Rudesheim am Rhein

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Rudesheim am Rhein
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Coordinates: 49 ° 59 '  N , 7 ° 55'  E

Basic data
State : Hesse
Administrative region : Darmstadt
County : Rheingau-Taunus district
Height : 87 m above sea level NHN
Area : 51.44 km 2
Residents: 9949 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 193 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 65385
Primaries : 06722, 06726Template: Infobox municipality in Germany / maintenance / area code contains text
License plate : RÜD, SWA
Community key : 06 4 39 013
City structure: 5 districts

City administration address :
Markt 16
65385 Rüdesheim am Rhein
Website :
Mayor : Klaus Zapp (independent)
Location of the city of Rüdesheim am Rhein in the Rheingau-Taunus district
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Rudesheim from Niederwalddenkmal seen from

Rüdesheim am Rhein is a wine town in the Hessian Rheingau-Taunus district and lies with the opposite Bingen at the southern gateway to the Middle Rhine Valley . Rüdesheim belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley . It lies at the foot of the coppice forest . The city belongs to the Rhine-Main area and is a well-known tourist attraction.

Rüdesheim has almost 10,000 inhabitants.


Geographical location

Ferries between Bingen (above) and Rüdesheim (left, outside the picture)

The urban area of ​​Rüdesheim is part of three main groups of natural areas : the Upper Rhine lowlands , the Middle Rhine area and the Taunus . The landscape offered here is correspondingly diverse in a very small space. It includes the Rhine meadows , the Binger Loch , the Rheingau , the Niederwald , the Rheingau mountains and the Wispertaunus as natural spaces . There is also a view of the Hunsrück and Saar-Nahe-Bergland from the Niederwald to the Donnersberg in the south, 39.5 kilometers away .

Rüdesheim is located in the extreme southwest of the Rheingau-Taunus district. The southern and eastern borders of the urban area lie from river kilometer 525 at the Rüdesheimer Hafen to river kilometer 535 opposite Reichenstein Castle in the Rhine channel and include the Rüdesheimer Aue and various shallows such as the Krausaue or the Clemensgrund , which dry out when the water is low . The banks of the Rhine at Rüdesheim are at a height of 81 meters and at Assmannshausen at 77 meters.

The banks of the Rhine from Rüdesheim

Sunlit southern slopes stretch from Rüdesheim and Eibingen to the Niederwald (346 meters) and Ebental (304 meters), although these initially have a moderate gradient in the east and become increasingly steeper towards the Binger Loch in the west. These slopes are laid out as vineyards up to a height of about 250 meters . From the Rhine near Assmannshausen and from the Kerbtal of the Eichbach, which flows out there, the mountain flanks of the Taunus rise up as steep slopes exposed to the west, sometimes as rocky cliffs and scree slopes, which, if at all, could only be cultivated for steep-slope viticulture. Between Assmannshausen and the Ehrenfels castle ruins , viticulture on the traditional vineyard terraces has been almost completely given up because the plots could only be reached on foot on narrow paths and stairs, and therefore the management could not be mechanized. In these steep slopes has Verbuschung begun.

To the north of Assmannshausen and Aulhausen on the Eichbach , the Kammerforst rises over the Bacharacher Kopf (342 meters) and the Hörkopf (379 meters) to the Taunushauptkamm . This begins in the west 700 meters before the banks of the Rhine at Teufelskadrich (416 meters). To the east, the ridge line climbs up to 500 meters via the forester's house Kammerforst to the top of the room . The Rüdesheim glider airfield is located on a forest meadow on the southern slopes. At the heads of the rooms, the Taunus main ridge branches off to the northwest between the Bodental and the Grohlochtal near Presberg to form a side ridge . The Jägerhorn , 538 meters high, is the highest mountain in the city of Rüdesheim .

North of the Grohloch valley , on a cleared ridge at 410 meters above sea level, Presberg is the highest district of Rüdesheim. To the north of Presberg, the urban area ends in the deeply cut Wisper Valley near the Kammerburg .

