Band Tours to the Rhineland
Beautiful scenery, friendly people and exceptional concert venues combine in this striking region. Steeped in history, the Rhineland claims over 200 castles and palaces, an abundance of charming, medieval towns and endless vineyards which welcome groups to sample the locally produced wines – it’s no wonder that the Rhineland is one of the most highly recommended destinations for Band Tours!
Rhine steamer cruises and cable car rides allow you to see the region’s breathtaking beauty in style, while a visit to Marksburg Castle provides an insight into the region’s medieval past. Cities in the Rhineland include fascinating Cologne, which boasts excellent shopping, great museums and many riverside bars and cafés serving the local Kölsch beer. Just south of Cologne, Bonn provides visitors with a variety of historic locations including the ever-popular museum occupying the house in which Beethoven was born.
Your group will find that audiences are plentiful and enthusiastic in this region, which is renowned for its fantastic selection of venues.
Where to Play
Our favourite venue:
Bad Ems Kurhaus
Situated next to the River Lahn, this impressive Kurhaus was once used as a spa and is typical of those that now scatter the Rhineland. Now used to host a variety of events, the impressive marble hall is suitable for all styles of band and the newly constructed bandstand, situated within the delightful gardens makes this our favourite venue throughout the year.
Boppard Riverside Bandstand
Why not perform at one of the stunning riverside bandstands located throughout the Rhineland? At Boppard, also known as the Pearl of the Rhine, bands can perform under the shadow of 19th-century grand hotels before heading off up on the chairlift to see where the River Rhine twists and turns to create the beautiful four lakes view.
Bad Neuenahr Kurhaus
With its unique revolving stage, Bad Neuenahr is the perfect all weather venue. With the stage placed at the front of the concert hall, the entire unit is able to revolve to face either into the concert hall or out into the stunning gardens depending on the weather at the time! An incredibly stylish venue which offers a well-attended weekly concert series, this is a truly unique experience for all groups.
One of our favourite venues in the region, the Florinskirche offers a warm welcome to all visiting performers. The Church is host to a series of concerts from Spring to Autumn and its fantastic acoustics are well suited to band performances. Regular audiences always flock to hear a visiting band.
Join the Wine Festivals!
Another popular option for bands is to perform at one of the many wine festivals which usually take place in September and October. Festivals offer a guaranteed audience in a convivial atmosphere; plus there’s plenty of samples of the local produce to enjoy post performance!
Why not travel in December for a taste of the area’s famous Christmas markets? Organisers are always keen for bands to add to the atmosphere with a few carols!
What to Do
Rhine River Cruise
An ideal way to take in the sights of the region; marvel at the many castles perched high on the rocky crags, including Castle Rheinfels, and admire the famous Loreley Rock.
Siegfrieds Mechanical Music Museum, Rüdesheim
The old fairground and circus mechanical instruments in this fascinating museum were rescued by Siegfried and range from a room-sized funfair organ to a small music box the size of a sugar cube, on which perches a tiny bird which sings when operated. Decide who in your group should demonstrate their pianist skills by playing Beethoven on the grand piano…without even touching the keys!
An important wine town in the region and beautiful riverside resort. See the vast collection of old mechanical musical instruments in Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet.
You can’t visit this area without tasting some of the delicious local wine. We can arrange tastings for your group at one of the vineyards or in the surroundings of a local castle or cellar.
A bustling Rhine town with shops and sights to keep everyone entertained! One of the town’s most popular attractions is the chairlift which offers panoramic views of the area. If you’re not so adventurous, you can take in the sights from the town’s mini-train.
The historic Marksburg Castle overlooks the town of Braubach and the River Rhine. The Castle houses a fascinating museum explaining its history and the extensive preservation undertaken to keep this vast monument in such fine condition. Visiting groups can take a guided tour and see the torture chamber held within.
What they Did - Muker Silver Band
All of our tours are bespoke, therefore the itinerary below is simply an example; the duration, concert venues, leisure excursions and accommodation centre used will be selected to match the requirements of your group. Please contact us to discuss your bespoke itinerary.
Travelled to the Rhineland by coach and arrived at their hotel for an evening meal and evening at leisure.
Spent the morning strolling the riverside promenades at Koblenz and seeing magnificent views from the Castle of Ehrenbreitstein. After lunch, they departed for Bad Neuenahr for their first afternoon concert of the tour.
Took a guided tour of Marksburg Castle before departing for Bad Ems. After some free time exploring, the group had its second tour performance on the outdoor stage in the Kurgarten.
Departed by coach for a day sight-seeing in Cologne to take in the museums, shops and impressive gothic cathedral. Stocked up on souvenirs, they returned to the hotel for an evening meal and an evening farewell party.
The group walked to St Goarshausen Köln-Düsseldorfer for their Rhine River cruise to Kaub which took them past the famous Loreley Rock. They journeyed to Rüdesheim for lunch, before giving their final performance of the tour at Rüdesheimer Weinfest.
The group departed the Rhineland by coach, arriving back in the UK late evening.
Where to Stay
The 3-star Hotel Scholz offers a very warm welcome to all its guests. This friendly, family-run hotel, situated in the administrative district of Koblenz, offers 67 comfortably furnished en suite bedrooms, together with conference and meeting facilities. Guests can enjoy the extensive buffet-style breakfast and evening meals in the restaurant, which features local and regional specialities on its menu.
Prices from £338pp*
Price Based On...
- 5 day 4 night tour
- Bed and breakfast accommodation at the Hotel Scholz
- Coach travel with trailer for instruments
- The services of a courier
- 3 publicised concerts
- Full itinerary planning service
- 45 paying passengers travelling in August 2014
We will work with you to create a completely tailor made itinerary. Departure dates, travel, duration, excursions and concerts will be planned to meet the individual requirements of your group.
*Priced at January 2013 and dependant on exchange rates at time of booking.