Rheingau Photo Blog
Photos from the Rheingau - a wine region located at the Rhine River close to Wiesbaden and Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Friday, March 31, 2006
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Old Crane in Oestrich
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Blaubach in Geisenheim
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Sunday lunch at Fendel's
Fendel's is a really nice "Weinhaus" with a very good restaurant in Rüdesheim-Eibingen. In summer they have a great patio outside with a view down to the rest of the city and the Rhine.
We went there on Sunday for lunch but since we went late, it wasn't as crowded any more as during regular lunch time. Lucky us - we were able to choose our table and the food was just amazing (and not pricy at all!).
If you come and visit, also try the "St. Hildegard-Kräutersuppe" - a creamy soup with fresh herbs à la St. Hildegard (the St. Hildegard nunnery is just up the hill). Extremely delicious!
Monday, March 27, 2006
Tractor parked for Lunch
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Entrance to "Felsenkeller" in Rüdesheim
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Bay of Oestrich-Winkel
Another evening panorama from the Rheingau - the bay in Oestrich-Winkel. The Rhine is quite wide here; I think it's even the widest part of the Rhine and you see only a part of it on this photo. The actual waterway for the coal transporters, tankers and other large ships is on the left behind the trees.
The little dots you see in the water are buoys for smaller boats to be tied onto. I guess they are empty because of the winter. There's also a small harbor for the "larger" boats somewhere in the background but it's hard to see.
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.
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Linden Tree in Geisenheim
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
This is an information point next to the main road in Hattenheim. You'll see a map of Hattenheim with points of interest marked in there and some geographical and historical information about Hattenheim and Eltville, the city it belongs to.
I especially like the style of it, since it fits well into the area. Would be nice if all the other towns in the Rheingau would use this as a standard...
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Karl Comic Books
Since 1988, the Rheingau has its own comic series. It all started with "Karl", who discovers the "Spätlese" in the first book. Alltogether there are 12 books about characters, stories and historical facts from the region. And they are a lot of fun to read! Some of them are also translated in English, French and Japanese.
www.karl-comic.de (unfortunately only in german)
Monday, March 20, 2006
Sunset in Geisenheim
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Ships on the Rhine
Saturday, March 18, 2006
Waiting for the train
My aunt came to visit for the weekend and I went to pick her up at the train station in Eltville. While I was waiting for the train to arrive I saw this sign (I have to add that I haven't been at the train station for quite a while...).
Too many accidents have already happened with someone falling on the rails when the train came in. Once even a stroller got caught by a train because it was standing too close.
That's why they introduced these yellow lines - people are supposed to step behind the yellow line when the train approaches.
Friday, March 17, 2006
Market Place in Oestrich
Oestrich is my hometown in the Rheingau. It's part of Oestrich-Winkel - a city joining together the 4 towns Oestrich, Winkel, Mittelheim and Hallgarten.
Out of the 4, Oestrich has the nicest market place (in my opinion) since it's a pedestrian area and no car is allowed to drive through. In summer it's beautiful to sit next to the fountain and have a coffee or some ice cream.
The white building in this photo is the former town hall. It's just been renovated and now hosts a very nice Bistro.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Vineyards - ready for spring
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
The Kaffee Kränzchen is my favorite café in the Rheingau at the moment. It's located in the town of Walluf.
The interior is decorated in a lovely way with antiques - a bit like a "Wiener Kaffeehaus". The owner collects old cups so when you get your order, everyone will have a different cup from her collection (same with the plates). She also bakes all the cakes herself and they are extremly yummy!!!
So whenever you come to the Rheingau, don't forget to stop by!
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
11th International Easter Egg Fair
Last weekend we went to the 11th International Easter Egg Fair in Kloster Eberbach. The fair was hold in the former "dormitorium" of the monastery. It's a beautiful hall with a fascinating ceiling as you can see on the photo.
Easter Eggs from the fair
And more eggs (using a stitching technique)
Easter Eggs (Wikipedia)
Monday, March 13, 2006
Soccer place in floods
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Up to a water picnic?
