Dating back to the Middle Ages, Rüdesheim boasts a rich historical and cultural heritage, as well as prime views over the dazzling Rhine Valley. First settled by the Celts, Rüdesheim prospered as an important Roman trading port on the Rhine before being inhabited by various Germanic tribes, most notably the Alemans and the Franks. Despite this tumultuous timeline, the town remained untouched by the wars that plagued the region throughout the Middle Ages – gifting it some of the Rhineland’s finest, untouched medieval architecture.
Home to world-famous vineyards, bustling taverns, rolling hills, and historical monuments, there is plenty to see, do, and experience in Rüdesheim. If you’re counting down the days to a luxury Rhine river cruise with Emerald Waterways, you can discover everything you need to know about this wonderful destination in our in-depth Rüdesheim city guide.