Nestled on the banks of the Rhine River, Rüdesheim is a picturesque town that’s renowned for its Riesling wines. At the heart of the town lies the Drosselgasse, which is lined with traditional tavernas and boutique shops, while vineyards blanket the surrounding countryside.
A short walk from the Drosselgasse is Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, which boasts one of the largest collections of mechanical music boxes in Germany. It’s housed with the Brömserhof, a noble court that was built in 1542, and features instruments dating from the 18th to 20th centuries. Admire the beautifully painted music boxes and giant piano-orchestrion, as well as barrel organs, piano rolls and tools used in their manufacture.
If you’re interested in the art of wine-making, be sure to visit the medieval Brömserburg Castle that is home to the Rheingau Wine Museum. It exhibits artifacts related to wine-making dating back to ancient times, including vintage tools, an extensive collection of drinking vessels and wine chalices, as well as decorative corks, sculptures and paintings.
The Brömserburg Castle is a destination in its own right, with its 11th-century square keep built on the site of a Roman tower bridge that once connected across the Rhine River to the settlement of Bingen. It’s one of the oldest castles on the Middle Rhine, having served as a customs toll watchtower for the Prince Archbishops of Mainz.
Scooter enthusiasts shouldn’t miss a visit to the Motorroller Museum, which boasts an impressive collection of vintage scooters, including the beloved Vespa. It was founded by Hans Krüger in 1979 and was once located in Rüdesheim am Rhein before recently moving to the nearby town of Kaub.