“Kaiser-Open 2016” – International Chess Tournament - 11th–19th March 2016
Having been very successful the 13th edition of the International Chess Tournament takes place in the splendid ambience of the baroque Spa House (Häcker’s Grandhotel). No matter whether you take part as an active chess player or just watch the champions as a spectator, an extraordinaire event is waiting for you.
The spa will be the centre of running sports in this region again this year. All sports enthusiasts can take part or just watch the run. The course leads along the remodelled Römerstraße, right through the spa quarter and the beautiful spa park of the Emperor’s Spa. Six different disciplines are held altogether.
The “Rosenball” (Roses Ball) in Bad Ems is amongst the most important social events in the region. It is a rendezvous for dancing, celebrating, strolling about, for seeing and being seen. The traditional election of the new rose queen is the highlight of the ball. At about midnight the new queen is given the sceptre by the present queen.
Bridge Festival – 8th-10th July 2016
Every year in July, the spa transformed for three days in a festival mile with many attractions for young and old visitors. This year, the 20th anniversary is celebrated with a huge party. In addition to open-air concerts, culinary delights and traditional rowing regatta of the 1st Bridge Festival Fun Triathlon will be held this year, and the anniversary raffle attracts with great prizes..
For 130 years rowers have fought for the Emperor’s Cup on the River Lahn. It was the Emperor Wilhelm I who made the regatta known to the public. Germany’s oldest regatta is just more than that. This year the regatta takes place within the “Brückenfestival”.
Traditional Bartholomäus-fair - 26th - 29st August 2016
The greatest fair in the Lahn valley takes place in Bad Ems by the end of August every year. The enormous amusement park, the impressive fireworks, the gourmet area and lots of music and show programmes make it a fair for everybody.
Germany’s Biggest Flower Parade - 28th August 2016
The highlight of the Bartholomäus-fair is Germany’s biggest flower parade. Thirty floats decorated with more than 1.5 million flowers and musically accompanied by European top bands move through the town. It is a real wonderland of flowers. This spectacle fills thousands of guests with enthusiasm every year.