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Rüdesheim

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Assmannshausen in autumn

Rüdesheim [1] (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.

Get in

By train

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.

By ferry

KD [2] and BR [3] boats cruising the Rhine also stop at both Assmannshausen and Rüdesheim, and you can also hop on a ferry across the river to Bingen and board there.

On foot

The Rheinsteig walking trail passes through Rüdesheim.

Get around

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.

See

Niederwalddenkmal: Allegory of Germania commemorates the Franco-Prussian War above Rüdesheim
  • Brömserburg Castle
  • Niederwalddenkmal
  • Eberbach Abbey - the place where the the interior scenes of “The name of the Rose” were filmed here in 1985 / 1986

Do

Buy

Eat

Drosselgasse is a very pretty (and very touristy) strip of restaurants in the heart of Rüdesheim.

Drink

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.

Sleep

Rüdesheim

Assmannshausen

  • Alte Bauernschänke, Niederwaldstrasse 23, +49-6-72249990, [4]. Two old mansions converted into a hotel and run by a wine-growing family. Excellent food. About 500m from the Rhine. €82-115.
  • Rheinhotel Lamm, Rheinuferstraße 6. Three-star hotel on the Rhine, very close to train station. Modern, recently renovated rooms, friendly English-speaking staff. Note that only "Comfort" and above rooms actually have Rhine views, while the "Standard" rooms face the train line to the back and can be quite noisy; ask for a quiet room, and they'll bump you up if there's space. €70-90.

Contact

Get out

  • St. Goar and the famous rock of Loreley, an hour by ferry down the Rhine



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