Has anyone been to the Bingen wine festival in September? My husband and I will be there in early September and I wondered if I need tickets to enter? Do I purchase them in advance or can I buy them at the gate? I have looked online and cannot find any info, at least in english. Any info will be appreciated.
Wine festivals are public affairs and don't usually need an entry fee or tickets unless they are in a castle or monastery. Bingen is open I am pretty sure. All the towns in this area have wine festivals. Have you checked Bingen.de yet?
Here's a pro-tip about wine festivals. You usually get charged a small fee for the glass. If you turn the glass back in, you get the fee back (3-5 E usually). We missed this in a wine fest in Frankfurt, and ended up wasting about 10E by not getting our "glass rental deposit" back.
All festivals in Germany are like this. They use real glasses, real plates, and silverware, real mugs for glühwein. You pay a deposit so you will bring them back. They often give you chips too, so you bring it back to the correct stand.
For Xmas markets, they actually hope you will keep the mug so they can get new ones next year as they often had the date on them or a new design for each year. Just trade your dirty cup for a clean one. Same with the beer mugs.
Off thread topic, but... Does this apply to concerts, too? I went to see Revolverheld at the ÖVB Arena in Bremen, and the drinks/cups there worked the same way. Most people kept their Revolverheld cups (including me!).
Of course, if you wish, you may keep the glass. If a glass has a special mark, I would. In the case of the wine fest in Frankfurt, they were just plain wineglasses, nothing special. I would have turned them in as glass does not travel well. But if the mug/glass is special and marked with the festival name, what a nice souvenir.