From the Rhine to the Wisper, the urban area extends over a length of 13 kilometers and a width of up to 5 kilometers.

Neighboring communities and districts

Rüdesheim borders the city of Geisenheim in the east , on the opposite bank of the Rhine in the south with the city of Bingen , in the west with the communities of Weiler and Trechtingshausen (all three districts of Mainz-Bingen in Rhineland-Palatinate ), and in the west and north with the city of Lorch .

City structure

In addition to the core town of Rüdesheim, the town of Rüdesheim am Rhein has also included the Eibingen district with the Windeck and Trift settlements since 1939 and the Assmannshausen , Aulhausen and Presberg districts incorporated as part of the Hessian regional reform since 1977 . A local district with an elected local advisory council was set up for each of the last three districts mentioned . The boundaries of the local districts follow the previous district boundaries. The core city and Eibingen were combined to form the Alt-Rüdesheim district. The buildings in Rüdesheim and Eibingen grew together after the war. Nevertheless, there is still a district Eibingen that clearly delimits the two parts of the city from one another.

The population of the local districts has developed as follows:

district Population
as of June 2015
as of June 2018
Alt-Rudesheim 6837 6922
Assmannshausen 982 995
Aulhausen 1195 1208
Presberg 859 870
total 9873 9995


Rüdesheim - Excerpt from the Topographia Hassiae by Matthäus Merian 1655
Panorama of Rudesheim and Eibingen Monastery, 1833
Rüdesheim old town with the eagle tower seen from the Rhine, photochromic print around 1900
Binger Mouse Tower and Ehrenfels Castle on the Rhine near Ruedesheim

The area around Rüdesheim was settled early on, first by the Celts , then by Ubiern and later by Mattiakern since the turn of the century . In the 1st century the Romans advanced as far as the Taunus . In Bingen they built a fort and on the opposite side, in the area of ​​today's Rüdesheim, there was a bridgehead on the way to the Limes . The Romans were followed by the Alemanni and with the Great Migration the Franks . Archaeological glass finds from this period suggest that wine was already being grown in Rüdesheim back then . The location and size of the original settlement, which emerged as a Franconian cluster village , can be seen from the course of the streets Klunkhardshof and Kleine Grabenstraße , which encircle this area.

The Veronese donation of 983 strengthened the position of the Archbishops of Mainz, especially in the lower Rheingau , thus also in Rüdesheim. Their possessions, the population living on them and the nobility who served them were withdrawn from the sovereignty of the Rhine counts and placed under their own jurisdiction. Little by little, more and more of the wealthy aristocrats in Rüdesheim came under their feudal sovereignty, as a result of which the influence of the Rhine Counts in Rüdesheim as in the entire Rheingau was gradually pushed back until they themselves became dependent on the feudal fief and the archbishop finally achieved unrestricted territorial rule.

Under Archbishop Bardo (1031-1051), viticulture in the Rheingau, and in particular in Rüdesheim, was promoted as planned for the first time. At the request of the people, he released "mountainous land in Rudensheim and Ibingen" (Rüdesheim and Eibingen) for clearing and cultivation in order to plant vineyards there. The great expansion of viticulture by clearing forest areas began in 1074 under Archbishop Siegfried I. The clearing permit he generally granted was strictly linked to the condition that only vineyards were planted in Rottland . The clearing of the entire Rheingau over the following 150 years, including Rüdesheim, laid the foundation for prosperity in the following period. In 1226 all further clearing in the Rheingau was prohibited. From that time on, Rüdesheim lived mainly from viticulture and shipping , especially rafting .

