-By Vivi Morgado
#1 Language: English 🇺🇸
Rüdesheim am Rhein is one of our favorite cute little towns in Germany! Rüdesheim is located at the Rhein Valley and it has all of the charms of a small community between a scenic river and a mountain. But I hope you don´t mistake small for boring: there´s plenty to do here if you like history, shopping, hiking or wine tasting!
The riverfront street, full of shops, restaurants and hotels
The Rhine Valley is a worldly famous region for quality wines like Rieslings, Kerner and Spätburgunder. The town has more wineries than you can try in a weekend (around 20) and they all offer something very appealing: some have a charming rustic wooden atmosphere, while others offer beautiful views to the Rhine River. You can also choose to take a wine tasting cruise at the docks or a vineyard tour. Make sure to visit Rüdesheim´s tourist information center to check your daily options since there are always festivals happening in this lively town, especially during spring and summer time.
If wine isn´t your thing, I bet you can still enjoy Rüdesheim´s landscape with beautiful vineyards. You can go on a family hike through the lands in or nearby the town. One of the trails will even reward you with a castle, Ehrenfels!
Ehrenfels castle had strategic territory importance during the Middle Ages, also serving as a toll station together with the Mouse Tower, which is located in a small island in front of the castle. Ehrenfels is only reached by trail, but the inside part is unfortunately closed for public visitation. Still, the view from the top is beautiful and worth the sweat!
If you´d rather have a lazier day, you can just take the cable car up the hill straight to Niederwald forest for €8 (return ticket). The ride is definitely a highlight since you can just sit back and enjoy a smooth tour through vineyards with views to the glimmering Rhein. I could never get tired of this sight!
At the top, there are options for everybody. If you are hungry, you can have a meal at Das Rebenhaus restaurant or at the visitor center. Another opportunity is to use one of the many picnic areas provided, where you can have a tranquil bite and maybe even taste the wine you just bought in town 😉 You can also walk around the forest, since there are many hiking trails with awesome viewpoints. It´s hard to believe, but there´s even a zoo there! Still, one of my favorite things to do is to hang around the Niederwalddenkmal, which is a historic monument with amazing views of the Rhine Valley.
The construction of the monument started in 1871 and took 12 years to be completed. It was built to celebrate the foundation of the German Empire after the Franco-Prussian war. On top of the memorial you can see Germania, this woman figure who is the personification of Germany. While the monument measures 38 meters high in total, Germania alone measures 12 meters high. Talk about a powerful lady! All the other figures depicted here are a representation of actual people that played an important role in the unification of Germany. This is where I always lose track of time admiring the view….
Once you have seen the town from above, it´s time to explore Rüdesheim´s center! It is filled with charming traditional German architecture and small alleys, which makes it perfect for an aimless stroll. You cannot miss the famous Drosselgasse, a long narrow cobblestone pedestrian street with an endless choice of wine taverns, wine gardens, bakeries, restaurants and shops. Don´t be surprised if some corners of this street look familiar: some buildings look like they came straight from a Harry Potter book!
Though there are many awesome choices for German food and drinks at Drosselgasse, the Art Café & wine bar is our favorite. Every time we come to Rüdesheim, we have to go there. First, the service and the ambiance is great. Second: we love the chimney cake or, in German, Baumstriezel.
The Baumstriezel is originally from Hungary, but you can find it in many places in Germany especially during Christmas time. They are made with sweet dough wrapped around a thick stick and topped with sugar. During the baking process, the sugar caramelizes creating this crispy crust with golden brown color. Other variations can be topped with chocolate, cinnamon, coconut and so on. The dessert arrives still warm at your table, which makes it even better. The Baumstriezel tastes delicious like a sweet fluffy bread. Damn, I feel like having one right now….
If you are feeling adventurous and don´t have to drive, you can try the Rüdesheimer coffee or the hot chocolate, which is the standard beverage flambéed with A LOT of the local brandy, Asbach Uralt. Did I mention A LOT of brandy? Yeah, it´s always good to make it clear! I have to say, this is not one my favorite beverages because I do think it´s too alcoholic. Every time I order it I ask myself “why did I do this again?”. Towards the end it gets a lot better but I think that´s just the brandy playing tricks in my mind, lol. What I do like about the Rüdesheimer hot chocolate is that it always comes in a cute mug specially made for this drink.
