay. And if you miss it, no big deal at all.
Updated May 4, 2008
If you are in this area both biking and hiking are the "in" thing. Germans all around us of various ages were vigorously taking advantage of this. I only hope that in the rebuilding of New Orleans (even though it is very hot in Summer) they take advantage of the tourist opportunity that these activities present. There is some advertising about it here, but mostly it is a quiet German secret. (we were staying in a "Ferienwohnpark").
Written Jul 6, 2006