Rüdesheim am Rhein is the gateway to the Upper Middle Rhine Valley UNESCO world heritage site

and combines it with the vastness of the Rheingau region.

You can discover and explore the unique cultural landscape in and around Rüdesheim.

Below you will find links to the romantic Rhine, the Upper Middle Rhine Valley world heritage site portal and the Rheingau region.


Mouse Tower

The narrow point of the Rhine at the Binger Loch was the perfect place to collect transit tolls. The watchtower was built on a small island in the river at the beginning of the 14th century. “Mouse Tower” (Mäuseturm) is derived from the Middle High German word “musen” (to lurk).

Burg Rheinstein

Rheinstein Castle was the first castle to be rebuilt in the 19th century in the wake of the Rhine Romanticism movement. Romantic corners and terraces in the family-owned castle offer visitors stunning views of the Rhine Valley. The interior features valuable glass paintings, antique
furniture and armour from several centuries. „Kleiner Weinprinz“ offers dining and a direct view onto the castle.
Tel.: +49(0)6721-6348,

The Rheingau

An unusually mild microclimate, aided by the protective high Taunus hills, makes the region comparable with a small “Burgundy on the Rhine”. Here, where the Rhine reaches a width of almost one kilometre, nobles and clergymen have settled for a thousand years, resulting in one of the most significant arrays of architectural monuments in Germany. The world-famous Cistercian monastery of Eberbach, the Tiefenthal and Marienthal monasteries, the electoral castle and Crass Castle in Eltville am Rhein, Reinhartshausen Castle, Vollrad Castle… These are just a few examples of centuries-old cultural and historical monuments in the Rheingau which can still be experienced today.

The romantic Rhine

Between Rüdesheim and Bingen in the south and the Siebengebirge hills in the north lies a royal valley. An unusual natural landscape comes together with over 2000 years of culture here like almost nowhere else in Europe. The majestic Rhine flows through the middle of this valley, which offers two highlights of the UNESCO world heritage site: the Limes and the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Here you will encounter castles, palaces, medieval towns and excellent wines: A holiday region as old as the legends and fairy tales of the beautiful Loreley or the hostile brothers, and as modern as the ARP Museum in the Rolandeck station or the Rheinsteig premium hiking trail. Immerse yourself in stories between the Mäuseturm (Mouse tower) and the Drachenfels mountain.

Frankfurt am Main

Frankfurt am Main is a culturally and economically vibrant metropolis in the heart of Europe. It is characterised by exciting contrasts between tradition and modernity, business and culture. Frankfurt architecture is among the most modern in Europe. Trendy scene bars and contemporary fashion labels reflect the Frankfurt zeitgeist. The skyline is visible for miles around. Must-sees include the Römer building, the Frankfurt Cathedral and St. Paul’s Church. Whether you want to walk in Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s steps or stroll along the shopping streets, Frankfurt has much to offer for every taste. There are trains every hour from Rüdesheim to Frankfurt.


A modern metropolis with classic flair. Elegant and picturesque, attractive and lively, musical and sporty: that’s Wiesbaden, the state capital, which was widely referred to as the “Nice of the North” in its heyday. And with good reason: The elegant villa districts, the historic buildings around the natural spring area, one of the most beautiful casinos in Europe in the historic Kurhaus, the magnificent State Theatre, extensive parks and lush avenues bear witness to a famous and glorious past. Wiesbaden is 25 km from Rüdesheim and there are trains every hour.

Lorch am Rhein

Ten kilometres from Rüdesheim up the Rhine is the wine town of Lorch, an ideal starting point for hiking tours. The districts of Ransel and Wollmerschied as well as the climatic health resort Espenschied can be reached via the romantic Wisper Valley. The Hilchenhaus, the most important Renaissance building in the Middle Rhine Valley, built in 1546/48 by Johann Hilchen von Lorch, invites you to events and exhibitions in the Knights’ Hall and culinary delights in the romantic Hilchen cellar. With its small, historic old town featuring half-timbered houses, Lorch is an attractive destination for an excursion.

Bingen am Rhein

The gateway to the “Upper Middle Rhine Valley” UNESCO world heritage site together with Rüdesheim am Rhein and embedded in the four wine-growing regions of Rheinhessen, Nahe, Rheingau and Middle Rhine, Bingen is an attractive tourist destination. It is also the home of the Mäuseturm (Mouse tower) and of the great scholar and well-known saint Hildegard. With the Rhine promenade – the Kulturufer Bingen, which was redesigned in 2008 – the town impresses every guest with a wide variety of things to do against a breathtakingly picturesque backdrop. The composition of cultural and natural landscape is unique and has its own special charm.

Der Rheinreisende

If you would like to learn more, a lot of interesting, useful and entertaining information can be found in the “Der Rheinreisende” (the Rhine traveller) blog, in which castle owners, tourism experts and interested parties write about the castles and palaces along the romantic Rhine. The blog is in German.