Rüdesheim am Rhein & Assmannshausen
Drosselgasse and Red Wine Trail
Rüdesheim am Rhein and Assmannshausen are amongst the most well known wine towns on the Romantic Rhine. One is aware of the presence of the famous Rheingau wines on almost every corner and it leaves its mark on the towns to this day. Stopping off in a cosy inn or a romantic courtyard is just part of Rüdesheim, most likely ending up in Germanys most well known alleyway for good vibes — the colourful 'Drosselgasse'. And on the red wine trail in Assmannshausen, wine lovers feel as if they are in heaven in the romantic half-timber village. A good destination for easy going days, which pass away with the atmosphere full of music and dance or enjoyable on the many flower covered terraces of the cafés and restaurants on the Rhine River.
The town of Rüdesheim am Rhein is located in the Romantic Rhine holiday region, approximately 63 km to the east of Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (see map on bottom of page).
The Romantic Rhine is one of the nine holiday regions of Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate. This holiday region is characterized by Rhine Romanticism, that is still very much in the air today, as anyone who has visited this world-famous valley between Bingen/Rüdesheim and Koblenz will tell you. With its picture-book castles and ruins and its historical towns and sights, this impressive stretch of the river epitomises some of the loveliest river scenery in the world. Only a short time ago, it was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Experience a journey back in time and let the diversity, the beauty and the culinary specialities of this region work their magic on you. ... read more about the Romantic Rhine holiday region
Since the beginning of the nineteenth century Rüdesheim has been an attraction for English and German poets alike, and is today, considering the modest number of residents one of the most visited towns in the country. Historical landmarks, such as the ‘Klunkhardshof’, the fortified ‘Adler Tower’, the thousand-year old ‘Brömser Castle’ and the ruins of the ‘Ehrenfels Castle’ invite you to linger. Those seeking peace and tranquillity will find it in the extensive forests of the nature park Rhein-Taunus and in the Niederwald Park, in the natural beauty of the vineyards, or in the hidden alleyways of the town.
From the vantage points of the Niederwald, the visitor can also enjoy breathtaking views of the Rhine Valley with the Nahe River estuary and the beautiful uniformity of the steep vineyards which are also worth hiking through. Talking of wine: enjoy the superb ‘Rüdesheimer Riesling’, together with music and dancing, in the ‘Drosselgasse’ or in the numerous inns, wine bars and taverns. Rüdesheim am Rhein and the Upper Middle Rhine Valley are a UNESCO protected, world heritage site since June 2002. With this award UNESCO recognises the Upper Middle Rhine Valley as a cultural landscape of enormous variety and beauty.
At the most romantic point on the Rhine, in the scenically most impressive section of the Rhine Valley, the tightly-packed together, pointy-gabled houses of the old wine village of Assmannshausen can be seen. Along side of the mighty stream the picturesque Rheinstein Castle, thickly-wooded chains of mountains and the steep, colourful cascades of grape vines dominate the landscape.
Beginning with the hour of its birth in 1108, Assmannshausen and wine are inseparable. Since the 19th Century it is famed as a destination for recreation and recuperation in poetical words of prose. Nature fans and hikers feel equally at home here as demanding lovers of the culinary pleasures. Comfortable wine bars and accomplished restaurants as well as romantic terraces with orchards seduce one, calling out, imploring the wine lover to sample and become acquainted with one of Germany’s finest red wines, the Assmannshaeuser Spätburgunder, a Pinot noir, the Rhine’s red Burgundy.
The Middle Rhine Valley and the City of Rüdesheim are now one of some 70 UNESCO World Heritage Sites globally. In Rüdesheim and Assmannshausen, intoxicating views of the picturesque Rhine valley await you. Touring the region brings you along picturesque wine villages, such as the following nearby Rüdesheim and Assmannshausen:
- Two kilometres inland from Assmannshausen, set among rolling fields and dense woods, is another wine-growing town named Aulhausen, an ideal starting point for the many well-signposted hiking routes through the nature park Rhein-Taunus, offering beautiful views across the vineyards and over the wooded hilltops down to the Rhine Valley. With the Niederwald monument close by, families are well catered for with various leisure activities such as pony and coach riding during the day and to make it complete a visit to one of the homely inns and taverns in the evening.
