Rüdesheim am Rhein (also spelled Rudesheim, Ruedesheim) is a city in the Rheingau in Hesse, Germany, at the southern end of the Rhine Valley, across the river from Bingen. The town incorporates the village of Assmannshausen, also on the Rhine but on the other side of a bend in the river, and is also known as Rüdesheim am Rhein to distinguish it from the smaller nearby town of Rüdesheim an der Nahe.

Get in

Drosselgasse in Rüdesheim

By train

Rüdesheim is served by the Rechte Rheinstrecke train line between Koblenz and Neuwied and Wiesbaden and Frankfurt. Trains are infrequent, with around one service per hour, but cheap towards Frankfurt/Wiesbaden/Mainz, as all towns lie in the RMV fare region.

Ruins of Ehrenfels Castle, view to Mouse Tower

By car

From Frankfurt the Autobahn A66 passes to the south of Wiesbaden via Eltville to Rüdesheim, where it links into federal highway B42. The B42 runs along the right bank of the Rhine from Koblenz to Wiesbaden via Rüdesheim. As you enter the town from the north, a railway level crossing ensures long traffic jams, particularly on weekends when the weather is fine. From Bingen harbour you can take a car-ferry to Rüdesheim. Between Wiesbaden and Koblenz there are no bridges across the Rhine although there are a number of ferries.

By ferry

KD and BR boats cruising the Rhine stop at Rüdesheim.

Ferry Rüdesheim – Bingen - You can also hop on a ferry across the river to Bingen and board there.

On foot

The Rheinsteig walking trail passes above Eibingen, Rüdesheim and through Assmannshausen.

Get around

Rüdesheim is small enough to cover on foot. You can travel to Assmannshausen by train or bus, or just walk along the Rhine (6-7 km), you can also take a cable car up to Niederwald and a chair lift back down to Assmannshausen.


Brömserburg Castle
Niederwalddenkmal: Allegory of Germania above Rüdesheim commemorates the Franco-Prussian War
Choir of Eibingen Abbey






Rüdesheim is full of shops selling tourist trinkets, but there are also a few places to purchase some good local wines.


Drosselgasse in Rüdesheim


Rüdesheim is the heart of the Rheingau wine region and is particularly famous for the Rheingauer Riesling white wine.

Also try a Rüdesheimer Kaffee, a coffee with Asbach Uralt brandy, served flambéed.


Go next

Altkölnischer Hof in Bacharach

Routes through Rüdesheim

Bonn Assmannshausen  N  SE  Geisenheim Darmstadt
Bonn Assmannshausen  N  SE  Geisenheim Wiesbaden
Bonn Assmannshausen  N  SE  Geisenheim Wiesbaden

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