In the 15th and 16th centuries, the Rheingau was largely spared from military campaigns , not least due to the protection of the Rheingau Gebück . Rüdesheim achieved some prosperity. The ring wall as a city fortification was extended from Löhrstrasse to Steingasse and reinforced by several towers, of which only the Adlerturm on the banks of the Rhine has been preserved as a former powder tower. The Rüdesheimer Weinmarkt, one of three Rheingau wine markets, flourished and a new wine crane was installed on the Rhine. Ship mills not only ground grain, but also other technical raw materials and the Rhine was animated by numerous ships. Rüdesheim was of particular importance for the growing traffic, because this is where the country road ended on the steep bank of the Rhine and all traffic downstream had to transfer to ships, as there was still no Rhine bank road to Assmannshausen and Lorch. That is why numerous Rüdesheim boatmen found a good living as freight and ferrymen, as pilots and raft helmsmen. Many travelers stopped in Rüdesheim to wait for a suitable ship, which encouraged the development of numerous inns.

In 1803 the Reichsdeputationshauptschluss ended the rule of Kurmainz in the Rheingau. Rüdesheim came under the rule of the Duchy of Nassau . On April 4, 1816, Rüdesheim became the seat of the ducal Nassau office of Rüdesheim and received city ​​rights on January 1, 1818 .

When the area was divided into districts after the Prussian annexation of the Duchy of Nassau in 1867 , Rüdesheim received the seat of the newly founded Rheingau District and thus became a district town .

Valley station of the Rüdesheim cable car to the Niederwald monument in Oberstrasse

In 1877, Kaiser Wilhelm I laid the foundation stone for the Niederwald Monument, which was completed in 1883. This national monument attracted a large number of tourists who were initially able to get to the monument high above the city by donkey, from 1885 with the Niederwaldbahn , a steam-powered rack railway and since 1954 with a cable car . Tourism increasingly replaced shipping as the main source of income.

In 1939, the then independent municipality of Eibingen was incorporated into Rüdesheim by the Rüdesheim National Socialists against the will of the Eibingen population .

November 25, 1944, after the calendar of saints of Catherine of Alexandria ordained, was as Catherine's called the black day for Rudesheim, placed as a heavy bombing the area around the Catholic and Protestant parish church in ruins and more than 200 deaths. Even decades after the war, Catherine's Day is dedicated to commemorating this event and the dead. Because the oldest buildings in the old town were spared and the reconstruction took place quickly, Rüdesheim soon regained its tourist attraction. To accommodate the many displaced persons and refugees after the war, new residential areas were built in Rüdesheim and Eibingen: the Windeck settlement in 1953, the Trift settlement in 1970 and Rüdesheim-Ost in 1977.


On January 1, 1977, the Assmannshausen community, which had merged with Aulhausen on October 1, 1970, and the Presberg community were incorporated into the town of Rüdesheim am Rhein.

At the same time, Rüdesheim had to cede the status of the district town to Bad Schwalbach when the Rheingau-Taunus district was formed from the Rheingau district and the Untertaunus district .

Since 2002, Rüdesheim and the Upper Middle Rhine Valley have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Together with the city of Lorch, Rüdesheim is the only Hessian member of the “Upper Middle Rhine Valley World Heritage” association.


City Council

The local elections on March 6, 2016 produced the following results, compared to previous local elections:

Distribution of seats in the 2016 city council
A total of 31 seats
  • SPD : 4
  • FDP : 1
  • CDU : 13
  • WE : 4
  • GfR : 9
Parties and constituencies 2016 2011 2006 2001
% Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats
CDU Christian Democratic Union of Germany 42.3 13 41.2 13 44.8 14th 52.0 19th
WE Free voters-WIR, voter initiative Rüdesheim am Rhein 14.2 4th 21.4 7th 23.6 7th - -
SPD Social Democratic Party of Germany 12.3 4th 19.9 6th 23.4 7th 32.3 12
GfR Together for Rüdesheim 27.3 9 - - - - - -
FDP Free Democratic Party 3.9 1 4.1 1 3.0 1 15.7 6th
Open green list Open Green List Rüdesheim - - 13.4 4th 5.1 2 - -
total 100.0 31 100.0 31 100.0 31 100.0 37
Voter turnout in% 45.8 47.7 46.4 49.7


On November 10, 2019, Klaus Zapp (non-party) was elected mayor in a runoff election against the previous incumbent Volker Mosler (CDU). The turnout was 67.4 percent. He took office on February 1, 2020.

