Rüdesheim am Rhein Travel Guide

  • Rüdesheim am Rhein
    by balhannah
  • Rüdesheim am Rhein
    by balhannah
  • Rüdesheim am Rhein
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Rüdesheim am Rhein Highlights

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    shrimp56 says…

     Charming town, ruined castles, vineyards and forests! Plenty to see and do. 

  • Con
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     Crowded and touristy 

  • In a nutshell
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     Worth a stop for dinner at the least! 

Rüdesheim am Rhein Things to Do

  • The Vineyards

    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...

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  • Boosenburg Castle

    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...

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  • Rheingauer Weinmuseum

    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....

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  • Drosselgasse

    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...

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  • KLOSTER JOHANNISBERG

    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,...

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  • PANORAMIC VIEWS

    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...

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Rüdesheim am Rhein Restaurants

  • A really friendly reception

    There was I lugging my suitcase up the Drosselgasse and thank God there were no big crowds that day. Anyway I chose a restaurant to have my lunch and was met at the door by two extremely friendly waitresses who took my suitcase and showed me to a table. It was a typically German restaurant which had all the old world ambience that one hopes to find...

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  • A German meal at last!

    Although all our meals were included in the price of our cruise (and were very good), on our second evening in Rüdesheim we went into the town to have dinner with a friend who was in the area at the same time. We chose a restaurant pretty much at random – it had tables outside, a menu with some typical German dishes (we had been eating French and...

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  • Oompah on live

    Traditional multilevel terrace, serving traditional German pork, beer and oompah music.Big dancing floor, with lot of drunken German pensioners. Sercive is not the fastest and you should be careful when synchronising the orders with food and drink. Jolly Good experience. "People who eat bratwurst and sauberkraut cannot be evil", the old saying...

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Rüdesheim am Rhein Nightlife

  • Beside the Rhine

    Near where the cruise ships moor in Rüdesheim is a small park, and we spotted a few wooden kiosks set up there which seemed to be serving food and drink. When we went to investigate after dinner one evening we saw that one sold local wines. Tables and chairs were set up under the trees and it seemed a popular spot with both locals and visitors. We...

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  • Party on Drosselgasse

    We didn't see it but apparently the party spills out onto the street in season with people enjoying dancing to the music provided by some of the street's establishments! None that I can discern!

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  • Drosselgasse

    Drosselgasse - the heart of Rüdesheim's night life. This narrow alley is full with restaurants and wine shops. It's packed with people all day long until very late at night (as I could hear for myselft, my hotel room window being right in the alley...)

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Rüdesheim am Rhein Transportation

  • Rhine cruise

    A fantastic day trip is to take the boat from Rudesheim to Koblenz and admiring all the castle's along the way. The commentary gives you a lot of information about the sites along the way and it really is a great way to get to know the area from the river's edge.

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  • Taking the train

    We left by train. Make sure that you book before hand, as there were some people on the station that could not take the same train that we took and had to wait for the next one.

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  • Winzer - Express (mini train)

    We decided to take the small road-train in order to go through the small streets, that are off-limit for cars, and because it took us up the mountain through the vinyards to the Niederwald Denkmal.

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Rüdesheim am Rhein Shopping

  • Stuffed traditionally dressed dolls

    If you have grand children and are of German decent, but not living there, then this is the ideal gift for your grand daughter back at home.

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  • Kathe Wohlfahrt

    Not sure where to classify this store that mostly sells Xmas decor especially the little wooden men. I know they have a nme, but cannot remember it for the life of me

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  • Wine

    This is one of Germany's main wine areas, you will find wine shops and wineries all around town where you can taste and buy the local wine.

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Rüdesheim am Rhein Local Customs

  • LETTER BOXES

    I put this here, as I don't remember seeing Letter Boxes like these elsewhere.This beautiful Letter box looked quite old, very different to our bright Red one at home.So, if you wish to post a letter, look for a BLUE one as in my photo!

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  • Rüdesheimer Kaffee

    Many of the cafés and restaurants in Rüdesheim serve a local delicacy known as Rüdesheimer Kaffee. This is coffee served in a traditional china vessel (see photo), with flaming Asbach brandy poured into it and cream floated on the top. It is similar to an Irish coffee though for the latter you don’t flambé the alcohol before adding it to the...

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  • Typical architecture

    One of the things I really enjoyed here was studying, and photographing, all the different pictures and designs painted onto the half-timbered houses. While half-timbered buildings are not uncommon at home in England, the spaces between the timbers are usually left blank – a pristine white. Here many were decorated with swirls of leaves and vines,...

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Rüdesheim am Rhein Warnings and Dangers

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    The crossing is just to the left of the tower

    by toonsarah Updated Aug 1, 2010

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    This is the story of how we saved somebody from a nasty injury!

