With its outstanding collection of half-timbered houses and luscious riverside location, Rudesheim am Rhein is an ideal and idyllic place to discover rich German culture. Nestled into a picturesque pocket of the Rhine Gorge, Rudesheim is famed for its skilful wine making and incredible historic panorama. The Old Town exudes an antique charm that has earned it the esteemed title of UNESCO World Heritage Site; such a prosperous past is documented excellently in the town’s eclectic and enthralling selection of museums, all of which are sure to satisfy cultural cravings.
As the oldest castle in the entire Rhine Gorge, the Bromserburg Castle boasts an incredibly impressive title. The stolid structure was built upon the site of a former Roman fortress and dates back to the 10th century. Witness to many a bloody battle and turbulent time, the castle now houses the town’s wonderful Wine Museum, that documents the 1000 year history of wine making in the region.
In typical German style, Rudesheim features an eclectic cultural selection that ranges from torture to tuning. The Siegfrieds Mechanisches Musikkabinett is arguably the town’s most significant cultural contribution due to its extensive collection of self-playing musical instruments. Visitors are greeted with mellifluous melodies whose creators are unseen, and curios includes eerie strings that do not require the touch of a human hand to release music.
Enjoy a wonderfully romantic and rustic meal upon the river banks at the Breuer’s Rudesheimer Schloss, a charming and authentic place in which to enjoy German gastronomy with is tantalising twist. Sample to rich and robust regional wines before tucking into sizzling sausages, seasoned potatoes and crisp schnitzel. (Steingasse 10, 65385, Rudesheim am Rhein)