Rüdesheim am Rhein (also spelled Rudesheim, Ruedesheim) is a city in the Rheingau in Hesse, Germany, at the southern end of the Rhine Valley, across the river from Bingen. The town incorporates the village of Assmannshausen, also on the Rhine but on the other side of a bend in the river, and is also known as Rüdesheim am Rhein to distinguish it from the smaller nearby town of Rüdesheim an der Nahe.
The actual Rüdesheim is a small picturesque place at the Rhine, one very typical example of Rheinromantik that attracts a lot of tourists from Europe, North America and Asia. Uphill (go by car or ropeway) who will find the Niederwald monument and its surroundings. The monument is one of a select group of national monuments in Germany and a major attraction by itself. At the location you have a tremendous view over the Rhine, Rüdesheim and Bingen. You can combine the visit with a walk in the forest that includes an animal park and other smaller places to see.
Rüdesheim is served by the Rechte Rheinstrecke train line between Koblenz and Neuwied and Wiesbaden and Frankfurt. Trains are infrequent, with around one service per hour, but cheap towards Frankfurt/Wiesbaden/Mainz, as all towns lie in the RMV fare region.
Rüdesheim railway station
By carFrom Frankfurt the Autobahn A66 passes to the south of Wiesbaden via Eltville to Rüdesheim, where it links into federal highway B42. The B42 runs along the right bank of the Rhine from Koblenz to Wiesbaden via Rüdesheim. As you enter the town from the north, a railway level crossing ensures long traffic jams, particularly on weekends when the weather is fine.
From Bingen harbour you can take a car-ferry to Rüdesheim. Between Wiesbaden and Koblenz there are no bridges across the Rhine although there are a number of ferries.
By boatKD and BR boats cruising the Rhine stop at Rüdesheim.
Ferry Rüdesheim – Bingen - You can also hop on a ferry across the river to Bingen and board there.
On footThe Rheinsteig walking trail passes above Eibingen, Rüdesheim and through Assmannshausen.
You can travel to Assmannshausen by train or bus, or just walk along the Rhine (6-7 km), you can also take a cable car up to Niederwald and a chair lift back down to Assmannshausen.
- The cable car runs from late March to early November and during the run-up to Christmas over the vineyards to the Niederwald monument. Single: €5, Return: €7, Children 5-15 years: €2.50-3.50, including chairlift to Assmannshausen: €7, including return by boat: €13, including a tour on a larger boat and entrance to Rheinstein castle: €16.
- Bus number 171 runs every hour from Wiesbaden station via Geisenheim to Rüdesheim and continues twice daily as far as Assmannshausen via Lorchhausen. Bus 187 runs from Rüdesheim via Aulhausen to Assmannshausen. This route makes a rough round trip through Eibingen and Windeck. At the weekend you must call for buses roughly 90 minutes in advance, and sometimes even during the week (Tel: +49 1803 101 113).
Drosselgasseheart of Rüdesheim's old town
AdlerturmThis late Gothic corner tower was built in the 15th century as part of the old city wall. It is 20.5 m high and has an inner diameter of 5 m. The walls are 1 m thick. One of the four floors contains a dungeon which is only accessible through a hole in the vault. The tower used to stand directly on the Rhine. In the last century it was home to an inn called "Zum Adler", from which the tower took its name. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe lived here when he visited Rüdesheim, admiring the magnificent view of the river. Today the Adlerturm is owned by a bank.
Aristocratic residencesA series of beautiful aristocratic residences dating back to a variety of cultural eras can be found on Oberstraße: Frankensteiner Hof, Ritter‘scher Hof and Bassenheimer Hof. The street is also home to what is undoubtedly the most attractive of all of Rüdesheim’s aristocratic dwellings, the Brömserhof, which was built in 1542.
Brömserburg CastleThe archbishops of Mainz owned the Brömserburg from the early 10th to the early 19th century. They transformed the original fortification into a residential castle in the 12th century. Previously, it was completely surrounded by water. Walls more than two meters thick, and vaulted ceilings with apexes one meter thick, resisted every attack. The Duke of Longville could destroy only the southeastern part of the castle. The clergy sold Brömserburg in 1803, and the castle passed through several hands until it was acquired by the town of Rüdesheim in 1941. Today the castle hosts the Rheingau Wine Museum, the oldest wine-related collection in the world. The castle garden contains old wine presses from different periods.
NiederwalddenkmalMonument located in the Niederwald Landscape park from 1883
Niederwald-TempelThe temple lies between the top station of the gondola lift and the Niederwald Monument, and offers views across the countryside. The Count of Ostein built it as an attraction in 1788. During the 19th century Romantic era the temple drew many artists, including famous composer Beethoven and the writers Goethe and Brentano. Allied bombers destroyed the temple in November 1944, but it was rebuilt and reopened in June 2006.
Saint James’s Parish Churchfrom the 15th century
address: In the Brömserhof, Oberstraße 29the first German museum for data-storage musical instruments
address: Oberstraße 49-51
address: Rheinstraße 2– 1,000-year winegrowing history in the old castle.
address: Taunusstraße 3Asbach Uralt brandy was originally distilled in the area.
- Drosselgasse is a very pretty (and very touristy) strip of restaurants and souvenir shops in the heart of Rüdesheim.
phone: +49 6722 4522address: Marktstraße 27Good Italian restaurant
Also try a Rüdesheimer Kaffee, a coffee with Asbach Uralt brandy, served flambéed.
address: Rheinstraße 10For the beer drinker
phone: +49 6722 2584address: Rheinstraße 10
phone: +49 6722 94250address: Oberstraße 39
phone: +49 6722 90580address: Zum Niederwald-Denkmal 1
phone: +49 67 22 30 16address: Rheinstraße 21
phone: +49 6722 91190address: Geisenheimer Str. 1
phone: +49 6722 90500address: Steingasse 10
phone: +49 6722 9140address: Rheinstraße 6
- Loreley, the famous rock of Loreley near St. Goarshausen, an hour by ferry down the Rhine.
- St. Goar – look to the Loreley
- Eltville am Rhein – Kurfürstliche Burg (Electoral castle)
- Eberbach Abbey (Kloster Eberbach) near Eltville
- Burg Rheinstein near Trechtingshausen