Assmannshausen – A Small Village on the Rhine Famous for its Red Wine Festival:
The vineyards of the Rhine Valley, we all know, are famous for their white wines (in particular the Rieslings) and their many wine festivals. There are however some towns and villages in the Upper Middle Rhine where red is their favourite drop and Assmannshausen is one such village.
“Assmannshausen in Red”
Assmannshausen is a little wine village near Rüdesheim that is famous for its red wine. Red wine connoiseurs seek out this medieval town on the Rhine River for its annual red wine festival. Assmannshausen produces Pinot Noir and the grapes come from the “Höllenberg” (hell mountain) – see how steep it is.
“Assmannshausen in Red” is a one-day red wine festival usually held on a Saturday in May or June. During this wine festival, wine connoiseurs can enjoy the famous Assmannshäuser wines in the numerous historical taverns in the village and outdoors. And of course there’ll local food to taste and live music, including many wine songs of the Rhine.
Things to See and Do
Stroll through the town and see the lovely half-timbered houses. In Assmannshausen’s late-Gothic style church is a 15th century Madonna. Also worth taking a look is Clemens Chapel, a 12th century basilica as well as the Niederwald hunting lodge.
On the Rhine promenade is the famous luxury hotel and guesthouse, the Hotel Krone Assmannshausen. This 450-year old historic hotel was a famous poet’s lodge in the 19th century. From Assmannshausen one can enjoy a good view of the Rheinstein Castle which is opposite the village.
Rhine River cruises are always popular. The KD ships that ply between Koblenz and Rüdesheim stop at Assmannshausen. A recommended trip to do is on the paddle steamer, the GOETHE.
Other popular activities include guided hikes or cycling trips to the nearby vineyards.
Map of Rhine River:
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