Friday, December 26, 2014

The Seilbahn in Rüdesheim am Rhein

Seilbahn Rüdesheim
Oberstraße 37
65385 Rüdesheim am Rhein
Buy tickets and board the cable car at this address in the pedestrian area.

After enjoying the Christmas market and the mechanical instrument museum in Rüdesheim am Rhein, C and I continued our touristy fun with a ride on the Seilbahn.

To the Seilbahn!
The Seilbahn is a cable car that whisks visitors from the middle of town up to the Niederwald monument that overlooks the Rhein and town. For seven euros, we purchased round tickets and braved the blustery winter wind during the ride.

This guy zipped by. I wonder if he was on his way back to the Christmas market?

The ride affords a good view of the Rhein, the local vineyards, and the surrounding countryside.

Looking south, toward the Rhein

The ride ends at the Niederwald monument, which celebrates either the founding of Germany in 1871 and/or the French-German War of 1870-1. Both answers seem to be correct on that one. Germania is the fancy lady up top.

In addition to the monument, there is also the Niederwald temple (more like a big gazebo), a restaurant (closed for the winter), and bathrooms (which require 3 10 cent pieces or a kind prior patron leaving the door open to use).

Since it was cold and we had enjoyed enough fun at the top, we hopped back in. We enjoyed the chilly and touristy ride that gifted us with some great views.

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