Rudesheim on the Rhine River

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    Rudesheim Choo-Choo Train

    Rudesheim Choo-Choo Train
    ••• Rudesheim, Germany - Rhine River Cruise Port of Call 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...MORE 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, Germany - Rhine River Cruise Port of Call 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
    ••• View of Rudesheim from the Cable Car Connecting the Town to Niederwald Park Rudesheim and the Rhine River. Rudesheim (c) Linda Garrison
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    Niederwald Monument Cable Car

    Niederwald Monument Cable Car
    ••• Rudesheim, Germany - Rhine River Cruise Port of Call 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, Germany - Rhine River Cruise Port of Call 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, Germany - Rhine River Cruise Port of Call 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, Germany - Rhine River Cruise Port of Call 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, Germany - Rhine River Cruise Port of Call Niederwald Monument near Rudesheim, Germany. Rudesheim (c) Linda Garrison
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    Rudesheim Street Scene

    Rudesheim Street Scene
    ••• Rudesheim, Germany - Rhine River Cruise Port of Call 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, Germany - Rhine River Cruise Port of Call 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, Germany - Rhine River Cruise Port of Call 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, Germany - Rhine River Cruise Port of Call Every one of these small animals moves and performs when this mechanical musical instrument is switched on at Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum in Rudesheim, Germany. Rudesheim (c) Linda Garrison
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    Rudesheim - Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum

    Rudesheim - Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum
    ••• Rudesheim, Germany - Rhine River Cruise Port of Call 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, Germany - Rhine River Cruise Port of Call One of the over 350 musical instruments at Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum in Rudesheim, Germany. Rudesheim (c) Linda Garrison
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    Rudesheim - Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum

    Rudesheim - Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum
    ••• Rudesheim, Germany - Rhine River Cruise Port of Call 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, Germany - Rhine River Cruise Port of Call Church on Rudesheim Main Square. Rudesheim (c) Linda Garrison
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    Rudesheim - Drosselgasse

    Rudesheim - Drosselgasse
    ••• Rudesheim, Germany - Rhine River Cruise Port of Call 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, Germany - Rhine River Cruise Port of Call 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, Germany - Rhine River Cruise Port of Call Rudesheim Choo-Choo Train. Rudesheim (c) Linda Garrison
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    Rudesheim Park on the Rhine River

    Rudesheim Park on the Rhine River
    ••• European River Cruise Ships Dock at this Park near Rudesheim Rudesheim Park on the Rhine River. Rudesheim (c) Linda Garrison