The Top 10 Things To See And Do In Rüdesheim Am Rhein, Germany
Rüdesheim am Rhein is one of Germany’s most prolific and scenic wine regions. It offers beautiful hikes through its mountains and prime views over the dazzling Rhine river valley. Next to its extensive vineyards, the city’s rich cultural and historic background make it one of the most intriguing places to visit in the country. We have compiled a list of the best sights and activities to pursue at your leisure on your next trip.
Niederwald Monument | © Moguntiner/WikiCommons
The Niederwald monument can be found in the Niederwald park, overlooking the scenic Rhine valley. The park is well worth the visit for its dazzling views alone. The monument was created between 1870 and 1880 as a commemoration of the historic unification of the German Empire after the Franco-Prussian war came to an end. The central part of the Niederwalddenkmal depicts the figures of Germania and William I. With its location on the edge of the forest and with scenic vineyards to its southern and western sides, a walk up to the historic monument will make visitors discover a fantastic panorama.
At the heart of Rüdesheim’s old town visitors can find the charming Drosselgasse, a cobbled street filled with historic buildings, restaurants, bars and shops. The Drosselgasse attracts more than three million visitors on a yearly basis due to its authentic and magical atmosphere. At 144 meters in length, the street is lined with some of the city’s best entertainment venues where you can enjoy regional dishes and wines as well as energetic live bands. From local to brass music and current charts, visitors are sure to find something for every taste to dance the night away and immerse themselves into German Rhine culture.
Drosselgasse, 65385 Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany
The historic Brömserburg Castle is not only one of the oldest castles in the Middle Rhine region, dating back to over a thousand years, but it also houses an excellent wine museum. It was originally built as a waster castle for the archbishops of Mainz and was the home of many knight dynasties until it was converted into a museum in 1941. Over 2000 exhibits provide a deep insight into the regional wine production from Antiquity to Modernity. Both wine enthusiasts and non-expert visitors will enjoy learning about the historical and cultural development of the region in their visit to the Brömserburg Castle.
Brömserburg Castle | © DXR/WikiCommons
The Abbey of St. Hildegard is located on a hill above Rüdesheim and offers a magnificent view over the Middle Rhine Valley. Set amidst scenic vineyards, the Abbey is home to a community of nuns which continue to live in accordance with the rules of Saint Benedict, dedicating themselves to prayer and work. The monastery was built at the beginning of the 20th century in a Romanesque style, and it displays beautiful frescoes and architectural masterpieces. Visitors can wander around the religious halls or explore the abbey’s shop featuring original artworks, books and a selection of wines from the nun’s own production. Additionally, the monastery café provides quality refreshment and nourishment on the weekends.
Benedictine Abbey of St. Hildegard | © DXR/WikiCommons
Located behind the bustling market square lies the Klunkardshof, one of the most important historic relics in the city. The two storey, half timbered building dates back to the early 16th century and was once owned by the respectable Klunkhard family. One of Rüdesheim’s oldest buildings, it was restored back to its original splendor in 1912. The building is a prime example of German medieval architecture and it allows visitors to gain an authentic insight into the historic development of the city.
Located in close proximity to Rüdesheim are several noteworthy castles which are best explored through a river cruise. According to the UNESCO World Heritage Site the Middle Rhine Valley offers one of the largest concentrations of historic castles of any river regions. Sights include the dazzling Castle Rheinstein and Reichstein as well as the ruins of Ehrenfels, Castle Klopp and the Mouse Tower. Ticket prices are reasonable and include round trips starting from Rüdesheim or other nearby cities. Spend a relaxed day aboard the cruise ships while taking in the magnificent views over the Rhine valley and learning about the historic development of one of Germany’s most beautiful regions.
Cruise Ship | © Rolf Heinrich/WikiCommons
If you want to focus on taking in the scenic views over the Rhine valley without taking straining walks up the hills, Rüdesheim’s Cable Car transports visitors all the way to the Germania monument. The views from the heights of the cable car offer an impressive panorama over the vineyards and the shimmering waters of the Rhine river. Additionally, visitors can enjoy a chairlift up the Niederwald Castle in the nearby Assmannshausen, a romantic village well worth a visit.
Cable Car | © Uniesert/WikiCommons
At Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet visitors can enjoy one of the most extensive collections of self-playing instruments in the world. Located close to the scenic Drosselgasse, the enchanting museum features a range of exhibits from fragile music boxes to the gigantic piano-orchestrion. Highlights include a snuff box with a musical songbird dating back to the early 19th century, Bernhard Dufner’s band of 27 automatic dolls, and the incredible mechanical violins. Feel like a child again among the wondrous, automated dolls and their musical genius in this quirky little museum, which could be considered as one of the most unique in Europe.
Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet | © nikoretro/Flickr
Situated in the heart of Rüdesheim’s old town and close to the famous Drosselgasse lies Breuer’s Rüdesheimer Schloss, a four star hotel offering outstanding cuisine and regional wines. The building was first constructed by the archbishop of Mainz in 1729 and it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. For more than 60 years the Breuer family has upheld the reputation of this venue and provided one of the best eating experiences in the city. In their cozy Weinstuben (a small German tavern), you can take your pick from quality drops sourced from the nearby vineyards and indulge in a hearty German meal. Breuer’s Ruedesheimer Schloss provides the perfect setting for the end of a day of sightseeing in the historic city.
Breuer’s Rüdesheimer Schloss | © Pedelecs/WikiCommons
It is a good idea to combine a hike through the scenic mountains with a visit to Rüdesheim’s eagle observatory, where you can observe the masters of the sky up close. This bird haven takes care of hurt and endangered birds with the aim of reintroducing them to the wild. More than 40 different bird species ranging from eagles to falcons, owls and vultures, can be inspected here. Guided tours offer further insight into the behavior of the majestic creatures. From the observatory, visitors can hike to the nearby castle ruin Rossel, the Johannisberg castle, and other historic monuments.
Am Niederwald-Denkmal, 65385 Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany, +49 6722 47339