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Saturday’s scene: the Rudesheim Christmas market

2012/12/22by Donna Hull

Updated 12.01.2013

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Entrance to the Rudesheim Christmas market

The Rudesheim Christmas market more than met my expectations of a Christmas market scene in Germany. When Alan and I walked from the AmaWaterways Amacello into the small German village, we discovered a winter tableau worthy of the front cover of a Christmas card. After crossing some rail tracks near the pier, we climbed the hilly, cobblestone lanes that wound their way up the hill from the Rhine River. Snow crunched underfoot as we browsed the outdoor booths resembling chalets that displayed tourist trinkets, a few handcrafted items, international goods and lots of tempting foods. Glüwein stalls sold cups of steaming, mulled wine—the perfect beverage for staying warm. And the scent of live evergreen decorations mingled with the odors of food and wine creating a holiday smell that I will not soon forget.

Our day had begun with Amacello cruising through the Rhine River Gorge, where castles guard hillsides that overlook charming villages. This area of the Rhine is a UNESCO World Heritage site (as is Rudesheim) and well worth a return visit.

By the time Amacello had docked, Alan and I were ready to explore on our own, choosing to skip the narrated walking tour provided by AmaWaterways. A crowd of mostly German visitors increased throughout the Sunday afternoon and soon the streets were packed tight with shoppers, children, strollers and family pets. The scene became a bit too hectic for us, so we ducked out the side entrance to the village, which is where Alan took this photo, before walking back down to the ship.

To read more about this trip of a lifetime, visit the Rhine River Christmas Market Cruise page.

Have you visited Rudesheim? Post a comment to share your experiences. Alan and I would like to return to sample the wines of the region and dine in one of the many restaurants we passed on our walk through the Rudesheim Christmas market.



A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure.

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Vera Marie Badertscher
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December 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Worthy of a Christmas card, indeed! and that’s exactly what I would do with it!
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Donna Hull
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December 28, 2012 at 7:55 am

Glad you like the photo, Vera. Maybe we’ll use it on next year’s card. We didn’t send any this year.

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Jan Ross
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December 23, 2012 at 8:19 am

We were in Rudesheim with AMA as well, last November. What a wonderful trip. My husband especially enjoyed the Rudesheim coffee!
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Donna Hull
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December 28, 2012 at 7:53 am

Yes, Jan, we had Rudesheim coffee as the Amacello cruised the Rhine River gorge. It was a nice touch to a scenic morning.

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Jackie Smith
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December 24, 2012 at 9:42 am

A beautiful photo. Merry Christmas to you and Alan!
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Donna Hull
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December 28, 2012 at 7:51 am

Thanks, Jackie. Happy holidays to you as well.

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Rashad Pharaon
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December 8, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Thank you for this nostalgic reminder of home – nothing close to this where I’m currently traveling in Saudi Arabia. Especially the mulled wine!
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Robert Fowler
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December 9, 2013 at 8:22 am

I saw the Christmas Market in Nürnberg Germany many years ago when I was in the Army in Germany. I would like to go back but my wife does not like cold weather. Oh well.
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Sheryl December 19, 2013 at 6:34 pm

What a lovely photo – happy holidays to you and Alan!

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