Rudesheim cable car [2023 ultimate guide]


Experience Stunning Views on the Rudesheim Cable Car

If you want to experience the stunning scenery of Rüdesheim am Rhein in Germany, the Rüdesheim gondola (Rüdesheim Seilbahn in German) is the perfect starting point to do so. I had the pleasure of trying it out myself and give it an enthusiastic 2 thumbs up!

🚠 Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see the beauty of Rhine River and the vineyards from a whole new perspective!

Even dogs ride free on this gondola (no bikes though).

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.

Skip the hike – enjoy the ride!

Hiking is a safe an enjoyable activity, but sometimes it’s nice to skip the difficult parts and get right to the best views.

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These vineyards…from my trip in 2023 that evoked some sense of awe.

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This charming cable car ride takes you on an unforgettable journey to explore the origins of Rhine romanticism in the steps of the artist, William Turner, just as I did. Or, just a cool way to chill after vibing the super cool Rhine wine town.

Sometimes it’s called Rudesheim or Rüdesheim am Main – Same thing.

2022 renovations have made both stations fully accessible for mobility impaired individuals.

The relaxing, peaceful ascent up the vineyard led me to the Niederwald Monument, which is a testament to one of the many German victories over the French (but they lost a lot also, like my village Konken where every single resident died in the 1600s!. Thankfully, we’re up to 812 humans, 21 alpacas and 16 cows for the census as of 2023).

The monument is weirdly similar to the Statue of Liberty, except that she clearly loves wine and Nature.

What is the Seilbahn Rudesheim?

If you’re looking for a unique and unforgettable experience and one of the best things to do in Rudesheim, I highly recommend taking a ride on the Rudesheim chairlift. 

Rudesheim Chairlift Travel Tips

  • Location: Rudesheim, Germany
  • When to Ride: April – October
  • Points of Interest: Boppard, Oberwesel, Sankt Goar
  • Duration: 10-15 minutes
  • Closest Airports: Frankfurt International & Hahn, Cologne-Bonn, Luxemburg
  • Parking: P9 is closest (5 min walk)
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Aside from the ride itself, Rüdesheim’s 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 gondola ride should definitely be added to your must-visit list!

📍 Read until the end to find ALL the cool summer chairlifts in this part of Germany.

Video of the Rhine Gondola

Rudesheim Cable Car Hours of Operation

MonthDatesOperating Hours
March01.03. – 31.03Closed
April01.04. – 30.04Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.00pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-6.00pm
May01.05. – 31.05Mon-Fri 9.30am-6.00pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-6.00pm
June01.06. – 30.06Mon-Fri 9.30am-6.00pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-7.00pm
July01.07. – 31.07Mon-Fri 9.30am-7.00pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-7.00pm
August01.08. – 31.08Mon-Fri 9.30am-7.00pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-7.00pm
September01.09. – 30.09Mon-Fri 9.30am-6.00pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-7.00pm
October01.10. – 29.10Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.00pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-6.00pm
November29.10. – 19.11Closed
Christmas Market20.11. – 23.12Mon-Fri 11.00am-6.00pm, Sat-Sun 11.00am-6.00pm

Map of Rudesheim

How to Use This Map:
Click on the icon on the top left-hand corner. You will now see an interactive list.

For more info on each, click on the map icons.

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To view the saved map on your phone, open Google Maps, click “saved” on the bottom, and then “maps” on the lower right.

Pricing Rudesheim Cable Car

Dogs are free! No bikes.

Type of TripPriceAdultsChildren (5-15 years)
Single Trip (Journey up or down)€ 6.50€ 6.50€ 3.50
Return Trip (Journey up and down)€ 10.00€ 10.00€ 5.00
Assmannshausen Tour (to Assmannshausen)€ 12.00€ 12.00€ 6.00
Ring Tour (with boat ride)€ 20.00€ 20.00€ 10.00
Romantic Tour (with castle & boat ride)€ 22.00€ 22.00€ 11.00
Advent Gondolas (with boat ride & Christmas market)during the Rüdesheimer Christmas market
Cable Car Season Ticket€ 50.00€ 50.00
Cable Car Season Ticket (with partner)€ 90.00€ 90.00
Cable Car Season Ticket (Family 2 adults and children up to 18 years)€ 110.00€ 110.00
Non-Scheduled Rides (Outside operating hours by arrangement)
Bicycles (no transport possible)

Getting to the Rüdesheim Cable Car

If you’re planning to visit Rüdesheim, you should definitely take a ride on the Rudesheim Cable Car. It’s a great way to see the beautiful scenery of the Rhine Valley from above. Here are some details on the location of the chairlift:

Top Station

Ideal for people with mobility impairments as it’s fully accessible. For those driving to the Rüdesheim Gondola, I found out that there’s a parking lot immediately near to the Niederwald monument that costs 4 euros. The ticket office is a 2 minute walk from the parking lot.

Bottom Station

The Rudesheim cable car starts at the valley station in town, which is located near the train line. There is parking available at the top station or at one of the many parkplatzes in town.

Seilbahn Rüdesheim, Oberstraße 37, 65385 Rüdesheim am Rhein

Getting to Rüdesheim Germany

By Train: Rudesheim is served by the DB Bahn and the main (only) station is right in the center of town and about a 7-10 minute walk to the Rudesheim bottom station.

Name of the train Station: Rüdesheim (Rhein) 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 to the bottom station to ride the gondola.

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Parking Facilities

I like to do things opposite, most people will park in town and take the gondola up, but I did the reverse to avoid crowds.