Former mayor
  • 2008 to 2020: Volker Mosler (CDU)
  • 1996 to 2008: Udo Grün (independent)
  • 1972 to 1996: Hubert Schlephorst

With Leopold Bausinger (term of office 1936–1945 and 1947–1950) and Klaus Dinse (term of office 1951–1965), two Rüdesheimer mayors were elected to the district administrator of the Rheingau district and determined the district policy from 1950 until the completion of the regional reform in Hesse at the end of 1976.

Town twinning

The city of Rüdesheim am Rhein maintains partnerships with

coat of arms

City arms

Blazon : “In red over a green shield base, a gold-nimbed and gold-armored silver rider on a gold-bridled silver horse striding on the shield base, lifting his blue cloak with his left hand and dividing it with a silver sword in his right, on the right-hand side on the shield base a gold-nimbed silver one bearded man in a long robe and pilgrim hat, in his right hand a black book with a red section, in his left hand holding a golden pilgrim's staff on his body, diagonally above to the left accompanied by a silver shell, in the middle of the shield foot a golden-haired, silver man seated to the left, barefoot in a loincloth , with bent left and outstretched right leg, arms raised, in the left hand a black crutch. "

Declaration of the coat of arms: The rider is St. Martin of Tours , who shares his cloak with the arms in front of him and was especially venerated during the Kurmainzer period, the standing pilgrim is St. James with his pilgrim staff and scallop.

The Rüdesheim coat of arms has undergone many changes and in the 19th century consisted at times only of the scallop shell. A similar seal existed as a seal as early as the 17th and 18th centuries.

Culture and sights


Brömserhof with Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet
  • Siegfrieds Mechanisches Musikkabinett - First German Museum for Data Storage - Musical Instruments. The history of self-playing music and its instruments from four centuries is presented on over 400 square meters of exhibition space , from the music box to the multi-ton orchestrion . Special features: unique collection of self-playing violins, such as the Hupfeld Phonoliszt Violina with six violins, the Hupfeld Violina Orchestra or Poppers Violinovo and, since 2009, a cinema organ from Welte . Since 1996 there has also been a porcelain carillon from Meissen with 22 bells.
  • Medieval Torture Museum - The museum shows the legal history of the Middle Ages as well as the time of the witch hunt in Germany on 1000 square meters in historical vaulted cellars. It exhibits a rich collection of the most impressive torture tools. The valuable picture collection of well-known masters of the time are contemporary witnesses of the centuries. A photo documentation from Amnesty International on the subject of human rights violations in the 20th and 21st centuries rounds off Europe's largest exhibition on the subject of "Witches, Torture, Stake".
  • Asbach Visitor Center - Presentation of the Asbach distillery with Asbach shop
  • Rheingau Wine Museum Brömserburg - Tells the thousand-year history of viticulture in Germany with a focus on the Rheingau in the oldest castle in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley World Heritage area
  • Toy and Railway Museum - The museum shows the Romantic Rhine from Rüdesheim to Koblenz in operation in the style of the 1930s to 1950s on a large-scale railway installation of 51 square meters. All the distinctive points on the Rhine can be found in the model. Children's and adult toys from the past 100 years. Dolls, shops, doll kitchens, cars, steam engines, metal construction kits and much more can be viewed in showcases. The development of toy trains over the past 100 years deserves special attention. Clockwork trains, live steam trains, electric railways can be found in large numbers.
In the old town of Rüdesheim ( Drosselgasse )


  • Rüdesheim concerts, four concerts in the meeting room of the town hall
  • Rheingau music festival, concerts in the St. Jakobus Church and in the St. Hildegardis Monastery and the Heilig Kreuz parish church in the Assmannshausen district
  • Classical concert on the eve of the traditional wine festival in August
  • Live light music in the bars on Drosselgasse


Niederwald monument with cable car
The Boosenburg with the villa of the Carl Jung winery

Regular events

Christmas market of the nations on the Rüdesheim market square

A number of large events and festivals take place in Rüdesheim, which have become a magnet for visitors.

