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Drossselgasse, Rudesheim, Germany

Rüdesheim is also called Rüdesheim am Rhein (on the Rhine).  It's a small town of about 10,000 people and is located at the southern end of the scenic Rhine Gorge.  The town was originally an important wine growing area, but the popularity of Rhine River cruising has made tourism the major economy of Rüdesheim in the summer.


Rüdesheim is located at the southern end of the scenic Rhine Gorge.  Average temperatures peak in July and August at 80 F (26 C), while lows are about 55 F (13 C).  By December and January average highs are 40 F (5 C) and average lows are just below freezing.  Precipitation is light throughout the year, but tends to spike in July.  August is the perfect time to visit Rüdesheim for weather, but spring and fall may be more enjoyable with reduced tourist volumes.


The nearest international airport to Rüdesheim is Frankfurt Airport (FRA), which is about 1.5 hours away by train.  Koblenz is an hour north by train and Mainz is about an hour east.  See our Rhine Gorge web page, for information about travelling the Upper Middle Rhine Valley from Rüdesheim.

Rheingauer Weinmuseum, Rudesheim, Germany

Rheingauer Weinmuseum

Attractions in Rüdesheim:

Things to see and do:

  • Wander the pedestrian-only Drosselgasse (Drossel Alley) and try one of the many restaurants and bars on this very short street.  It's the main attraction of river curise visitors.

  • Take the Chairlift (Sielbahn) to the Niederwald Monument (Niederwalddenkmal) for views over the Rhine.  The monument was built in the late 1800s to recognize the re-establishment of the German Empire.

  • Siegfried's Mechanical Instrument Museum (Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett) - one of the world’s biggest collections of self-playing mechanical musical instruments.  It's located in the Bromserhof, which is a 15th century building.

  • Boosenburg Castle was built in the 800s, but is not open to the public. Beside it are vineyards and the Wine Museum (Rheingauer Weinmuseum) at Brömserburg Castle.

Cable car to Niederwald Monument, Rudesheim, Germany

Cable car to the Niederwald Monument

  • St Jacob's Parish Church (Sankt Jacobus) and the Klunkhardshof, which is the oldest building in Rüdesheim.

  • The Evangelist Church tower.

  • Medieval Torture Museum (Mittelalterliches Folter Museum)

  • Adlerturm (the Eagle Tower) was part of the city fortification built in the 1400s.  Today it is a bank.

  • The Benedictine Abbey of St. Hildegard is located on the hillside above the town.

  • Take a Rhine Gorge day cruise to Koblenz with KD RhineThe Upper Middle Rhine is a classic area for river cruising.  See our web page on the Rhine Gorge for more information.

Rudesheimer Schloss, Drosselgasse, Rudesheim, Germany

Rudesheimer Schloss, Drosselgasse

Savor the Tastes of Rüdesheim:

Hotels in Rüdesheim

Hotel Listings for Rüdesheim

Frankfurt Airport - (FRA) - including a list of hotels with a shuttle.

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