Rudesheim, Germany is one of the liveliest villages on the Rhine River. Its millions of visitors often arrive either on a river ship or on a driving tour of the German wine regions.
Filled with shops, cafes, restaurants, and taverns, Rudesheim is often a stopover for Rhine River cruises. Guests on the river ships ride a small choo-choo train into town, where they first have a 45-minute tour of Siegfried's Mechanical Music Musuem. Siegfried Wendel loved to collect and repair old musical instruments, and his collection of over 350 instruments is in a restored 14th century mansion.
After listening to a selection of these amazing instruments, river cruise guests next get to enjoy a traditional Rudesheim coffee, followed by free time in the town. If time allows, visitors might also want to ride the cable car to the Niederwald Germania Monument, which sits in a park high on a hill overlooking Rudesheim and the Rhine River.
If your ship is in Rudesheim overnight, you might want to stroll the town's busiest lane, the Drosselgasse, which is lined with taverns and filled with guaranteed German fun.
Other things to do in Rudesheim include a visit to the Rheingauer wine museum, tastings at some of the wine cellars, or hiking the trails surrounding the Niederwald park.
Rudesheim Choo-Choo Train
The "choo-choo" train transports river cruise passengers from the river port to downtown Rudesheim, which is just a 10-minute walk away.
Niederwald Monument Cable Car
The Niederwald Monument Cable Car connects the town of Rudesheim, Germany to the top of the hill where the monument is located.
Rudesheim Street Scene
One of the many narrow streets in Rudesheim, most of which are lined with cafes, taverns, restaurants, and tourist shops.
Rudesheim - Statue on the Main Square
This main square statue of a man toasting with a wine glass is very appropriate for Rudesheim, which is located in the German wine region.
Rudesheim - Drosselgasse
The Drosselgasse is the small town's busiest street, lined with bars, shops, and restaurants. It is quiet in the early morning, but very busy at night.
Drinking Hot Rudesheim Coffee
Rudesheim coffee is made with coffee and Asbach Uralt, a famous German brandy. It is topped with whipped cream.