As the entire world now knows, Germans love soccer. And if
there was ever any question as to their prowess and dominance in the sport, it
was answered by their incredible victory over Argentina in the final match that
just won them the 2014 World Cup Championship in Brazil.
And even though all Germans would say they were sure they’d
be victorious going into that match, they were all ecstatic when that final
And they celebrated. And celebrated. All through Germany, people
took to the streets in cheers and celebration.
Because, as it turns out, Germans truly love to celebrate,
and they’re particularly good at it too.
Throughout Germany, any time of year, there
are beautiful celebrations taking place
. Some of the most beautiful of these
celebrations are the ones involving light shows and fireworks
during the summertime especially, German cities seem to have a steady stream of
Here is a sampling of just a few of my favorite summer
in the Historic Highlights of Germany cities. This is not a full
list, and it is also only a small sampling of the castle illuminations and and
one can witness in HHOG cities during the summer months. This list
also does not include wine festivals and all sorts of other festivals that are
equally wonderful, as I will be doing a separate post on those!
(pictured above), the Heidelberg
Castle Illumination and Fireworks
takes place three times throughout the summer, to symbolize past battles that the castle has survived.
The illumination in 2013 marked the event's 400th anniversary.
In 2014, the illumination is taking place on June 7, July 12 and September 6. The New York Times
has actually listed it as a must see world event.
More info can be found at http://www.heidelberg-event.com/events/schlossbeleuchtungen/?lang=en
, “Moon Night” at the Pfingstberg Belvedere
extraordinary celebration of moonlight, star gazing, music and bat watching.
However, as its title suggest, at its core it is a celebration of the full
, while being surrounded by music and soaking in the exquisitely elegant
moonlight atmosphere that only Potsdam’s Pfingstberg Belvedere could provide.
This year Moon Night took place on July 11, 2014.
More info can be found at www.pfingstberg.de
In KOBLENZ, you can
experience the spectacular “Rhine in Flames.” The Rhine in Flames fireworks displays takes place at various points along the Rhine
throughout the summer. However, my favorite stretch starts with a procession of fireworks along the river in the village
of Spay and ends in Koblenz (where
the Rhine and the Mosel rivers meet). Koblenz sees the tour's grand finale as the sky lights up with fireworks above Ehrenbreitstein Fortress and the scene is
soundtracked by music. This finale is timed with Koblenz’s Summer Festival, so the city is
simultaneously filled with dancing, music and all around merriment. This year's Rhine in Flames finale takes place August 9, 2014
More info can be found at www.rhein-in-flammen.com
The former Hanseatic city of ROSTOCK
of the greatest maritime festivals in the world with a regatta of traditional
ships, firework displays, music and markets
. The event is so spectacular, it
attracts more than one million guests from Germany as well as abroad.
This year's regatta takes place August 7-10, 2014
More info can be found at
**This is not a full list, and it is also only a small
sampling of the castle illuminations and and fireworks
one can witness in HHOG
cities during the summer months. This list also does not include wine festivals
and all sorts of other festivals that are equally wonderful, as I will be doing
a separate post on those!