The Rhine Valley is a beautiful area to explore which is only about an hour’s drive away from Frankfurt. It has many destinations along the way to visit. On my trip I was in the town Rüdesheim am Rhein.
exploring the rhine valley
The Rhine Valley is famous for its wine, beautiful hills and the river after which the region is named. It also has a lot of nice restaurants along the way where you can find traditional German cuisine.
I visited Granatapfel Haus along the Rhine which was a great place to get Schnitzel and Bratwurst and also has affordable prices and a variety of beer.
RHINE RIVER VALLEY FERRIES
From that point I grabbed one of the ferries from from one part of the town of Rüdesheim am Rhein to the other. Taking a ferry along the river proved very scenic and a great way to explore the region while listening to the information about the area. If you wish to find out more about seeing the ferry routes and prices you can take a look at their website: https://www.bingen-ruedesheimer.de/home/?lang=en
Rüdesheim am Rhein by foot
After reaching my destination from the ferry trip, I took a walk along the river and through the town. Rüdesheim am Rhein is an incredibly beautiful town with its traditional architecture.
The next form of transport I took was the cable car up to the top of the hill and back down again. The views of the town, the river below and the vineyards that surround the area were incredible. There are also hiking trails in the area for those who wish to do the journey by foot.
At the top of the hill there is an enclosed park with fallow deer. There is a vending machine where you can buy food for the deer for €1.
From the deer park there are forested walks along the way to the Niederwald Monument.
Right at the top of the hill you can find the Niederwarld Monument which was built between 1877 and 1883. The monument is to commemorate the German Empire’s Unification after the Franco-Pressian War during 1870 and 1871.
The monument is impressive and rises up to 38m where it can easily be seen from the surrounding area.
* Important to note, there are signs letting people know not to sit or stand on the monument. There are benches in the area.