I have seen many lovely little German towns where the vineyards are right in the middle of the town or at the very least are in full view of the town centre. I really think that there is little that can enhance the beauty of a town or village better than a proliferation of healthy green vineyards.
This is the case in Ruedesheim. The vineyards give the town a striking rustic charm which blends in perfectly with historical buildings, great restaurants and shopping all beside the beautiful Rhine River.
My picture shows the vineyards that front on to the main thoroughfare through the town and if you look in the distance you will see Adlerturm which forms part of the old city wall.
BoosenburgCastle is believed to date back to around the 9th century. It is rather strange in appearance because it has a Romanesque Tower which is 38 meters high (the highest structure in Ruedesheim) but the rest of the building is in Baroque style. The building sits amongst the vineyards of Ruedesheim and it takes its name from Boos van Waldeck who bought it in 1474. His coat of arms still remains as the coat of arms today.
Unfortunately the castle is not open to the public as it is privately owned.
The Wine Museum is located in the ancient Broemserburg Castle. The castle is more than 1,000 years old, making it the oldest castle in the Rhine Gorge. It has housed Archbishops mainly since it was built in the 11th century. The tower was destroyed in the Thirty Years War of the 17th century and has been the target of many attacks in its lifetime. Today it is owned by the town of Ruedesheim.
The museum has over 2,000 exhibits of wine making and drinking paraphernalia on display.
65385 Rüdesheim am Rhein
Phone: 0 67 22 / 23 48
Possibly Ruedesheim's greatest claim to fame, the Drosselgasse is a wonderful little (and I mean little) street which was originally used as a pathway for the fishermen and other sailors on the Rhine to move between the river and their homes or other destinations in the area.
It is extremely popular as a tourist destination and the throngs can be seen there at any given time. I was lucky to call in at a time when there weren't as many people as I was expecting to find, but I could easily understand why this little shopping street is so very popular with visitors.
It is full of that wonderful charm that is exclusive to Germany.
Here you will find lots of great little shops selling clothes, bags, souvenirs and all manner and means of local craft. It is also chock full of great cafes, bars, beerhalls and the like. And the oom-pah-pah music in the street is a delight to hear.
We came across this Kloster by chance.
The Kloister had been used by Benedictine Sister's, then later as a residential home for the elderly.
In the beginning of the 1960’s they started to grow vineyard's and make wine. The last nuns left the cloister in 1991, so it was renovated and Nun's from the “Steyler Mission” moved into the cloister in 1993, offering cultural and mental activities as well as the possibility to accommodate in the cloister.
2004, and the last of the Nun's had left, and in 2006, it's door's were opened once again, this time as the Hotel Kloster Johannisberg, which also has a Restaurant.
I had a look at the prices to stay here, and thought they were reasonable. Single room's start from 49euros.
The best place for excellent panoramic view's of Rudesheim and area, is from the Niederwald Monument.
There is a big paved lookout infront of the monument, and viewing Telescope.
On a beautiful day like we enjoyed, the view would be hard to beat! We could see for mile's and mile's and had excellent views of Rudesheim and the River Rhine.
It really is a MUST DO, and for those that can't walk much, this is easy to reach!
The Niederwald Monument with its statue of "Germania" was built in the years from 1877 to 1883.
The monument was constructed to commemorate the foundation of the German Empire after the end of Franco-Prussian War. The first stone was laid on September 16, 1871, by Wilhelm I.
On completion of the Monument, it was estimated to cost one million gold marks.
Our view of the Monument was restricted, as it was being renovated, even so, it is a huge and impressive Monument!
There has always been an easy way to reach here, first, by rack Railway and nowday's, this has been replaced by the Gondola.
Hard for me to believe over 30 million people from all over the world have used the Gondola's since 1954.
I really think, if you enjoy nice scenery and incredible view's, then it's a MUST DO to take this Cable Car to the Niederwald Monument.
Finding the Cable Car station is quite easy, as it is located on the Oberstrasse, and has a Cable Car sitting out the front.
We bought our ticket's, and were soon on our way. The Cable Car's looked old, I don't know if they are, but they are open air, so on a cool day, you may need something warm to wear.
