Along the picturesque, winding river of the Rhine, just an hour from Frankfurt, you’ll find the enjoyable historic town of Rüdesheim am Rhine surrounded by fields of vineyards, producing the region’s most famous wine, Riesling. This region of German has produced wine here since the time of the Romans, making this area one of the most breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Sites!
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Rüdesheim am Rhine lies on the east bank of the Rhine River slightly before reaching the Loreley. Just a few kilometers past the town, the river was once so nu-navigable because of rapids and sandbanks that the goods on the ships were unloaded in Rüdesheim before being taken to Lorch and put back on to ships there. Because of this reason, Rüdesheim became a wealthy town.
Today, it is a popular tourist destination for those cruising down the river by boat, people biking or driving along the Rhine all looking to experience a time long gone.
What can you do in this tiny cobbled-stoned town you might ask?
To begin, you can enjoy the region’s most famous wine, the Riesling at a Winegarten. This is certainly a garden I can wrap my head around! You’ll be hard pressed to find a biergarten in this town!
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Take a ride through the town and surrounding vineyards aboard the Winzerexpress, which has been an attraction in the town since 1978! All aboard!!!
Stroll up and down the most picturesque alley in all of Germany: Drosselgasse which is lined with bars, restaurants and wine taverns selling freshly pressed wine! This is the most popular street in the town and for good reason: it’s incredibly picturesque.
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Stop and enjoy a glass of Federweißer which is fresh wine which has been freshly fermented and can be a bit sparkling. Because of rapid fermentation, Federweißer can not be stored for long and should be consumed within a few days of purchase. However, it typically comes out at the beginning of September and is only available for a few weeks. Get it while it’s fresh!
Enjoy one of the delicious looking Baumstreizels which is a doughy round piece of heaven, most commonly coated in cinnamon and sugar, but there is a flavor for everyone! These are typically found at Christmas markets as well as at many other festivals throughout Germany, the Czech Republic and more.
Check out the old aristocratic residence of Brömser Hof which was built in 1542 which today houses the mechanical musical cabinet. I seriously couldn’t get over how incredibly picturesque this historic house was, which even had a vintage car sitting in front of it.
Also take a gander at the Winzerhof next to the Brömser Hof. (This is where the Christmas Market is located)
Take a ride up the Seilbahn in a cable car fit for 2, soaring above lush vineyards. The journey takes between 5-10 minutes and each cable car is quaint and cozy enough for only two people. On this day, I had underestimated just how chilly it would be with cold air blowing at you. But the views over the surrounding valley were absolutely breathtaking!
**TIP: don’t stand in the long line to buy tickets when there is a machine directly in front of the building!
Learn some of Germany’s history by visiting the Niederwald Monument which is perched above the vineyards overlooking the town of Rüdesheim. The monument, a statue of Germania, symbolizes the unification of the German Empire and commemorates foundation of the German Empire after the Franco-Prussian War in 1871.
Enjoy the views from the top over the Rhine Valley which has been producing wine here for over 2,000 years. That’s a lot of wine when you think about it!
We walked around the small park and monument in about 30 minutes before catching the next cable car back down into town.
Once you’re done visiting Rüdesheim hop in your car and drive few kilometers to visit the statue of the Loreley am Rhine which holds many legends and admire the endless amounts of castles located in this region.
As we would be visiting both Rüdesheim am Rhine and Bacharach, we opted to stay in the middle of both at the cute little B&B Altes Rathaus ⭐⭐⭐ in Aßmannshausen. The hotel is actually an old city hall building directly located along the Rhine River!
If you’re interested in visiting Germany and are looking for more information, I highly recommend using the DK Eyewitness Travel Guide or the Lonely Plant Travel Guide! Without these guides, I would be lost! These are my travel Bibles!
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