Bonn & the Rhine in Flames

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 railwayREQUEST A QUOTE

A rail tour offers a great group getaway to many destinations in Europe. The holiday begins as soon as you board Eurostar - sit back and enjoy the journey with fellow travellers to your chosen Continental city. We have created a relaxing 5-day rail break to Bonn, a charming city straddling the Rhine. This is a perfect short group trip, especially for first time rail holidaymakers. Bonn is one of Germany’s oldest cities and has a rich history, including a period as the temporary capital of West Germany. Why not visit at the high point of the cultural calendar for the ‘Rhein in Flammen’ festival when you can expect great rail journeys, river cruises and fireworks!!

This itinerary can be taken anytime and whilst your trip may not coincide with the Rhein in Flammen festival, you can choose to visit during one of the many events being held to celebrate 250 years since Beethoven’s birth. Ideal for families or groups with a particular interest in music!


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. 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 you head to Schloss Drachenburg. Here you 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 you will take a boat cruise along the majestic Rhine. During the cruise you 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

Price per person

Price available upon request

Booking form

Download your tour booking form here.


24/7 Support


Ffestiniog Travel provides 'out of hours' support for all independent travellers in the event of an emergency.

Why Choose Ffestiniog Travel?

  • UK's first rail tour operator to run an overseas escorted rail holiday in 1974
  • Created for people who love rail holidays and exploring the world’s heritage railways
  • Dedicated rail holiday specialist - great destinations, sightseeing and unparalled railway content
  • Train ticket supplier for worldwide rail operators - we can plan and arrange your rail journey to anywhere
  • Knowledge of the world’s rail routes makes us leading specialists in escorted and Tailor Made rail holidays
  • Over 60% of our existing rail tour travellers return to holiday with us year after year
  • Committed to supporting rail travel and heritage railways around the world
  • Our profits support the continued preservation of the famous Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways
  • Small, dedicated rail holiday travel team offering an award winning personal service

Logos Pharos Response ABTOT AITO Quality Charter

Facebook Twitter YouTube Flickr