I am struggling to interpret some of the websites and subsequent schedules for wine festivals in the Rhine during the first half of the week and the Mosel during the second half of this period. An earlier posting indicated a festival in Bacharach 5-7 Sep. I've tried http://www.winningen.de/, http://www.cochem.de/tourismus/moselweine_infos.php, and numerous others. I understood that there was a 10-day wine festival in Cochem the first and second week, but I can't find any firm dates or information. Will someone help? Thanks!
Try here; http://www.mosellandtouristik.de/en/veranstaltungen/optionalcontent.aspx?url=http%3a%2f%2fweb.deskline.net%2fmosel%2fen%2fevent_calendar&hdl=Calendar of Moselland Events
There are so many I lose count. In Cochem, Bernkastel-Kues, Kroev, Briedel, Bullay, Traben-Trarbach, Winnigen, and it goes on.
Hi Kay - you might try
Also, the worlds biggest Wine festival will be held in Bad Durkheim this year on September 12-16 and 19-22. You might try http://gogermany.about.com/od/foodanddrink/p/wine_festival_wurstmarkt.htm
to get more info .
If you go I would recommend taking public transportation to avoid the traffic jams ( if the weather is nice) and to avoid any drinking and driving problems as the wine will sneak up on you faster than bier-
Have a good time!
Traffic jams? Crazy drunks? Choc-a-block with people? No reservations to be had? This has me re-thinking the idea of spending a bucolic week enjoying the scenery and castles of the Rhine. Waaaah! (Thanks, everyone for your input and advice!)
" if the weather is nice) and to avoid any drinking and driving problems as the wine will sneak up on you faster than bier-"
And the Polizei often set up alcohol control points outside of the towns. I'm fairly neutral regarding the car vs. train debate, but if you plan to attend a Weinfest, trains are the clear winners.
"Crazy drunks? Choc-a-block with people? No reservations to be had? " Guess I won't be seeing you at the Oktoberfest in Munich or the Volksfest in Stuttgart this year... Have a good trip!
"Crazy drunks? Choc-a-block with people? No reservations to be had? "
Sounds like Oktoberfest to me. Does not sound like any Strassenweinfest I've been to. We took bicycles. The Dutch bands are a lot of fun. All in all, a pleasant experience.