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Rudesheim Old World Pub / Cafe

Hi ~ My husband and I will be in Rudesheim and we like to find the oldest pub or cafe in the city. We like old world historic charm. The tourist board could not help us. Does any one have any experiences and recommendations? Thank you in advance. - Renie

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Tip: look into TripAdvisor which of the places in Rüdesheim you like most.

Does it have to be Rüdesheim?

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Mark, thank you for your reply. Yes, we will be in Rudesheim. And I have looked on TripAdvisor, but we are looking for one with old world historic charm, so I was hoping someone could have a recommendation.

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Again: Does it have to be Rüdesheim? Or is close by also valid?

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We were there on a river cruise. It was hard to get a sense of the village because it was so busy with some kind of wine festival. I can't tell you a specific place to stop, but I will say that we tried to stay off the main street along the river. It was all shops selling the same thing. There was a walkway above the village that led to a gondola. The views from there were lovely. We noticed when we left town the next day that there was a really interesting, smaller village that I think you can access from the Niederwald monument from the gondola. It would have been fun to explore that town. It would appear from a map that the name of the town is Assmanhausen. I'm sorry I can't offer you specifics and hope that this is of some help.

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We too stopped there on a river cruise in June. The tour included a visit to Siegfrieds Musikkabinett, a ride on the gondola and lunch at The Rudesheimer Schloss. It has a lovely outdoor dining room. The food and wine were excellent. It's just down a side street in between the upper and lower road. I agree the road right next to the river isn't that great. You need to go up the hill where it's more quaint.

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Hi - we just returned from a visit in the Rhine. We stayed in St. Goar and took the train to Rudesheim. You want to walk to Drosselgrasse Street which is very quaint and charming. Don't forget to have their famous "coffee". Have fun!

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One other note about restaurants in Germany - we found that many do not accept credit cards. Be prepared to carry cash for dining.

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If you want to be in this area I would choose either Eltville or Assmanshausen. Both have tons more charm than Rüdesheim, which is filled with the tackiest souvenir stores around. If you want Made in China stuff, this is the town for you. Only saving graces of Rüdesheim are cheap schnitzels, the chair lift ride and Siegfrieds Musical Cabinet.

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Ms Jo, I would agree on your assessment of Rudesheim for the most part. It does look to have a lot of charm but its filled with people and the gift shops along the "main drag" were, indeed, tacky. I'm curious if you read my comment regarding Assmanhausen. Am I correct that it can be reached via the gondola in Rudesheim? It did look charming.

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Thank you for your recommendations. I see I failed to mention in my original request that I will be on a river cruise and my time is unfortunately limited. But I hope to experience the gondola.

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I was on a river cruise as well. (Viking) There would have been time to take the cable car to Assmanhausen had I planned to do that ahead of time.