Justin and I spent his last weekend here in Rüdesheim, Germany. After spending almost three months here, he managed to see my family’s house and a little bit of Frankfurt during the last couple weeks. Although it was disappointing not to be able to show him more of Germany, it was so important to stay home during lockdown for everyone’s safety. We are so grateful for our health and our family’s health. We hope you all are staying safe and healthy during this strange time.
As lockdown restrictions started to ease up, Justin made several sweet attempts to arrange weekends away as a birthday surprise for me. Unfortunately, none of those came to fruition as many hotels decided to remain closed due to a lack of demand. Luckily, we were able to find a hotel in Rüdesheim that was opening the weekend before he left. We had an amazing last few days together enjoying some quality time and drinking lots of wine!
WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT
Rüdesheim am Rhein is one of Germany’s most bountiful and picturesque wine regions. With beautiful hikes through the mountains and stunning views over the Rhine River, this scenic little wine town offers numerous fun activities for you to enjoy on your visit. Its rich cultural and historical background and the extensive vineyards make it one of the most interesting places in Germany.
WHERE IS RÜDESHEIM AM RHEIN?
Rudesheim is approximately 50 - 60 kilometres west of Frankfurt. The quaint town lies at the foot of the Niederwald monument on the Rhine River’s right bank. The town belongs to the Frankfurt Rhine Main Region and is part of the Rheingau wine region.
WHERE TO STAY
Location: Steingasse 10, 65385 Rüdesheim am Rhein
Cost: Varies on room booking and current rates.
We booked our stay at Breuer’s Rüdesheimer Schloß, which is located directly on Drosselgasse. We can’t say enough good things about our stay at this top notch accommodation. From the minute we arrived to the minute we left, they treated us with five star service.
On arrival, we were presented with sparkling wine as a welcome drink. They even offered wine to my father and beverages for my little brothers even though they weren’t staying and were only dropping us off in town. While many people may not consider this to be a big deal, we feel that the attention to detail with little gestures such as this is the difference between a good business and an excellent one.
The hotel had a beautiful courtyard where you were able to enjoy traditional live music playing from lunchtime to well into the evening. Our stay was during their opening weekend after the covid lockdown and they didn’t miss a beat. We were slightly apprehensive as it was our first weekend travelling after lockdown but they made us feel safe and secure, adhering to strict guidelines while serving us.
We booked a double bed, standard room which was simple and clean. The only issue we had was the air conditioning unit, which didn’t work very well. It didn’t bother me, but Justin did get slightly warm at times. However we never complained to staff about it during our stay. Given the level of service we received with everything else, I’m sure if we had brought it to their attention, it would have been fixed in a timely manner.
Overall our stay here was great! From the location, to the room, to the service. We would give this place two big thumbs up! If you are planning a trip to Rüdesheim, consider a stay here. We promise you won’t be disappointed! (Check out our affiliate link with Agoda for booking)
HOW TO TRAVEL TO RÜDESHEIM
There are several options for travelling here. As we assume most people will likely come from the closest big city, our information listed will be arrangements from there. However, all the public transportation sites we list are resources you can use to arrange travel from other places. Germany’s public transport system is great so if you’re looking to keep costs low, public transport is a good option and won’t be an issue.
Approx Time: 50m - 1h
Distance: 63.6 km (suggested route)
If you choose to hire a car, once you’re on the road, the journey will be about an hour. The best route is via the A66 and B42. Below we have included the google maps route we suggest. Check it out for further detailed instructions.
Our preferred navigation system is google maps, it’s usually pretty reliable and accurate on its routes. We would suggest downloading the app for travel!
Approx Taxi Cost: 100,00 EUR - 130,00 EUR (an average taken from estimated fare sites)
If you decide you still want to travel by car but will just take a ride share or taxi, it will be relatively easy to hail one down from wherever you are in Frankfurt. Uber and other rideshare options have only recently opened again in Germany so you may find that there are no rideshare options available.
Approx Time: 55m - 1h 30m
Distance: 55 km
Cost: One Way - 7,30 EUR (Child), 12,50 EUR (Adult)
If you decide that you wish to travel by train, the easiest option would be to catch a train from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Rüdesheim (Rhein) Bf.
DO NOT try to buy tickets through RailEurope or any other reseller as they are overpriced and many times their information is out of date. When travelling, you should always aim to use the direct sites, even if it seems overwhelming with language barriers. You can use google translate or just wait until you arrive at the station and have a ticket agent help you with your travel fares.
From Frankfurt, rail services include the S-Bahn, regional trains and long distance trains. The S-Bahn and regional trains are operated by RMV while the latter is operated by DB (Deutsch Bahn).
As stated above for travel to Rüdesheim, the easiest option is to leave from the main station. Don’t worry about missing a train as there’s at least one train per hour, starting at 08:00 and ending around 22:00 with two trains running per hour in the afternoons (busy times).
COMING FROM THE AIRPORT?
Approx Time: 15m to Main Station
Cost: One Way - 2,95 EUR (Child) / 5,00 EUR (Adult)
If you are travelling from the airport (FRA) we suggest taking the train to the main station and going from there. Tickets can be purchased on arrival at the airport station.
