Charming town, ruined castles, vineyards and forests! Plenty to see and do.
Crowded and touristy
Worth a stop for dinner at the least!
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...more
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...more
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....more
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...more
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,...more
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...more
Oberstrasse 39-41, Rudesheim am Rhein, Hesse, 65385, Germany
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Geisenheimerstrasse 1, Rudesheim am Rhein, Hesse, 65385, Germany
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Schmidtstrasse 31, Rudesheim am Rhein, Hesse, 65385, Germany
Good for: Business
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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