Benedictine Abbey of St. Hildegard

Benedictine Abbey of St. Hildegard

Benedictine Abbey of St. Hildegard
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Mairwen1
By Mairwen1
Following the Hildegard Trail to the Abbey
5.0 of 5 bubblesOct 2019
The abbey and the cable-car were the 2 best things we did in Rudesheim. If you only have a few hours in Rudesheim, most people opt for the cable-car. However if you have more time then the abbey, sitting high up above Rudesheim, is a must. We walked up from Rudesheim, following the Hildegard Trail. It is worth noting that we had a lot of trouble finding the start of the trail (despite checking at the Tourist Information first). Finally we gave up and just started walking in the general direction of the abbey. Once we got to the big public carpark behind the town, the trail was easy to spot. From this point on it was well sign-posted. Just follow the nun (see photo of sign). The walk takes you through the vineyards, with stunning views across the town and the Rhine. It is all uphill but it is a steady incline and the paths are not challenging or difficult. Just take some water and a hat. Allow about 30 mins. HIGHLIGHTS: • Vineyards - the vineyards you walk through all belong to the abbey, making it quite unique. It is a working abbey and the community of 48 Benedictine nuns continue to live there, working and managing these vineyards and making and selling the wines, just like they have always done. • Wine-tasting – the abbey shop sells a big range of gifts, books and cards. Best of all they do wine-tasting. We bought a couple of bottles, despite having to carry them for the next few hours on the rest of our walk (we couldn’t help ourselves) • Chapel – I loved this peaceful, contemplative space. It has a small but beautiful courtyard garden, a large mosaic altarpiece and panels showing the life of the founder, St Hildegard of Bingen. It was a very special place. • The abbey’s information centre deserves a mention too. It was so well set out, with excellent information on the abbey, the lives of the nuns and St Hildegard, the founder. Much of the information was either very moving or inspiring. I found myself spending much more time than I expected, reading and reflecting. • St Hildegard – the woman herself is pretty impressive. Founding the abbey in 1165, she was also a writer, composer, polymath, philosopher, pharmacist and early natural scientist. I felt quite drawn to know more about her. • Pilgrim’s Path - from the abbey we extended our walk by joining the Pilgrims Path. Just follow the blue and green ‘Rheingauer Klostersteig’ signs (see photo of signs). You’ll need to allow a few hours. This was a long but fabulous walk which took us around the mountain, through farming land, then forest and finally down to Assmannshausen, where we caught the train home. NOTE: Entry to the abbey is free. There is a nice looking café (although we didn't stop here). The abbey also offers retreats and seminars.

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Steve C
Atlanta, GA241 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Take your choice, walk through the vineyards (uphill) or drive to the Abbey. This was a pleasant way to spend a lazy afternoon. If you opt to drive there is plenty of free parking at the Abbey. I even saw a couple of Recreational Vehicles parked there, and of course the ubiquitous tour bus! The church, like most in Europe, is an active church with patrons on site to worship. With this in mind, please be respectful and keep noise and talking at a low volume. The church has a pictorial (not sure if it's mosaic or fresco) of Christ's life and opposite is a depiction of St. Hildegard's life. Pretty and worth the trip and time, but, I was not awestruck.
Written October 9, 2021
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,823 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The abbey and the cable-car were the 2 best things we did in Rudesheim. If you only have a few hours in Rudesheim, most people opt for the cable-car. However if you have more time then the abbey, sitting high up above Rudesheim, is a must.

We walked up from Rudesheim, following the Hildegard Trail. It is worth noting that we had a lot of trouble finding the start of the trail (despite checking at the Tourist Information first). Finally we gave up and just started walking in the general direction of the abbey. Once we got to the big public carpark behind the town, the trail was easy to spot. From this point on it was well sign-posted. Just follow the nun (see photo of sign). The walk takes you through the vineyards, with stunning views across the town and the Rhine. It is all uphill but it is a steady incline and the paths are not challenging or difficult. Just take some water and a hat. Allow about 30 mins.

