Rüdesheim is the ideal starting point for a nature- and culture-tour in the hills above the Middle Rhine valley. Here is the valley terminus of the cable railway which takes visitors up to the Niederwald landscape park. There you will find numerous hiking paths, one of which will bring you to the gigantic Niederwald Monument high above the Rhine. A chairlift brings you back down to Assmannshausen on bank of the river. From here you have a relaxing forty-five minute journey by KD ship back to Rüdesheim, thus closing the circle of this interesting excursion.