  • German Sekt Day (second weekend in May)
  • Children's Sunday, last Sunday before Corpus Christi / Magic Bike (first time 2009)
  • Magic-Bike-Rüdesheim, one of the largest European Harley-Davidson meetings (usually on Corpus Christi weekend )
  • Assmannshausen in RED (early summer)
  • Valley Totally car-free Middle Rhine Valley between Rüdesheim and Koblenz on the last Sunday in June
  • Rhine in flames on the first Saturday in July
  • World Heritage celebrations at the Niederwald monument at irregular intervals, depending on the occasion
  • Rüdesheim Wine Festival (third weekend in August)
  • Rhine on Skates (last Saturday in August)
  • Hill climb in Presberg (last weekend in August)
  • Hildegardistag pilgrimage to the parish church Eibingen (September 17th)
  • Spring White Days (last “wine festival” of the year) end of October, beginning of November
  • Christmas market of the nations during the Advent season from late November to Christmas

Economy and Infrastructure

Tourism and viticulture

Grape harvest below the Niederwald monument

Viticulture, Niederwald monument and tourism work together to shape life and the economic situation, especially in the districts of Rüdesheim and Assmannshausen. The resulting attraction also radiates to the major events that take place here. With around 380,000 overnight stays, the city accounts for almost a third of all overnight stays in the Rheingau-Taunus district. Added to this are the guests who stay overnight on board one of the river cruise ships in Rüdesheim and the many day visitors from the region. Gastronomy and hotels are concentrated in the old town of Rüdesheim around the famous Drosselgasse , but also in Assmannshausen.

After the first tourist trips in Europe through the romantic Rhine Valley at the end of the 18th century, the inauguration of the Niederwald monument marked the beginning of an ongoing tourism boom in Rüdesheim. Initially with carriages, donkeys and from 1885 with the quickly built cog railway, visitors moved from the banks of the Rhine up to the “Germania” on the Niederwald. After the Second World War , the partially destroyed railway was canceled and a cable car to the memorial was built in 1954. The international fame and popularity of the small town is reflected in a share of almost 50% foreign visitors. In addition to the well-known destinations, the St. Hildegardis Abbey, the Eibingen parish church with the shrine of Hildegard von Bingen or the round tours with cable car, chairlift and boat connecting Rüdesheim, Niederwald and Assmannshausen are also of interest to visitors.

The serving of Rüdesheimer Riesling wines or Pinot Noir from Assmannshausen in taverns , wine bars and other forms of food and wine form the basis to provide guests with the way of life associated with the consumption of wine, which Rheinromantik , German cosiness aims and Rhenish cheerfulness out there, understanding to open up to quality in wine and to win new friends and customers. Numerous winemakers offer wine tastings and direct sales.

On the occasion of the Rüdesheim Wine Festival, the coronation of the wine queen and her princesses traditionally takes place. The queen and her princesses represent the city of Rüdesheim and their wine at numerous events inside and outside the city.

The harbor park, created from a redesign of the former towpath and the bank fortifications, is now part of the route of the World Heritage Gardens in the UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley .

The importance of the once formative Asbach distillery is now only minor due to the relocation of essential parts of the business. The Asbach Visitor Center remained in the city . After the company was sold to United Distillers (today Diageo), half of the former Asbach site at the train station was bought by the city of Rüdesheim and the Rheingau-Taunus district and then sold to the Hessische Landgesellschaft for marketing. In 2008 the district and city bought back the area. In November 2010 the city council decided to buy the district share. Marketing of the site is now in the hands of the city of Rüdesheim am Rhein.

Other commercial and service companies

In addition, there are a number of shops in the trade and larger craft businesses, especially in the industrial area south of the railway line. Major employers are also the St. Josefs Hospital and in Aulhausen the St. Vinzenz Stift .



