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[Translate to English:] Erleben Sie den historischen Charme von Oberwesel und feiern Sie mit uns! Die Stadt Oberwesel sorgt wieder mit vielen abwechslungsreichen Veranstaltungen für beste Urlaubslaune.

Night of a Thousand Fires - Rhine in Flames

Every year on the second Saturday in September

Once again, this Saturday is devoted to the “Night of a Thousand Fires”, as the huge firework display in Oberwesel is called.
It has become something of a tradition to wow spectators by synchronising a powerful and splendid firework show to music - a show that will leave you covered in goose-pimples.

Experience the fireworks in style from one of the many chartered boats that join to form a convoy for the occasion.


At 1pm, the traditional wine market opens.   On the picturesque market square, vintners present more than 150 different wines from the Middle Rhine region in their booths, to the sound of live music. The festival lasts late into the night.

At 5pm, chartered boats set sail from Oberwesel. The journey is downstream, through the most attractive part of the world heritage upper Middle Rhine valley. Past the legendary “seven maidens” rocks in the bed of the Rhine river, and Loreley rock. Once some 50 boats have joined to form a convoy, they pass Loreley rock, which is now bathed in the glow of Bengal fire, and overshadows the narrowest and deepest part of the river, and then return to Oberwesel. 

9:20pm: After the boats have reached their prescribed places, the illumination of the historic town begins.

9:30pm: Spectators can enjoy a unique, synchronised pyrotechnical musical, which really comes into its own in the narrow Rhine valley setting.

At 10pm, when the fireworks are over, the chartered boats moor again in Oberwesel. Guests are able to visit the wine market on Oberwesel market square. Dance music and wine booths set up by the vintners of Oberwesel await them.

Stewards direct buses and cars to free parking spaces.


Extended ferry times:
Car ferry St. Goar/St. Goarshausen until midnight
Car ferry Kaub until 8pm – special night crossings from 1am to 1:30am

Next event:
Saturday, 14. September 2019

Programme is subject to alterations.

Rhine in Flames 2016

Here you can watch our fireworks display "Ameria - the Metamorphosis of Lights" from September 10th, 2016: