Drosselgasse is just about 500 meters long and mostly not a lot wider than 5 meters.
Even the smallest spot is filled with restaurants, souvenir-shops, hotels and wine-cellars.
Almost everywhere you may hear live-music and prices are not really a bargain.
Most restaurants are prepared to serve several hundred of people at the same time, and I remember, when we came to Ruedesheim with M/S Britannia - a hotelship by KD - our passengers could book such an evening togeather with the tour to Niederwald Denkmal.
I personally would choose a smaller wine-cellar with a romantic athmoshpere FAR AWAY from Drosselgasse...
The watch on the Rhine
There roars a shout like thunder clap, as ratting sword or swirling wave:
The Rhine , the Rhine, to the German Rhine!
Who now will guard that mighty stream?
A hundred thousand hearts leap up,
the eyes of all begin to blaze,
Tis Germans, loyal, firm and strong, defending sacred border land.
With eyes raised high to heaven” meads, where hero forebears watch over them, each swears with rugged battle thirst:
oh Rhine! stay German as my breast!
While yet remains bright ardour's glow, and still strong hand to draw a sword,
or arm to wield a well aimed gun,
no friend will tread your sacred bank.
As oaths cry out and waves mount high, the flags stand lofty in the wind.
Along the Rhine, the German Rhine, we each and all do now stand watch.
Between two showers we went up by cable car to the Niederwald monument it is really impressive to see , I believe it is 17 metres high.
The view from the monument at Rüdesheim and the Rhine is wonderful. On a clear day you can see France and the black forest in Germany.
Tiny cable cars take you above the vineyards and up to the hill with the huge Germania monument. There is also a view of the Rhine back towards Rüdesheim and across to Bingen. Apart from that, an eagle display (yes, it's patriotic up here) and forest walks towards the quieter wine village of Assmanshausen.
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!
One of the first things that you will see as you walk from the train station to the center of town is the Broemser Castle that contains The Rheingau Wine Museum. It is well worth a visit both for the castle [one of the oldest in the Middle Rhine] and the information on the region's wine. There is a winebar inside also that is only open on Saturdays and Sundays from March to end of October!
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.
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.
Discover the Rhine on a scenic cruise. Float up over the vineyards in a cable car, they have just been renewed in 2005, or on a chair lift.
We went up by cable car and walked back through the vineyards. That is about a half hour walk, then you are back in the city, right beside the Drösselgasse.
Nice to know is that a Christmas shop is beside the entrance of the cable car.
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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!"