- The wine village of Eibingen lying above Rudesheim is more than a thousand years old. Comfortable restaurants, wineries with direct sales, and Strauss- or Besenwirtschaften (very inexpensive, private unlicensed family-style eateries with home-cooked foods and local, usually self-made wines open only at certain times of year, distinguished by a bouquet of twigs or a broom of twigs hung out side,) await you. St. Hildegard von Bingen is closely affiliated with Eibingen’s history. In Eibingen’s Catholic parish church, built on the ruins of cloister founded by Prioress Hildegard in 1165, rest her reliquary remains in a precious shrine. Eibingen’s landscape is dominated by the 20th Century-new female Benedictine cloister named for one of the greatest personages of the Middle Ages which was erected in the early 1900’s.
- Some 12 kilometers from Rüdesheim proper lies the charming high point of the city’s palette of outlying areas, situated on top of a 450-meter high plateau is Presberg, a destination nature lovers will really enjoy. Presberg is surrounded by beautiful valleys and presents a fine view of hill- and mountain landscapes of the Taunus mountains to the south and east, and the Hunsrueck chain to the west. Numerous, well-marked trails invite one for leisurely walks or major long-distance hikes. In the winter when the snow flies, these paths are excellent cross-country skiing runs.
- Nestling among the woodlands and vineyards, ‘The Windeck’ rises to an altitude of 250 to 300 metres, with a panoramic view over the Rheingau. Holidaymakers seeking absolute peace and quiet, who enjoy hiking in the forests and vineyards can relax in the many country inns, private rooms and apartments. The Rüdesheim town centre is within walking distance (30 minutes).
Already since the beginning of the 19th Century — beginning with the English and German Romantics — Rüdesheim, then as now, was and is one of the most visited places in Germany. This is particularly remarkable given its relatively small geographic size and low number of inhabitants. However, when it comes to natural beauty, castles, monuments and edifices, prime-, better-, and every day wines, gastronomy, sport-and-exercise, health-wellness and recuperation, sheer relaxation, cultural events, two millennia of historical and political evolution…there’s hardly place that matches it! Herewith listed are some of the most important and outstanding highlights or ‘must see’ places:
- Adelshöfe (Noble Courts)
- Situated in the Oberstrasse are a series of beautiful old courts from various cultural epochs. Among them are the Frankensteiner Hof, the Ritter’sche Hof, and the Bassenheimer Hof. Undoubtedly the most beautiful of all of the Rüdesheimer noble courts is the Brömserhof built in 1542. The former seat of the old Rüdesheimer Brömser, the most impressive aspects are the Gothic chapel and the Hall of the Forebears decorated with lordly frescoes. Today the building houses a Museum.
- This Late Gothic non-rounded tower is part of the former city fortification and was built in the 15th Century. It used to lie directly on the river. In winter when the Rhine froze and the frozen river was safe for crossing on foot, a basket with burning material served as a fire signal was displayed on the tower. In the 19th Century when the Adler or Eagle Inn was housed in the tower, Goethe, Germany’s greatest poet-literary figure and general all-around genius, frequently stayed here during his Rüdesheim visits in order to enjoy the magnificent view of the Rhine.
- Bingen am Rhein
- Bingen stands for diversity: a modern town at the junction of the rivers Rhine and Nahe. Its history can be traced back to the Romans. Down the ages it has always been a centre of wine trade, and thus displays a unique metropolitan character blended with joie de vivre. Bingen surrounded by a versatile countryside, which invites you to cycle and to go hiking, is known for its natural beauty, its castles and other places of interest. Bingen and Rüdesheim — Gateway to the Middle Rhine Valley, a World Heritage Site. The composition of cultural and natural landscape has its special attraction and is characteristic for Bingen — a temptation of wine and Rhine. Do not miss the Garden and Flower Show in Bingen from April 18th to October 19th 2008!
