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Quirky Things You Didn’t Know About the Rheingau Region of Germany
Home to world-famous Riesling wines, ancient castles, postcard villages with half-timbered homes, and dramatic scenery along the River Rhine, the Rheingau region of Germany is full of surprises. Here are ten quirky things you didn’t know!
1) A German family owns and lives in the Rheinstein Castle
This elegant 14th century castle perched above the Rhine River passed through the hands of many royal families before it went up for sale in a dilapidated state in the 1970s. The Hecher family bought it in 1975, made it their home, started renovating, and opened parts to the public to travel back in time with panoramic views on the Rhine.
2) Queen Victoria’s favorite Riesling vineyard is in the little village of Hochheim.
Sleepily located along the Rhine, the village of Hochheim has a rare claim to fame – it is home to Queen Victoria’s favorite Riesling vineyard, and Queen Elizabeth was its most recent royal guest. Currently managed by the Flick family, it is possible to rent part of the vineyard, join the harvest, and have your own Riesling – finally something in common with the queen!
3) The Rhine valley is among the northernmost places that can grow Riesling grapes
One of the northernmost regions of Europe to produce wines, the Rheingau region is blessed with sunshine, relatively moderate climate, and the right soils and inclines for wine growing. The northern location results in less ripe grapes and more acidic wines – hence some of the finest Rieslings in Europe!
4) Every wine-growing village in the Rheingau has a “wine queen”
Traditionally, wine queens were the daughters of wine merchants, but with time, the title evolved into elected icons to represent the wineries of each of Rheingau village. Wine festivals are a great time to mingle with them and hear all the inside stories, challenges and joys of wine making.
5) You can sleep in a real wine barrel!
Sturdy large oak barrels were once heavily used in wine production, but when some of them were rendered unusable, Hotel Lindenwirt in Rudesheim am Rhein decided to convert them into hotel rooms! Imagine sleeping with the aromas of wine and waking up to peep out of your own barrel.
6) The nuns of Hildegard Abbey have been making wine since the Middle Ages
The living traditions of the Rheingau never cease to amaze! On the hill above the vineyards of Rudesheim, the abbey of St. Hildergard is the only one in Germany that has been making fine Riesling wines since the Middle Ages. You can chat with the nuns and their austere way of life, as you taste their wines.
7) There’s a summer / fall wine festival in every Rheingau village
What better way to immerse yourself in the wine culture of the Rhine region than attending a traditional wine festival in one of its wine-growing villages? From Rudesheim Wine Festival dating back 80+ years to the Rheingau Musik Festival, there’s something for all ages and interests, and there’s always plenty of wines to taste!
8) Assmannshausen is the only Rheingau village that can grow Pinot Noir (red wine) grapes
While majority of the Rheingau region grows white Riesling grapes, Assmannshausen, on the river bend after Rudesheim, is the only village to have soils apt for the Pinot Noir grapes – hence producing the region’s only red wines.
9) There’s a “toll castle” on an island in the Rhine River
The picturesque 14th century Pfalzgrafenstein Castle sits on an island in the River Rhine, and once served as a toll collection castle for all boats that passed on the river. It is accessible by a boat from the town of Kaub, and a walk down the memory lanes of the Rhine.
10) Late harvest wines were accidentally discovered at Schloss Johannisberg in 1775!
Germany’s oldest Riesling winery, dating back 900 years, is also the home of the wonderfully sweet late harvest wines in the region. Legend has it that in 1775, the harvest orders reached the monks a few weeks late, leading to the serendipitous discovery of Spatlese, the cherished late harvest Rieslings of the Rheingau.
24 Hours in Frankfurt
Frankfurt, the business and financial hub of Germany, is where the modern meets the traditional. Glance up at its skyline and you can see centuries-old refurbished architecture sharing the space with modern state-of-the-art buildings.
Here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in this surprising city:
Grab a coffee at Frankfurt’s oldest coffee house:
Let the city’s favorite coffee shop – Café Wacker, in the old city – wake you out of your slumber like it did the famous German writer Goethe. It’s something of an institution for the residents of Frankfurt now, and will keep you coming back for more.
Glimpse the passive house district:
Peak out your tram window to see the historic district of DonRomer, where town houses, office buildings and schools have been converted into passive buildings, that require no external energy source for heat. Solar, cooking and human energy get stored up for internal heating in winter – isn’t that the future of energy sustainability?
Take a walking tour of old city:
Walk into the Frankfurt city tourist office at the main train station and book yourself on a walking tour of the central district. From quirky facts and little-known stories of the city, to spectacular views above it, this will be 3 hours of your time well spent.
Shop at an indoor farmer’s market:
Lose yourself in Kleinmarkthalle, a long-running indoor market in the old city of Frankfurt, where you can find everything from seasonal vegetables to local delicacies to European street food and flowers!
Have a meal at a vegan café:
With the vegan movement gaining pace in Frankfurt, many charming cafes and restaurants have popped up through the city for sumptuous and healthy vegan food. Pick one off happycow.net, or wander around town to find a local favorite.
Spend time at the museums at the River Main embankment:
If you’re visiting at the end of August, coincide your dates with Frankfurt’s popular Museum Embankment Festival, which grants discounted entries to most museums along the banks of the River Main – in addition to spectacular fireworks on the last night! If not, pick from one of the many museums (the Museum of World Cultures is a personal favorite) to while away your afternoon.
Cruise along the River Main:
Spend a lazy afternoon on-board a ferry for a slow tour of the River Main and Frankfurt’s many sights. Grab a beer, soak in the sun, and feel the vibes you can’t quite gather on land.
Soak in the view at the top of Mainz Tower:
Don’t miss this one! Buy an entry ticket and ride the elevator 42 floors above Frankfurt to the top of Mainz Tower, for a breathtaking view of the city and the River Main. Ever better if you can get up at sunset and witness the sky drenched in colors!
Try apple wine at a traditional cider house:
Frankfurt doesn’t grow its own grapes, but is surrounded by organic apple orchards, and the traditional cider houses of Zum Gemalten Haus and Wagner in Frankfurt’s Sachsenhausen district serve up delicious apple wine! What better way to end your day in this city full of surprises?
Museo delle Palafitte / Pfahlbauten Museum
Vivere la storia
Un vero villaggio dell'età del bronzo, ricostruito in ogni dettaglio, con una magnifica vista sul lago di Costanza.
È possibile camminare lungo le passerelle che collegano i vari gruppi di palafitte, curiosando tra l capanne con diverse funzioni e allestimenti.
Una Germania triste e buia? No grazie!
I colori autunnali riscaldano l'atmosfera e danno vita ai paesaggi. È un periodo bellissimo per visitare la Germania, soprattutto se si ha l'intenzione di stare a stretto contatto con la natura.
Tutti a tavola!
In Germania si mangia benissimo!
I piatti sono vari e appetitosi: a prescindere da quali siano i gusti del turista,
troverà sicuramente qualcosa adatto a lui. Carne, pesce, zuppe, dolci.. Buongustai, fatevi avanti!
Maschere al museo - Fasnachtsmuseum
In un'ala del castello è ospitata la raccolta di preziose maschere e costumi, ciascuno proveniente da un paese dei dintorni del lago di Costanza e carattaerizzato da una storia o leggenda locale.
Oggi io e i miei compagni abbiamo vissuto un'esperienza incredibile:
abbiamo guidato (in realtà solo loro, io ho fatto le foto!) un trattore Porsche ed è stato divertentissimo.
Abbiamo attraversato le campagne tedesche su un mezzo decisamente alternativo!