Gerichtsstrasse 4-6, Rudesheim am Rhein, Hesse, 65385, Germany
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Entrance to St Jakobus Church, Rüdesheim
Rochuskapelle after dark
Stained glass, St Jakobus Church
Travel Tips for Rüdesheim am Rhein
Many of the cafés and restaurants in Rüdesheim serve a local delicacy known as Rüdesheimer Kaffee. This is coffee served in a traditional china vessel (see photo), with flaming Asbach brandy poured into it and cream floated on the top. It is similar to an Irish coffee though for the latter you don’t flambé the alcohol before adding it to the coffee. Despite having over-indulged so much during the cruise, my mother in law and I decided we just had to try one. You can see her watching our waitress prepare the treat in photo 2, and yes, it was as delicious as we had hoped! If you want to try one too look out for signs like the one in my third photo: ”fuer Sie am Tisch flambiert”. That way you can be sure you’ll be able to watch the drink prepared at the table, as we did. And if you want to try it at home, several shops in the town sell the traditional vessels, and Asbach, which is made locally, is widely available too.
Assmannshausen - 5 km downstream
Assmannshausen is well worth a visit, as it shows lots of great half-timbered houses .
The streets are rather narrow, and parking inside the village is almost impossible, but you may park at the river and walk a few hundred meters to see these great buildings.
From Assmannshausen you may also drive up the hill in order to get to the Niederwalddenkmal and the great panorama-view over the Rhine.
Marksburg - 60km downstream
Marksburg is the only medieval castle in the Middle-Rhinearea, that was almost not changed or adapted afterwards and was never destoyed.
Marksburg is also the seat of the "Deutsche Burgenvereinigung" (German castle assosiation) and holds a big library with 12000 books.
The castle is 150 meters above the Rhine and you may drive up by car or take a small road-train from Braubach, a lovely village, also worth a visit !
The castle is open for visitors
One of the most prominent features if you approach Rüdesheim from the river as we did is the Adlerturm or Eagles’ Tower. This late Gothic corner tower was built in the second part of the 15th century as a part of the city fortifications. It is 20.5 metres high and its interior has a 5 metre diameter within the metre thick walls. As well as helping to defend the town, it functioned as a warning tower when the river was frozen, with a fire on its top indicating whether it was safe to cross the ice.
In the 19th century the tower housed an inn, Zum Adler (“In the Eagle”). A frequent guest was Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the famous German poet, who would stay here in order to enjoy the wonderful views of the river. Today it belongs to a bank and is not open to the public.
St. Jakobus Catholic Parish Church
For those of you who like to visit churches, this one is in the Market Square, near to the Rathaus.
The church dates back to the 14th or 15th Century and was reconstructed in l953 after being almost completely destroyed in l944.
Several valuable sections of the church survived the attack, the Tower Chapel, the middle alter and the grave stones of Rudesheim's noble families.
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