November 15, 2015

Trip to Rüdesheim

     

Recapping our trip to Rüdesheim this last summer. 

Rüdesheim is a quaint wine making town here in Germany. We took the 25 minute train ride from Wiesbaden with a tour put together by the military base. 
Rüdesheim is also part of the UNESCO world heritage site. 

We took the gondola up to the very top of the hill. We decided to do the "Ring Tour" which included, the gondola ride up, ski lift ride down and the boat ride back for €14 per person 
         
About to board the gondola, it doesn't stop,  you literally have to jump in. Strollers don't need to be folded, the attendee  places it inside an empty gondola for you and it will meet you at the top. 

She was so upset I woke her up early for this trip 

     
That face!!

      
That view was beautiful. 


         
          We arrived to the very top and 
       enjoyed the view of the Rhine from this temple. 


        
Walking up to the The Niederwalddenkmal monument. It was was built in the 1870s and made into a memorial to honor the Unification of Germany. 

        
 Germania at the top, holds the recovered crown of the emperor in the right hand and in the left the imperial Sword. I heard a German say Germania faces in the direction of France. 

       
After seeing the temple and monument,we continued our "ring tour" and walked through the forest.  It was nice and shady and helped us cool off from the hot sun 

          
At the end of the forest there was pretty resturaunt with outdoor seating under these gorgeous maple trees. We ordered typical German food and enjoyed the nice breeze. 

Next to the resturaunt is a Wildpark with deer you could feed. 
You can find the deer feed vending machines right next to the fence. 
      
                     She loves animals 

     
After lunch and visiting the animals, it was time to take the ski lift down over the vineyards. 

For this ride I had to fold up my stroller and the attendant secured it to an empty seat. 

We sat down and off we went. 
I asked the attendant if anyone had ever fallen off or if the ride itself had ever had something happen to it. He looks at me and says, 
"no never, but you could be the first" I felt like my stomach was going to fall out of my butt when he said that. 
               Germans and their sense of humor. 

       
 Vida sat in my lap while we rode the ski lift down and she was calm the whole way too. 
Me, on the other hand was super nervous. She's so unpredictable, I thought she would want to stand or to get down half way down. She proved me wrong. 

      
Going over the vineyards. 


We arrived at the bottom and made a bee line to the closet gelato stand.  We waited for the boat to arrive to complete our tour and take us back to the train station 

     

     
If you have a great seat, Vida will be your best friend.
This guy was on the tour with the group and was such a great help with the stroller when there were lots of stairs. Him and Vida became fast friends. She even left my lap to go sit where he was. :) 

      
We got off the one hour boat ride and headed back to the train station. I had to take pictures of these gorgeous mermaids outside this restaurant. 



Be sure to visit Bingen and Rüdesheim when you are in town. I heard  it's so beautiful for Christmas too. 

We had so much fun on this day trip, we walked over 3,000 steps that day and you better believe when we got home we had an early dinner, a cold shower & bath for Vida and we were in bed by 8pm and didn't wake up until 2pm the next day. The day wore us out. 
Be sure to check back here to see photos of the Christmas Market in Rudeshiem, it opens on Nov,26th. I cannot wait for the Christmas Markets to start!! 

Thanks for stopping by. 


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