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landscape at the Northern side of the Rine between Wiesbaden and Lorch in Hesse, Germany

The Rheingau is in the South of the state of Hesse, in Germany.

Burgruine Ehrenfels near Rüdesheim

CitiesEdit

Map of Rheingau
 
Vintage below the Niederwaldenkmal between Assmannshausen and Rüdesheim
 
Assmannshausen:
Alte Bauernschänke
 
Geisenheim:
Castle Johannisberg
 
Eltville: Electoral castle
 
Eltville Rhinepromenade and Kurfürstliche Burg
 
Kiedrich: Marktbrunnen and Restaurant Engel


UnderstandEdit

TalkEdit

The locals dialect is known as Rheingauer Platt. The word you will probably come across is Gude, which basically means Hello. But if you understand standard German you should have no issues with the local accent. In the more touristy areas such as Rüdesheim English is widely understood.

Get inEdit

By PlaneEdit

Frankfurt Airport is easily accessible just south east of the region. Almost as close by car is Hahn airport but is a challenge with public transport.

By carEdit

From the take the A66 Wiesbaden exit of the A3 then B42. From the west the A61 then one of the Rhine ferries.

By trainEdit

By busEdit

  • Bus 171: Wiesbaden Hbf via Wiesbaden city to Rüdesheim.

On footEdit

The Rheinsteig or the Rheinhöhenweg (right hand side)

By boatEdit

A large number of luxury cruise operators sail up (and down) the Rhine from Amsterdam to Basel, Zurich or Strasbourg or from the Rhine cruise up the Main and Danube to Budapest. The leisurely journey with plenty of stopovers typically takes anywhere from one to two weeks, with accommodation on the boat itself. Large operators include Avalon and Viking.

The Köln-Düsseldorfer Rheinschiffahrt, better known as KD, runs cruises and scheduled services up and down the river between Cologne and Mainz. The summer season (May-Sept) sees up to 8 services daily on the busiest parts of the river, but services are cut considerably in the shoulder seasons of April and October and slow down to a trickle in the winter. Traveling end to end takes over 11 hours (€49 one way), so most travellers opt for much smaller segments.

While KD has the most extensive network and schedules, there is quite a bit of competition. For example, Bingen-Rüdesheimer operates scheduled services on the south half between Rüdesheim and St. Goar.

Get aroundEdit

  • Bus 172 from Eltville Bahnhof to Kiedrich and Kloster Eberbach (Eberbach Abbey)

Hiking trailEdit

The Rheinsteig walking trail passes through Wiesbaden-Biebrich, Kiedrich, Kloster Eberbach near Eltville, Schloss Vollrads near Oestrich-Winkel, Monstera Marienthal near Geisenheim and Niederwalddenkmal near Rüdesheim.

SeeEdit

Buildings and MonumentsEdit

  • Rüdesheim
    • Niederwalddenkmal
    • Burgruine Ehrenfels (Ruins of Ehrenfels Castle)
    • Brömserburg
    • Drosselgasse (pedestrian street)
    • Rüdesheim-Eibingen: Benediktinerinnen-Abtei St. Hildegard
  • Geisenheim
    • Schloss Johannnesberg
  • Oestrich-Winkel
    • Schloss Vollrads
  • Eltville
    • Kurfürstliche Burg (Electors Castle Eltville)
    • Kloster Eberbach Eberbach Abbey
    • Kiedrich, The Catholic pilgrimage church consecrated to Saint Valentine.
  • Wiesbaden
    • Wiesbaden-Frauenstein: Goethestein, 13.5 m-high stone obelisk and beautiful view to Rheingau)
    • Wiesbaden-Biebrich: Schloss und Park Biebrich

MuseumsEdit

Rüdesheim

  • Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet
  • Wine Museum
  • Medieval Torture Museum

DoEdit

EventsEdit

  • Rheingau Musik Festival. Annual cultural event, mainly classical music, takes place in a number of locations in the region, often in historic buildings or their grounds.

ItinerariesEdit

  • Rheinsteig
  • Rheingau-Riesling-Pfad from Wiesbaden-Biebrich to Bonn

EatEdit

 
Wine tasting stands Rhine River bank

DrinkEdit

With over 3000 hectares of vineyard this is a great region to buy and drink quality wine. The main grape is Riesling with Spätburgunder (Pinot noir) making up most of the rest and a little Müller-Thurgau. Spätlese and Eiswein wines can also be found in the region.

Stay safeEdit

This area is generally rather safe if you take common sense precautions against theft and pickpocketing.

Go nextEdit

This region travel guide to Rheingau is a usable article. It gives a good overview of the region, its sights, and how to get in, as well as links to the main destinations, whose articles are similarly well developed. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.