A big variety of wines, coffee and hot chocolate with brandy….Yes, this city makes it pretty easy for you to get tipsy. But at least at the Wine Museum you can combine a glass of wine with knowledge. The Brömserburg is a castle that has been housing the Rheingauer Wine Museum since 1950. This is an UNESCO Heritage site where you can do wine tasting tours and learn about 1000 years of wine History.
Rüdesheim also has a few other museums like the Middle Ages´ Torture Museum, the Toy Museum and, my ultimate favorite, the Siegfried´s Mechanical Music Cabinet. The Siegfried´s Mechanical Music Cabinet displays a beautiful collection of music instruments from 3 different centuries, encompassing small music boxes and large musical cabinets. The guide takes you around the museum highlighting the history of the most important instruments and giving you enough time to hear their music. It´s a magical experience that fits this charming city so well. Just don´t forget to book it ahead since during peak seasons, like summer, the museum is often sold out, and visits here can only be done with a guided tour by the institut.
You might want to finish your day off with a nice German meal. This won´t be difficult, because there are good choices of restaurants everywhere in Rüdesheim, so it´s hard to go wrong. But, if you want a tip, one of our favorite restaurants is the one at Park Hotel. They serve a delicious schnitzel with mushroom sauce!
For desert, you should definitely try the Kaiserschmann, a super yummy sweet dough with vanilla sauce. As a plus, you get a front view to the Rhein river there!
I hope this article got you guys all excited about experiencing Rüdesheim! You can also watch our video below if you want a more colorful summary of this charming place!
#2 Language: Portuguese 🇧🇷
Rüdesheim am Rhein – uma cidade encantadora junto ao Rio Reno
Rüdesheim am Rhein é uma das nossas cidadezinhas favoritas na Alemanha! Rüdesheim está localizada no Vale do Reno e tem todos os encantos de uma pequena comunidade entre um rio cênico e uma montanha. Mas não confunda pequena com chata: há muito o que se fazer aqui se você gosta de história, compras, caminhadas ou degustação de vinhos!
O Vale do Reno é uma região mundialmente famosa por vinhos de qualidade como Rieslings, Kerner e Spätburgunder. A cidade tem mais vinícolas do que você pode experimentar em um fim de semana (cerca de 20) e todas elas oferecem algo atraente para os visitantes: algumas têm uma atmosfera rústica encantadora com decoração em madeira, enquanto outras oferecem belas vistas para o Rio Reno. Você também pode ir até as docas para fazer um cruzeiro de degustação de vinhos, ou agendar um tour pelas vinícolas no Centro de Informações Turísticas. Não deixe de visitar esse centro para verificar suas opções do dia, pois há sempre festivais acontecendo nesta cidade animada, especialmente durante a primavera e o verão.
Se vinho não é a sua (acontece! rs), você ainda pode apreciar a paisagem de Rüdesheim com seus belos vinhedos. É legal fazer uma caminhada em família pelos campos da cidade ou nas proximidades. Inclusive, uma das trilhas te recompensará com um castelo, o Ehrenfels!
O castelo de Ehrenfels teve importância estratégica nesse território durante a Idade Média, servindo também como estação de pedágio, juntamente com a Torre do Rato (Mouse Tower), localizada em uma pequena ilha em frente ao castelo. O Ehrenfels só pode ser alcançado por trilha, mas infelizmente a parte interna está fechada para visitação pública. Ainda assim, a vista do topo é linda e vale o suor!
Se preferir ter um dia mais preguiçoso (adoro!), você pode simplesmente pegar o teleférico (€8 no total, com subida e descida) para subir a colina até a floresta de Niederwald. O passeio é tranquilo e uma delícia! É só sentar e desfrutar dos vinhedos passando abaixo com vista para o Rhein …. É daquelas cenas que a gente não se cansa!