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Rudesheim on the Rhine River

Small Town on the Rhine Gets Over Three Million Visitors Each Year

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Rudesheim, Germany is one of the liveliest villages on the Rhine River. Its millions of visitors often arrive either on a river ship or on a driving tour of the German wine regions.

Filled with shops, cafes, restaurants, and taverns, Rudesheim is often a stopover for Rhine River cruises. Guests on the river ships ride a small choo-choo train into town, where they first have a 45-minute tour of Siegfried's Mechanical Music Musuem. Siegfried Wendel loved to collect and repair old musical instruments, and his collection of over 350 instruments is in a restored 14th century mansion.

After listening to a selection of these amazing instruments, river cruise guests next get to enjoy a traditional Rudesheim coffee, followed by free time in the town. If time allows, visitors might also want to ride the cable car to the Niederwald Germania Monument, which sits in a park high on a hill overlooking Rudesheim and the Rhine River.

If your ship is in Rudesheim overnight, you might want to stroll the town's busiest lane, the Drosselgasse, which is lined with taverns and filled with guaranteed German fun.

Other things to do in Rudesheim include a visit to the Rheingauer wine museum, tastings at some of the wine cellars, or hiking the trails surrounding the Niederwald park.

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