Rhine River Cruise, Day Three (afternoon): Rudesheim

We returned to our Felicity after our morning in Mainz and during lunch the ship departed for Rudesheim (the official name is Rudesheim am Rhein) just a few miles downstream.

Rudesheim is a pleasant little Rhine Valley wine town that is famous for its cafes and a shopping mall called Drosselgasse that is really not much bigger than a large alley. It’s a small town and as we walked around we were never more than three blocks from the river. And some of us were astounded to discover that, after visiting Strasbourg, Speyer, Heildelberg and Mainz, there was no cathedral in sight!

Outside Seigfried’s Museum. I found the exterior of the old building and the car parked in front more interesting than the museum inside.

We exited Felicity and boarded a small motorized train for our ten-minute ride into town. First stop was Seigfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum which was housed in one of the oldest buildings in town. Frankly, I found the building and the ancient car parked outside more interesting than the museum but some people were enthralled with the various music-making devices. My working career spanned the waning days of the IBM punched card accounting machines and the dawn of the Computer Age. Some of the musical machines reminded me of the 80-column punched cards we used back in the ’50s and ’60s to store our precious data.

A mechanical banjo machine.

The mechanisms inside one of the instruments.

Our museum host demonstrated several of the machines. Some had dolls and toys that moved with the music.

Some of the walls in the museum’s various rooms were decorated with faded murals, probably dating from the building’s completion in 1650.

After the museum we made our way down the hill about 100 feet or so to a cafe where we listened to a lively German band while we sampled one of Rudesheim’s finest drinks: coffee and brandy topped with whipped cream and chocolate flakes. Ummm, it was good!

We listened to this band while sampling the coffee and brandy.

Patrick from Perth, one of our new-found cruise friends, joined us at the cafe.

After the coffee all of the gals descended onto Drosselgasse for some serious shopping while some of the guys took a Bitburger break at a nearby beirgarten. Then some people decided to walk the 20 minutes back to our ship but my wife and I feared the weather might get nasty and so we waited for our little train to take us back.

Patrick, Steve and I found a nice beer garden by the river just down the hill from the shopping area that beckoned our wives.. Bitburger seems to be the most popular beer in this part of Germany.

I guess they think everyday is Christmas in this store!

Many shops and restaurants can be found along the Drosselgasse.

An alley off the main shopping lane.

A local family came to greet us when we arrived back at the park where our ship was docked.

Back on the ship before dinner our energetic lounge singer and piano player Elmar demonstrated his presentation skills as he gave us an interesting lecture on Rhine travel, preparing us for the cruise through the Rhine Gorge on Thursday morning.

Avalon had one of their optional excursions on Wednesday night: back to Rudesheim for an authentic German dinner. We decided to save our 88 euros, however, and remained on board for our standard Americanized dinner which was followed by drinking and dancing in the lounge until the bewitching hour.

It was our most social day on the cruise so far.

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About crowcanyonjournal

I am a family man with interests in family history, photography, history and travel.
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