Friday, March 24, 2006

Drosselgasse - waiting for tourists

Most of the tourists, when visiting the Rheingau, come to Rüdesheim. I'm not sure why, but I guess it's because they have the most hotels there. Also the boats for the typical Rhine river tour, where you see all the castles along the river, start here.

The Drosselgasse is the main tourist alley - it has all kinds of souvenir shops and there are also restaurants and tavernes serving wine and regional food and having live bands performing.

At the moment it's still really quite here, so most of the shops and restaurants are still closed and will reopen probably around next month when the first tourists arrive for their easter vacation.

14 Comments:

At 9:21 AM, Blogger Lisi said...

Hi Nicola, somehow I lost track and just today I found out I missed Rheingau in my links...this could be my first time here...beautiful shot and shop signs...

 
At 1:00 PM, Blogger chris.h. said...

great shot--reminds me of York in England.

 
At 2:36 PM, Blogger Maya said...

I'd like to there next time I visit you :-) it's like Antibes in many ways...old town style, lovely.

 
At 5:03 PM, Anonymous lagatta said...

In the historical district of Montréal (Le Vieux Montréal) and in Québec City there are little alleys like that that are pretty but kind off TOO spruced up and tarted up... I'd rather have my glass of Reisling at the café in Geisenheim - though I'm sure there are many other nice places as well. Perhaps popularity feeds popularity - I've seen so many shots of Drosselgasse, usually bustling with tourists. Your off-season shot is very nice. The sign says Winzer - my dictionary defines that as "vintner" - but here it seems to be a Weinstube...

 
At 5:44 PM, Blogger Nicola said...

Lisi - welcome to Rheingau Daily Photo! Thanks for adding my link!

Chris - Thanks! I'll show you more pictures of it in summer. It'll look even more like other places then.

Maya - that we'll do! When are you coming???

Lagatta - good eye! I think the sign belongs to the souvenir shop (the only one that is open in the Drosselgasse so far). They have it out there to say that they sell wine directly from a vintner, so if you go inside and ask, they should also be able to tell you more about the winery and the family running it. To be honest, I agree with you on having my glass of Riesling somewhere else. There are so many nice places in the Rheingau and less crowded in summer and also with more reasonable prices...

 
At 7:39 PM, Blogger Jasp said...

It must be nice to be able to walk around without loads of tourists getting in the way.

 
At 11:25 PM, Blogger samcam said...

Lovely shot! Calm looking street..

 
At 7:50 AM, Blogger Nicola said...

jasp - yes, right now I enjoy just walking through the nearly empty alley. It's sort of like the "calmness before the storm comes" (a german saying) ;).

Samcam - Thanks and thanks for visiting!

 
At 8:51 AM, Blogger Lorraine said...

Oh Nicola,
What I wouldn't do to be right there with my camera and lotsa money ;)

 
At 8:01 PM, Blogger 3rdfloor20 said...

I like this time of year too, although Stuttgart doesn't get as many tourists as some of the other German towns. I'm going to have to make it up to Rheingau pretty soon and check this out (hopefully before the tourists come). I think they're all in Heidleberg right now.

That's a really pretty alleyway.

 
At 7:52 PM, Blogger Jasp said...

"calmness before the storm" is also an English saving and living in an area invaded by tourists in the summer I can relate to you pleasure at enjoying your local area at this time.

 
At 10:04 PM, Blogger Pamela said...

Yes, I was wondering how on earth you managed to get a photo of the street empty, before I remembered that it is winter. When I was there, September 1985, it was indeed full of people.

 
At 1:59 PM, Blogger Nicola said...

lorraine - you should come and visit then!

rob - I actually think that the busiest time is in Fall when people come to see the wine harvesting. But anytime should be fine...

jasp - that's good to know. Thsi way I should see big question marks in people's faces when I try to use this metaphore... ;-)

pamela - you know, I actually experience the phenomenon quite often lately that whenever I get my camera out to take a shot of a lively street scene, the people seem to be gone when I'm finally ready. Same the other way around - when I don't want people to block the view of course they're right there... Strange... :)

 
At 2:33 AM, Blogger zbjernak said...

lovely alley
really nice
i bet the tourists will be here even without the hotels/shops/bars

this is lovely

 

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