Assmannshausen chairlift – Niederwald seilbahn guide 2024

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Assmannshausen chairlift
From my last visit in 2023 hiking the Rheinsteig.

The charming Assmannshausen chairlift not only has a unique name but also provides a more intimate experience of the Rhine Gorge wine village. Many people tend to limit their exploration to Rüdesheim, and miss out on the full experience of the Rhine River Valley.

If you have the time, I highly recommend immersing yourself in this UNESCO world heritage site and discovering the villages that will transport you back in time, with some amazing food to enjoy.

🚠 Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see the beauty of Rhine River and the steep vineyards, it’s definitely one of coolest things to do in Assmannshausen!

Who is this good for?

I keep returning to this area because the German Rheinsteig offers one of the most delightful, fascinating, and scenic long-distance hikes with castle hotels where you can stay and feel like royalty amidst nature’s beauty.

Watch My Video of Hiking on the Rhine

Pro Tip: The hikes around Assmannshausen on the Rheinsteig often include little wooden huts with wine automats.  Yes, wine vending machines that are trailside in the middle of the forest.

Skip the hike – enjoy the ride!

(Well, i’ll always promote a hike, they are awesome, but choices are good and that’s why I love these vineyard chairlifts so everyone can enjoy the magical German forests!)

What is the Assmannshausen Chairlift?

If you’re looking for a unique and unforgettable experience and one of the best things to do in Assmannshausen, I highly recommend taking a ride on the Assmannshausen chairlift. It is part of the wheelchair accessible “ring tour” of Rudeseheim and Assmansshausen.

Assmannshausen Chairlift Travel Tips

  • Location: Assmannshausen (part of Rüdesheim, Germany)
  • When to Ride: April – October
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Points of Interest: Boppard, Oberwesel, Sankt Goar
  • Closest Airports: Frankfurt International & Hahn, Cologne-Bonn, Luxemburg
  • Parking: Pubic Parkplatz (5 min walk)
Assmannshausen chairlift

Aside from the ride itself, Assmannshausen old town boasts an array of enchanting half-timbered houses, restaurants, castles, and authentic regional dishes.

Trust me when I say that this charming town and its steep chairlift ride should definitely be added to your must-visit list!

Video of the Seilbahn zum Neiderwald (Assmannshausen chairlift)

Assmannshausen Chairlift Hours of Operation

MonthOperating Times
AprilMonday-Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday-Sunday 10am-5:30pm
MayMonday-Friday 10am-5:30pm
Saturday-Sunday 10am-6pm
June-SeptemberMonday-Friday 10am-5:30pm
Saturday-Sunday 10am-6pm
OctoberMonday-Friday 10am-5pm


Fare TypeAscent or DescentAscent and DescentCombination Ticket to RüdesheimRing Ticket with ShipRomantic Tour
Children (5-15 years)€3.50€5.00€6.00€10.00€11.00
Groups (20+ people)€5.50€9.00€11.00€19.00€20.00
School Classes (up to 18 years)€3.00€4.50€5.50€9.50€10.00

Romantic Tour

The romantic tour takes you through the UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley and gives you an unforgettable experience.

Highlights of the tour include the boat trip on the Rössler line, a visit to Rheinstein Castle and trips on the two cable cars. Allow enough time for this tour.

Getting to the Assmannshausen Chairlift

Here are some details on the location of the chairlift:

Top Station : Mountain Station

Ideal for people with mobility impairments as it’s fully accessible. For those driving to the top station of chairlift, I found out that there’s a parking lot immediately near to mountain station. The ticket office is a 2 minute walk from the parking lot.

Bottom Station

The Assmannshausen chairlift starts at the valley station in town, which is located not far from the train line. There is parking available at the top station or at one of the many parkplatzes in town.

Chairlift Address: Niederwaldstraße 34, 65385 Rüdesheim am Rhein

Parking Facilities

The parking lots here are open lots and coin paid.

Getting to Assmannshausen Germany

By Train

Assmannshausen is served by the DB Bahn and the main (only) station is right in the center of town and about a 6 minute walk to the Assmannshausen chairlift bottom station.

Name of the train Station: Rüdesheim (Rhein)-Assmannshausen Bahnhof

Trains are connected to Frankfurt, Mannheim, Trier, Koblenz and Luxembourg. 

When you book your transport online, I personally recommend and always use OMIO. They search for trains, buses, flights and ferries, so you get the easiest way to your destination! 

By Car

There are stunning 2 lane roads along the Rhine that are worth a drive in all seasons.  What I really want to do is rent a convertible Porsche and zoom through this lowland mountain range and fairytale castle land.

🚗 Car Rental: I always use Discover cars because they search for local and international options so you get the best deal.

By Flight: Frankfurt Hahn is the closest airport, only 65 minutes away. There are also 3 easy airports close to Rudesheim that take about 1.5 hours to drive to get there. The first is Frankfurt International Airport.  The second is Luxemburg International Airport.  And finally, Cologne-Bonn International Airport is also an easy drive. 

By Boat

You can easily walk from one of the many Rhine River cruises (such as KD) to the bottom station to ride the gondola. This is one of the best experiences in the area. It’s fun to hike a little, take a gondola and finish up with a boat cruise on a perfect spring day.

