Pentecost tip to Bonn with the

«Suisse Train Bleu»

Former Capital of Germany and
crandle of «Rhine Romanticism»

17 to 20 May 2024

Prices from: CHF 2‘175.-

Journey by special train

Our specially chartered train takes us on a journey of discovery through Germany. We make ourselves comfortable in the nostalgic 1st-class Suisse Train Bleu coaches dating from the 1960s. Meals on board are served in the elegant Prestige Continental Express dining car. Outside, the views are constantly changing as we enjoy our fascinating journey with constantly changing views.

The Rhine is one of the world’s great rivers and has borne witness to many pivotal events in human history. The stretch of river in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley extending over 65 kilometers from Bingen and Rüdesheim to Koblenz has been inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2002. Here, the Rhine still flows in its old bed, with mighty rocks on the banks and a multitude of castles crowning them.

Following a stroll through the narrow alleys of Bonn’s Old Town, we will be captivated by the charm of this 2,000-year-old city. It was certainly not least the remarkable residence character which even today is a major factor in the city. Under the Wittelsbacher Elector Princes and Cologne archbishops Joseph Clemens and Clemens August, the imposing Town Hall was built as well as the residential palaces which are still used today as university buildings. In 1770, Bonn’s most famous son also saw the light of the world for the first time:

Ludwig von Beethoven. At the age of only 14, he already played the organ at the court of Elector Clemens August. The house in which Beethoven was born has served for more than a hundred years as a museum for the renowned musician. Only a few yards away, the Romanesque Minster St. Cassius and Florentius dominates the Münsterplatz.

Our train

We travel in the nostalgic 1st-class Suisse Train Bleu corridor coaches dating from the 1960s in comfortable compartments seating a maximum of four people. The coaches are not air-conditioned, but the windows can be lowered. The bar/lounge car is the perfect place to linger over a coffee or a glass of wine.

In the elegant Prestige Continental Express dining car fitted out in the style of the legendary Orient Express, we experience the glamour of train travel during the Belle Époque. These luxurious coaches are air-conditioned and are where lunches are served.

Trip Details

Friday, 17 to Monday, 20 May 2024

We depart from Zurich railway station at around 9 a.m. on the Suisse Train Bleu. Stops for embarkation are in Aarau and Basel Badischer Train Station. We are following the line along the Rhine Valley past Freiburg im Breisgau, Offenburg and Karlsruhe with lunch served in the dining car. We continue via Mainz on one of the most beautiful stretches of railway along the Rhine to Bonn. Transfer to the Hotel Ameron Bonn Hotel Königshof. The 4-star Hotel beside the river Rhine has spectacular views to offer.

In the morning, guided tour of the former German capital. The Bonn Minster is one of the most important landmarks. The old town hall was completed around 1780 in the Rococo style and is the city’s living room and a real eye-catcher because of the gold-plated outside staircase. It has already been used by John F. Kennedy and Queen Elizabeth II for representative events. Visit to the museum in Ludwig van Beethoven’s birthplace, which is one of the most visited musicians’ museums in the world. The afternoon is free for your individual program.

After breakfast we take the boat to the picturesque wine town of Königswinter on the right bank of the Rhine. We then take Germany’s oldest cog railway to the Drachenfels. Its striking location on the summit high above the Rhine Valley was discovered early on. Guided tour of Drachenburg castle an icon of Rhine romanticism. It is one of the most important castle buildings of the late 19th century in Germany. Lunch included. In the afternoon we visit the Petersberg, which is visible from afar above the Rhine Valley in the Siebengebirge. It not only has a geographically prominent position, but also great historical significance. The summit was the guest house of the Bonn Republic for decades. The Petersberg setting in the former guard house brings its history to life. Around 5.30 p.m. return to the hotel and evening at leisure.

We return on board our special train and start our return journey back home. The freshly prepared lunch is served in the dining car. Zurich main station will be reached at around 7 p.m.

Friday 17 May 2024

We depart from Zurich railway station at around 9 a.m. on the Suisse Train Bleu. Stops for embarkation are in Aarau and Basel Badischer Train Station. We are following the line along the Rhine Valley past Freiburg im Breisgau, Offenburg and Karlsruhe with lunch served in the dining car. We continue via Mainz on one of the most beautiful stretches of railway along the Rhine to Bonn. Transfer to the Hotel Ameron Bonn Hotel Königshof. The 4-star Hotel beside the river Rhine has spectacular views to offer.

Saturday 18 May 2024

In the morning, guided tour of the former German capital. The Bonn Minster is one of the most important landmarks. The old town hall was completed around 1780 in the Rococo style and is the city’s living room and a real eye-catcher because of the gold-plated outside staircase. It has already been used by John F. Kennedy and Queen Elizabeth II for representative events. Visit to the museum in Ludwig van Beethoven’s birthplace, which is one of the most visited musicians’ museums in the world. The afternoon is free for your individual program.

Sunday 19 May 2024

After breakfast we take the boat to the picturesque wine town of Königswinter on the right bank of the Rhine. We then take Germany’s oldest cog railway to the Drachenfels. Its striking location on the summit high above the Rhine Valley was discovered early on. Guided tour of Drachenburg castle an icon of Rhine romanticism. It is one of the most important castle buildings of the late 19th century in Germany. Lunch included. In the afternoon we visit the Petersberg, which is visible from afar above the Rhine Valley in the Siebengebirge. It not only has a geographically prominent position, but also great historical significance. The summit was the guest house of the Bonn Republic for decades. The Petersberg setting in the former guard house brings its history to life. Around 5.30 p.m. return to the hotel and evening at leisure.

Monday 20 May 2024

We return on board our special train and start our return journey back home. The freshly prepared lunch is served in the dining car. Zurich main station will be reached at around 7 p.m.

Hotel

Ameron Bonn Hotel Königshof
****

Double Room Deluxe: CHF 2’175.- | Single Room Deluxe: CHF 2’475.-

A hotel with a tradition. The 4-star Ameron Bonn Hotel Königshof beside the river Rhine offer spectacular views and is a building with a long history and lots of character. Deluxe rooms with wonderful view of the river Rhine. Modern Vitality Spa & Gym.

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Included:
Travel in the Suisse Train Bleu train as described, reserved seats in a 1st-class coach and for meals in the dining car, three nights’ accommodation in the Ameron Hotel Königshof Bonn including breakfast and hotel tax, two lunches on board, lunch on Sunday, drinks with meals, guided city tour in Bonn, excursion to Königswinter and visits to Drachenfels, castle Drachenburg and Petersberg, documentation, tour guide.

Programme, routes and rail traction subject to change. The organiser’s general information and conditions of travel apply. A minimum number of travellers is required for the trip to take place.