Rüdesheim am Rhein is one of the famous wine making
towns along the Middle Rhine Valley, with a romantic hillside setting on one of the more scenic parts of the river. It makes a good base for
hiking in this beautiful region. Rolling hills and great views.
Day 1 ~ Arrive Rüdesheim:
The town sits on the east bank of the Rhine. Find your hotel, the 4-star Rüdesheimer Schloss, near the main road along the river. You’ll receive a welcome cocktail when you check in. Rüdesheim has a charming old town, particularly the Drosselgasse, a walking street, easily reachable from your hotel. Explore the shops and cafes of this charming town, but be sure to return to your hotel for the Four-Course Dinner this evening.
Day 2 ~Rüdesheim:
After breakfast, pick up your walking sticks and backpack,
and get ready to explore the many options for hiking. One of the best is the Rheinsteg, an almost 200-mile trail on
the east side of the Rhine. To head north, take the cable car from Rüdesheim up to the Niederwald Monument above
the town, where you can join the trail. It leads along the vine-covered hills, with many great views of the river. You’ll
pass the ruins of Ehrenfels Castle before the path leads down to the charming riverfront village of Assmannshausen. The trail crosses several small valleys before you can enjoy another classic view
of the Rhine at the Drei-Burgen-Blick viewpoint. From there, you can take an afternoon Rhine River boat back to
Rüdesheim—the boat ride takes about 1 ½ hours, or you can come back morequickly by train. This hike is about 14 miles long, and will take about 7 hours.
Day 3 ~Rüdesheim:
After breakfast, you have options: you could take a morning
train or boat from Rüdesheim to Lorch, and continue hiking the Reinsteg as far as the town of Kaub. Much of this walk
will be along the Rhine river, with views of Bacharach on the other side and of Burg Stahleck Castle which sits above the town. Another option is to take the cable car up to the Niederwald again and headsouth on the Rheinsteg. This section of the trail leads through vineyards towards the Abbey of St. Hildegard, founded bythe legendary Hildegard of Bingen. The trail also takes you past two other abbeys to Schloss Johannisberg, one of the most famous wine-making estates in Germany and the main producer of Johannisberger Riesling. This hike is about 7 miles and
will take about 3 hours; however, it is about a half-hour’s walk from the trail to the Johannisberg estate, if you choose to visit.
Afterwards, descend the hill to the town of Geisenheim, where you can catch a train for the short trip back to Rüdesheim. In the late afternoon, enjoy a wine tasting at Georg Breuer Winery, located a short distance from your hotel, on Geisenheimer Strasse. Founded in 1880, the family-run Breuer estate produces excellent and well-known Rieslings.
Day 4 ~Depart Rüdesheim:
After breakfast at your hotel, take a last look around the town before you hop the train to your next Avanti destination!
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