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Rüdesheim  (also spelled Rudesheim, Ruedesheim) is a city 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.
Rüdesheim and Assmannshausen is served by the Rechte Rheinstrecke train line between Bonn, near Cologne, and Wiesbaden, near 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.
The Rheinsteig walking trail passes through Rüdesheim.
Rüdesheim and Assmannshausen are small enough to cover on foot. While you can travel between the two by train, 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.
Drosselgasse is a very pretty (and very touristy) strip of restaurants in the heart of Rüdesheim.
Rüdesheim is the heart of the Rheingau wine region and is particularly famous for the Rheingauer Riesling white wine. Assmannshausen, on the other hand, is the only spot in the Rheingau that grows red wine, and its Assmannshäuser Spätburgunder, a Burgundy-type Pinot Noir, is very well regarded.