Assmannshausen Travel Guide
Assmannshausen is a pretty little village in the Rheingau, with lovely, well-cared-for houses. It sits at the foot of relatively steep, vine-covered hills and is the first town encountered along the Rhine as the river makes a 90-degree turn into a narrower part of the valley shortly after Rüdesheim and then enters the Bingen Gorge. The village, in any case, is noteworthy as the center of the only area in the Rhine Valley that makes red rather than white wines. In fact, its Spätburgunder – a Pinot Noir produced in Assmannshausen, which is typically a richer, darker, high-end "Late Burgundian" – is among the best-known and finest German red wines you're likely to find. Incidentally, the village takes its name from the red wine Assmannshäuser.
Assmannshausen is situated in the Rhine Valley's Rheingau region, just down-river from Rüdesheim. Administratively, it is part of Rüdesheim, and can also be reached by walking or taking the cable cars over the hill via the Niederwalddenkmal.
Assmannshausen has a few good examples of half-timbered houses, as well as a lithium spring, spa and a Kurhaus. Of particular interest to visitors to the village, however, is the cable car that departs from Assmannshausen and ascends the Jagdschloss Niederwald, from where a 30-minute walk leads to the 19th-century Niederwalddenkmal monument commemorating the founding of the German Empire.
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