- Bosen Castle (Bosenburg)
- This tall Romanesque stronghold is in the immediate proximity of the Brömserburg. The construction form reveals that it was erected around the 9th century. With its 38-metres height it dominates all the other buildings in the city. The entire property is now privately owned and, regrettably, is not open for sightseeing.
- Brömser Castle (Brömserburg)
- At the age of 1,000 years the Brömser castle belongs to the oldest medieval castles on the Middle Rhine. Not so long ago it originally stood directly on the Rhine, surrounded by water. Ancient wine presses from different centuries are to be found in the castle grounds. In October, on St. Gallus day, a huge medieval Spectacle will be celebrated in and around the castle grounds. Today it contains the significant collections of the Rheingauer Wine Museum. In the Burg garden various old fermentation tanks from over the centuries can be found.
- Carillon (Glockenspiel)
- A popular attraction are the two carillons in Rüdesheim which can be admired daily from 9.30 - 22.00 h. One of them rings every full hour from the tower of the Rüdesheim castle in the Drosselgasse. It shows various wooden figures which symbolize the four main wine vintages of the 20th century. The counterpart, with bells made of original Meißen porcelain can be admired in the windows of Siegfrieds Mechanical Music Cabinet and are played every half hour.
- The Drosselgasse is the heart of Rüdesheim's old town, magnet of tourists from all continents. Live band entertainment, brass instrument and dance music from late morning’s ´till midnight around the 144 metre long Drosselgasse. Meet good-spirited people by regional cuisine, Rüdesheim´s wine and music in the wine houses and garden taverns of this world-famous street. From March/April to December, several pubs around the Drosselgasse offer live music. There’s something for every musical taste, from Rhine party and brass music and guitar sounds to current chart hits. The music starts daily in April, from approx 19.00 h. In May, you can already start dancing at 12.00 h and in November and during the Christmas market, the bands resume playing for you, daily from 19.00 h.
- Ehrenfels Castle Ruins
- In 1220 the Archbishop of Mainz ordered, in place of a previously owned private castle, the construction of an impressive castle, which was to serve as a profitable source of income through the transit tax levies. Due to its strategically favourable location, it was hard-fought for in the 30 years-war and was eventually burned down in 1689. Since then the Ehrenfels, which is located in the vineyards between Rüdesheim and Assmannshausen, has no doubt been one of the most photographed ruins on the Rhine.
- Johannisberg (Wine Village)
- Only 5 km away from Rüdesheim, lies the idyllic wine village of Johannisberg and its well known castle with the same name, the original home of the von Metternich family and the historical centre of the wine growing area. Wine pubs, restaurants and outstanding hotels reflect the variety of localities in this historical village.
- One of the proudest relics of old Rüdesheim, the Klunkhardshof, this two-storey half-timbered building from the early 16th Century was once the property of the highly respected Klunkhard family from whom numerous spiritual dignitaries descended.
- Mouse Tower (Mäuseturm)
- The tower was built in the first half of the 14th century as a watch tower for the Ehrenfels Castle (on the right of the Rhine bank). Aside from being a signal tower at the ‘Binger Loch’, it also served as a border marker of the Prussian Rhine Province. At present, it serves as a navigational station. Sightseeing is only allowed during the Historical Monuments open days.
- Niederwald Enchanted Cave (Zauberhöhle)
- The ‘Enchanted Cave’, built around 1790, is a tunnel, approximately 60 metres in length, the walls of which were decorated with glittering glass ‘stones’. The tunnel opens out into a rotunda, the ‘Zauberhöhle’ (Enchanted Cave), which was originally lined with mirrors. The illusion, as one came out of the semi-dark glittering corridor into the glaring light of the Enchanted Cave, was as if a magician with a long beard and magic wand had revealed a visual ‘aisle’ to the Rhine were the visitor found themselves in the ‘enchanting world’ of nature.
