Rüdesheim am Rhein loves wine. It is said to be the home of the oldest Riesling in the world, and sits in the middle of some of the best wine growing territory in the country — the Rheingau. The summer wine festival, usually held in mid-May, is a real treat, and they also hold wine events in August and November.
Each year in the summer they elect a Wine Queen, offer special tours of breweries and home wine cruise down the Rhine River. Even if it isn’t summer, you will want to take advantage of the chance to cruise the river. The Rhine Gorge area is a UNESCO World Heritage site and you won’t want to miss it.
You also won’t want to miss seeing the Germania monument. It cost a million gold marks to build, which is a real bundle no matter what currency you use. Standing 38 meters high, the statue represents the unity of all Germans and was finished in 1883.
It is quite high up on its own, so you have the option of hiking to the monument or taking a gondola ride up to it. If you are sporty, go for the hike, but otherwise take the gondola. The views across the gorge and down the river are marvelous, and you will also get to appreciate the details of the monument from a distance as you approach.
Note carefully the position of the monument, as it faces off against France, the archenemy. Also a major wine-making rival, so Rüdesheim locals don’t waste any affection on the French. Don’t you dare order French wine when you are dining at one of the open air cafes! They might just throw you in the Medieval Torture Museum and make you part of the exhibits. ;-)
You can go voluntarily as well — the Museum is fascinating. Another good museum stop is the Brömserburg, the oldest castle on the Rhine. It dates back to the 10th century and is currently being used as a wine museum.
Another fascinating part of Rüdesheim am Rhein to explore is the infamous Drosselgasse. It’s a very narrow cobblestone lane filled with shops, wine bars and restaurants attracting visitor from all over the world. In the summertime there is live music everywhere, and you will find wandering down this 144 meter pathway to be a very pleasant way to experience German summer.