town is perhaps
the most frequented of all the tourist spots along the Middle Rhine
livelihood, for as long
as anyone knows, has come from wine production and the shipment of
goods on the river. The narrow streets and lanes are crowded with wine
bars and souvenir shops. A stroll through the
“Drosselgasse” (the most famous street in
Ruedesheim), a narrow lane only nine feet wide, can seem like a full
day’s trip in the peak tourist season.
Niederwald monument. Construction began in 1877, and ever since then
monument has drawn many tourists. It was possible to reach it with a
chain-driven tram from 1885 until its destruction in 1939. In 1954 an
aerial tramway was built to replace the original and since than has
taken visitors to the 123-foot (38 m) high monument and the 34-foot
(10.5-meter) high statue of Germania. On clear days a sweeping
view of the river valley below is guaranteed.