Orchestra Tours to the Rhineland, Germany
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
The Rhineland has an array of venues perfect for orchestras with any style repertoire. There are plenty of bandstands situated amidst the stunning scenery and on the banks of the River Rhine, but the Rhineland also offers visiting groups some fantastic indoor venues with a difference.
Our favourite venue:
Bad Ems Kurhaus
Situated next to the River Lahn, this venue 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 orchestras whilst the newly constructed bandstand, situated within the delightful gardens, is perfect for orchestras with a lighter repertoire that are looking for a unique venue.
The unique revolving stage in the delightful spa town of Bad Neuenahr allows you to perform either inside or out making it the perfect all weather venue. In the summer months, it is perfectly located for bands or orchestras with a lighter repertoire to take to the stage and entertain the passers by, stopping many of them in their tracks. Rotate the stage by 180 degrees and you have a magnificent indoor venue!
The Florinskirche is one of our favourite venues in the Rhineland. It plays host to a series of concerts from Spring to Autumn and its fantastic acoustics are well suited to instrumental performances.
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 - Wessex Youth Orchestra
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.
The group departed the UK by coach and arrived in Cologne in the afternoon.
They spent the morning climbing the spire at Cologne Cathederal with some free time afterwards for sightseeing and shopping. Returning to the hotel for lunch, the group departed for the All Saints Church in Cologne for a rehearsal prior to their first performance.
The morning was spent at Marksburg on a visit to the castle before departing for Kamp Bornhofen for a cruise along the river Rhine. Arriving at Boppard bandstand, the group began their concert under the ‘infamous’ hazelnut tree before enjoying a meal at a local restaurant.
After breakfast the group departed for Bonn to explore the town and visit Beethoven’s Birth House. In the afternoon they performed their final concert at Andernach Marktplatz before a celebratory cabaret night.
The group departed back to the UK.
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.