Rüdesheim am Rhein is the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Swathes of vineyards dotted with slate outcrops form a fascinating cultivated landscape just waiting to be explored. This picturesque town is an ideal base from which to venture out into the romantic valley of the Rhine and the Rheingau countryside, where you‘ll discover a wealth of historical legacies packed into a relatively small area. The three lively cities of Frankfurt, Mainz and Wiesbaden are perfect for a shopping trip or a stroll and can be reached in under an hour.
There are so many ways to see the scenic landscape around Rüdesheim and Assmannshausen: an unforgettable riverboat cruise passing castles, palaces and medieval towns, leisurely walks through vineyards and forests, or a trip by cable car und chair lift to the Niederwald monument. A visit to Rüdesheim would not complete without stopping at the famous Drosselgasse, a popular rendezvous both for locals and for international guests. Its cosy courtyards offer live music and dancing every day from April to December.
The tradition of wine-making in Rüdesheim and Assmannshausen goes back thousands of years, so it‘s no surprise that the area has an excellent reputation for producing fine wines. Be sure to sample a glass of golden riesling from the Rüdesheim vineyards or a ruby red Höllenberg pinot noir from Assmannshausen. The town is also the home of the famous Asbach brandy, which is traditionally added to the local coffee speciality „Rüdesheimer Kaffee“. Food lovers can enjoy freshly prepared regional cuisine at excellent restaurants, cosy inns or seasonal wine rooms.
Today, mighty castles and grand stately homes bear witness to Rüdesheim‘s illustrious past, as does the imposing Niederwald monument towering high above the town. Rüdesheim‘s four museums offer a wealth of culture and entertainment, from self-playing musical instruments to the history of wine. At the abbey and parish church in Eibingen you can trace the history of Hildegard von Bingen, one of the most important women of the Middle Ages.
A highlight of any stay in Rüdesheim is the ride in a cable car up to the Germania monument. The awe-inspiring panoramic views over Rüdesheim’s oldtown and the shimmering waters of the Rhine dotted with green isles makethe smooth glide over the vineyards a very special experience. The station atthe base can be found in the pedestrianised area on Oberstrasse.
Rüdesheimer Seilbahn, Oberstraße 37, 65385 Rüdesheim am Rhein, Phone: +49(0)6722/2402, Fax: 3574, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.seilbahn-ruedesheim.de
Enjoy riding in a cable car to and from the Germania monument – by night. Visitors are guaranteed a magnificent experience on selected evenings throughout the summer up until 11pm (10pm in September).
Elvis Presley is shown on cable car number 76 during the film G.I. Blues, singing Pocketful of Rainbows
The monument was constructed to commemorate the foundation of the German Empire after the end of Franco-Prussian War. The first stone was laid on September 16, 1871, by Wilhelm I. The sculptor was Johannes Schilling, and the architect was Karl Weisbach. The total cost of the work is estimated at one million gold marks. It was inaugurated on September 28, 1883. The 38 metres (125 ft) tall monument represents the union of all Germans.
The central figure is the 10.5 metres (34 ft) tall Germania figure. In the sculptured impression, Germania holds the recovered crown of the emperor in the right hand and in the left the Imperial Sword. Beneath Germania is a large relief that shows emperor Wilhelm I riding a horse with nobility, the army commanders and soldiers. The relief has the Wacht am Rhein (Watch on the Rhine) lyrics engraved. On the left side of the monument is located the peace statue. The war statue is located on the right.
In the Christmas Market in Rüdesheim you will find one of the most beautiful cribs in Europe and each day there will be a visit from the Christkind in Oberstrasse at 18:00. For something different to do during this festive time, why not take a boat ride? or take a ride on the Rüdesheim cable car. There is plenty to do and see here in Rüdesheim. More than 20 nations from six continents bring and offer their goods, specials, customs and celebrations of the season.
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