With TV’s ‘Ghost Chasers’- Paul Hobday & Chris Howley
Burg Reichenstein, Germany
Date: Sunday 29th October 2017- Wednesday 1st November 2017
Halloween 2017 just got epic-
Here at Ghostly Goings On, we have been working hard, to ensure that this years Halloween event is bigger and better than any we have done before.
It’s time to dust off those passports, as we are taking you to the fabulously haunted Burg Reichenstein, Germany, for an exclusive haunted excursion!
Whats more, we will be joined by TV’s ‘Ghost Chasers’, Paul Hobday & Chris Howley. Burg Reichenstein features in episode 8 of Ghost Chasers along with Rheinfels Castle-which you will also get a guided tour of!
Please note that Ian Lawman WILL NOT be present on the trip due to other work commitments.
This beautiful castle sits on the bank of the Rhine River and is the perfect place to explore the paranormal.
With parts of Burg Reichenstein dating back to the early 11th century, it’s not surprising to hear that it’s rumoured to be haunted by a plethora of restless spirits.
This four day, haunted excursion of Germany is a once in a lifetime experience-and one that shouldn’t be missed!
Book this event and you also get automatic entry into our competition:
Everyone who books this trip, will be automatically entered into a prize draw, where the winner and their guest will get to stay in the Castle Suite for the duration of the stay!
The winner will be picked during the coach journey to Burg Reichenstein.
Sunday 29th October 2017:
Your tour will begin Sunday morning in Dover, where we will be met by our executive coach and driver who will then drive us the short journey to the Ferry Port. You will be responsible for your own transportation to Dover.
The Ferry crossing to Calais will take approximately 1.5 hours, giving you time to relax on board before we continue our journey to Burg Reichenstein.
We hope to arrive in Calais at around midday/early afternoon which will enable us to arrive in Germany at around 8pm/9pm. This time includes comfort stops on route. Please note that these times rely on the journey going smoothly-we cannot be responsible for any delays caused by traffic.You will be responsible for purchasing your own refreshments/lunches during the journey.
Upon our arrival at Burg Reichenstein, you will be checked in and allocated your rooms. You will be given some time to unpack before you are served with your evening meal in the castles restaurant.
Monday 30th October:
You will be served breakfast at around 9am before getting ready for your tour of Burg Reichenstein.
The castles manager, Katrina, will guide you around the castle where you will learn all about the history of Reichenstein.
After the tour. we will gather for lunch at the castles restaurant. Burg Reichenstein will provide you with a set menu to choose from. Please note that this lunch is not included in your ticket price.
After lunch, you will then have the option of either exploring the local area, or you may prefer to take part in a paranormal workshop. These workshops will be led by Paul Hobday & Chris Howley– Two of the UK’s top paranormal investigators and stars of the current paranormal TV show, ‘Ghost Chasers’. You could not wish to be in more knowledgeable hands with both Paul & Chris being members of the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena (ASSAP) and registered with the National Register of Professional Investigators (NRPI). There is literally nothing that these two do not know about the paranormal!
The team at Ghostly Goings On will also be leading a workshop, on how to get the most from your paranormal investigation at Burg Reichenstein. There will also be a couple of group activities to participate in, all with the aim of being fun and informative.
After the workshops have finished, you will again be given some free time to relax and unwind before your three course evening meal at the castle restaurant-and their food is simply divine.
After dinner, we will embark on a investigation in hope of warming up the spirits ahead of our Halloween ghost hunt!
The night will end at around 1am so that you can get a good nights sleep ahead of your busy Halloween.
Tuesday 31st October 2017:
Your Halloween breakfast will be served at around 9.30am before getting ready for your excursion to Rheinfels Castle.
Rheinfels Castle is a short drive from Burg Reichenstein and should take no longer than around 30 minutes to arrive. Once there, you will be greeted by an English speaking tour guide who will walk you around the top level of the castle,where you will get to view the Battlements. The tour should last approximately one hour.
After the guided tour, you will be free to explore the rest of the castle at your own leisure.
