Crystal Bach Rhine River Cruise – Day 4 – April 3, 2019 – Rüdesheim am Rhine, Germany (12 am-3 pm)

Docking Location: Pier No. 4

It was the 1st rainy day of our cruise and we were glad that we didn’t go on the cable car. Instead, we joined the ship tour to take the miniature train ride directly from the pier to the Mechanical Music Museum.

Crystal Bach docked at Rüdesheim on a rainy day
The Miniature Train was waiting for us right at the pier next to the ramp.
Passing by many vineyards before getting to the Mechanical Music Museum in town
Mechanical Music Museum

The Miniature Train dropped us off outside the Mechanical Music Museum. Unexpectedly, it became my favourite excursion of the whole cruise. What we saw was extremely interesting. I was totally impressed with such a huge collection of automated musical instruments. I got so fascinated that I bought some mini music boxes for my grandson. The museum guide did an awesome job during the 45-minute tour, explaining how various instruments worked with fantastic demonstrations of the sounds. What a great way to spend a rainy day in Rüdesheim !

My favourite sounds in the Mechanical Music Museum

When we left the museum, it started to rain so we went to Eis Cafe Engel on a side street to enjoy the special Rüdesheim coffee made with brandy. It cost us 18 Euros for 1 special coffee, 1 regular coffee and 1 slice of apple strudel.

special Rüdesheim coffee made with brandy

After the snacks, we walked around the quaint little town, bought some souvenirs and followed the river bank to walk back to our river boat.

walking in the rain
an easy 15-minutes stroll back to the boat

Time for lunch before sailing the Rhine River Gorge to Koblenz.

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