Hey we are starting to get out of the house! Evelyn has passed the 3 month mark and the temperatures are starting to warm up. This perfect storm means time to get back on track of discovering Germany.
A few weekends ago we decided to check out the town of Rüdesheim that sits on the Rhine river west of Wiesbaden. This is the heart of wine country. Beautiful vineyards cover steep hills that descend down to the river. Rüdesheim is considered part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site due to being part of the Rhein River Gorge.
Even though it is a cloudy day you can still see the absolute beauty of this area.
Rüdesheim is about a 40 min drive from our home but we are able to drive through Eltville (another great wine town that sits on the river) and along the river during this drive.
(In Eltville on a separate trip)
Our first stop once we arrived was the Niederwalddenkmal (or Niederwald Monument). This huge statue sits on the hill above Rüdesheim and was made to celebrate the Unification of Germany. The large female is Germania and apparently she is facing France (“the enemy” at the time). This statue is just gigantic.
You can hike up to the statue, take a gondola, or drive. It is still winter so we opted for driving. As a bonus, we got there so early the parking attendant wasn’t there so we got to park for free. There are some benefits to having children who get up before the sun.
After the monument, we headed back down into town. We went to the Drosselgasse, which is a famous shopping street near the water. Mainly shops and restaurants, with very few of them actually being open due to it being the off-season. I have heard that during the summer these streets are extremely crowded with tourists. The area did open up to this charming square with church.
It also had a fantastic chocolate shop. O made out like a bandit with a chocolate car. Look at the size of this thing!
(In true toddler fashion, he had one bite and was done with it)
We finished our visit with a walk by the wine museum and then some lunch.
(When in wine country….. Yes the glass did survive lunch and that is bubbly water)
I am really glad we visited Rüdesheim in the off-season. We were able to enjoy the town still in its winter slumber without the massive crowds and all the chaos that goes with it. I am sure we will be back here again. There are still several castles and ruins in the area that we didn’t get to on this first trip.
Off to the next adventure!