Bonn & the Rhine in Flames

Bonn's riverside
Castle Drachenburg at Königswinter overlooking the Rhine
Drachenfels Railway
Drachenfels hill ‘Dragon Rock’
Rhine in Flames Bonn, view from \"Erpeler Ley\"- © shutterstock
Rhine in Flames fireworks - © Suman4th/shutterstock
Bonn skyline

Holiday Highlights

  • Ride up the Drachenfels Cog Railway
  • Guided tour of the Schloss Drachenburg Villa
  • Stay in convenient hotel in culture-rich Bonn
  • Time to explore Bonn and Cologne
  • Ride on the iconic Schwebebahn suspension railway
  • 5 days from £785pp
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Tour Dates:
Thursday 5 May to Monday 9 May 2022

A relaxing 5-day rail break to Bonn, a charming city straddling the Rhine. One of Germany’s oldest cities, Bonn has a rich history including a period as the temporary capital of West Germany. We visit at the high point of the cultural calendar for the ‘Rhein in Flammen’ Festival.

 

ITINERARY

Day 1 – Travel to Bonn

Taking a mid-morning Eurostar from London’s St. Pancras station to Brussels Midi in Belgium where we connect with an InterCityExpress train to Cologne. Here we make a final change of train and travel to Bonn where we enjoy a 4-night stay at the InterCityHotel on a bed and breakfast basis, located adjacent to the station.

Day 2 – Drachenfels Cog Railway & a Tour of Schloss Drachenburg

Morning tram ride to Königswinter to take the famous cog railway up the Drachenfels hill, known as ‘Dragon Rock’. Later we head to Schloss Drachenburg, built for the banker Baron Stephen von Sarter, who actually never lived here. Enjoy a guided tour of this 19th Century villa and marvel at its vaulted ceilings and intricately painted murals - well worth a visit. We return down the ‘Dragon Rock’ on the Drachenfels Cog Railway to connect to a late afternoon tram back to Bonn.

Day 3 – ‘Rhein in Flammen’ Boat Cruise & Firework Display

A free morning and early afternoon to spend exploring Bonn, famously known as the birthplace of Ludwig Van Beethoven. A visit to this world renowned composer’s house is a must and can be found a short walk, or tram ride, away. From late afternoon and in to the evening we take a boat cruise along the majestic Rhine. During the cruise we will watch the beautiful ‘Rhein in Flammen’ firework display. Enjoy Europe’s largest river boat parade and marvel at the ever-changing kaleidoscope of lights erupting above the river as shimmering cascades of colour plunge into the romantic Rhine Valley.

Day 4 – Wuppertal Schwebebahn

We take a morning train to Wuppertal and enjoy a return trip on the Schwebebahn hanging railway. The railway opened in 1901 and has been in almost continuous service above the city ever since. An integral part of the Wuppertal transport system, this train is made even more fascinating by the fact the wheels are on the roof! We continue to Cologne, arriving lunchtime, and the afternoon is at leisure to visit the famous Gothic cathedral or explore the city. Early evening return to Bonn.

Day 5 – Return Home to London

After a leisurely breakfast we take a mid-morning regional train from Bonn back to Cologne’s main station. Here we return to London in reverse of our outbound journey by taking a high speed train back to Brussels Midi and finally connecting onwards for a Eurostar train to London St Pancras, arriving late afternoon.

Tour Route

Tour route map

Selected Hotels

InterCityHotel, Bonn

Please note - hotel can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • All rail travel as stated in standard class
  • Unlimited travel on local transport in Bonn city area
  • Excursions as listed in itinerary
  • Accommodation in good, quality hotel on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour

Price per person

Escorted holiday: £785
Single room supplement: £140
Deposit for this holiday: £100

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