We are still asking ourselves why Rheingau charmed us so much – was it for the sunny summer days, which we missed in Holland, or was it for the numerous picturesque sights. One thing is certain – Rheingau is beautiful!
6 Rheingau sights, which should not be missed:
Abtei St. Hildegard
The monastery was closed at the time we visited it, but just the sight of it was already stunning. The enormous brick building in the middle of the vineyards is a sight hard to forget. The monastery is in fact nun’s monastery of the Benedictine’s order. The impressive fact about it is that the nuns are extremely good in wine production.
(Coordinates: 126.96.36.199 / 007.55.49.6)
Rheingau is all about the wine. Also the Johannisberg Castle is one of the best know places for it – it is set in the middle of the vineyards, it has its own vine production and also a nice wine cellar can be found there. The wine has been producing for more than 900 years here. Being here during lunch hours, you might want to have it in its restaurant, offering superb views.
(Coordinates: 50.00.06.2 / 007.58.59.7)
Unfortunately we were not able to see the Vollrads Castle from the inside, as it was closed due to a yearly music festival. Nevertheless, the views across its vineyards showed us another pearl in Rheingau.
(Coordinates: 50.00.43.5 / 007.59.53.7)
The Eberbach Monastery was once one of the most active and biggest monasteries in Germany. Believe it or not, but also this monastery is known for its wine production. The look from the inside reveals beautifully restored grape presses and historical wine cellar.
(Coordinates: 50.02.30.4 / 008.02.57.6 – parking is payable – minimal amount is 4€, what holds up to 24 hours)
The Eltville town
If you are looking for small, but charming town along the river Rhine, make sure to stop at Eltville. There are some nice looking half-timbered houses in the old town center, but more importantly, you will find vibrant feel along the Rhine. Seeing locals hanging out with a glass of wine on a sunny day is nothing unusual.
Rüdesheim left us speechless and that is why we have written a separate blog post about it (read it here). With no exaggeration we can promise you, you will love the town yourself as well. It offers amazing views, good hiking trails, great food and wine… So visiting Rüdesheim or not, should not even be a question.
When you are traveling to Germany next time, you definitely should travel to Rheingau as well. If you are a true wine enthusiast, you will find yourself in paradise.
The Rheingau region is a nice one day or two days trip from Frankfurt am Main. Make sure to rent a car in Frankfurt to be able to explore the most beautiful parts of this German region. We always use www.economycarrentals.com.