HIGHLIGHTS:
• Vineyards - the vineyards you walk through all belong to the abbey, making it quite unique. It is a working abbey and the community of 48 Benedictine nuns continue to live there, working and managing these vineyards and making and selling the wines, just like they have always done.
• Wine-tasting – the abbey shop sells a big range of gifts, books and cards. Best of all they do wine-tasting. We bought a couple of bottles, despite having to carry them for the next few hours on the rest of our walk (we couldn’t help ourselves)
• Chapel – I loved this peaceful, contemplative space. It has a small but beautiful courtyard garden, a large mosaic altarpiece and panels showing the life of the founder, St Hildegard of Bingen. It was a very special place.
• The abbey’s information centre deserves a mention too. It was so well set out, with excellent information on the abbey, the lives of the nuns and St Hildegard, the founder. Much of the information was either very moving or inspiring. I found myself spending much more time than I expected, reading and reflecting.
• St Hildegard – the woman herself is pretty impressive. Founding the abbey in 1165, she was also a writer, composer, polymath, philosopher, pharmacist and early natural scientist. I felt quite drawn to know more about her.
• Pilgrim’s Path - from the abbey we extended our walk by joining the Pilgrims Path. Just follow the blue and green ‘Rheingauer Klostersteig’ signs (see photo of signs). You’ll need to allow a few hours. This was a long but fabulous walk which took us around the mountain, through farming land, then forest and finally down to Assmannshausen, where we caught the train home.

NOTE: Entry to the abbey is free. There is a nice looking café (although we didn't stop here). The abbey also offers retreats and seminars.
Written November 9, 2019
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Maureen E
Carterton, UK40 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
Was very disappointed that we did not see any nuns??? Had to get hubby to go into church to take photos due to no access for wheelchair. Felt is was very money making with shop and cafe...could not get into cafe either for food. Felt it necessary to buy goods in shop.
Written September 7, 2019
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Alexander F
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
Interessting place for thise interested in Hildegard von Bingen. Not the original cloister, nevertheless Interesting. Very good Shop!
Written July 6, 2019
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littlefrance
Hobart, Australia116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
We decided to take a taxi from the river end of Drosselgasse (but we had to ask a shop owner to ring one for us ) up to the Abbey as we were interested to know more about this amazing woman from the 12th century.
Whilst the Abbey itself is not open for tours there is a very informative info centre, a cafe and fabulous store.
If you are looking for books in English on or by Hildegard then just ask the very helpful nuns.
We enjoyed a wine tasting and bought some Riesling from the only female Benedictine monastery that wine in Europe.
There are also some lovely gift items available.
If you have time to walk around then it would be worth it for sure as the surrounds are gorgeous and the views from the Abbey are stunning.
Written June 27, 2019
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Hitchiker_bear
Country Victoria, Australia713 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
Even on a cold winters day the stroll uphill from Ruedesheim was worthwhile. Beautiful stone buildings, a lovely church. It would be lovely if in the church, a recording of suitable music playing quietly in the background. (Perhaps the nuns singing?) Have only encountered recorded music being played softly in an abbey on one occasion, this when done conveys the spirit of such a building so much better, visitors tend to appreciate the place in which they are standing with more reverence than a quick photographic experience.
The abbey shop was particularly well stocked, wares impressively displayed without too much clutter; a variety of mementos and a range of wines.
Written December 24, 2018
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john s
Canada94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
We decided to take the walk out of town to the Abbey on a recent stop on our boat cruise. It was a wonderful perspective to have on the building as you walk past/through vineyards of red and green grapes, some waiting for the first hard frost to be harvested.
Hildegard and the abbey are fascinating stories in themselves, and well work the walk. There is a quite extensive book shop (mostly German, of course), with some food, wine and liqueur products as well. We had a very enjoyable experience chatting with a sister as we chose some of those.
Written November 30, 2018
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Cruisenele
Bucharest, Romania137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
A tranquil place with amazing views and a lot of history. The story of Hildegard von Bingen is really interesting. The views down the Rhine valley with all the vineyards is certainly one of a kind.
Written October 2, 2018
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P-G
Anaset, Sweden47 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018
Recommend this place for the lunch and the view over the vineyards Historical place with a great historic atmosphere
Written September 15, 2018
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FrankH
Brenham, TX30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
Do not eat at their bistro. Expected good "Nun-Cooking", but no, subleased & very mediocre. The only thing we enjoyed there: The nun's wine. Ecxcellent
Written April 26, 2018
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