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Reviewed 20 July 2019 via mobile

Visited as part of a group of 80 students. The monument is very impressive and has recently been renovated. The views of the valley and Mosel are stunning.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 17 July 2019

we had a day trip out. Get there early the ques to get to the cable car gets long , but it is worth the wait. The views from the top with the river Rhine is stunning. The area is well maintained and there are walking trail to the top as well. If we had the time we would have opted.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 7 July 2019

It's an impressive monument and the view from up there is amazing. There is a very nice cafe near the exit from the cable car and a lovely walk through the woods if you want to go down a different way by chair lift.

Date of experience: July 2019
2  Thank Lynne W
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Reviewed 22 June 2019

On a river cruise, when I see this monument on the hilltop, I know we are very close to docking in Rudesheim. One enjoyable way to get up the hill to the monument is to take the cable car ride from the station on Obergasse (8E round trip but other price options exist). From the hilltop station, the walk to the monument, 10 minutes away, is on an even paved path through a park like setting to the monument. There is a car parking lot at the cable car station. Walkers can follow a path through the hilly vineyards to the cable car station (40 minute walk).

On our last visit, there were information boards that gave facts about the monument and its construction, particularly the ordeal it was to bring the building materials up the hill. These added to my enjoyment of actually seeing the monument, but on this visit, I didn't see such boards.

The monument is intentionally colossal so that it can be seen from afar. It memorializes the Prussian victory of the Franco-Prussian war which enabled Prussia to unify the many separate states into one country in 1871. The bas reliefs on the base of the monument show these events with Kaiser Wilhelm I prominently placed in the middle of one such scene.

The sculpted figures on the monument include Germania at the top who holds the German imperial crown aloft in her raised right hand whilst resting the left on the imperial sword. On the two side corners are 2 large angels and in between the Prussian symbol - the eagle. These figures create a very balanced effect. Sculpted bronze coat of arms for the states forming the German union surround the top part of the monument. The Iron Cross and many other decorative additions like wreaths are also visible. These figures and emblems have all turned a lovely turquoise over time - a nice contrast to beige sandstone base. Underneath Germania is an inscription in German stating the purpose of the monument and on a side panel are the names of 8 towns that the Prussians had defeated. For a closer look at the carvings and sculptures climb the double staircase to the base of the monument.

More people on my visit seemed to be looking at the view of the Rhine River valley instead of the monument. All of the buildings on either side of the river are a blur, but they show the location of the villages on that section of the river. The green vineyards below, the river beyond, and the plateaus in the distance are the most visible. There are benches in the terrace area in front of the monument to enjoy this view.

Another view of the same sight is at the Niederwald Greek temple which is located much closer to the cable car station.

In early May, refreshment booths around the hilltop cable station were limited. WC was available in the restaurant building. We allowed an hour for the return cable car ride and a visit to the Niederwald Monument.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 19 June 2019

You can either walk up and down the mountain or take the cable car to Niederwalddenkmal. We rode the cable car up (worth the scenic views from the semi open-cable car) and we chose to walk down to see the vineyards close up. I was happy with our choice, and it was a casual 1 hour hike down, I estimate.

A plaque at the top will explain the purpose of the monument which is to commemorate Germany's victory over France in the Franco-Prussian war of 1870-71. The bronze sculpted figure of Germania is impressive.

As an added bonus, you get a great view of Rudesheim and the river. I would definitely include this as a must-see for Rudesheim.

Date of experience: May 2019
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