free time activities
Rüdesheim and the Rhinegau offer a variety of free time activities! Here is just a sample of things to do and see. Feel free to contact us if you need help for your holiday planning!
Niederwald monument & cable car
The “Germania” was build in 1871 and is located above Rüdesheim am Rhein. The 38m high statue is deemed to be the landmark of our region. You can reach it by car (car parking behind the statue) or with the cable car (valley station in the pedestrian area of Rüdesheim); by foot you might not need more than 10 minutes to reach the station from our house
view the instruments used for torture in the middle ages. Learn about the methods of torture, witches, funeral piles, witch-hunts, witchcraft, the Inquisition, and the Medieval punishments; 10 minutes walking from our house
A Segway enables you to ride almost silently through the stunning Upper Middle Rhine Valley UNESCO World Heritage. Thanks to this unique means of transportation, the hilly landscape can be experienced at a leisurely pace and completely relaxed. Roll with us along the River Rhine, get to know some historical sites and enjoy the high-quality food in the Rheingau. The tours provide driving enjoyment at its best. The trend vehicle Segway is easy to use and everyone aged 15 and older can participate with appropriate licence in the tours.
Siegfrieds Mechanical music cabinet
unique museum for mechanical music instruments above the Drosselgasse; 10 minutes walking from our house
enjoy the wineyards and a lot of more sights in Rüdesheim with the incomparable noddy train! Start is in front of the music cabinet above the Drosselgasse; 10 minutes walking from our house
wine culture and history presented in the more than 1.000 year old Brömserburg castle – one of the oldest castle at the Rhine (closed at the moment, re-opening planned for 2021)
Kloster St. Hildegard, Eibingen
Above the town in the vineyards you can find the Abbey St. Hildegard. t was build at the beginning of the 20th century in memory of the great german Saint Hildegard of Bingen. Today the nuns of the Abbey of St Hildegard, like all Benedictines, live by a rule, which is over 1400 years old, and goes back to St Benedict. They are self-sustaining and you can buy candles, wines, jewellery, books and much more in the abbey shop.
Rambling on a higher ground. The Rheinsteig® trail runs along the right bank of the river Rhine between Bonn, Koblenz und Wiesbaden along predominantly narrow paths and challenging inclines, uphill and downhill, leading to forests, vineyards and spectacular views. This exceptionally well sign-posted and closely networked trail offers opportunities for ambitious long-distance walking tours or for a variety of short tours. It can easily be reached by train, boat and car and is near several airports.
boat trip on the Rhine
on the rhine promenade a lot of ships invite you to spend a day on the unique river to discover the incomparable middle rhine valley from a very special perspective. Book a tour at the company Bingen-Ruedesheimer, KD or Roessler. 5 minutes walking from our house to the rhine promenade.
a family friendly free time paradise inbetween a lovely countryside above Rüdesheim with sulky rides, horse-drawn caravan rides, helicopter flights, nature camping and much more
amusement park nearby Schlangenbad; fun and adventure for the whole family! approx. 38 km away from Ruedesheim.
Indoor-, fun and game park with a lot of possibilities for children up from 2 years old. approx. 33 km away from Ruedesheim.
Lama- und Alpaca farm yard, approx. 17 km away from Ruedesheim.
experience the mystic heritage of the distercian monks! The monastery is especially famous for the movie “The name of the rose” with Sean Connery which was shot here, approx. 15 km away from Ruedesheim.
Furthermore countless monasteries, castles and mansions are inviting for exploration, stay and discovery. You can find open-air baths in Eltville, Rüdesheim and Hallgarten, an indoor swimming pool in Geisenheim; adventure pools/thermal baths are located between Ingelheim and Bingen (Rheinwelle), in Wiesbaden (Kaiser-Friedrich-Therme) and Hofheim (Rhein-Main-Therme).
2nd Saturday in June – Eibinger wine walk
“march and taste” with a view to the wonderful countryside of Ruedesheim, the Rheingau and the Rhine you can walk around 5km and have a wine tasting on different stations in the vineyards.
Sunday before Corpus Christi – Ruedesheimer children sunday
On this day you can find a lot of cost free attractions for the little ones!
At the weekend of Corpus Christi – Magic Bike Ruedesheim
One of the biggest european Harley Davidson meeting welcomes you in the early summer in the town center of Ruedesheim in the world heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley.
First weekend in July – Rhine in flames
The big firework of Bingen and Ruedesheim – a unique spectacle of the region. Let yourself be enchanted by seven fireworks along the river, perhaps on board of a ship or at the supporting programme at the Niederwald monument, on the market square and in the vineyards of Ruedesheim.
3rd weekend in August – Summer of Riesling – Ruedesheimer wine festival-
the wine festival in the Rheingau
Get enchanted by the unique atmosphere of Ruedesheim’s historic centre. Good-humoured winegrowers will be pleased to serve their own products. Taste new Riesling, opulent Pinot Noir and thrilling curiosities in cosy summer nights with live music and regional gastronomic specialities.
Last Sunday in August – Rhine on Skates
The guided tour takes you along the Rhine for about 135 km to Koblenz and back to Ruedesheim and is one of the most challenging tours on 8 rolls.
end of October / beginning of November
Days of the Federweissen
One of the latest wine festivals celebrates the “Federweißen” – the new wine.
A festival from friends for friends on the market square of Ruedesheim.
end of November until 23rd December – Ruedesheimer christmas market of nations
At the end of november Ruedesheim becomes a very special place with the christmas market of nations. More than 120 stand from 12 nations show their specialities in a unique atmosphere of the Ruedesheimer old town.
Ruedesheim offers a lot gastronomic variety!
Here you can find a selection of restaurants and wine tavernes in our town.
Wirtshaus Hannelore – THE INTERNATIONAL
Breuer’s Rüdesheimer Schloss
Ristorante Pizzeria da Toni
Restaurant Lindenwirt & Restaurant Drosselmüller
Drosselgasse / Amselstr. 4
Bollesje – das Gefängnisrestaurant
Oberstr. 30 – 32
Am Niederwald 2
Do you miss a restaurant here in our list? Please tell us!