The Rheingau pleasure region proves why holidays are also worthwhile in Germany: In addition to wine and nature, the Rheingau also offers great events.
It is only a small region in Hesse, but it still boasts numerous sights, cultural sites and an enchanting landscape: the Rheingau is a real pleasure region. Because in addition to the world-famous wine, cultural events also make it something special.
Many people associate the Rheingau with its importance as a wine region. The region is particularly known for its Riesling, which is grown on around 80 percent of the vineyards. Castles, palaces, churches and monasteries can also be found in the smallest of spaces. Churches worth seeing include the parish church of the Holy Cross in Geisenheim, known as the Rheingau Cathedral, the Eibingen monastery in Rüdesheim am Rhein or the Eberbach monastery in Eltville am Rhein. The two cities of Rüdesheim and Eltville am Rhein as well as Idstein are also worth a trip for the respective old town.
Enjoyable hours at the Rheingau Music Festival
In addition to wine festivals and gourmet weeks, the area also has another pleasure to offer: the Rheingau Music Festival . In the entire region from Frankfurt via Wiesbaden to the Middle Rhine Valley, more than 200 concerts will take place from June 26th to September 5th. After the festival was only able to take place digitally last year, this year it will be held with an audience again.
Some highlights of the music event can be experienced on the weekend from July 30th to August 1st: The renowned Chamber Orchestra of Europe plays works from the Romantic, Viennese Classic and Baroque periods with soloists from the Kronberg Academy. Star violinist Bomsori Kim (31) can also be heard performing the violin concertos by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). Those who cannot be present themselves at the feast for the ears also have the chance to experience the concerts in a live stream: Telekom shows the highlight weekend for free at MagentaMusik360 as well as the station #dabeiTV on MagentaTV.
Palaces, castles, bike and hiking trails
If you are interested in castles and viticulture in addition to culture, we recommend a visit to Johannisberg Castle: It is considered the first Riesling winery in the world, wine has been grown on the Johannisberg since 817 – and to this day – the baroque Biebrich Castle in Wiesbaden is worth a trip. The landscape in the Rheingau also has some castles to offer, such as the Electoral Castle and Crass Castle in Eltville am Rhein. In the Rheingau is also located the world-famous Niederwald monument in the form of Germania. From the monument you have a fantastic view of Rhineland-Palatinate.
Hikers and cyclists also get their money’s worth: For example, you can walk a few stages of the Rheinsteig, the Rheingauer Klostersteig and the Whispertrails. Cycle routes in the Rheingau include the Querrhein Cycle Tour, the Rheingau Riesling routes and the circular route of the Rhine-Main Regional Park. In addition to pleasure trips, the Rheingau also invites you to an active holiday.