Our Easter weekend was spent in Rüdesheim, a small town by the Rhine, well-known for its scenic views, history, and nice wine. From the window of our small hotel room, the Rhine hypnotizes as it gently moves and sparkles in the sun.
The weather was great and I was so happy. Ships, instead of ducks, passed by regularly, some carrying tourists, others cargo. We took one of these relaxing passenger ships to go to the foot of Germania, Germany’s kind-of-but-not-really version of Lady Liberty.
Officially known as the Niederwald monument, the grand statue was built by Wilhelm I after the Franco-Prussia war of 1870, when Germany was still winning wars. It marked the beginning of the German Empire.
The statue was so high up in the mountain that we chose the easy, more fun route of cable car to take us up there. A quick wander through the forest, where we bumped into a racing hare actually, and we were finally in the presence of Germania…
And about 300 other tourists enjoying the sun and breathtaking views of the Rhine and surrounding vineyards. It was almost okay, if not for the loud hard bass music that a group of men, probably students, played, on a Good Friday.
Markus enjoyed the wine of the region when we had lunch at a beautiful garden cafe in the Old Town called Cafe Seilbahn. It was filled with plants and the staff were so pleasant. It was the best food place we found in Rüdesheim. The commercial part of the Old Town is not incredibly big, but still.
All my favorite things were there: small shops, pretty lights, Fachwerkhäuser, parks, and plenty of Spring flowers.
Before we turned in for the night, we found Art Cafe and had its famous Baumstriezel – it was super! I imagine it is what happens when a humble doughnut moves up in life.
We were not sure how to eat it but the locals were quick to point out it is necessary to tear it. There are plenty of variations of Baumstriezel but I think the cinnamon sugar is the best, just like the man at the counter recommended. Markus told me it is a must that we figure out how to make it at home. I’m not sure how simple that is but we can try!
So, even if I do not drink wine, I could say I enjoyed our small trip to Rüdesheim. It oddly reminds me of Southeast Asia actually, with the river and the surrounding touristy area. But it was not as crazy and I am glad.
How was your Easter weekend?