- Niederwald Nature Park (Niederwald, Osteinischer Landschaftspark)
- You reach, after a 30-minute walk from the Niederwald Monument on a marked trail, the ‘Naheblick’, followed by the artistic ruin of the ‘Rossel’, which is located on the highest point of the region, and the ‘Rittersaal’ — a scenic terrace jutting out of the forest. These three lookout points allow you a magnificent view of the Nahe River estuary, the ‘Binger Loch’ with the Mäuseturm (‘Mouse Tower’) the Ehrenfels castle ruins, as well as the gorge of the Loreley valley with the red wine community of Assmannshausen.
- Niederwald Monument (Niederwalddenkmal)
- The monument was erected between 1877 - 1883 according to the plan of the architect, Johann Schilling from Dresden. The 38 metres high monument symbolizes the rebuilding of the German Empire after the French-German war 1870/71. The main figure is the Germania, holding up the German Emperor´s crown in her right hand and the imperial sword in her left hand. Cable cars from Rüdesheim and chairlifts from Assmannshausen transport you up to the ‘Niederwald Denkmal’. The marvelous view of the Rhineland-Palatinate across the river from the monument is surely one of the most beautiful in the world, particularly at dawn, dusk and sunset, and also by night especially at full moon.
- Niederwald Temple
- Another attraction in the Niederwald park is the lookout ‘temple’, which Graf von Ostein also built as an added attraction in 1788. During the Romantic period of the 19th century, the temple became the focus point of several great intellectuals of that time. Visitors included (amongst others) von Brentano, Beethoven and Goethe.
- Rheingau Region
- With an exceptionally mild microclimate, well protected by the high Taunus hills, the region can be compared to a small ‘Burgundy on the Rhine’. The river from which the Rheingau has its name has a width of approximately 1 kilometre. It has been inhabited by noblemen and clergymen alike for thousands of years creating some of the most significant collection of historical buildings in Germany. Amongst others, the world famous Cistercian monastery of Eberbach, the Tiefenthal and Marienthal monasteries or the Abbey of St. Hildegard. The Crass castle in Eltville on the Rhine, Reinharthausen castle, Vollrads castle, Johannisberg castle — just some significant and well preserved edifices of the centuries old cultural heritage of the Rheingau.
- St. Jakobus Church
- The church St. Jakobus on the market square dates back to the 14th century. It was rebuilt with Rhenish quarry stone after it was almost totally demolished in 1944. The tombstones of the Rüdesheim noblemen from the Middle Ages as well as the gothic tympanum are of interest.
- St. Hildegard's Pilgrimage Church (in Eibingen)
- Today the parish and pilgrimage church St. Hildegard lies on the foundations of the original convent established by ‘Hildegard von Bingen’ in 1165. In the church the remains of ‘Hildegard von Bingen’ are kept in the Hildegardis shrine. Annually on the 17th September, the day of her death, hundreds of pilgrims pour into Eibingen to take part in the relic procession in honour of the saint.
- St. Hildegard's Benedictine Abbey
- The Benedictine Abbey of St. Hildegard is located in the vineyards above Rüdesheim. You will find a lively monastery community, a Benedictine Abbey church worth seeing with a magnificent view of the Rhine Valley. You can visit the abbey church where you may linger in the silence and peacefully contemplate the frescos, painted in the style of the Beuron School of Art, which are unique and truly worth seeing. Furthermore discover a modern bookshop with a large selection of books, cards, arts & crafts and ceramic items; a winery with selected wines, sparkling wines and liquors, and a large assortment of spelt products for healthy living. Whoever is interested in learning more about monastic life or would like to be a guest for a time of retreat can ask for information at the portal of the monastery.