    A railway line runs close to the Rhine for much of its length, and in Rüdesheim it lies between the riverside street, the Rheinstrasse, and the river itself. Near the Adlerturm the road crosses the railway line at a level crossing. We were sitting on a nearby bench one evening, watching people (and trains – it’s a busy line) come and go. A couple came along on bicycles and rode across the crossing, but as they did so the man’s wheel caught in the railway track and he fell off. He wasn’t badly hurt, just a little shaken, so he got up almost immediately and wheeled his bike across the remaining tracks. Then it seemed to occur to him that the bike might have been damaged in the fall, so he stopped to check it over, but he did so before he was fully off the crossing. In fact he was just at the point where the gates come down to close it off to traffic whenever a train is approaching. As he stood there examining the bike the lights on the crossing began to flash and the warning bell sounded, but he was worried about his bike and oblivious to what was going on. We had to shout out several times before he looked up, saw the danger, and moved off – just seconds before the heavy metal gate slammed down on to the spot where he had been standing. Had he not moved he would surely have been knocked unconscious by the gate, or possibly even killed by such an impact to his head! We congratulated ourselves on having quite possibly saved a life – but he simply mounted his bike again and rode off along the river bank, still perhaps unaware how fortunate he had been.

    So watch out for the crossing, and for those gates, and if you’re cycling make sure you dismount and wheel your bike across.

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Rüdesheim am Rhein Tourist Traps

  • See Assmannshausen a reprieve from the...

    While Ruedesheim is touristy it still has it’s flair and is worth a visit. 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...

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  • Rudesheim am Rhine - ain't worth it!

    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...

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  • Touristy and overpriced

    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. Beacuse it is so crowded, it is difficult even to take good photos but otherwise that can be nice as...

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Rüdesheim am Rhein Off The Beaten Path

  • Nice small bar, Danish and English...

    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...

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  • Marksburg - 60km downstream

    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...

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  • Burg Lahneck

    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...

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Rüdesheim am Rhein Sports & Outdoors

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    Sail away!

    by shrimp56 Written Aug 21, 2005

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    While on our brief cruise of the Middle Rhine we saw two guys windsurfing -- it was lovely to watch! You can get more information at the tourist center or at your hotel. Actually I was surprised to see them as the Rhine is a busy area for ships.

    Equipment: wind surf/sailboard

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Rüdesheim am Rhein Favorites

  • Try the Car Ferry from Bingen it is...

    It is a nice experience, with good views, using a different mode of transportation. In Ruedesheim there is souvenir shopping City wide. But, for accommodations in a less touristy location, I prefer Assmannshausen 3KM down stream/north, 3 minutes by train.

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  • Must have for a Hotel

    Haven't stayed in one of the hotels, but it seams that a definately must have for all hotels in Ruedesheim is to have an Indoor Pool!It is proudly marked on the hotel signs! :-)

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  • Restaurants and shops

    Rudesheim, famous for its wine, is plenty of shops and restaurants. While I was walking for its streets, there were some moments that they remember me the streets of "Costa Brava". Not for the architecture but for the style of those restaurants and shops.

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THE NIEDERWALD MONUMENT
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CABLE CAR TO NIEDERWALD MONUMENT
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ST. JAKOBUS CHURCH
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BUILDING'S ALONG THE OBERSTRASSE
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MEDIEVAL TORTURE MUSEUM
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WALK THE DROSSELGASSE
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SIEGFRIED'S MECHANICAL MUSIC MUSEUM
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RUDESHEIM NOBLE COURT'S
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ALDERTURM / EAGLE TOWER
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BOOSENBURG CASTLE
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eagles, owls and other raptors
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Walk the Drosselgasse and travel through history
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Enjoy the vineyards in town!
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the "Drosselgasse" (throstle alley)
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A wonderful abbey
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Adlerturm
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St Jakobus Church
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The Drosselgasse
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Solter
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Exploring the little side streets
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Boosenburg Castle
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Bromserburg Castle and Rheingau Wine Museum
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Alderturm/Eagle Tower
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Visit the Drosselgasse
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St. Jakobus Catholic Parish Church
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Beer in a "special" glass
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The Market Square
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Adlerturm / the eagle's tower
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Ruedesheimer Schloss and the chimes
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Winzer - Express (mini train)
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Winzer - Express (mini train)
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Broemserhof & mechanical music-instruments
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The Niederwald monument / Niederwald Denkmal
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What else is there by Niederwald
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The vineyard look
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Taking the cable car to the top
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KD Lines day River cruises
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Sight seeing in the rain
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Enjoying the buildings
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Drosselgasse
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