Rüdesheim am Rhein
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Top 7 Things to Do Rüdesheim am Rhein

Located in the Rhine River gorge, Rüdesheim am Rhein is a picturesque German winemaking town, complete with narrow cobblestone alleys and timber-framed taverns. Here are the top 7 delights to discover for yourself.



Visit the impressive monument of Niederwalddenkmal and commemorate the foundation of a united Germany. Afterwards, take a stroll of the Rhine river, which is just next to the hill that hosts Niederwald.

Ehrenfels Castle

Ehrenfels Castle

Hike up to Ehrenfels Castle and take in the views from the top. The ruins date back to the thirteenth century.



Eibingen was not always a part of Rüdesheim am Rhein. Today, it houses relics collected by Hildegaard.

Eibingen Abbey

Eibingen Abbey

Run by nuns in Eibingen, you can visit the Abbey and stroll the beautiful grounds as you admire the 12th century home of Hildegard von Bingen.

Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett
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Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett

At Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett, musical instruments come to life all on their own... well, thanks to a little tech help. After you've serenaded yourself, roam the charming narrow streets of the village and enjoy a glass of local wine.

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Drosselgasse is a popular and bustling locale. Take a seat and enjoy the region's wine as you people watch in this scenic German neighborhood.

Rheingau Wine Museum

Rheingau Wine Museum

No visit to the Rhinelands would be complete without a little tour of its history. We recommend the wine museum, which gets to the good stuff right away. Learn about the region's wines!

Planning Your Rüdesheim am Rhein Visit

Seasonal attractions in Rüdesheim am Rhein

In early summertime, Rüdesheim am Rhein hosts a wine festival. Part of the festival includes a coronation of the wine Queen and her princesses. The spectacle is a part of local history and is best enjoyed with a glass of Rüdesheimer Riesling in hand.

Getting Around

Walk around to take in the historic sights and lush scenery. Alternatively, there are city trains that will make any commute quicker. Taxis available for hire can also serve your transportation needs while you stay in Rüdesheim am Rhein. Lastly, the most luxurious way to see the city has to be a boat cruise.

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    The best time to visit Rüdesheim am Rhein is the summer time. You'll be able to enjoy long days of sunshine along the Rhine river. The winters can be quite icy, and sipping Riesling is much more fun in the sun! Late May to early September are the warmest months in the year.

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What people are saying about Rüdesheim am Rhein

A whole day of no-stress and pleasant, historic views!

A very pleasant, no-stress day filled with historic views of picturesque towns, vineyards, and if you look closely, spots in the landscape that indicate fascinating stories in themselves. If you choose not to eat on the boat, there are plenty of opportunities to hop off into one of the postcard-looking but very real towns for a reasonably-priced lunch, then catch the next K-D cruise boat going the opposite direction. Be sure to bring a sweater or jacket because the weather along the Rhine changes quickly. If it rains, there are coverings on board where you can hide from the rain and still enjoy a historic, beautiful view. Wonderful for a much-needed slower-paced day. An excellent value for the money. Would also be easy for older travelers.

KD RhinePass - Rhine River Cruise Full-Day Pass Reviewed by Cynthia, 07/09/2017

Worthwhile experience, the best of the Rhine in a couple of days

Definitely a worthwhile trip, I took 2 days based out of Koblenz and took a train to a different starting point each day and covered a good range of towns in the process. Would have preferred to stay in one of the Rhine towns but carting luggage about would have been a pain & I didn't need to worry about luggage this way.

KD RhinePass - Rhine River Cruise Full-Day Pass Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/24/2017

A budget friendly amazing way to see the beauty of the middle Rhine!

Enjoyed this leisurly curise from Rudensheim to Koblenz which took approx. 4 hours. Castles, churches and quaint villages on either side with some information provided along the way. Food and drink can be purchased on board and lots of seating inside and out! Really enjoyed this way to travel!

KD RhinePass - Rhine River Cruise Full-Day Pass Reviewed by Kimberly, 08/25/2018

Lovely relaxing cruise with excellent views, highly recommend.

Very happy with KD Rhine Cruises. Boat was very clean, plenty of room, well set out & aOff on a welcome relief from the heat. The large viewing windows made it easy to see the spectacular views from anywhere inside. This is a must do, great value & fabulous way to spend an afternoon.

KD RhinePass - Rhine River Cruise Full-Day Pass Reviewed by Susanne, 08/04/2018

Very relaxing, beautiful scenery, lovely boat

We had no problems using printed tickets. The facilities on board was great. Took the upstream cruise and this was a wonderful day trip. Used the boat to travel from one city to the next

KD RhinePass - Rhine River Cruise Full-Day Pass Reviewed by Charmaine, 07/16/2017