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Reviewed October 20, 2019

The monument itself is impressive - very powerful - definitely expresses victory. The views from the statue of the surrounding vineyards and the river are gorgeous. A beautiful walk on a nice day. You can drive up, hike or bike up, or take the cable car. There is a snack bar and wine bar at the top.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Linda L
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Reviewed October 17, 2019 via mobile

We were really lucky. Usually it is very crowded but when we were there almost no one was there. Amazing views of the vineyards and river.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 510hannesh
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Reviewed October 13, 2019 via mobile

This is a monument to honour soldiers who fought in world war. Very impressive, plus views of river and town below worth the gondola ride.

Date of experience: September 2019
2  Thank Gordon E
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Reviewed October 10, 2019

Spectacular views from the monument. We did the trip on a cable car then walked through the Niederwald woods, took chairlift down to Assmannhausen and got boat back to Rudesheim. Well worth 15 euros each. Great day out.

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank Julie M
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Reviewed October 5, 2019

Rudesheim, located between Koblenz and Lorelei's Rock, is a pint-sized village that lays claim to a rich historical and cultural heritage. A mini, vintage 'Choo-choo' train runs through it, in an effort to provide free transportation to centre town for visitors. One of the spotlight attractions here is the cable car, which was a great way to start my trek of Rudesheim as it provides a relaxing overview of the region. It provides tourists a conduit to the multiplicity of attractions, castles, monuments, vineyards, wine tasting and as well, its base station spouts right out into the shopping/pedestrianized area of Oberstrasse.

Although the cable car has varied utility, the primary use is to reach the Niederwald Monument and Temple located in a landscaped park, of the same name, overlooking the scenic Rhine Valley. The cable ride provided me with awe-inspiring views over Old Town Rudesheim, of the meandering waters of the Rhine dotted with green mini isles and top-views as well as panoramic views of the vineyards. It was smooth sailing and picturesque all the way.

At the summit, I mulled around the Niederwald Monument which is comprised of a group of bronze statues. On the top of this imposing structure stands the stern maid, Germania, who generally speaking, is said to watch over the Rhine to warn off any potential invaders.

Germania is crowned with an oak wreathing and she is positioned in front of a throne decorated with eagles. In one hand she holds a passive sword (truce) and the other a crown raised above her head. Below her are 2 sculptures, one signifying peace, the other war. Overall the Monument identifies with the unification of Germany; Hitler (1933) however, used this site as a kick off for a propaganda rally. Presently the Monument is used for architectural appreciation and relishing views. An adjunct to the Monument is the Temple which provided a meeting abode for famous personalities the likes of Beethoven and others. From the Monument and Temple posItion, the views over the vineyards and the Rhine are inspiring.

I decided to exit the Monument by the Temple and trot down a 2K vineyard path to the base of the Cable Car. I took a road less travelled and it proved to be meandering and maze-like. I brought a flask of wine with me to drink in the vineyard....and I did (just a whim of mine). The foliage was just on the verge of turning yellow so the colour mismatch was quite dramatic. One hour later, I exited on to Oberstrasse.

Here I ran smack dab into Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Store. Dubbed 'Queen of Christmas' her stores are piled with all manner of beautiful Xmas ornaments. Her trees are called 'Treeless Xmas Trees' as they so loaded with decorations that you cannot see any branches. Her xmas tree displays dwarf the ones exhibited in Macy's at Xmas, and besides, it's xmas all year round at Kathe's.

So, if you would like to visit a story-book burg with a multiplicity of unique and differentiating attractions all embraced by panoramic countryside views..........try...
Niederwald.....Perfect Postcard Picture Place.

Date of experience: October 2019
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