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Rudesheim am Rhein Travel Blog

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Rudesheim seems to be generally loathed by many Germans - and indeed the whole place screams ‘tourist trap’ with it’s narrow streets overflowing with bars and gift shops. The place is usually swarming with coach loads of visitors - usually pensioners so if it’s a quiet rural town you’re after then perhaps give it a miss.

All that said as a non native it does have a good deal going for it, especially if you want to indulge yourself in the traditional style bars and restaurants.

As the majority of the party had never been to this part of the world before it was decided that Rudesheim was the ideal place for a relaxing post wedding trip so a group of us duly headed off to the station on the Sunday morning and piled onto the train for the short journey north.

Rudesheim station is a small affair right on the rivers edge where you basically clamber out of the carriage onto the tracks and is a five minute walk away from the main part of the town. As it was late morning it was decided that we should head for a bar where we could indulge in café and kuchen at the earliest opportunity.

Wandering up the main shopping street we decided upon a nice looking hotel advertising that it had a beer garden - it was called something like ‘The Bear Restaurant’ and was very German indeed. There weren’t many people eating at this time of day save for a couple of groups of pensioners who kept getting up to waltz to the house band that was playing.

Suitable amounts of apple strudel, cakes and ice cream were consumed and after we had declined to join in with the enthusiastic dancing we decided to head off for the cable car to visit the Niedewald Monument that overlooks the town.

As it was still relatively early in the day there was no queue which is always a bonus. I decided to indulge in the offer they had on of a piccolo bottle of the local fizz to drink whilst you travelled up in the cable car which was a nice touch as we sailed over the tops of the vines.

The monument is massive and makes a very impressive sight. The gardens around its base also afford a splendid view of the river and town below. The place was of course swarming with visitors but we managed to find some benches and spent some relaxing time admiring the view.

Rebecca rang to say that she and Lloyd’s family had arrived in Rudesheim too and would meet us in the ‘prison bar’ when we got back down to the town. The area round the statue was beginning to get a bit busy so we set off down in the cable cars only to pass most of Lloyd’s family going in the opposite direction!!

The ‘prison bar’ has a very nice rooftop terrace so we were soon ensconced with some of the other wedding guests tucking into a delicious lunch of flammkuchen and deciding what to do for the rest of the day.

It was suggested that the town of Walluf just down the river was holding a wine festival that day so we decided to head there for the evening rather than back to Eltville.

Various people headed off to do a bit of souvenir shopping whilst we arranged to meet back at the station for the half past five train. When we arrived though we were ushered off the platform by the guard who informed us that there was no half past five train on a Sunday and we would have to wait another hour for the next one.

There was only one thing to do - find the nearest bar and drink some more wine. Deciding not to walk back into the town we merely set up shop in the stations own bar and sat under the shade of umbrellas in their beer garden and topped up the alcohol levels a bit.

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