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Festival: Rheingau Music Festival

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Rheingau Musik Festival
Rheingau Musik Festival

June 20 – September 5, 2020

Where is the Festival taking place? The Festival is located in the Rheingau area. The Rheingau is the crown jewel among the German wine-tourism regions and the entrance gate to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. It stretches from Flörsheim to Wiesbaden, Eltville and Rüdesheim to Lorch and offers the largest region of culture, wine, nature and sights to their guests. In no comparable region of Germany are there so many historical monuments and buildings of supraregional importance from different epochs as in the Rheingau: monastery Eberbach, Johannisberg castle, Vollrads castle or the Brömserburg. The Rheingau is one of the most varied, most important and attractive regions of Germany in terms of landscape, history and culture.

How to get there? The international airport Frankfurt Airport is conveniently located to the Rheingau (about 50 km away). From there you can easily reach Wiesbaden by local train or S-Bahn trains. On the day of the event, the admission ticket is also valid as a ticket for the free round trip with means of transport of the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV-KombiTicket).

By car From North and South via A3 to junction Wiesbaden → A 66 direction Rüdesheim → follow the signs to the individual venues on the B42 (please also follow the directions for the main venues). Coming from Mainz via A60 to Dreieck Mainz → A643 to Schiersteiner Kreuz → A66 direction Rüdesheim → B42.

By bus / train To Wiesbaden main station with ICE, IC, local trains or suburban trains → Local trains and bus connections to the Rheingau or shuttle bus to the concerts in the Eberbach monastery and the major events at Johannisberg Castle. Please refer to the relevant information under "Shuttle service".

RMV-KombiTicket Rheingau Musik Festival You can reach almost all concert venues free of charge by public transport: The admission ticket to the concerts of the Rheingau Music Festival is valid as a ticket in the entire RMV area.

Local accommodation Quality, service and cordiality are very important to the hosts in the Rheingau. There are a lot of hotels around, which should definitely be booked in advance. The Rheingau also offers curious possibilities for spending the night, for example sleeping at a wine growing-estate, sleeping in a wine barrel, as well as sleeping in castles or cultural and historical buildings. It is highly recommended to book in advance. 

What can tourists visit nearby? The Rheingau is characterized by numerous sights, including the Niederwald monument, Eberbach monastery, the castles of Johannisberg and Vollrads, the Oestricher crane and the old towns of Rüdesheim, Eltville with the electoral castle and Kiedrich. Rüdesheim is home to the UNESCO Cultural Heritage of the Middle Rhine Valley. There are also other castles, castles, monasteries and churches, which in most cases are venues for the Rheingau Music Festival. However, the cultivated landscape of the Rheingau is also determined by the extensive vineyards, which extend as a gently undulating surface from the heights of the Taunushauptkammes down to the Rhine. As a Riesling region, Rheingau enjoys a high reputation worldwide.

Type of programmes The broad spectrum of the concert programme focuses primarily on classical music, but also extends to jazz and cabaret. The artistic excellence of all the concerts is the salient feature they all share. The 33rd Rheingau Music Festival is themed around the concept of “freedom”. Within this concept the Festival will be conceptually extrapolating this quintessential idea of our times on an artistic level: the programme includes free musical forms like fantasias, variations and improvisations, plus new arrangements and transcriptions of existing works, complemented by performers who embrace the freedom to rethink music, transmute it into a different art-form, and create something entirely new from existing works. This year’s Festival will also be spotlighting the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, celebrating the great composer with numerous concerts and events.

What are the venues like? In the summer, when the Rheingau reveals itself in its most luxuriant magnificence, music echoes between the serried ranks of ripening vines and the entire region constitutes a splendorus platform for aural delights of global stature. Unique cultural monuments are transformed into temples to the muses: Kloster Eberbach, Schloss Johannisberg, Kurhaus Wiesbaden or picturesque wine cellars.

Dress code There is no explicit dress-code but most of the visitors of the concerts at the main venues for example in Kurhaus Wiesbaden or Eberbach monastery are used to dress up. Due to the fact that the festival also offers a variety of different concerts the dress-code varies. The festival takes place in summer, so light clothes are recommended. Especially for the evenings and concerts in the monastery it is useful to layer up. 

Food & Drink There will be wine- and beverage bars at the venues before the concert and during the break. In Johannisberg castle, Eberbach monastery, Vollrads castle and Kurhaus Wiesbaden there is a restaurant. It is important to make a reservation. The restaurants or pubs except those at the four main venues usually close quite early, i.e. after the concert it can be difficult to find a place to eat out.

Why should someone go to the Rheingau Musik Festival? The festival is not only distinguished by top-class artists, but above all by its unique venues and its incomparable location in the cultural landscape of the Rheingau.

For full information, visit the Rheingau Music Festival website.

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