Rüdesheim Am Rhein, Germany. A day spent in the picturesque town of Rüdesheim Am Rhein. Located in the Rhine Valley of Germany, this town is known for winemaking, especially Riesling wines.
Rüdesheim Am Rhein, Germany
Since we’re living in Europe for a few years, we’ve done a ton of traveling. I find traveling to be such a wonderful source of inspiration for my art and lettering that I thought I’d start a new travel section on the blog. I’m starting with our most recent trip and will work on catching up on all the places we’ve visited over the past year.
For each travel post, I’ll try to include some typography and lettering inspiration as well as color palettes created from photos I took. This post includes both!
Rüdesheim Am Rhein, Germany Day Trip
Last weekend, while my in-laws were in town visiting, we took a day trip to visit the picturesque town of Rüdesheim Am Rhein. Located in the Rhine Valley of Germany, this town is known for winemaking, especially Riesling wines.
It’s just under a 90-minute drive from where we’re currently living. Once we found a spot to park, we opted to head right to the Ticket Office for the Rhine River Cruises. We decided on a castle tour (just under two hours in length) and grabbed some lunch while we waited for the next boat. A boat comes nearly every hour, so you’re never waiting long.
The above photo shows my kiddos with my in-laws on the top deck. Most people enjoy coffee, wine, or beer during the cruise. We did!
The below photo is the first town we passed on the River Cruise, Bingen Am Rhein. It’s an adorable town we’ve visited a handful of times already so we opted not to get off the ship yet. Your day pass allows you to get off and on as you please on your boat’s route.
Next up, the town of Assmannhausen Am Rhein. My fellow English-speaking friends may giggle a bit at the town name. ?
My photos look different for two reasons. I shot with both my good camera (a Canon EOS 5D Mark III body, 50mm f/1.4 lens) and my iPhone 7+. Many of these photos, including the two Assmannhausen photos, were taken at different times of the day. On the start of the cruise, it was still foggy and cloudy, but on the way back it was beginning to clear up nicely!
The next town was Trechtingshausen, home of the Burg Rheinstein. We got off here because we really wanted to visit the castle. It was a bit of a hike to get up to it from the boat dock, but we figured we were earning our next wine. ?
Sadly, once we made it to the top (huffing and puffing), there were signs up that the castle was closed for a private event. It would have been nice if those signs were at the bottom entrance of the climb, but we made the most of it and headed into town since we had time until the next boat came by.
Trechtingshausen is too cute for words. I’ll let the pics speak for themselves. The photos with color palettes you can right-click and save to use for inspiration!
After getting back on the boat, we rode back to Rüdesheim Am Rhein to spend a little time exploring the town before heading to our dinner reservations at a local castle (more on that to come)!
The streets were really busy by mid afternoon and it was hot and humid so I mostly focused on taking some pics of typography that inspired me.
Our final stop before leaving Rüdesheim Am Rhein was to have a weinschorle at one of the town’s adorable wine taverns.
A few fun points of interest:
- Weinschorle is very popular in Germany and it’s my go-to drink. It’s a mix of wine, usually white or rosé, mixed with a bit of “wasser mit sprudel” (sparkling water).
- I prefer my Riesling Dry. In German that’s “trocken”. Semi-dry is “halb trocken”.
- To order my dry white weinschorle, I say “Ich möchte eine trocken weißweinschorle groß, bitte”. That translates to, “I’d like a dry white wineschorle (large), please”. To ask for a small instead of a large, simply replace “groß” with “klein”
- The German ß makes the same sound as “ss” in English.
- The German W sounds like an English V.
- The two dots over a letter are called an “umlaut” and, in simple terms, indicates that the vowel is pronounced with a long vowel sound.
Our final stop of the day was dinner at Schloss Johannisberg, about 15 minutes from Rüdensheim Am Rhein. We made reservations earlier that day using OpenTable.com (I love that app so much!). The restaurant part is called Schlossshänke auf dem Johannisberg.
Driving up to the castle feels like driving onto a movie set. The tree-lined drive up to the picturesque castle was so beautiful. Can you spot the grapes on the vines in the below pic? This castle has its own vineyards.
This was the view from right outside the restaurant after dinner, which was excellent all around. Awesome service, food, wine, and ambiance.
We got to enjoy a gorgeous sunset right after dinner.
The Johannisberg Riesling we tried was so good, we stopped in the shop to buy some! They were just closing when we tried to go in and they kindly re-opened the door to let us sneak in a buy a few bottles to take home.
The wine is packaged in such a fun manner.
It was a day jam-packed with great sights, great food, and great company and we can’t wait to do it again soon!
Thanks for virtually spending a day in Rüdesheim Am Rhein with us! Stay tuned for many more travel posts. I have a ton to catch up on from the past year including Prague, Australia, Switzerland, the Amsterdam area, a handful of towns here in Germany, and a Mediterranean Cruise with ports of call in France, Spain, and Italy.
Have you visited Rüdesheim Am Rhein or done a Rhine River Cruise? Share your experience and tips below!