Rüdesheim is connected by the federal highway 42 with the Rhine-Main region in the east and Koblenz in the north. A country road leads from Rüdesheim through the vineyards steeply up to the Niederwald monument, to the Niederwald hunting lodge , to Aulhausen and past Aulhausen to Presberg . There is a ferry connection with motor vehicle and passenger ferries to Bingen on the left southern bank of the Rhine.

The Rhine Cycle Path mostly leads along the banks of the Rhine from Wiesbaden to Rüdesheim. Down the Rhine, the cycle path was to be built on the federal road by 2011.


The Rudesheim (Rhein) railway station is holding station of the Rheingau line RB10 Frankfurt / M - Wiesbaden - Koblenz - Neuwied of Vias GmbH on the right Rhine line .

From 1862 to 1900, rail link to consisted Bingerbrück by ferry and 1915-1945 to Bingen on the Hindenburg bridge that was blown up to the war. All concepts for rebuilding a bridge connection to Bingen have so far remained fruitless. There are 84 kilometers of river between Mainz / Wiesbaden and Koblenz only ferry connections between the left and right banks.

Due to the heavy load on the right Rhine route with freight trains, plans arose in 2003 to relocate the railway line within Rüdesheim into a tunnel. The long traffic jams that occur again and again in front of the level crossing on federal highway 42 , which crosses the tracks west of the town, just before the train station, would also be eliminated. However, in 2012 the media showed that the Hessian Ministry of Economics and Transport had canceled support for this project.

Ship connections

The Rhine ferry from Bingen to Rüdesheim offers a constant connection with the neighboring town of Bingen on the Rhine as a passenger ferry and a motor vehicle ferry .

In the period from April to the end of October, passenger ships operate daily on the Rhine between Mainz / Wiesbaden and Cologne / Koblenz , which connect Rüdesheim with many places on the Upper Middle Rhine according to the schedule . The river cruises between Basel and Rotterdam also go to Rüdesheim. Over a length of more than a kilometer, 20 landing stages for the various shipping companies are lined up on the banks of the Rhine near the city .

Cable car

Since 1954, the leading cable car Rudesheim , originally from PHB built cable car 85 half-open two-seater gondolas of Rudesheim over a distance of 1,400 meters up to the Niederwald Monument, overcoming a height difference of 209 meters. It was shut down in 2004 and replaced by an outwardly very similar gondola lift built by LST / Wopfner , which can transport 720 people per hour and direction.

Since 1953, a double chairlift has been going from Assmannshausen 900 meters over a height difference of about 225 meters to the Niederwald hunting lodge .

Both cable cars had a railway as a predecessor. Since May 30, 1884, the Niederwaldbahn , a meter-gauge rack and pinion railway , has led from Rüdesheim up the mountain to the Niederwald monument. In an Allied air raid on November 25, 1944, the track system was destroyed and, by decision of the city fathers in 1952, the railway was not rebuilt. The Aßmannshausen – Jagdschloß railway was a 1.53 km long, narrow-gauge, narrow-gauge, rack-and-pinion railway that was opened on 10 October 1885 on a trial basis. The First World War brought her to an early end in 1917 due to a lack of tourists; the tracks were dismantled in 1922.

Bike trails

Ehrenfels castle ruins with a view of Bingen, Bingerbrück and Mäuseturm

The Hessian long-distance cycle route R3 ( Rhein-Main-Kinzig-Radweg ) starts in Rüdesheim and leads under the motto In the footsteps of the late harvest rider . along the Rhine , Main and Kinzig via Fulda to Tann in the Rhön . On the first section to Eltville am Rhein , the R3a variant leads over the Rheingau Riesling Route . The towpath has been a pedestrian and cycle path from Rüdesheim to Eltville since 2013. The cycle path is under construction in the direction of Assmannshausen and on to Kaub. Due to the complex construction (in parts as a balcony over the Rhine), completion is not yet in sight.