Rüdesheim is now one of some 70 UNESCO World Heritage Sites globally which distinguish the natural beauties of the Earth and/or commemorate or distinguish Humanity’s progress and achievement. The Middle Rhine Valley and the City of Rüdesheim were accorded this unique recognition in 2002. The Upper Middle Rhine Valley, attracts, on its 65 river kilometres, numerous visitors to its 21 medieval castles, which partially house restaurants and lodging businesses or museums. From Rüdesheim to Koblenz, there is a castle every three kilometres, on average, along the route. The Middle Rhine Valley ‘Castle Ticket’ entitles you to visit 10 different castles (including the Brömser Castle) and is valid for two years (as of the day of purchase).
The settlement of the Rhine Valley had its roots in the river’s central role as the most important means of transportation from the sea to the Alps. The Middle Rhine’s 65 kilometres of small towns and cities can be traced back at least 2,000 years to the Roman times. While their Roman appearance has disappeared, the ensuing centuries have left a permanent mark. To this day they still present a medieval flair. A large portion of their physical make-up consists of dwellings, city walls and fortifications lovingly maintained and preserved. No other part of Germany — for that matter, hardly any other part of Europe or the World — is as celebrated in music, art, or literature as is ‘The Middle Rhine Valley’. With the explosive impact of the Romantic Movement in arts beginning in the last years of the Age of Enlightenment, followed by the French Revolution, just over 200 years ago, the spectacular Rhine, particularly this singular stretch of bizarre rock formations and alluvial scenery, exploded into prominence.
Visitors to Rüdesheim can experience various cultural events (for example World Heritage Festival) in July or book packages with special topics. The Krone Hotel in Assmannshausen and the ‘Breuer's Rüdesheimer Schloss’ are the first hotels that have been awarded the title ‘World Heritage Hosts’. For further information, reservation and attractive World Heritage products you may contact the tourist office in Rüdesheim.
Whether white or red, Rheingau wines are always a pleasure! The unusually favourable climatic and geological conditions in Rüdesheim and Assmannshausen have been known for centuries: long hours of sunlight, steep hills and mineral-rich ground. The Rheingau region, with approximately 3,200 hectares of grapevines, is one of the smallest German producing regions. On the steep slate ground around Assmannshausen, the noble Pinot Noir grows, in a little ‘red wine paradise’. The ‘queen’ of the vines is the Riesling, with its special ‘pedigree’ and elegance. Enjoy with all your senses: when it comes to wine, you can do just that at numerous events, e.g. Rüdesheim Wine Festival every 3rd weekend in August and in November in ‘Staatsweingut Assmannshausen’ to the ‘Symphony in Ruby-Red’.
‘In vinum veritas’ — (the truth lies in wine)! Why this is so, is best to find out from a wine grower. In lots of the Rheingau wine-growing estates visitors can not only observe but also experience and actively take part the whole year through, in the countless jobs which occur in the winegrowing business. Whether it is the ‘Rebschnitt’ (cutting the vine), the ‘Reberziehung’ (taming the vine), the ‘Gibbeln’, the quality control measurements or at the end the ‘Weinlese’ (grape picking) and the mysterious ‘Keltern’ (grape pressing) — there are many opportunities, to look over the wine growers shoulder and even to work with them. On top of this several different programmes are available on reservation, e.g. individual hikes led by the wine growers themselves, through the vineyards followed by a wine tasting, an ideal chance to inform oneself about the myths surrounding wine.
Most vineyards and vintners offer wine and sparkling wine tasting (3-5 wines), even wine seminars (7-11 wines). For groups, an advance reservation is recommended. Individual travellers find, within town, many possibilities to spontaneously try the world-renowned Rheingau wine and sparkling wines.
Enjoy the wine at a wine tasting on a ship cruising through the World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Enjoy the Rüdesheim and Assmannshausen hillside vineyards with their steep quartz slate slopes that are amongst the most well known vineyards in Germany.