If you want to go the “normal” way, you can pay to park here. It’s a 5 minute walk past the Siegfried’s musical museum. Or park at the top station mentioned above.

No matter which option you choose, reaching the Rüdesheim Gondola is a breeze, and you’ll be ready to take in the breathtaking scenery in no time.

Chairlift Ride Experience

Duration and Distance

The Boppard chairlift, or Sesselbahn, takes about 20 minutes to complete a one-way journey. The ride covers a distance of approximately 915 meters, and during the journey, you gain 232 meters in height. The chairlift runs from the outskirts of Boppard over vineyards and slate blue steep mountains to one of the best lookout points in the Moselle Valley, the Pinnerkruez.

Scenery and Views

The scenery during the ride is breathtaking. As you ascend, you will see the picturesque town of Boppard below you. The vineyards and forests that surround the town make for a stunning view. Once you reach the top, you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the largest river bend on the entire Rhine River. You can see the Rhine river winding its way through the valley, and in the distance, you can see the mountains that surround the valley.

Comfort and Safety Features

The chairs on the Boppard chairlift are comfortable and provide a smooth ride. The chairs are equipped with safety bars that you can lower during the ride. The safety bars provide an added sense of security, especially if you are afraid of heights. The chairlift is well-maintained and adheres to strict safety standards. The operators of the chairlift are friendly and helpful, and they will ensure that you have a pleasant and safe ride.

Boppard Chairlift Location

If you’re planning to visit Boppard, you should definitely take a ride on the Boppard Chairlift, also known as the Sesselbahn. It’s a great way to see the beautiful scenery of the Rhine Valley from above. Here are some details on the location of the chairlift:

Top Station

The Boppard Chairlift starts at the valley station in Mühltal, which is located near the train line. There is parking available at the station. From there, the chairlift takes you up to the top station just 100 meters from Restaurant GedeonsEck.

Things to do & Nearby Attractions

If you’re visiting the Rüdesheim gondola, 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!


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!

Local Cuisine and Wineries

I just love how Rüdesheim is filled with delicious cuisine, wine tasting events and captivating wineries. One of the places you shouldn’t miss is Drosselgasse, a charming cobbled street at the heart of the old town. Trust me, the timber-framed buildings and live music in taverns are simply unforgettable.

Now, let’s talk about the wineries. The Rüdesheim area has a rich tradition of wine production. I had the opportunity to visit Weingut Adolf Störzel, which left me in awe of their wine selections. Another great winery is the Rüedesheimer Sektkellerei Ohlig, known for their charming ambience and delicious sparkling wines.

When it comes to food, there’s a lot to explore, from traditional Rheingau dishes to international cuisine. One of my favorites has got to be trying the local Riesling wine paired with delightful regional dishes such as Handkäs mit Musik – a marinated cheese served with onions – and Rheingau Riesling bratwurst.

If winery tours and wine tasting are your thing, you might want to consider a wine tasting trip in Rüdesheim. It’s a wonderful way to flavor your gondola adventure in this beautiful town. Cheers!

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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For a hotel with a touch of history, I have my eyes on Breuer’s Rüdesheimer Schloss. This charming establishment is just 0.88 mi from the Seilbahn Rudesheim. Location, location, location!

Best Spa Hotel

When I want a more modern experience, the Papa Rhein Hotel seems like the perfect choice. At only 0.89 mi from the gondola, 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 – Das Rebenhaus. It’s a mere 0.04 mi away, making it difficult to beat when it comes to convenience.

Best Luxury Stay – Your Own Apartment on River

And last but certainly not least, I stumbled upon the spacious Villa Sturm Rüdesheim am Rhein, offering a touch of luxury just 500 meters from the Seilbahn Rudesheim. I’m already dreaming of that fluffy bed…

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

An easy & relaxing Way to experience the German OUTDOORS 🚠
It doesn’t have to be HARD to explore the magnificent Outdoors. The Boppard and Assmannshausen chairlifts offer stunning views of the Rhine River, while the Cochem chairlift takes you over vineyards and the Moselle River.

1️⃣ On the Upper Middle Romantic Rhine UNESCO site:
the Boppard Chairlift and Assmannshausen chairlift offer stunning views of the Rhine River.

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

As an avid fan of the Rudesheim gondola, 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 Rudesheim worth a visit?

Rudesheim 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, Rudesheim is definitely worth a visit.

Is there a cable car to the Niederwald Monument?

Yes, there is a cable car that goes from Rudesheim up to the Niederwald Monument. The ride takes about 10 minutes and offers beautiful views of the surrounding area and a short break from stress.

How long does the ride take?

It takes about 10 minutes to get to the top, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the views and sneak in a selfie or two. Trust me, that view is worth it!

Can I bring my kids on the ride?

Of course! The Rüdesheim cable car gondola ride is family friendly, and your little ones will surely enjoy the spectacular view. Just make sure to hold onto their hands for safety. See, we all care about each other here!

What can I expect at the top?

Only the easiest and most awesome hike with history! At the top, you’ll find the Niederwald Monument, which commemorates German victories over the French. There are also opportunities to take the Assmannshausen chairlift down, so everyone is happy even with bad knees and will be one of the best unforgettable excursions in Rüdesheim.

What are the operating hours?

The gondola usually operates from 9:30 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 Rüdesheim am Rhein, I highly recommend taking a spin on the gondola. 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 Rudesheim cable car experience be an unforgettable one!