The Rhine makes a sharp, scenic curve at Rüdesheim am Rhein, in the UNESCO world heritage Middle-Rhine valley. Local transport providers and a castle museum have banded together to provide a four-in-one excursion package that delivers a great one-day overview of this unique cultural landscape. The Romantik Tour enabled my husband and I to build a day that suited our schedule perfectly.
An early start with the cable-car had us "floating over the vines" and enjoying a fine view of the Rhine and vineyards below. We were atop the hill with ample time for walking and sightseeing around the Niederwald monument with its statue of Germania. We were also able to make a leisurely lunch stop in picturesque Assmannshausen, known for its Pinot Noir vintages, before our boat left for an afternoon visit to Rheinstein Castle.
For us, the Rüdesheim cable-car was the high point of the excursion. The Rüdesheim Seilbahn is celebrating 60 years of operation this year, and putting on full-moon rides and "Silent Rides" above the town's Christmas market during Advent season. After our cable-car-walking-chairlift-boating excursion, we would love to return for these special events!