Bonn & the Rhine in Flames

Bonn's riverside
Bonn skyline
Castle Drachenburg at Königswinter overlooking the Rhine
Drachenfels Railway
Drachenfels hill ‘Dragon Rock’
Rhine in Flames fireworks - © Suman4th/shutterstock

Holiday Highlights

  • Stay in one convenient hotel in culture-rich Bonn
  • Ride up the Drachenfels on the cog railway
  • Visit to Schloss Drachenburg Villa
  • Time in historic cities of Bonn and Cologne
  • Ride on the iconic Schwebebahn suspension railway
  • 5 Days from £1,105pp
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Tour Dates:
Thursday 30 April to Monday 4 May 2020

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.


Day 1 – Travel to Bonn

Mid-morning Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels Midi to connect with an InterCity Express train to Cologne for another change to Bonn. We enjoy a 4-night stay at the InterCityHotel Bonn on a bed and breakfast basis, located adjacent to the station.

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

Morning tram ride to Königswinter to ride up the Drachenfels hill ‘Dragon Rock’ on the famous cog railway. After lunch we head to Schloss Drachenburg. Here we will take a guided tour of this impressive 19th Century Villa. With its vaulted ceilings and intricately painted murals, this Villa is well worth a visit. Late afternoon tram ride back to Bonn.

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

Spend the morning and early afternoon exploring Bonn, famously known as the birthplace of Ludwig Van Beethoven. A visit to this world renowned composer’s house is a must. Late afternoon we take a boat cruise along the majestic Rhine. During the cruise we will bear witness to 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’s Schwebebahn

Morning train to Wuppertal. Return trip on the Schwebebahn hanging railway, opened in 1901 and in almost continuous service above the city 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! Continue to Cologne for lunchtime arrival and afternoon at leisure to visit the famous gothic Cathedral or explore the city. Early evening return to Bonn.

Day 5 – Return home to London

Mid-morning departure from Bonn for travel home on the same route as outward travel. Arrive in London late afternoon.

Tour Route

Tour route map

Selected Hotels

Intercity Hotel, 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 detailed
  • Accommodation in a 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: £1,105
Single room supplement: £148
Deposit for this holiday: £100

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