Take in the history of the region on a tractor-drawn train that takes you on a guided sight-seeing tour through the vineyards. Departure point is in front of the Music Cabinet in the pedestrian precinct, Oberstrasse.
Rüdesheim offers a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities. There are plentiful opportunities for roundtrips and excursions of all manner.
- Asbach Distillery & Visitors Center
- Discover the world of Asbach in Rüdesheim on the romantic Rhine. The entertaining and informative multi-vision show provides you with fascinating details about the company and the production of Asbach. A visit to the Asbach Shop is a perfect way to round off your visit. Free Admission.
- Rheingau Wine Museum Brömser Castle
- The history of vine culture is presented in a unique way in the 1,000-year-old Brömser Castle, one of the oldest castles on the Middle Rhine. Over 2,000 wine-related exhibits, ranging from the antiquity to modern times, are on display and guaranteed to fascinate you. Guided tours on request, with wine tasting only by arrangement. The wine bar is open on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as on public holidays, from March to the end of October, daily from 9 to 18h.
- Medieval Torture Museum
- The museum shows the history of punishment and torture in the Middle-Ages, as well as the time of witch-hunting in Germany.
- Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet
- A musical adventure with ancient computers, that make music. Data storage musical instruments of the last three centuries. The collection includes everything from the tiniest music box to the giant Concert-Piano-Orchestrion. Tools and machines for the production of organ barrels, cardboard books, music rolls and perforated disks complete the collection.
A trip to Rüdesheim with indulging one’s self in a Rhine river boat cruise is a ‘must’! It is an essential part of the Romantic Rhine Experience. The magnificent scope of the mountains, the pattern of the vineyards, the pulsating flow of the stream, the total proximity to nature, the coloration of the heavens, the hills, the waters, the traffic, the castles towering above, the intimacy of the countless villages and towns, the turbulence of the tributaries large and small feeding the mighty river. A Rhine river boat cruise is truly an unforgettable experience. Here are some companies offering boat trips on the Rhine River:
- Bingen-Rüdesheimer Fahrgastschiffahrt
- Castles-tours between Rudesheim, Bingen, Assmannshausen and Trechtingshausen, evening tours through the UNESCO World Heritage Site Saturdays.
- Köln-Düsseldorfer Rheinschiffahrt
- Scheduled Cruises daily from Rüdesheim to the romantic Rhine Valley (all year round). Outstanding highlight on the Rhine: with paddle-wheel steamship Goethe on the KD Nostalgia Route daily between Koblenz and Rüdesheim (May until October).
- Rössler Linie
- Passenger Sightseeing Cruises. Castle Tours from Easter to the beginning of November. Daily Loreley trips.
All around Rüdesheim and Assmannshausen, there are numerous possibilities to explore the surrounding area by bicycle — either along the river, through the vineyards or through the woods. Bike trails for every standard, from the leisurely sightseeing pace to cross-country mountain biking. ‘Tal total’ is the annual classic: on the last Sunday in June, the national highways from Rüdesheim and Bingen up to Koblenz are closed on both sides for buses and cars, that means the road is clear for bikers and in-line skaters!
The wide-ranging landscape is ideally suited to leisure activities in a natural environment. The unique view of the Rhine Valley, the cosy lookout platforms and the idyllic wineries with their wine taverns stimulate your ‘appetite’ for a splendid hiking tour. Suitable for all tastes, Rüdesheim & Assmannshausen, with its district towns, is an ideal starting point for short walks or short to extended hikes. The famous ‘Rheinsteig’ promises hiking at its best. The Rheinsteig is a 320 kilometre long hiking route along the Rhine river, which ranges between Bonn, Koblenz, Rüdesheim and Wiesbaden.
The 35 km long ‘Rheingau Nordic Walking Riesling Park’ around Rüdesheim, Assmannshausen and the surrounding areas with its 5 adventure routes is at the moment the only activity centre for fitness freaks in Germany. The routes are certified by the German Ski Association and leads through a dense variety of landscape and cultural as well as culinary highlights.
