St. Hildegard Benedictine Abbey
Visit the St. Hildegard Abbey in the midst of the vineyards above Rüdesheim. The community of nuns lives according to the rules of St. Benedict and following the tradition of St. Hildegard of Bingen. Their lives are characterised by prayer and work, contemplation and action, seclusion and hospitality. When you reach the Klosterberg hill, you can first enjoy the spectacular view over the Middle Rhine Valley. You can also visit the pretty abbey church and admire the magnificent frescoes in the style of the Beuron School of Art or simply spend some time in contemplative silence. The large monastery shop offers a wide selection of books, cards, art from the monastery’s own workshops, fine wines, prosecco and liqueurs from the monastery winery, as well as spelt products, herbal teas and Hildegard herbs.
Stop off at the integrative monastery cafe, which offers small meals and cakes from the monastery kitchen, as well as a breakfast buffet on selected weekend dates. The Herring Dinner on Shrove Tuesday and the St. Martin’s goose dinner before Christmas have been a tradition for some time.
Contact: +49 (0) 67 22/ 4 99-0
Former monastery of Nothgottes
The pilgrimage church was built in 1390 by the Rüdesheim Brömser knights, while the monastery buildings date back to 1622. Today, the church’s holy statue can be found in the St. Jakobus parish church in Rüdesheim.
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Construction of the Heilig Kreuz (Holy Cross) parish church in Rüdesheim-Assmannshausen took place over several decades in the 14th century. The first written mention of the church dates from 1325. The high altar, formerly a crucifixion altar, was replaced by a Gothic-style winged altar in 1872. A painting donated by the School of M. Grünewald (15th century) was inserted into the centrepiece.
St. Jakobus Catholic
The St. Jakobus church on the Marktplatz square dates from the 14th century and is said to have been built by the knight Johann Brömser. The tower is topped by a weather vane with a crescent moon and a star in memory of the crusades in which the knight took part. After being almost completely destroyed in 1944, it was rebuilt in Rhenish quarry stone masonry. The medieval portrait tombstones of the Rüdesheim nobility and the Gothic tympanum are interesting features.
St. Hildegard Catholic
Today, the Catholic parish and pilgrimage church of St. Hildegard, rebuilt between 1932 and 1935 after a fire and incorporating earlier stylistic elements, stands on the foundations of the former monastery founded by Hildegard of Bingen in 1165. The church houses the Hildegardis shrine with the bones of St. Hildegard of Bingen. Every year on 17 September, the anniversary of Hildegard’s death, large numbers of pilgrims flock to Eibingen to participate in the procession of relics in honour of the saint.
Built in 1855 as the first protestant church in the Rheingau region. The vine window from 1968 with biblical parables and scenes about wine is particularly worth seeing.