Bonn. Many festivals on the Rhine, Octoberfest in Xanten, a bike tour to five reservoirs in the so-called Bergisches Land and The Festival of Flowers in Belgium: these are some of our current excursion tips for Bonn and the region.
Jecke Wiesn (Carnival meets Octoberfest)
Xanten. The town on the Lower Rhine celebrates Octoberfest for the 20th time. Dates: October 3 to 21. The venue is the event tent in the Xanten Recreation Center. Beer, pretzels and veal sausage are on offer there. But "Das Original am Niederrhein" also has its own highlights: On October 6, the carnival clubs meet for fun "Carnival meets Octoberfest", on October 10 there's a "Comedy-Wiesn" event with, yes - comedians. And for children there is the musical "Jim Knopf" on October 15.
Info: Tel. (02801) 71 56 56; www.oktoberfest-xanten.de
The Festival of Flowers
Tongeren. In Belgium's oldest city, the country's largest flea market takes place every Sunday. Another outstanding attraction at the gates of Tongeren is Alden Biesen Castle. And the "Fleuramour" is one of the largest international flower festivals. At the 23rd edition (Sept. 37 - 30) 100 flower designers with 140,000 flowers present their ideas. There are also exhibitions and floral fashion shows. A day ticket costs 20 euros.
Info: Tel.(0032-12) 80 00 70; www.fleuramour.be
Echternach. 19.7 kilometers, 622 meters altitude difference, six hours hiking time. No question about it, the "Felsenweg 1 / Weilerbach-Hohllay" in the Nature Hiking Park “delux” has it all. The demanding loop trail near Echternach even leads through a gorge 300 meters long and 60 meters wide - with a narrow entrance and exit. Hikers will find peace and quiet at the baroque Weilerbach Castle or at the Liborius Chapel with a view of Echternach.
Info: Tel. (06551) 965 60; www.naturwanderpark.eu
Zoo visit along with wine festival
Landau. If you are looking for something different to do while visiting the numerous wine festivals of the Southern Palatinate, you can pay a visit to the Landau Zoo. Monkeys, cheetahs, parrots, penguins, flamingos, zebras, dromedaries and even two Siberian tigers are at the zoo, a five minutes' walk from the city center. The zoo also organizes workshops and a holiday program. Even regional mythical creatures are kept in the zoo. Supposedly, because these "Elwetritsche" show up usually only after the benefit of too much wine.
Info: Tel. (06341) 13 70 10; www.zoo-landau.de
Relaxed cycle tour to five reservoirs
Marienheide Water Quintet, is that a piece from Schubert? No, it's a bicycle tour that connects five reservoirs in the Bergisches Land region - the Brucher, Linges, Neye, Bever and Wuppertal reservoirs. The 80 kilometers are moderate, because the cycling takes place on old railway tracks. Cyclists who want to travel by train choose Marienheide as their starting point, there is a railway station there. And after the round trip you can still visit the 15th century pilgrimage and monastery church in Marienheide.
Info: Tel. (02204) 84 30 00; www.wasserquintett.de
Wine festival and fireworks
St. Goarshausen. "Rhine in flames, the last!" - at least this year. St. Goar and St. Goarshausen offer up a wine festival starting at 12pm (Sept. 21) in the Old Town (Bahnhofstr. 8) with live music, including the Dutch band Tsmoesje. The castles Rheinfels and Katz are illuminated, the big fireworks is on Saturday, September 21 at 9 pm.
Info: Tel. (06771) 91 00; www.loreley-touristik.de
Ingelheim. From September 28 to October 6, the "red wine town" of Ingelheim on the Rhine celebrates its 73rd red wine festival. 13 wineries in the village will be presenting their wines. The setting is the grounds of the castle church with its historic fortified wall (photo). On the first day, the new red wine queen is crowned. Musical entertainment is spread over three stages. The event was certified with the seal " The Rhinehessen Outstanding Wine Festival" in 2014.
Info: Tel. (06136) 92 39 80; www.rheinhessen.de
Orig. text: general-anzeiger-bonn.de