Hiking trails

  • In 2014, the city ​​signposted Hildegard-Weg as a nearly seven-kilometer circular route around the city. Information boards are provided at important points such as the St. Hildegard Abbey or the St. Hildegard pilgrimage church .
  • The Rheinsteig from Wiesbaden via Koblenz to Bonn leads through the district of Rüdesheim and touches the monastery and the Niederwald monument .
  • Another hiking trail is the Riesling route. It leads along the Rhine and through the enchanting vineyards from Rüdesheim am Rhein to Wiesbaden.
  • Five DSV-certified Nordic walking trails have been set up around Rüdesheim and Assmannshausen. There are easy paths for walkers to the Ehrenfels castle ruins and to all of the famous viewpoints on the Niederwald. There are hikers' parking spaces in Rüdesheim (P2), on the Niederwald, on the outskirts of Assmannshausen, on the Ebental and in Presberg.

Educational institutions

In addition, there were elementary schools in Assmannshausen (Nikolausschule) and Presberg. These were closed in 2012 and 2011 respectively.


The knight family of the city called themselves "von Rüdesheim". Its most important representative was Rudolf von Rüdesheim (1402–1482), papal envoy and prince-bishop of Breslau .

sons and daughters of the town

Registered share of the Rheinische Actien-Verein für Weinbau und Weinhandel Dilthey, Sahl & Co from April 1889; issued to Theodor Dilthey

Other personalities associated with the city

  • The composer Johannes Brahms (1833–1897) was a repeated guest between 1874 and 1895 in the house of the Beckerath family in Rüdesheim (Oberstrasse / Schmidstrasse, today Sekthaus Solter). In 1883 he wrote the Third Symphony in F major, Op. 90 in Wiesbaden . During this time he also took part in the ceremonial unveiling of the Niederwald monument in Rüdesheim. In a humorous letter from the composer to Rudolf von Beckerath in 1887, he let it be known that he was looking forward to “things like your cellar and your violin , the pouring of the woman and the joining of the man”. The “Rüdesheim Brahms Days” take place once a year in the rooms of the former Villa Sturm on Rheinstrasse in memory of the composer.
  • The now almost forgotten composer Bernhard Hopffer (born August 7, 1840 in Berlin ) died on August 20, 1877 in the Niederwald hunting lodge near Rüdesheim. Hopffer studied music at the “Kullak Conservatory” and lived as a composer in Berlin. He spent the last years of his life in various health resorts due to a lung disease . He wrote symphonies, chamber music, songs - including "Lockung", op. 22 no. 1 (1872) after Joseph von Eichendorff - as well as the opera "Frithjof", which was premiered in Berlin in 1871.
  • The world-famous German violinist Gerhard Taschner (1922–1976) lived from 1946 to 1950 in the home of the art-loving wine manufacturer Carl Jung in Rüdesheim. In a trio with Ludwig Hoelscher and the legendary pianist Walter Gieseking , he gave a series of private concerts here.
  • The poet Stefan George (1868–1933) was not - as is often claimed - born in Rüdesheim, but in Büdesheim near Bingen , which of course is only a stone's throw from Rüdesheim on the other side of the Rhine.
  • Hildegard von Bingen (1098–1179) founded a second monastery in the Eibingen district after the Rupertsberg in Bingen. Their bones are laid out in the parish church of Eibingen. The importance of Hildegard von Bingen as an important woman and theologian of the Middle Ages was confirmed in 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI. recognized by the elevation to the status of church doctor.
  • Hugo Asbach (1868–1935) founded the German brand Asbach Uralt .
  • Siegfried Wendel (1935–2016), musical instrument collector and museum operator
  • Heinz Rühmann (1902–1994) and Lien Deyers (1909–1982) played the leading roles in the UFA sound film Lachende Erben , which was filmed in 1931 in Rüdesheim and Assmannshausen.