Schloßhotel Rheinfels is the castles restaurant, where you can choose to lunch after your walk around the castle. The restaurant offers regional specialities, as well as delightful international dishes that can be savoured with magnificent views of the Lorelei valley. Alternatively, you might like to dine in The castle tavern ‘Der Landgraf auf Rheinfels’. Small,light dishes, ranging from freshly baked Flammkuchen (tarte flambée) to delicious salads await you in this quaint and original pub. Please note that this lunch is not included in your ticket price.
After lunch, you will be given some time to walk down and explore the local village of Sankt Goar before heading back to Burg Reichenstein.
Once you are back, you will have a couple of hours free time to relax.
At 6pm you will be seated for your three course evening meal in the castles restaurant.
After dinner, the real fun begins- The Halloween ghost hunt!
We are aiming to begin the investigation at 8.30pm where you will then spend the next six hours investigating different parts of the castle.
You will be split into three smaller groups, and will be led by the GGO team along with Paul & Chris. You will also have full access to our paranormal equipment.
The investigation will end at approximately 2.30am.
Wednesday 1st November 2017:
Breakfast will be served at the slightly later time of 10am, which will hopefully enable you to have a little extra sleep after the nights investigation.
At midday, we will board our coach and depart Burg Reichenstein to begin our journey back to Calais. Again, we will be given comfort stops so that you are able to purchase lunch and refreshments.
We will catch the Ferry back to Dover where we aim to arrive at approximately 10pm.
What’s included on the four day excursion to Germany?
- Three nights, half board accommodation inside the haunted, Reichenstein Castle.
- All travel from Dover to Reichenstein Castle, Germany. Including executive coach travel and Ferry crossings.
- Joined throughout the trip by Paul Hobday & Chris Howley from TV’s ‘Ghost Chasers’.
- The chance to visit both locations featured in episode 8 of ‘Ghost Chasers‘.
- A screening of the episode filmed at both Rheinfels & Reichenstein Castle.
- Guided tour with an English speaking tour guide of Rheinfels Castle.
- Guided tour with an English speaking tour guide of Reichenstein Castle.
- Paranormal workshops.
- An exclusive Halloween ghost hunt inside Reichenstein Castle.
What’s NOT included?
- Transportation to our meeting point in Dover.
- Any car parking charges to leave your vehicle in Dover for the duration of the trip.
- Refreshments/lunches during the journey from Dover to Germany. The same also applies for the return trip.
- Lunches. Burg Reichenstein will provide you with a set menu for Monday which will help keep costs for food down. You will however be responsible for sourcing your own lunch during our trip to Rheinfels Castle. You do not have to eat where we may of suggested in the itinerary.
- Drinks throughout the duration of the trip.
Leaving your vehicle at Dover:
You will be responsible for purchasing your own car parking for the duration of our trip.
The meeting point in Dover will be at the Relyon Ferry Parking. You can also park your car here but please be aware that charges do apply. You can visit the website to obtain a parking quote, but the daily rate is £5.25 per day, according to their website.
We will be using Rover European, a coach hire company based in Gloucestershire.
Established in 1947, the family business has been providing first class travel for more than 60 years to thousands of happy customers.
We have hired one of their executive coaches which include the following features:
- Large, tinted windows offering panoramic views
- Independently controllable fresh air supply
- Reclining seats and arm rests
- Full air conditioning
- Washroom and toilet
- DVD Player
- Radio & CD Player
- Double Glazing
Important factors you need to consider before booking:
The price of this trip is £419pp and this is based on two people sharing a double room. We cannot offer a single travellers supplement.
This event may be unsuitable for people with mobility impairments due to the nature of the properties being visited. Please call to check anything you might be unsure about before booking your tickets.
You will also need to provide us with any dietary requirements that you may have. This will need to be disclosed upon booking so that we can inform the hotels restaurant.
Ghostly Goings On hold a £5,000,000 Public Liability Insurance policy which covers us whilst undertaking paranormal practices-I.E, during our paranormal investigations. It does not cover us for any other activity outside of this remit. Therefore, we strongly advise that you purchase your own independent travel insurance that will cover you against everything else. Competitive cover can be found via various comparison websites.
You will need to request which bedroom you would prefer. But, please bear in mind, that there are only two twin rooms available and they will be strictly first come, first served. All other bedrooms are doubles and so therefore we can not offer a single supplement charge on this event.
