Thursday, July 29, 2010
Rüdesheim, Germany - Oct 2008
Rüdesheim is a small town along the Rhine River, not too far from Wiesbaden, where I used to live in Germany. I have been there a couple of times, along the riverfront and town center, but I have never been to the viewpoint up on the hills until October 2008. I had just gotten my new Mini Cooper and drove around the area. I picked up a friend who lives nearby and ended up on this area.
Rüdesheim is in the heart of the Rheingau wine region. There are picturesque vineyards all over the area. It was October, harvest time, the vineyards were flaunting their autumn colors in full display. The viewpoint is at a park-like setting dominated by the Niederwald monument Germania, commemorating the Franco-Prussian War. The vista from this location was magnificent -- a panoramic scenery encompassing the winding river and the vibrant vineyard landscape below.