Rüdesheim is a convenient starting point for numerous exciting in-line skating routes in the Wiesbaden and Mainz region. Once a year (in August), Germany’s longest in-line skating tour takes place in the UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley. The ‘Rhine on in-line skates’ tour runs 135 km from Rüdesheim via Koblenz back to Bingen.
Ruedesheim always has something special to offer throughout the year. Late summers one always meets at the Marktplatz for the traditional Wine Festival. During the four weeks of advent preceding Christmas the highlight is the International Christmas Market. The Magic Bike Rally is another highlight which occurs in May. As for the ‘Rhein im Feuerzauber’ annual spectacular, not enough can be said as fireworks light the skies lending strange and exciting nuances to the valley.
9.1 Rüdesheimer Weinfest
This Rüdesheim wine fest is a ‘five-star’ rating! It takes place in August prior to the harvest, which depending on the weather can occur anytime between mid or late September up until the end of November. At the fest all of Rüdesheim’s vintners offer their wines. A broad and colorful program attracts natives and visitors and wine-loving guests from afar. What better way is there than to discover Rüdesheim’s famed wines, meet the Rüdesheimer themselves and share your love, appreciation and knowledge of wine with kindred spirits and happy souls?
9.2 Rhein im Feuerzauber (Rhine Illumination)
Almost since twenty years! On the first weekend of July Rüdesheim & Assmannshausen are illuminating the Rhine River. Enjoy the famous ‘Rhein im Feuerzauber’ fireworks and the Rhine River at its best! Join one of the riverboats, ride on the famous Rhine River and be enlightened by the countless fireworks along the romantic Rhine. This definitely is one of the top highlights in the year!
9.3 Magic Bike Rüdesheim (Harley Davidson)
One of the largest European Harley Davidson events welcomes, in the early summer thousands of international Bikers to the world heritage area of the Upper Middle Rhine valley and Rüdesheim falls under the spell of flashing motor bikes. With live music, tours through the Rhine Valley, motor bike parade, fireworks and other attractions in Rüdesheim and Assmannshausen. Rhine culture and biker culture join together in a unique experience.
9.4 Christmas Market of Nations
Every year towards the end of November Rüdesheim transforms itself into a very special place. More than 120 stands from 12 nations offer their products, specialities and traditions in one of the most beautiful market atmospheres around the historical centre of Rüdesheim and the world famous Drosselgasse. The Christmas traditions from all over the world are presented in their distinctive manner. Many shops have an excellent choice of Christmas decorations and presents. The Rüdesheim wine growers open their cellars with winter specialities; cosy restaurants and wine bars attract with the Rheingau cuisine and typical advent products. Presented on the Market square is Europe's largest nativity landscape with life size figures. Countless event activities: concerts, performances, parades and special program highlights on the weekends; on the Advent Sundays: Advents- and nativity plays; Daily surprises from the Rüdesheim Christkind and the Advents calendar. Opening times: Nov. 24th - Dec. 23rd, 2008 daily from 11am till 8pm / 9pm.
9.5 St. Thomas Night (Celebration of Advent)
St. Thomas Night — 21st December, a Celebration of Advent in Rüdesheim. In ancient times, the evening of the 21st of December highlighted Advent: The dusk of the longest night of the year was greeted with great ceremony. For the fasting of Advent was about to finish and Christmas finally began. The rural people used this night for a blessing of their homestead. the boys gathered and carried song and dance from home to home, to greet the families, wishing Merry Christmas. At Thomas' Night, the halls of spinning were opened for the last evening in this year. The girls met and were joined by the housewives to spin and sew their dowry in yarn and linen. The guys came in for match- and merrymaking with music, song and lore. And so this night grew long. The young and old folks joined together to hear the ancient stories, to laugh and play, till all the flax was spun and dawn was near. The longest night had been spent — and finally, Christmastime was here.
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