Twin Bedrooms- SOLD OUT
Standard Double Bedroom- 11 NOW LEFT
To secure your places, you’ll need to pay an initial £80pp deposit.
In order to book this event, you must agree to the following payment plan. We can be flexible on the payment date if needed, please E-mail us to discuss.
The payment schedule is detailed below:
- Initial deposit payment £80pp
- Wednesday 31st May 2017 £80pp
- Friday 30th June 2017 £80pp
- Monday 31st July 2017 £80pp
- Thursday 31st August 2017 £99pp
If you miss a monthly payment, you will be at risk of losing your places. Please only book if you are certain that you can make the payments required.
CANCELLATIONS BY GHOSTLY GOINGS ON:
In most cases all events take place but occasionally an event may have to be cancelled due to circumstances out of our control.
If this happens, you will be contacted at the earliest convenience and offered either a place on another event or a full refund.
We are not liable for any expenses you may incur such as accommodation bookings and travel costs.
All event refunds will be processed and sent back to your nominated payment account within 14 days of notification.
CANCELLATION BY YOU:
It is your responsibility at the time of booking to ensure that you are able to make the event date. Ghostly Goings On cannot offer a refund or transfer your places if you are unable to attend. Our locations are paid in advance and we are liable for these costs even if you cannot make the event. All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable. Deposit payment options will secure your place(s) on the event but the balance payment should be made by the specified date. If the balance payment is not received by the due date, Ghostly Goings On have the right to re-sell your places and retain any deposit/full payment already received.
Please note that we will allow tickets to be transferred to a third party, but only if we are notified of the change so that we can update our booking records. Failure to do so will result in the third party ticket holder being refused entry to the event.
The history of Burg Reichenstein:
Situated on a rocky ridge, Burg Rheinstein rises approximately 270 feet above the Rhine River in the Loreley Valley. Originally built around 900 A.D. to serve as a customs post for the German Empire, it was referred to as either the Vogtsburg or Feitsburg.
The castle was home to the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph von Habsburg from 1282 through 1286. Within this castle, he passed judgment on the unruly robber knights of Burg Reichenstein, Burg Sooneck and Burg Ehrenfels. In addition, Rudolph von Habsburg founded the Noble Knighthood and renamed the castle to Konigstein.
From the 14th to 17th century, the castle was leased to the Archbishops of Mainz. However, it began to fall into disrepair after 1572 when it became unprofitable for Anton von Wiltberg, Chamberlain in Mainz, to maintain its upkeep.
In 1823, the castle ruin and its foundation stone were purchased by Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig, Royal Prince of Prussia and nephew of King Friedrich Wilhelm III. Thereafter, the castle was rebuilt under the direction of the famous castle architect, Claudius von Lassaulx. The castle was renamed Burg Rheinstein due to its imposing rocky location above the Rhine River.
Since 1975, Burg Rheinstein has been privately owned by the Hecher family who repaired and restored the castle over a period of 19 years to regain its glory from days long ago.
Reported paranormal activity:
The castle is home to a plethora of paranormal tales, including that of a hooded figure who is often seen roaming the castles chapel.
Disembodied voices and the sound of slamming doors have also been heard on numerous occasions, echoing around the castles walls and empty corridors.
Perhaps the most common sighting is that of a man who appears to present himself without his torso. It is believed that this is the spirit of one of the castles most prolific robber barons,Dietrich von Hohenfels, who was beheaded after sacrificing himself in order to save his son for his awful crimes.It is reported that Dietrich still roams the castle in hope of finally seeking revenge for his killing.
It is said that a former owner of Burg Reichenstein, Baroness Olga, haunts the castle in order to protect it from the malevolent spirit of Dietrich von Hohenfels.
There is also a death bed on display inside Burg Reichenstein, and visitors have reported feelings of a great sadness and an uncontrollable desire to break down in tears whilst being in this area.Are they picking up on the lost souls of those who passed away in this very spot?
The Castles cleaners often report that the door of a Grandfather clock, seems to open by itself during the early hours of the morning. In fact, this very same thing happened to the cast of Ghost Chasers whilst they conducted their overnight investigation.
If you would like to find out more about Burg Reichenstein, you can visit their website www.burg-reichenstein.com
The team are all looking forward to welcoming you to Germany!