Our first sight in Rudesheim was the Romanesque defensive tower of Boosenburg Castle.
The Castle is located on the edge of town, set in amongst the vineyard's. It is believed to date to the 9th century, and has a Tower 38 metre's high which dominate's the landscape.
Unfortunately, the Castle is privately owned and is not open to the public, so we had to enjoy it from the outside, which happened to be pretty nice!
- Historical Travel
- Castles and Palaces
eagles, owls and other raptors
is a raptor shelter/hospital for ill and wounded eagles and other raptors. It was founded in 1968 and shows a variety of up to 25 different raptors.
Ask for a feather at the entrance when leaving.
opening hours: 10 am - 5 pm (closed on rainy days)
open form mid March till end of October
entrance: 3,50 Euro
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Walk the Drosselgasse and travel through history
Drosselgasse will be full of tourists, but for some reason even on an August Saturday it was bearable. You will see restaurants and stores full of kitsch, but you are here for the old buildings and their varied decorative delights!
- Historical Travel
- Beer Tasting
Enjoy the vineyards in town!
The vineyards reach right into Rudesheim and provide encouragement for sampling the local wine. You also have a great view of them from the Seilbahn [see transportation tips for more information].
The wine produced is both red and white, both enjoying the terroir of the mineral rich soil.
- Wine Tasting
the "Drosselgasse" (throstle alley)
This little alley shall have already a worldwide fame as , how Ruedesheim tourist info says of it, the liveliest alley in the world! It is only a 144m long alley with restaurants and especially wine pubs on both sides of it. Once in this "Rhine" region of Germany one has to pass by Ruedesheim to have a look and enjoy a glass of wine here. The restaurants are open from noon to 4am.
A wonderful abbey
Usually people just go to the touristy parts of Ruedesheim - which is fun, but I think Abtei St. Hildegard is a must-see. It's a hike up there, since it's at the hilltop, but the walk to the abbey is wonderful and liberating. You go through the vineyards and once you are up there the view is amazing. The abbey itself is quite big with its souvenir shops, and their chapel is very elegant and beautiful. You should go visit!
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 Church
For me this was the highlight of our walk around Rüdesheim, and not simply because its cool interior offered respite from the heat wave outside. The church was built in the 12th century in fulfilment of a vow by one Engelhard Brömser, who was captured during the Third Crusade and promised to found a church in his home town if he managed to escape and return there, which he did.
Added to over the years, and especially in the early 18th century, on 25th November 1944 the church was almost totally destroyed by Allied bombs. But reconstruction started almost straight after the war, from 1946-56. What I really liked was the fact that this reconstruction is not a faithful copy of the original but a blend of ancient and new. The cool, stylish interior (stylish is an odd word to use for a religious building but so it seemed to me) is fairly minimalist but enlivened with abstract stained glass windows (photo 2), a striking pulpit and stark wrought iron Stations of the Cross. In a small chapel (on the left as you enter) are a small number of old tombs and carvings that were rescued from the bombing and preserved (see photo 4).
Back outside, make sure to check out the lovely carving of the Adoration of the Magi above the door (main photo) and the statue of St Jakobus (photo 3). A plaque on the wall gives the dates of the church’s destruction and reconstruction, and points out that the tower’s foundations are the original 12th century ones and that the west front also survived the bombing and dates from 1406.
This little street is perhaps the most famous sight in Rüdesheim. Its 144 metre length is lined with traditionally decorated buildings, almost all of which are either a bar or restaurant – or both. Most of them have live music, so the atmosphere is lively by day and night. Chris and I took a walk there during the day, but when we came to eat dinner in Rüdesheim on our second evening here we chose a restaurant on Oberstrasse rather than tackle the steep cobbled lane with mum in law’s wheelchair. But from what we saw prices for meals and drinks are comparable here with the rest of the touristy parts of town, so you shouldn’t fear being ripped off if you want to spend an evening out in its bars.
The name Drosselgasse means “Throssle” or “Thrush” Street. The street dates back to the 15th century, when it was built as a route for local boat owners to move equipment such as sails, oars, ropes and tools from their boats on the river to their homes in the town. It was largely destroyed by an Allied bombing raid in November 1944, but was rebuilt after the war in the 1950s, and has been a favourite spot for tourists ever since.
This defensive tower is in the immediate proximity of the Broemserburg.
It ws erected around the 9th century and is 38 m high. Attached to its 3m thick walls there was a castle-like residence.
The property is privately owned and not available for sight-seeing., but if you look through the wrought iron gates you can see the rose garden and lovely gardens.
Bromserburg Castle and Rheingau Wine Museum
The castle was built in 1000 and is located at Rudesheim directly on the river bank. It was originally built as a water castle for the Archbishops of Mainz, and was home to numerous knights and dynasties.
The name is due to the noble family "Bromser" from Rudesheim, who inhabited the castle from 1548 until the family died out in 1668.
Today the castle houses a wine and local history museum.
Guided tours and wine tasting on the terrace is very popular here.
March 1st - November 1st daily 9 am - 6 pm
Just across the railway lines on the banks of the Rhine (number 1 on the city tourist map) is the late Gothic Corner Tower (Eagle Tower, ), it is 20.5 m. high with a 5m diameter, 1m thick walls, four floors and a dungeon accesible only through a hole in the vaulted ceiling.
Joann Wolfgang von Goethe, a great German poet and literary gentleman, frequently stayed there during his visits to Rudesheim.
Today it is the property of a bank.
Visit the Drosselgasse
Everyone, and I mean everyone who visits Ruedesheim should walk along the Drosselgasse, the street famed for it's bars, taverns, and gift shops. Be prepared to be carried along this narrow street by the crowds, you will be side-stepping everyone as you walk up and down.
The street is 144.5 metres long.
In picture 2 you will see the street sign mounted on a wall.
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.
Beer in a "special" glass
Gentlemen - tickle your taste buds with a large beer in a glass like this.
For a smaller beer it is served in a boot glass. See second picture.
They also serve speciality coffee's in a china vase like vessel, the waitress will bring you the pot, will pour in a minature bottle of liquor, top it off with coffee from a pot, then on a saucer you will the largest amount of cream that she will place on the top. All done before your very eyes.
If you look on the left of picture 1 you will see the china vessel on the table in front of a lady.
Look for the International Cafe/pub and although expensive you will enjoy the atmosphere.
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