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The Darling Storybook Town of Rüdesheim am Rhine



Along the picturesque, winding river of the Rhine, you’ll find the enjoyable historic town of Rüdesheim am Rhine surrounded by fields of vineyards, producing the region’s most famous wine, Riesling. This region of German has produced wine here since the time of the Romans, making this area one of the most breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Sites!

Rüdesheim am Rhine lies on the east bank of the Rhine River slightly before reaching the Loreley. Just a few kilometers past the town, the river was once so nu-navigable because of rapids and sandbanks that the goods on the ships were unloaded in Rüdesheim before being taken to Lorch and put back on to ships there. Because of this reason, Rüdesheim became a wealthy town.

Today, it is a popular tourist destination for those cruising down the river by boat, people biking or driving along the Rhine all looking to experience a time long gone.

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What can you do in this tiny cobbled-stoned town you might ask?

To begin, you can enjoy the region’s most famous wine, the Riesling at a Winegarten. This is certainly a garden I can wrap my head around! You’ll be hard pressed to find a biergarten in this town!


Love sending your friends and family postcards while traveling? Why not send it from this adorable little mail box!


Take a ride through the town and surrounding vineyards aboard the Winzerexpress, which has been an attraction in the town since 1978! All aboard!!!


Stroll up and down the most picturesque alley in all of Germany: Drosselgasse which is lined with bars, restaurants and wine taverns selling freshly pressed wine!


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Stop and enjoy a glass of Federweißer which is fresh wine which has been freshly fermented and can be a bit sparkling. Because of rapid fermentation, Federweißer can not be stored for long and should be consumed within a few days of purchase.


Enjoy one of the delicious looking Baumstreizels which is a doughy round piece of heaven, most commonly coated in cinnamon and sugar, but there is a flavor for everyone!


Check out the  old aristocratic residence of Brömser Hof which was built in 1542 which today houses the mechanical musical cabinet.


Also take a gander at the Winzerhof next to the Brömser Hof. (This is where the Christmas Market is located)


Take a ride up the Seilbahn in a cable car fit for 2, soaring above lush vineyards. (**TIP: don’t stand in the long line to buy tickets when there is a machine directly in front of the building!)


Learn some of Germany’s history by visiting the Niederwald Monument which is perched above the vineyards overlooking the town of Rüdesheim. The monument, a statue of Germania, symbolizes the unification of the German Empire and commemorates foundation of the German Empire after the Franco-Prussian War in 1871.


Enjoy the views from the top over the Rhine Valley which has been producing wine here for over 2,000 years.


Once you’re done visiting Rüdesheim hop in your car and drive few kilometers to visit the statue of the Loreley am Rhine which holds many legends and admire the endless amounts of castles located in this region.


Burg Rheinstein a few kilometers away

If you’re interested in visiting Germany and are looking for more information, I highly recommend using the DK Eyewitness Travel Guide or the Lonely Plant Travel Guide! Without these guides, I would be lost! These are my travel Bibles!

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you click on one and make a purchase, I might make a little extra spending money, at no extra cost to you. As always, all opinions are my own and these products/services have been found useful during our travels and come highly recommended to you from yours truly!

Other posts from the Rhine Valley:

The Loreley am Rhine

A Drive Along the Rhine River

The Delectable Town of Bacharach

Further Ahead & Worth The Visit:

Cochem & the Reichsburg Castle

Burg Eltz

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Author: California Globetrotter

At 14 I started traveling the world with my parents and was hooked! By 21 I was studying abroad in Heidelberg, Germany. By 26 I sold all of my belongings and bought a one way ticket to Germany to teach English. Little did I know, I'd meet the love of my life and end up traveling to the most romantic and idyllic towns in Europe and becoming a long-term expat in Bavaria! My name is Lorelei and I'm just your typical CaliGirl, Sunset Chaser, Fairytale Dreamer, Dress Lover, Traveloholic, Beer Drinker!

43 thoughts on “The Darling Storybook Town of Rüdesheim am Rhine

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  2. I always take new guests and visitors to Rüdesheim! It’s so close to Frankfurt that it’d be a shame if they missed out on this beautiful part of Germany. One of my favorite things to do there is hike up to the Niederwalddenkmal and then walk to nearby Assmannshausen.

  3. Reading this and seeing those whimsical photos was a pure DELIGHT! Thank you 🙂

  4. Oh wow!!! How have I never been here?!?!

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  7. Loved this post – it took me right back. We spent a week in this area quite a few years ago but I remember loving this place and that cable car ride was so much fun. Great memories.

  8. Looks absolutely gorgeous! It’s amazing how many beautiful towns there are along the Rhine. Always looking for places to visit for a trip to Germany and this definitely goes on the list. Love the look of the Brömser Hof, plus the castle. Nice one! #wkendtravelinspiration

  9. Ha,ha, did you know that the Baumstreizels are called Kürtőskalács in Romania (more precisely in Transylvania) and in Hungary? And they are the same identical thing. I bet you each of these countries brags it’s their own recipe.

  10. I am going to have to stop reading your posts! I get so depressed at the number of places that we have missed! We have been farther down the river at Sankt Goar and Bacharach, but missed this one! Beautiful! And I love your food and wine/beer photos.

  11. Such a gorgeous town! I’m adding to to my German pinterest board 🙂 Thank you for sharing #wkendtravelinspiration

  12. My mother loves receiving postcards, and one from this pretty little box in Rüdesheim am Rhine would make her happy.

  13. What a delightful town. Must add this place to my travel bucket list 🙂 #TheWeeklyPostcard

  14. Oh my it looks breathtaking! That mailbox is so adorable and the whole town looks like it comes out of a fairytale! Love it 🙂

  15. Another cute town! And I really wanna try that fresh wine. Also, it is so neat that you can ride a cable car over the vineyards. I pinned this for later so I can make sure I visit when I finally make it to the area! Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard

  16. This place looks gorgeous, so storybook – the Christmas Market must be out of this world

  17. When I do eventually visit Germany, I am using your blog series on the picturesque towns as a guide for my travels! Love this pretty little town.

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  19. Rudesheim is well worth a visit. We, too, used to take folks there when we lived closer. So cute!

  20. This is exactly what I think when I think of Germany, such a gorgeous town!!

  21. so charming! I had that cylinder like pastry in Prague but it was called Trdelnik;) I guess it’s pretty much the same, it looks so anyway:) #wanderfulwednesday

  22. You had me at Riesling but I’ll stay for the Baumstreizels too!! 😉

  23. It truly looks like a town straight from the story book, so charming and atmospheric. Beautiful photos! 🙂 xoxo, nano |

  24. This little town is so darling!! It the epitome of that I think about Germany hehe .. Seriously does look like a storybook town! And I LOVE Baumstreizels!! I had them when I went to Prague a few years back and am still dreaming about their warm doughy goodness! 😀

  25. Awww you make me miss Germany…. again! 😀 I didn’t know they had a cable car in Rüdesheim though, all the more reason to go!

  26. How beautiful and just so wonderfully picturesque! 🙂 Thanks for showing us around!

  27. Every time I read one of your posts it makes me want to be back in Germany. This an area of Germany that I didn’t visit when I studied abroad there, so I’d love to get back to explore it.

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