Castle Philipsruhe – Hanau, Germany
2012 is the year of music in Germany. Frankfurt Rhine-Main region is celebrating the spirit of music with a German Choir Festival. From June 7th through the 12th, thousands of singers will gather at Frankfurt into on majestic stage. Joined by individual concert sponsors and churches, the eclectic fusion of music ranges from classical to hip-hop and experimental. With over 400 ensembles of over 20,000 singers will participate in this choral event.
For Jazz lovers, there are three jazz festivals to choose from: the annual Jazz Festival in Bingen located in the famed UNESCO World Hertiage Site “Upper Middle Rhine Valley,” taking place from June 22nd to the 24th; swing, boogie, blues and jazz surrounded by the romantic atmosphere of local vineyards and gardens; Jazz Week in Oestrich Winkel from July 20th to the 29th; and open-air music festival known as Idstein JazzFestival from June 15th through the 17th at the rustic, romantic city center.
No music festival is complete without this one genre: rock and roll. Feeding your inner Rock n’ Roll is the four-day European Elvis Festival from August 16th to the 19th. Concerts, exhibitions, parades, guided tours will be offered to commemorate the life and art of Elvis. Other concerts taking place is the Rheingau Music Festival and the Bach Festival in nearby Aschaffenburg.
Coinciding with the music festivals are culinary events with gourmet cuisine and wine tasting. Internationally known art exhibitions and museums such as the “dOCUMENTA,” Städel Museum, Jugendstil Festival, and Castle Philippsruhe in Hanau, the Fairy Tale City will also be available to satisfy your artistic desires.