For more information regarding time tables for all train routes and ticket purchases, head over to rmv.de. If you are travelling from another region in Germany head over to Deutsch Bahn’s website at bahn.de
OUR FAVOURITE RÜDESHEIM ADVENTURES
TAKE A CABLE CAR RIDE
Location: Oberstraße 37, 65385 Rudesheim am Rhein
Hours: 09:30 - 18:00 Daily (Monday - Sunday)
Cost: Return Trip - 4,50 EUR (Child)/ 9,00 EUR (Adult)
Enjoy the impressive views of the Rhine River and vineyards from new heights. Take a cable car ride up to the Niederwald monument. We had so much fun riding the cable car together while admiring the view, even if it was a little rainy! While there’s an option to walk and I would usually choose that option, we had limited time and the cable car is just a really fun experience to have together!
There is the option to do one way tickets so if we would have had more time, my preferred method would have been to walk one way and ride back the other. For more information on the cable car head over to seilbahn-ruedesheim.de
WINE TASTING AT VINOTHEK ALLENDORF
Location: Oberstraße 26, 65385 Rüdesheim am Rhein
Hours: 10:00 - 18:00 Daily (Monday - Sunday)
Cost: Free Wine Tasting. Wine bottle prices vary.
While there are ample opportunities for wine tastings, this had to be by far our favourite. Rest assured we did our due diligence and checked them out just for you guys, not because of the wine at all! Lol
This was our favourite for a variety of reasons. We found that Allendorf had such a great atmosphere. The shop and tasting room were beautifully decorated with lots of wine options from which to choose. But what really sold us was the service we experienced. The lady who did our tasting asked us questions to gauge our palettes and handpicked wines according to our tastes. She was not only informative and diligent in her serving capabilities but had a wonderful personality. We thoroughly enjoyed sipping on the different wines while engaging in some chit chat.
With Justin having an MBA and both of us being our own bosses, I’d say we both have a deep appreciation for recognising good business and rewarding those businesses, no matter how big or small. Needless to say, we bought quite a few bottles from Allendorf. If you make it to Rüdesheim, be sure to pop in to Allendorf. We are highly confident you won’t be disappointed with the wine or service!
TAKE A STROLL DOWN DROSSELGASSE
Location: Drosselgasse runs parallel to Steingasse & Perpendicular to Oberstraße
A trip to Rüdesheim isn’t complete without a stroll down this famous cobblestone street. Drosselgasse attracts over 3 million visitors yearly. It’s not hard to see why with the authentic and magical feel it gives off. Laced with restaurants, bars and shops, this picturesque street offers some of the city’s best entertainment venues. Enjoy regional dishes and wines along with live music. Immerse yourself into the German Rhine culture and party the night away!
Unfortunately, due to Covid, there wasn’t nearly as much of an atmosphere this time as there has been on other trips, but we still had a great time exploring the different bars and restaurants. Plus, our 5:00 AM wake up call for shots by ourselves on the traditional German street didn’t disappoint despite all the wine from the night before. Hopefully by the time you visit, things will be back in full swing so you can experience the full magic of the Drosselgasse!
INDULGE IN A SPECIALITY COFFEE AT CAFE ENGLE RÜDESHEIM
Location: Drosselgasse 1, 65385 Rüdesheim am Rhein
Hours: 10:00 - 18:00 Daily (Monday - Sunday)
Indulge in a Rüdesheimer Kaffee. This alcoholic coffee drink was invented in 1957 by German TV chef, Hans Karl Adam. The drink consists of Asbach Uralt brandy, sugar cubes, strong coffee, topped with sweetened vanilla whipped cream and garnished with chocolate flakes.
Usually after ordering it, the waiter will ask you if you have ever had the coffee before, but if they don’t be sure to tell them. That’s important because they will explain the process to you as they make it in front of you when they serve it. The brandy and sugar cubes are placed in a cup that is then flambeed until the sugar is melted. Sometimes you’re able to see the flame as they’re doing it! The coffee and garnishes are then added.
You can find it in just about any restaurant in Rüdesheim. We had several of these delicious coffees during our stay. While the coffee was amazing at all the places we went to,we just loved the atmosphere at Cafe Engle, which is also located on the Drosselgasse so we were able to enjoy the view of the street while sipping our delicious coffee. It’s one of the truly unique things about Rüdesheim and should definitely be towards the top of your list.
TRY ICE WINE
Location: Various Wine Shops on Obesraße and Drosselgasse
Cost: Free Wine Tasting. Price Varies, but generally bottles start at 50 EUR
For those of you who have a little bit of a sweet tooth like me, give ice wine a taste. You will be treated to several varieties of ice wines and given an overview on the production process.
We really enjoyed tasting the different types and learning more about how ice wine is made. We were informed that the weather has to get below a certain temperature so that the grapes can be left on the vine until the water freezes in the grapes. The frozen grapes are then picked and pressed. The juice squeezed from the grapes is very high in sugar which is then made into ice wine. This is how the wine acquires certain taste characteristics that make it so luscious and sweet.
