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Rüdesheim Cruises

Rüdesheim fits the bill for those looking for the quintessentially German village experience, with its hillside vineyards, picturesque castle, and traditional brass band music. It’s at the heart of the local Rheingau wine industry, which means you’ll be able to sample super fresh and tasty vintages at the local wine taverns. There’s also a wealth of charming attractions ranging from Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet to the Toy Museum. Work your way down the Drosselgasse and take in the festive atmosphere, or visit during Christmastime when the town is lit up with twinkly lights.

Rüdesheim am Rhein


We have over 130 expert cruise consultants to help you book the perfect cruise. Many have first hand experience of Rüdesheim and you can find some of their best tips and advice below.
Cruise Expert Ria Davis

Ria Davis


As mentioned I was covering the Rudesheim to Nuremberg sector of the Magnificent Europe itinerary with APT. On route both ways we could see people picking the grapes from the vineyard below us.

Cruise Expert Shannon Jones

Shannon Jones


We started off riding in a Gondola to the top of the hills were we had spectacular views over the town and the Rhine. This was followed by a wine tasting where we sampled some of the local wines.


There’s a great food and drink scene in Rüdesheim, but the town’s crowning glory is its famous Rüdesheimer Coffee. This usually includes lashings of fresh whipped cream along with a hefty shot of the local Asbach Uralt brandy that’s set aflame – it’s the perfect warmer in any season! You can pick up a boxed set with everything needed to make your own at home.

Visit Broemserburg Castle if you want to learn about everything wine-related. This 1000-year-old castle was purchased by the town and converted into the Rheingau Wine Museum, displaying a fine selection of glasses and ephemera.

Rudesheim’s most famous street is the Drosselgasse, which literally means ‘choke alley’ for its narrow dimensions. Quaint and cobblestone-bedecked, this alley is pedestrian-friendly and features plenty of beer gardens and taverns along its stretch to beckon you in. Many feature live music, so you’ll be treated to traditional brass bands and modern electronic tunes.

Enjoy the tranquillity of Rüdesheim’s natural setting with a visit to Niederwald Landscape Park. You’ll be able to hike your way through trails running through the local vineyards, leading to the Niederwald Monument up at the top. This commemorates the reinstatement of the German Empire in 1871 with a statue of Germania.

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