Planning a Rhine River cruise and want to see the most castles along the Rhine in one or two days? Take the cable car from Assmannshausen to Rudesheim via the beautiful Niederwald woodlands and the famous Niederwald monument. Enjoy the splendid view from the top of the Rhine hills. Planning a Rhine River cruise and want to see the most castles along the Rhine in one, two or three days? vacation-package.net - Rhine River cruise questions and answers
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stages in Assmannshausen are just a short walk from the town center and as you
wander through this delightful town, you will pass numerous inviting restaurants, cosy
cafes, wine bars and dance bars. You're in the heart of red wine country here, so you'll
be guaranteed good local wine everywhere!
Arrange for some wine-tasting at J. Jung Sohne just a few meters behind the level crossing at the train station. The friendly proprietors of this family-run business will always make you feel welcome, they have an impressive selection of local wines and their knowledge of wine is inexhaustible.
The wines here in the quiet town of Assmannshausen are highly recommendable and difficult to purchase outside the area whichever wine-maker or vineyard you visit, remember to ask for the current wine-of-the-month!
Assmannshausen has been praised by many poets over the past century as a place of relaxation and recuperation and it also has other claims to fame apart from its excellent wines. Its convalescing atmosphere is underlined by the thermal spring source which lies just beneath the town. Even the Romans, two milleniums ago enthused over the slightly alkali spring water it has a pleasant temperature of 32,5 C degrees and its lithium content is good for the relief of gout and rheumatism!
If you're interested in German sociopolitical history, stop by the Hotel Krone, where the political poet and journalist Ferdinand Freiligrath completed his "democratic creed" in May 1844.
Assmannshausen may not be as bustling as Rudesheim, but it's certainly not sleepy the town also has various festivities in the town throughout the year most of them connected to the wine-growing tradition here.
Assmannshausen and Rudesheim are also famous for the Niederwald monument
(Niederwald-Denkmal) about 300 m above the Rhine.
Once you reach the top, you can take any of a variety of woodland trails or head straight for the monument or take a lunch or coffee break at the hunting castle lodge "Jagdschloss Niederwald" just past the game enclosure. The Jagdschloss Niederwald also offers overnight accomodation. From the Jagdschloss, it's about one and a half kilometers' easy walk to the Niederwald Monument.
The Niederwald Denkmal is striking and impressive at 37,6 meters high. It was completed in 1883 after 6 years' building time to commemmorate the foundation of the German Empire following the French-Prussian War of 1871. The Niederwald monument is crowned by Germania, who stands triumphantly above the Rhine, guarding the area against invaders. By the way, if you're interested in related paraphernalia, a fine selection of old Niederwald postcards dating back to the last century can be found here.
Next to the monument there is also an eagle observatory where birds of prey can
be observed daily between 9 am and 6 pm. Personnally, the birds
there have my pity because of the way they're held.
Apart from the majesty and the historical significance of the Niederwald
monument a visit there is on every german schoolchild's curriculum! this is
another wonderful place to view the Rhine and the Rhine Valley.
Just off to the northeast of the Niederwald monument, the next cable car takes you comfortably down to Rudesheim in about 10 minutes.
... or return to Bacharach, Kaub, Oberwesel, St. Goar or Boppard with the Bingen-Ruedesheimer (change to the Loreley Linie in St. Goar). If it's already a little late in the evening, continue by train ....
cruise in 16 parts from Boppard (north) to Rudesheim (south):
Oberwesel has an old tradition in wine-making, wine-tasting is also available to single travellers, many wine cellars can be viewed and there are guided tours to the various surrounding vineyardsPart 13 south: Half day Rhine cruise from Bacharach in southern direction
Part 15 south: Arrange for some wine-tasting at a winery, take the cable car to the Rhine River hills opposite from Fortress Rheinstein
Part 16 south: Just off to the northeast of the Niederwald monument, the next cable car takes you comfortably down to Rudesheim on the Rhine River.
|From Central Rhine along the Romantic Road to Fussen and
In August I stayed in Rudesheim on
Rhine River and I drove sunday morning from there to Wurzburg on Main and the Romantic
Road river to see the castle and the town.
Monday morning I made some pictures in Rothenburg o. d. T. and drove than along
the Romantic Road to Dinkelsbuhl, Feuchtwangen and than to Nordlingen on the Romantic Road
to stay there on the marketplace in Hotel Braunes Ross.
Tuesday I drove on the freeway south to Fussen and Neuschschwanstein Castle to
stay in Hotel Rubezahl in Schwangau on the Romanic Road with view from the hotel room
balcony to Neuschwanstein castle.
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