Rüdesheim Assmannshausen Ring tour

Assmannshausen chairlift

People of different mobility levels can get ALL the views and experience the heights of Rüdesheim, the Neiderwald and Assmannshausen. 

  • After reaching the top of the Rhine gorge via the Rüdesheim cable car, you’ll walk or roll along a flat path with many historical stops marked with placards in German and English.  The path makes its way to the Jagdschloss Hotel (hunters palace hotel).
  • For people using wheelchairs it’s not advised to take the Assmannshausen chairlift, but return the same way back and take the gondola back to Rüdesheim.
  • If you want to continue to the next village of Assmannshausen that is known for it’s red wine, there is a chair lift down to the village but it is not wheelchair accessible. 
  • It descends into the much less busy village of Assmannshausen or you can simply walk 20-30 min downhill, going past an enclosure with very cute deer.  There is a vending machine to purchase feed pellets that you can try to hand feed the deer through the fence. 
  • From the riverside in Assmannshausen you can either take the train back to Rüdesheim or the KD boat on the river.

Things to do & Nearby Attractions

If you’re visiting the Assmannshausen, I highly recommend checking out some of the nearby attractions! Since I love exploring, let me walk you through my personal favorites:

Niederwald Monument


The first place I’d say you should visit is the Niederwald Monument. This impressive monument, with its majestic statue, can be reached easily by taking the gondola and is surrounded by beautiful woodland trails. I found the views here fantastic and the history fascinating—definitely not something to miss!

Drosselgasse in Rüdesheim

After taking in the views at the Niederwald Monument, my next favorite spot was the charming Drosselgasse. This quaint cobbled street in the heart of the old town is lined with timber-framed buildings and is home to some of the best entertainment and dining options I experienced in Rüdesheim. From live music in the taverns to trying the local cuisine, it was a real treat for my senses!

Accommodations and Lodging

Here’s some great hotels nearby if you want to make a weekend out of it.

Best Historical Hotel

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My Ruby and I taking in the Fall colors in the magnificent Jagdschloss Gardens.

For a hotel with a touch of history and right in the middle of the forest, I have my eyes on the Jagdschloss Niederwald Hotel . This charming establishment is just 0.2 mi from the chairlift’s top station. Location, location, location!

Best Riverside Hotel

When I want a more modern experience, the Hotel Under the Linden seems like the perfect choice. At only 0.5 mi from the chairlift, I can almost reach out and touch those vines from my hotel window.

Best Overall Hotel – On the Vineyard!!!

For those times when I want a more intimate and homely feel, I found this gem – Alte Bauernshanke Wellness and Wine. It’s a mere 0.04 mi away, making it difficult to beat when it comes to convenience.

All in all, there’s no shortage of great lodging options right near the chair lift, making it an easy trip back after a day of adventures. Sweet dreams!

More Rhine and Mosel Chair lifts

An easy & relaxing Way to experience the German OUTDOORS

It doesn’t have to be HARD to explore Germany’s mountains and vineyards.

1️⃣ On the Upper Middle Romantic Rhine UNESCO site:
the Rudesheim cable car and Assmannshausen chairlift help you create a gentle loop called the Rudesheim Ring Tour. The Boppard chairlift gets you to the Vierseenblick. And the Ko

2️⃣ Flying over the Moselle River:
the Scenic Cochem chairlift takes you over vineyards and slate blue craggy mini-mountains.

3️⃣ On the German Weinstrasse:
the gentle Rietburg Chairlift helps you skip the uphill and have unbelieveable views over the Rhine plain and skip the hard part of the Edenkoben Tal hike.

4️⃣ In Bavaria:
the Kranzberg Sessellift gets you high above Mittenwald and allows you to hike the stunning Hoher Kranzberg hike good for family.

Just like an e-bike, a bit of technology can make exploring nature more accessible to everyone. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

As an avid fan of the Assmannshausen chairlift, I often get questions about this charming cable car experience. So, I’ve decided to combine some of the most frequently asked questions into one delightful section for all you gondola enthusiasts out there.

1. Is Assmannshausen worth a visit?

If you love red wine it is! Assmannshausen is a charming town in Germany’s Rheingau region, known for its picturesque streets, wine tastings, and scenic views of the Rhine River. If you enjoy wine, history, and stunning scenery, Assmannsahusen is definitely worth a visit and perfect to pair with a trip to Rüdesheim am Rhein.

What are the operating hours?

The gondola usually operates from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. But I always recommend checking their website for the most up-to-date information, just in case. I mean, you wouldn’t want to miss out on this dazzling experience, would you?

So, if you ever find yourself in the Upper Middle Rhine Gorge area near Frankfurt, I highly recommend taking a spin on the gondola in Assmannshausen and Rudesehim. Trust me, it’s an experience you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Until next time, happy travels!

Author profile: Morgan Fielder is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and passionate hiker who believes in exploring the world on foot with good food. Follow her journey as she shares science-based hiking tips and advocates for sustainable tourism.

Well, there you have it: the answers to your burning gondola questions. May your Assmannshausen chairlift experience be an unforgettable one!