The Cable Car and Niederwald Monument

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Rudesheim am Rhein, Germany

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Lucy360 Lucy360
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Niederwald Monument Sep 16, 2008
I highly recommend the Niederwald monument as its sheer size was quite incredible. The monument is a symbol of Germany's regained unity and was paid for by donations from the whole nation. The monumnet is 25 meters high and is adorned with 200 lifesize armed forces figures. The monument can be reached by cable car (which I hear is great fun) but we were out of season and it was closed, so I cannot comment on it.The woodlands surrounding the monument and the journey upto it was magical.
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dougal dougal
70 reviews
Aug 06, 2006
A lot of Germans don’t like Rudesheim it seems.  I can sort of see why it doesn’t appeal to all - it’s a very quaint, old fashioned town that screams ‘tourist trap’ at you as you fight your way up the narrow cobbled shopping streets.  It’s aura makes it a beacon for coach (and boat) parties of ageing tourists who flock to the traditional bars and restaurants that fill the town.

Even if that isn’t your cup of tea (or glass of beer) then it’s worth the visit for the Seilbahn (cable car) which takes you from the town square up to the hill top that overlooks it.

This isn’t as massive an undertaking as some of those cable cars further south in the Alps but is a much more leisurely miander just above the tops of the vines.  The cars can seat four people although they’re probably more comfortable with two and the journey is relatively leisurely taking around ten minutes to complete.  The cars have open tops but the lack of any real height means that even the most nervous people height wise have little to really worry about.  Although queues can develop at busy times at around six Euro each for the two way trip it’s great value for money and you can’t really go wrong.

As you traverse the vineyards you get an ever improving view of the Rein and the town nestling on it’s banks as you move up the hill, with only the slight rattling of the car to disturb the peaceful tranquillity of the scene.

I’m not sure if it would be available all year round but when we were there you could purchase a piccolo bottle of the local fizz (complete with two wine flutes) to drink on your journey.  For just over six euro this is a fantastic extra touch as you can sip some delicious Sekt whilst swooping over the grapes that produce it.

At the top of the hill, just past the ubiquitous restaurant stands the impressive Niederwald monument which can be seen clearly perched upon the hill side from the river below.

This was built at the end of the nineteenth century to commemorate the unification of Germany (the first time round) and is supposed to guard the Rheinland that it overlooks.

It is extremely grand covered with massive figures - all of which symbolise something or other.  A multi language talk on the statue and the surrounding area, providing it’s full history and meaning, can be heard for one Euro from one of the green listening posts which are dotted around it’s base.

For those looking to grab a rest there are plenty of places to sit and take in the stunning panorama of the Rhein, Rhudesheim and the surrounding areas.
The cable car at Rudesheim
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