Open air has the advantage of being able to take good photo's, so much better than taking through glass!
The views were great on the way up. Some people were walking up through the vineyard's, I imagine that would be nice too!
FARES IN 2011....Adults...6.50 euro a round trip
Times vary, so please check the website
What I noticed about St. Jakobus Catholic Church, was its lovely Tower with an onion dome.
The Tower Chapel is the oldest part of the Church, dating to the 10th century, although St. James itself, is from the 12th century.
The 'Pigtail Helmut,' what I call the Onion Dome was added to the romanesque Church tower in 1766. The Church was expanded in the early 1900's, but was nearly completely destroyed during the War in 1944. It was rebuilt and concescrated in 1955.
There are some old piece's to see in the Church, like the Pieta [age unknown], The Virgin and the Child about 1330, Crucifixion scene from 1420 and copies of the frescoes from 1390.
CHURCH IS OPEN DAILY ..... 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m.
Parking available around the church using the parking meter, large parking lot at the Rheinhalle
The Oberstrasse is a very long road with lots of interesting shops and half-timbered house's.
I quite enjoyed walking along this street.
You must look up to see the old fashioned sign's, and I also saw some beautifully carved woodwork around the window frames.
There were wine cask's with nice carving's, and area's to sit under the Vine's, it was quite nice!
This street is also from where the Chairlift leaves from.
Have a look at the German toy's in the souvenir shop, something different to take home!
Plenty of places for eating and drinking and to enjoy people watching!
The Oberstrasse is the street you need to find to see the Foltermuseum where the story is told of Medival punishments in the Middle Ages.
BE AWARE -THIS IS THE NAME FOR THE TORTURE MUSEUM!
One of the many displays is about Witchcraft. It tell's of days of witch-hunts in the period of the 14th to the 16th centuries.
If church authorities believed some people were leading dubious live's, and this was backed up by the local population, a poor person, and often it was a Woman, was punished or even put to death for something minor like owning a Black Cat!
Pictures and other documents, background music, display's are over two floor's, most with English explanation's.
The Drosselgasse is the heart of Rüdesheim's old town.
It is narrow, and it is full of people!
I guess that is because of the live band's, brass bands, dance music, wine & beer that can be enjoyed in this street. For music lover's, I think you would find some music to suit your taste.
The music starts daily in April at approx. 7pm, and in May at 12 pm, November and during the Christmas market, the bands play every day from 7pm.
Really, this street didn't do much for me. It was crowded, and I had seen nicer elsewhere in Germany, it is just that this street, and this Town, has "the name!"
What we came to Rudesheim for, was to see Siegfried's Mechanical Museum.
NOW, THERE IS A CATCH TO THIS MUSEUM, ONE I DON'T LIKE!
When we arrived, there were three tour guide's sitting outside doing nothing.
On asking about the next tour, there was one in a half hour, but if the only people waiting for it, were the two of us, then the tour would not run!
There had to be a minimum of 4 people!
Obviously, this Museum DOES NOT NEED MONEY, otherwise Siegfried's would be happy to put a tour guide to work instead of sitting around doing nothing!
We wasted 20mins waiting, and in that time nobody else had come, so we decided to leave!
What a beautiful Tower at the Rudesheim Noble Courts! There are a series of Court's, among them are the Frankensteiner Hof, the Ritter’sche Hof, and the Bassenheimer Hof.
The most beautiful of all of the Ruedesheimer noble courts is the Broemserhof, built in 1542. The gothic chaple and the Hall of the Forebears, which is decorated with lordly frescoes is the best.
Today the building houses a Museum.
Another Tower in Rudesheim, is the 15th century gothic corner Tower, located in the Rheinstrasse by the River.
A part of the city fortification's, it's 20.5 m high, with a 5 m interior diameter, 1 m thick walls, four floors and an underground dungeon accessible only through a hole in the vaulted ceiling.
In winter, when the Rhine froze over, and was safe for crossing on foot, a basket with combustible material was put on the tower as a fire signal.
In the 19th century, when the Adlerturm housed an Inn called “Zum Adler” (In the Eagle), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany’s greatest poet and literary man, frequently stayed here during his Rüdesheim visits.
Today the Adlerturm is the property of a bank.