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Rüdesheim am Rhein [2] (also spelled Rudesheim, Ruedesheim) is a city in the Rheingau in Hesse, Germany, at the southern end of the Rhine Valley (Mittelrheintal), 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.

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By train[edit]

Rüdesheim and Assmannshausen is served by the Rechte Rheinstrecke train line between Neuwied, Koblenz 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 [3] fare region.

Dosselgasse in Rüdesheim

By boat[edit]

KD [4] and BR [5] boats cruising the Rhine also stop at both Assmannshausen and Rüdesheim.

By ferry[edit]

  • You can also hop on a ferry across the river to Bingen for 2 € per person and board there. Bingen – Rüdesheim

On foot[edit]

The Rheinsteig walking trail passes through Rüdesheim.

Get around[edit]

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.

Panorama Rüdesheim am Rhein from the ferry Bingen – Rüdesheim
Niederwalddenkmal: Allegory of Germania commemorates the Franco-Prussian War above Rüdesheim

See[edit][add listing]


  • Drosselgasse - heart of Rudesheim's old town
  • Brömserburg Castle
  • Boosenburg Castle
  • Ehrenfels ruined Castle (Burgruine Ehrenfels)
  • Niederwalddenkmal - Monument located in the Niederwald Landscape park from 1883
  • Saint James’s Parish Church (Pfarrkirche St. Jakobus) from the 15th century


  • Benedictine Abbey of St. Hildegard (Benediktinerinnenabtei St. Hildegard)
Assmannshausen in autumn


  • It is famed for its red wine made from Pinot noir (German: Spätburgunder).
  • Chairlift ascends the Jagdschloss Niederwald where a 30 min. hike leads to the Niederwalddenkmal.

On the island in the Rhine:

  • Mouse Tower (Binger Mäuseturm)

Near Eltville:

  • Eberbach Abbey (Kloster Eberbach) - the place where the the interior scenes of “The name of the Rose” were filmed here in 1985 / 1986


  • Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet (Siegfrieds Mechanisches Musikkabinett) – the first German museum for data-storage musical instruments. – Open: March - December daily 10 - 18. Adult: 6,50 €.
  • Mediaeval Torture Museum (Mittelalterliches Foltermuseum) – Open: daily from April to Oct. 10 - 18 h, Adults: 5,50 €.
  • Rheingauer Weinmuseum Brömserburg – 1,000-year winegrowing history in the old castle.
  • Asbach Distillery

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Eat[edit][add listing]

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

Drink[edit][add listing]

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.

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  • Alte Bauernschänke, Niederwaldstrasse 23, +49-6-72249990, [1]. Two old mansions converted into a hotel and run by a wine-growing family. Excellent food. About 500m from the Rhine. €82-115.  edit
  • 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.  edit


Get out[edit]

Middle Rhine Valley:


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