There are plenty of wine shops that offer the ice wine tastings. The shop we went to was between Spezialitätenshop Rüdesheim am Rhein and Peter Rehwald Präsente. Unfortunately, I lost their business card and it’s not listed on google maps, but you can see the building outlined on google maps between these two stores. The Oberstraße is quite small and it should be relatively easy to find if you’re wanting to go to the one we went to!
LATE NIGHT DRINKS AT HAJO’S GERMANIA LODGE & IRISH PUB
Location: Rheinstraße 10, 65385 Rüdesheim am Rhein
Pub Hours: 11:00 - 2:00
After spending an evening indulging in wine and traditional German dishes while dancing the night away, head over to the Irish Pub for some late night drinks and more live music. Although I may be a little biased as my family is Irish, I always find Irish pubs to be lively, upbeat and typically one of the last places to close. When we are looking for a last drink call to cap off the night, we usually end up at a Irish Pub. Check this pub out if you’re looking for a late night drink.
SNAP SOME SHOTS AT BRÖMSERHOF
Location: Oberstraße 29, 65385 Rüdesheim am Rhein
Hours: All Hours
One of the most iconic buildings in the town has to be Brömserhof. Located on Oberstrasse with several other aristocratic residences, Bromserhof is undoubtedly the most attractive of them all. Built in 1542, the Brömer’s family residence features a gothic chapel and a hallway with magnificent frescoes, both of which are still just as impressive today.
Museum Hours : 11:00 - 17:00 (Thursday - Sunday)
Cost: 8 EUR/ per Adult, 4 EUR/ per Child or student
This beautiful building now houses a museum dedicated to mechanical musical instruments called Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet. While we chose not to spend our time looking around the museum, it does offer an extensive collection of self-playing instruments.
CRUISE ON THE RHINE
Location: Rüdesheim Stop departs from Dock 8 or 10
Hours: Morning. Afternoon and evening options available
Cost: Average 10 EUR - 20 EUR base in Tour/ Cruise
The Middle Rhine Valley has the largest concentrations of historic castles of any German river region. There are several of these noteworthy castles in close proximity to Rüdesheim. Spend an afternoon cruising down the Rhine taking in the stunning views of the scenic valley while learning about the historic developments of this beautiful German region.
River cruise prices are super reasonable and include round trip tickets with cruises starting in Rüdesheim. Check out ticket prices and more info at bingen-ruedesheimer.de
HAVE A ROMANTIC DINNER AT BREUER’S RÜDESHEIMER SCHLOSS
Location: Steingasse 10, 65385 Rüdesheim am Rhein
Hours: 11:00 - 21:00 (Sunday - Thursday) 11:00 - 23:00 (Friday & Saturday)
Cost: Average Price Range $$ - $$$
If you’re looking for some romance or just a delicious meal with traditional live music and a great atmosphere, then head to Breuer’s Rüdesheimer Schloß for a meal. This quaint hotel and restaurant is located directly in the middle of the famous Drosselgasse. The restaurant features a beautiful cobblestone courtyard with a live traditional band that plays from lunchtime to late in the evening.
With a variety of food options from traditional German dishes to more modern style options, there’s something for everyone’s taste buds. They also offer vegetarian and vegan options. Also, for those who have an allergy like I do, they are very accommodating and will work with you to personalise the menu choices to fit your dietary needs! I have celiac and sometimes it can be quite the challenge but I had absolutely no issues here!
Location: Starts from the Rüdesheim Tourist Information Office
Hours: Determined upon booking
Cost: Averages around 10 EUR - 15 EUR
Enjoy a walking wine tasting tour. Walk through the beautiful vineyards that surround the town. A guide will escort you to some of the top wine estates as you hike from vineyard to vineyard. Check out rüdesheim.de for more information on wine tour options. The site also provides additional information for other tasting experiences such as wine tasting on the water or wine tasting stands.
We opted against a tour as we had limited time and just took a sort of “wing it” approach. Explore through the extensive vineyards and make your way to the Niederwald monument or Abbey on foot. Admire the surrounding nature while getting some fresh air and exercise. Add in your own wine tasting stops for a more relaxed schedule.
HIKE TO ABBEY OF ST. HILDEGARD
Location: Klosterweg 1, 65385 Rüdesheim am Rhein
Hours: 10:00 - 17:00 (Monday - Saturday) - these hours are for entry inside the Abbey
Take a hike up to the Abbey that’s located on a hill above the town. Walk through the vineyards to a rewarding view of the middle Rhine valley. After admiring the magnificent views this site has to offer, wander through the religious halls of the Abbey. Built in the 20th century, this Romanesque style monastery displays beautiful architectural masterpieces within its walls. You may run into the Benedictine nuns who continue to live at the Abbey and follow the rules of saint Benedict, dedicating their life to prayer and work.
That’s our full guide on how to spend a weekend in Rüdesheim. We hope that sharing our personal experiences and opinions with you is helpful for you in planning a trip to this magical wine town. If you do pay a visit to Rüdesheim, please let us know what your favourite activities were, how your trip was and if you found this guide useful!
Happy adventuring guys! Until next time!