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