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Driving up the hill from the Rhine river valley, you'll soon get into the forest where there's still snow. But even here you can see the first signs of spring if you look closer.
Also: Please congratulate Paris Daily Photo Blog to its 1st anniversary!!! Eric (the author of the blog) has received greetings from all over the world. Check out my birthday greeting as well...
Friday, March 10, 2006
Rheingau Panorama 1
This panorama gives you a great view down to the Rhine river valley with the towns of Winkel, Mittelheim, Oestrich, Hattenheim, Erbach and Eltville (from right to left). It's hard to tell where each town starts and ends since they start "growing into each other" at some points...
I've taken this photo a few days ago - snow started melting so there is not that much around any more and you can see the first signs of spring... Hurray!
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Hotel Schwan in Oestrich
Hotel Schwan ("swan") - a very nice hotel in Oestrich with also a very good restaurant. They're located close to the Rhine river, so each year, when we get the floods in spring, their basement is flooded as well as part of their ground floor (american 1st floor). I guess they're used to it by now and it's also only a few days (plus the drying and cleaning though!)...
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Biedermeier in Eltville
The town Eltville is closely connected to the Biedermeier period. You can see signs of it all over the place - there is even a Biedermeier Club.
During summer members or friends of the club dress up in the traditional Biedermeier costumes and hold a little parade during the sparkling wine festival (this tradition was introduced 1935).
Biedermeier Verein (german)
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Sunset in Johannisberg
Since we have clear skies at the moment, you can witness beautiful sunsets like this one.
This picture is taken from the Johannisberg hill down to the Johannisberg valley. If you look closer you can see the reflection of the sun on the church towers of the former nunnery of Johannisberg. And maybe you remember from a previous post that there used to be a Benedictian monastery up on the hill next to the castle (founded 1100). The nunnery in the valley was founded shortly afterwards...
Monday, March 06, 2006
Hut in Vineyards
The Rheingau is one of the largest wine regions in Germany, so you can see vineyards all over the place. We used to have a lot of these little huts in between the vineyards, primarily for the winegrowers to store their tools or take a rest.
Nowadays most of these huts are open to everyone, hikers can take a rest there or be save from rain and storm, and in summer some of these huts are even used by wineries to offer refreshments to passers-by.
Sunday, March 05, 2006
Kurfürstliche Burg Eltville
When you stroll along the Rhine river in Eltville you can already see the tower of the "Kurfürstliche Burg" (castle of Eltville) from quite a distance.
It's from the 14th century and one of the popular places for wedding ceremonies in the Rheingau.
Reason for that is also its Rosengarten (rosery) making it look like the castle of "Sleeping Beauty" in summer.
Saturday, March 04, 2006
It was my turn to keep the sidewalk clear for pedestrians yesterday which was not an easy task since it kept snowing nonstop.
Alltogether I think we had around 15-20cm of snow. Everytime I was done, I could already see the next layer of snow piling up again - a bit frustrating, but hey, that's life. I wonder if they have snow shoveling competitions somewhere...
Friday, March 03, 2006
I needed to get a wine present yesterday and since the weather was so beautiful and the sunset started, I decided to drive up to Schloss Johannisberg. It is located on a hill in the "middle" of the Rheingau, overseeing the Rhine River valley.
It also has the oldest winery of the Rheingau - founded 1100 by the Benedictine monks (the basilica of the monastery is still there - on the left of the castle from this viewpoint). And of course they have a nice "Vinothek" (wine shop) where I got my presents.
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Last week, the water level of the Rhine river was a bit higher than usually. You can see that the small island in the middle is flooded. This is quite normal for this time of the year, in fact, we expect it to go up again once the snowmelt starts in the alps (probably at the end of March/beginning of April).
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
The end of a walk
I went for a walk in the park of Kloster Eberbach yesterday, a former monastery from the 12th century (but not used as a monastery since 1803). This is one of the buildings next to the basilica - it hosts part of the museum of the monastery and the museum's store. When it started snowing again, this door really looked inviting.