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Charming town, ruined castles, vineyards and forests! Plenty to see and do.
Crowded and touristy
In a nutshell
Worth a stop for dinner at the least!
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.
Updated Aug 1, 2010