While Ruedesheim is touristy it still has it’s flair and is worth a visit.
Unique Suggestions: Get away from the excess try Assmannshausen a short 3km train ride north/downstream or drive if you like. One can also take the cable car up from Ruedesheim, walk to see Germania/Niederwalddenkmal then take the cable car down to Assmannshausen and back. Or take the KD Rhein cruse back via Bingen. This can be done in either direction. All KD Line boats stop at both towns in both directions. Last year they were running a 10 Euro all inclusive special. Well worth the very pleasant trip. Assmannshausen a quaint village, definitely less touristy, still has great views, narrow streets, excellent food and all what the average tourist is looking for with much fewer or no American and Japanese tourists. Well worth a visit.
Fun Alternatives: Use Assmannshausen as your base and still make a visit to Ruedesheim.
This was the only bad experience during our three week stay in Germany, France and Austria. Our hotel, Zum Grunen Krantz was over booked, so we were shunted into a three bedroom apartment with no heat. It was mid-September and the temperatures were in the mid 40's (F). We complained the next morning and were assured we would have heat the that night. We didn't and on checking out we were told that the "enginereers" had to come and turn on the boilers. That would be at the end of the month. It strikes us strange that the Rhine season ends on October 1st, tourism must drop off to almost nothing. Why heat a hotel then? The one dinner that we had in an "quaint open air restaurant" was spare, cold and tough. Avoid them! The Drosselgasse is a narrow quarter mile long street with one tourist shop after another. The Glockenspeil was the only authentic attraction in the town. Use your valuable time elsewhere.
Unique Suggestions: If you wish to visit Rudesheim, stay across the river in Bingen and take the auto/passenger ferry across. They run about every 1/2 hour. There are excellent hotels, B&B's and restaurants in Bingen Or travel a little father north and stay in Bachrach. It's gotta be better than Rudesheim.
Fun Alternatives: If you are there to take a daily Rhine cruise to see the Castles on the Rhine you won't miss a thing if you stay in Bingen. The first stop, after leaving port (Rudesheim), is to cross the river to Bingen. If you stay and board in Bachrach you may miss one or two castles but Bachrach REALLY does have charm. Plus it is one of the oldest Roman ports AND a walled city. Can't get much older or charmier than that. (and prices are reasonable)
Drösselgasse is Rüdesheim's most famous street and by all means, see it, but don't linger. The restaurants here are not very authentic despite their ompah bands and you will be overcharged for average food. Probably a haven for pickpockets too.
Unique Suggestions: Beacuse it is so crowded, it is difficult even to take good photos but otherwise that can be nice as there are some nice details on house gables etc.
Fun Alternatives: Swing above the wineyards in a cable car.