Web links

Commons : Rüdesheim am Rhein  - collection of images, videos and audio files


Individual evidence

  1. Hessian State Statistical Office: Population status on December 31, 2019 (districts and urban districts as well as municipalities, population figures based on the 2011 census) ( help ).
  2. a b c d e Topographic map 1: 25,000
  3. ^ City of Rüdesheim am Rhein: Rüdesheim in numbers ( Memento from October 11, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
  4. ^ City of Rüdesheim am Rhein: Rüdesheim in numbers ( Memento from December 16, 2019 in the Internet Archive )
  5. Karl Rolf Seufert:… is a fine country. A cultural history of the Rheingau from the beginning to the present. Published by the working group “1,000 Years of the Rheingau”. Eltville am Rhein 1983 (page 228)
  6. ^ Seufert, page 34
  7. Seufert, page 36 f.
  8. ^ Notes from the city archive. 1996. City archivist Rolf Göttert: Rüdesheim as an official city PDF file, 110 kB
  9. see also Leopold Bausinger : The Katharinentag 1944 in Rüdesheim am Rhein ( Memento from June 6, 2018 in the Internet Archive ) Rheingauer Heimatbrief 70, December 1969
  10. ^ Federal Statistical Office (ed.): Historical municipality directory for the Federal Republic of Germany. Name, border and key number changes in municipalities, counties and administrative districts from May 27, 1970 to December 31, 1982 . W. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart / Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1 , p. 375 f .
  11. Law on the reorganization of the Rheingau district and the Untertaunus district (GVBl. II 330-30) of June 26, 1974 . In: The Hessian Minister of the Interior (ed.): Law and Ordinance Gazette for the State of Hesse . 1974 No. 22 , p. 312 , § 11 ( online at the information system of the Hessian state parliament [PDF; 1.5 MB ]).
  12. ^ Result of the municipal election on March 6, 2016. Hessian State Statistical Office, accessed in April 2016 .
  13. ^ Hessian State Statistical Office: Result of the municipal elections on March 27, 2011
  14. ^ Hessian State Statistical Office: Result of the municipal elections on March 26, 2006
  15. Direct elections in Rüdesheim am Rhein. Hessian State Statistical Office , accessed in December 2019 .
  16. Rheingau Echo from December 19, 2019: "Withholding one term of office" - Schlephorst was head of the town hall for four terms (page 33)
  17. ^ Notes from the city archive: Zero hour in Rüdesheim
  18. ^ Notes from the city archive. 1999. City archivist Rolf Göttert: History of the Rüdesheim coat of arms PDF; 101 kB
  19. ^ Homepage of the Medieval Torture Museum in Rüdesheim
  20. ^ Asbach Visitor Center on the Internet ( Memento from December 20, 2008 in the Internet Archive )
  21. ^ Homepage of Rheingau Wine Museum Brömserburg
  22. Toy and Railway Museum on the Internet
  23. Magic Bike Rüdesheim on the Internet
  24. Hessian State Statistical Office: For the PDF download of the Hessian municipal statistics 2015 Overnight stays in the Rheingau-Taunus district see page 104 of the 5.4 MB PDF file
  25. Wiesbadener Kurier of January 10, 2010: City of Winners. ( Memento from July 19, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Asbach site. FDP for sale to Rüdesheim
  26. The landing stages are marked consecutively with numbers
  27. Facts about the Rüdesheim am Rhein cable car on the Internet ( Memento from June 7, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  28. Assmannshausen cable car on the Internet
  29. Flyer Hildegard-Weg
  30. Schools in the citizen portal of the city of Rüdesheim ( Memento from July 19, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  31. ^ Kreis wants to transfer the school in Assmannshausen to Rüdesheim. In: Wiesbaden Courier . July 3, 2019, archived from the original on July 3, 2019 ; accessed on December 17, 2019 .
  32. Wiesbadener Tagblatt , June 21, 2011
  33. 1894 . Asbach GmbH. Archived from the original on March 12, 2015. Retrieved February 16, 2013.