The Rhineland

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  • 1. Altstadtfest

    On the last weekend in June, more than 100,000 people come out for this music festival in Trier's Old Town, which features several music stages as well as a citywide run, markets, a parade and 120 food and drink stalls. Major venues include the Trier Arena and Trier Europahalle, hosting the likes of André Rieu, James Last, and Deep Purple.

  • 2. Antoniterkirche


    Organ recitals, chamber music, and jazz concerts are regularly presented in the Gothic Antoniterkirche.

    Schilderg. 57
    - 0221 - 9258–4615
  • 3. Beethoven-Festival

    Concerts are held at numerous indoor and outdoor venues during September's monthlong Beethoven-Festival.

    - 0228 - 201–0345
  • 4. Beethoven-Haus

    In the Beethoven-Haus, recitals are sometimes given on a 19th-century grand piano, and concerts take place regularly in the chamber music hall.

    Bonng. 20
    - 0228 - 981–750
  • 5. Eurogress Aachen

    The Aachen Symphony, along with touring bands and orchestras from across Europe, give regular concerts in Aachen's Eurogress convention center.

    Monheimsallee 48
    - 0241 - 91310
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  • 6. Henkell & Co.

    The sparkling-wine cellars of Henkell & Co. offer tours lasting 60, 90 or 120 minutes, including tastings, which can be booked via the website. The tours take in both the impressive Rococo marble hall and the 200,000 liter barrels in the seven-story cellars. They also play host to art exhibitions as well as regular concerts by young classical musicians.

    Biebricher Allee 142
    - 0611 - 630

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    Rate Includes: From €12, Group tours only Sun.--Fri. Public Tours only Sat. at noon, 5-person min. for group tours (must be pre-booked)
  • 7. Hessisches Staatstheater

    The Hessian State Theater was built in neo-baroque style by two famous Viennese architects for Emperor Wilhelm II, and opened in 1894. Various extensions and reconstructions have been carried out since, and the frescos, stuccowork, and sculptures are truly a sight to behold. Classical and contemporary opera, theater, ballet, and musicals are presented on the theater's four stages.

    Christian-Zais-Str. 3
    - 0611 - 132–325 - box office
  • 8. Kurhaus

    Throughout the year, performances and events ranging from classical to contemporary are hosted at the Kurhaus, including performances from the Hessian State Orchestra, and the annual Wine Ball and New Year's Eve party. In addition, there are very occasional organ concerts in the Friedrich-von-Thiersch-Saal, which has been home to an organ since the Kurhaus was built in 1907. On organ open days, you can visit the organ room, which is usually closed to the public.

    Kurhauspl. 1
    - 0611 - 172–9100
  • 9. Marktkirche

    The Marktkirche is a striking, red neo-Gothic church built between 1853 and 1862, and is Wiesbaden's main Protestant church. The Walcker organ has a total of 6,198 pipes, which can be heard during the free organ recitals that are held on Saturday at 11:30 am.

    Schlosspl. 4
    - 0611 - 900–1613
  • 10. Moselfest Zurlauben

    Also known as Mosel in Flammen (Mosel on fire), this annual July celebration along the Zurlauben riverbank (as part of the several days-long festival, the Zurlaubener Heimatfest) involves much wine, sparkling wine, and beer, and an impressive display of fireworks.

  • 11. Oper Köln


    Cologne's opera company is known for exciting classical and contemporary productions. The opera house on Offenbachplatz, originally scheduled to reopen in the fall of 2015 after a major multiyear renovation, remains delayed until 2023. Their interim location is the StaatenHaus am Rheinpark in Cologne-Deutz.

    - 0221 - 2212–8400
  • 12. Pantheon Theater

    This is a major venue for comedy and cabaret.

    Siegburger Str. 42
    - 0228 - 212–521
  • 13. Philharmonie


    Cologne's WDR Sinfonieorchester performs regularly in the city's excellent concert hall.

    Bischofsgartenstr. 1
    - 0221 - 280–280
  • 14. RheinMain CongressCenter

    The impressive modern RheinMain CongressCenter was completely rebuilt using a mix of natural stone, wood, glass, and metal, and reopened in 2018. Its events listings include concerts, cultural events, balls, and trade fairs. The Italian restaurant bagutta housed within offers pizza, pasta, antipasti, and sweets, and has a sun terrace out front as well as a glass-fronted upstairs interior, from where you can watch what's going on in the banqueting hall below.

    Rheinstr. 20
    - 0611 - 172–9400
  • 15. Robert-Schumann-Saal

    Classical and pop concerts, symposia, film, and international theater are presented at this wood-paneled music hall inside the Museum Kunstpalast.

    Ehrenhof 4–5
    - 0211 - 899–0200
  • 16. Schauspielhaus


    The Schauspielhaus is home to the 20 or so private theater companies in the city. Until its main space on Offenbachplatz reopens in 2024 after a major renovation, productions take place at an industrial space ( Carlswerk, Schanzenstrasse 6–20) in the Mülheim neighborhood. There are occasional productions with English subtitles.

    - 0221 - 2212–8400
  • 17. Schumannhaus

    Chamber-music concerts are given regularly at the Schumannhaus, where composer Robert Schumann spent his final years.

    Sebastianstr. 182
    - 0228 - 773–656
  • 18. Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie

    The Philharmonic plays regularly at various concert venues around town.

    Eltzerhofstr. 6a
    - 0261 - 301–2272
  • 19. Tanztheater Wuppertal


    A 30-minute ride outside Düsseldorf by car, train, or S-bahn (from the Hauptbahnhof) will get you to the industrial city of Wuppertal, whose main claim to fame is its transit system of suspended trains that often run directly over the River Wupper, the Schwebebahn. It's also well known for the Tanztheater Wuppertal, the world-famous dance-theater company of the choreographer Pina Bausch (1940–2009).

    Kurt-Drees-Str. 4, Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia, 42103, Germany
  • 20. Theater Bonn

    Operas are staged regularly at the Theater Bonn, which also hosts musicals and performances by world-renowned dance companies, including ballet.

    Am Boeselagerhof 1
    - 0228 - 778–000

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