Rudesheim on the Rhine River

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Rudesheim Choo-Choo Train

Rudesheim Choo-Choo Train
Rudesheim (c) Linda Garrison

Small Town on the Rhine Gets Over Three Million Visitors Each Year

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.

The "choo-choo" train transports river cruise passengers from the river port to downtown Rudesheim, which is just a 10-minute walk away.

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View of Rudesheim from Cable Car Connecting Town to the Niederwald Monument

View of Rudesheim from the Cable Car that Connects Rudesheim to the Niederwald Monument
Rudesheim (c) Linda Garrison
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Rudesheim and the Rhine River

Rudesheim and the Rhine River
Rudesheim (c) Linda Garrison
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Niederwald Monument Cable Car

Niederwald Monument Cable Car
Rudesheim (c) Linda Garrison

The Niederwald Monument Cable Car connects the town of Rudesheim, Germany to the top of the hill where the monument is located.

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Rudesheim Vineyards

Rudesheim Vineyards
Rudesheim (c) Linda Garrison
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Trail from Rudesheim to the Niederwald Recreational Area

Trail from Rudesheim to the Niederwald Recreational Area
Rudesheim (c) Linda Garrison
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Niederwald-Denkmal - Germania Monument Overlooks Rudesheim, Germany

Niederwald-Denkmal - Germania Monument Overlooks Rudesheim, Germany
Rudesheim (c) Linda Garrison
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Niederwald Monument near Rudesheim, Germany

Niederwald Monument near Rudesheim, Germany
Rudesheim (c) Linda Garrison
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Rudesheim Street Scene

Rudesheim Street Scene
Rudesheim (c) Linda Garrison

One of the many narrow streets in Rudesheim, most of which are lined with cafes, taverns, restaurants, and tourist shops.

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Rudesheim - Statue on the Main Square

Rudesheim - Statue on the Main Square
Rudesheim (c) Linda Garrison

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.

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Rudesheim - Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum

Rudesheim - Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum
Rudesheim (c) Linda Garrison
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Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum Instrument in Rudesheim, Germany

Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum Instrument in Rudesheim, Germany
Rudesheim (c) Linda Garrison
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Rudesheim - Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum

Rudesheim - Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum
Rudesheim (c) Linda Garrison
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Rudesheim - Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum

Rudesheim - Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum
Rudesheim (c) Linda Garrison
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Rudesheim - Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum

Rudesheim - Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum
Rudesheim (c) Linda Garrison
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Church on Rudesheim Main Square

Church on Rudesheim Main Square
Rudesheim (c) Linda Garrison
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Rudesheim - Drosselgasse

Rudesheim - Drosselgasse
Rudesheim (c) Linda Garrison

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.

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Drinking Hot Rudesheim Coffee

Drinking Hot Rudesheim Coffee
Rudesheim (c) Linda Garrison

Rudesheim coffee is made with coffee and Asbach Uralt, a famous German brandy. It is topped with whipped cream.

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Rudesheim Choo-Choo Train

Rudesheim Choo-Choo Train
Rudesheim (c) Linda Garrison
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Rudesheim Park on the Rhine River

Rudesheim Park on the Rhine River
Rudesheim (c) Linda Garrison
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