Babela Pub is a good location in Assmannshausen for a beer or two. A small night spot where the local hotel workers come for a night cap after work. It was formally known as Danske Kro and Danish or English also is no problem. About three blocks from the Rhein, cross the train tracks, by the train station, then on the right side of Niederwaldstr walking up the hill, only a slight incline. It is only a short 3 minute train ride from Ruedesheim.
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
Burg Lahneck is a really interesting castle, built high above the place, where the river LAHN flows into the Rhine.
The castle dates back to 1245 and you may visit it with a guided tour only.
Tours are daily 10.00a.m. - 05.00 p.m. between easter and end of October.
Unfortunately I did not go inside, as for the next tour I would have to have waited 1,5 hours :-((
Just a few meters from the castle, you may see a great restaurant with a lovely terrace facing the Rhine-valley
Pfalzgrafenstein castle is the second castle built INsinde the river, on a small island.
This castle is mostly just called "Pfalz" and in a distance of about 50 km downsteam from Ruedesheim.
In the village KAUB a ferry will take you there and you may visit the castle-interior.
In December and every 1st workingday of the week it is closed.
January - March :
09.00a.m.-01.00p.m. + 02.00p.m.-05.00p.m.
October - November
09.00a.m.-01.00p.m. + 02.00p.m.-05.00p.m.
April - September
09.00a.m.-01.00p.m. + 02.00p.m.-06.00p.m.
Last entry is 1 hour before closing !!
Not far from the small church of Ruedesheim you will see this on a housewall.
It was placed there in order to memorize the liberation of the Rhine-valley in 1930.
Before a big part of the Rhine-valley was occupied by French and Belgium troops.
When you click on my picture and take a closer look, you will see a row of soldiers on top. They carry their backpack and only at the first one you also see a gun.
The row below shows a row of women, also with backpacks like they are used in the vinyard.
And the text below means :
God bless the wine for you !
The ruins of Ehrenfels castle are about 80 meters above the Rhine.
The castle was mentioned in a document in 1573 for the first time , but it is certainly much older than that.
The river Rhine was a perfect place to build a castle and live on the toll, the merchants had to pay, when sailing on the Rhine.
This castle was built by the family von Bolanden, who owned several big castles along the river Rhine.
Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett inside of Broemserhof , not far away from Drosselgasse.
I did not dare to put in some coins, but I may imagine that most of the machines are still working fine that way, and performances of these musicboxes are also part of every guided tour through the museum.
entry fee is 5,50 Euros
and 3 Euros for students and children.
Adress: Im Brömserhof, Oberstraße 29, 65385 Ruedesheim
Telefon: 0 67 22 /4 92 17
Telefax: 0 67 22 /45 87
Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett is one of the biggest collections of automatic music-instruments and musicboxes.
Go inside, even when you will have not enough time to go inside the museum, the exhibits shown on my page are shown in the entrance hall, BEFORE you get to the cashier.
Unfortunately I could not leave my mother alone for such a long time, and I saw the lovely museum some years ago and may recommend it !!
This museum shows torture instruments of medieval times.
In fact NOT my kind of favorite place to go - but maybe intereresting for someone else.
The museum is not far from Drosselgasse.
entry fee is 5 Euros and 3,50 Euros for students
open daily 10.00a.m. - 06.00p.m.
Adress: Oberstrasse 49-51,
65385 Ruedesheim am Rhein
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.
This small tower is situated about 3 km downstream of Ruedesheim on a small Rhine-island.
In medieval times there was a rope or a chain going accross the river Rhine,fixed at Maeuseturm, and ships passing by had to pay customs in order to be able to go on with their merchandises.
You may not go there, but see it on a small and rocky island from both sides of the river.
translation by Mark Twain 1876
An ancient legend of the Rhine
I cannot divine what it meaneth,
This haunting nameless pain:
A tale of the bygone ages
Keeps brooding through my brain: The faint air cools in the gloaming,
And peaceful flows the Rhine,
The thirsty summits are drinking
The sunset's flooding wine;
The loveliest maiden is sitting
High-throned in yon blue air,
Her golden jewels are shining,
She combs her golden hair;. She combs with comb that is golden,
And sings a weird refrain
That steeps in a deadly enchantment
The listener's ravished brain:
The doomed in his drifting shallop,
Is tranced with the sad sweet tone,
He sees not the yawing breakers,
He sees but the maid alone: The pitiless billwos engulf him!-
So perish sailor and bark;
And this, with her baleful singing,
Is the Lorelei's gruesome work.
For me it``s one of the most unusual museums I have ever been in. The museum documents the “correction” measures and judicial system of medieval times as well as the time of witch persecutions in Germany.
You will get a feeling how the medieval authorities (including the church) acts in forcing the "bad" people to made a confession about things they had never done. It`s cruel in your mind, but also very fascinating for those who care for history and a bit strange museums :-)
Entrence fee: Euro 5.00
Students: Euro 4.00
Groups of 6 and more can hirea tour
for 45 minutes, fee: Euro 10.00
The pic is taken from the webside.