Rüdesheim am Rhein is a focal point on any trip through Germany's Rheingau wine-growing region. One restaurant in the popular Drösselgasse area, drew me back for a return visit. The family-owned Breuer's Rüdesheimer Schloss restaurant has been dishing up regional specialties for decades, and now offers hotel rooms and day excursions as well.
At Rüdesheimer Schloss, it is possible to try local dishes without ordering full-sized platters, and to choose from a wine list of more than 350 wines from the Rheingau (including some very rare--and pricey--ones). Before launching into our hefty main course, my husband and I enjoyed an appetizer "surprise" of six local dishes, creatively served in small portions: salmon trout smoked in-house, several meaty salads , garnished with forest fruits and nuts.
Popular with cruise and tour groups, the restaurant is also fun for independent travelers. The house band has been pleasing guests for 14 years, with cross-over tunes from an extensive pop and country repertoire. We took a few turns on the dance floor, where, in between sing-along German drinking ditties, there was even a conga line to move the evening along.
The traditional wine restaurant and garden is a place where everyone on staff shares pride in what they do. The Schloss is also an official host of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Breuer's Rüdesheimer Schloss is the perfect place to enjoy German Gemütlichkeit!