Enjoy a ride through the forests of the Niederwald to the Jagdschloss Niederwald hunting lodge and wildlife park in Assmannshausen. Admire panoramic views of the Rhine Valley over the picturesque village of Assmannshausen. Roundtrip tickets cost 7 euros Adults, 5 euros one-way, 8 euros ‘cable car/ chair lift’ combi-ticket to Rüdesheim, discounts for groups and children. (Niederwald Seilbahn GmbH, 65385 Assmannshausen) For combi-ticket see “Ring Ticket” and “Romanticism Tour,” www.ruedesheim.de/en/see-discover/ cable-car/.
Floating Wine Tasting
Wine tastings and a boat tour along the romantic Rhine River, well, what more could you ask for? Rüdesheim’s floating wine tasting features four samples from a local winery, a glass to keep as a souvenir and soft pretzels, July 10, from 5:10 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tour starts at Brücke 12. Tickets cost 19 euros per person. Additional dates are Aug. 14 and Sept. 11. For more information (English) www.roesslerlinie.de or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Idstein Jazz Festival
Listen to more than 30 bands, playing on six stages in Idstein’s picturesque old town July 8 to 10. Exhibitions, attractions for kids, information and sale stands as well as a rich variety of food make the Idstein Jazz Festival a great experience for young and old.
Trips and more with ODR
Wiesbaden Outdoor Recreation is going all out to offer a wide range of travel adventures. See castles, monasteries and half-timbered villages while paddling down the gently flowing Lahn River during the Camping and Canoeing trip, July 9 to 10. ODR will also visit the Kletterwald Ropes Course July 16. Enjoy a three-hour climbing package that meets your skill level. Jump in the saddle for a Stromberg Mountain Bike Tour July 17, a trip to Cologne July 23 to 24, and a visit to the Danish capital, Copenhagen, July 29 to 31. Call civ (0611) 143-548- 9801.
Enjoy a short break by heading to the beach! From now until July 31 the Mucke-Beachclub on the sandy shore of the Eltville Rhine is open every weekday at 2 p.m. and weekends at 11 a.m. Parking is available or jump on bus 171 and get off at Schwimmbad. Check out www.festbewirtung-mucke.de (Eltville am Rhein, 65343 Germany).
Late night shopping
Idstein’s city center along the Fußgängerzone (main pedestrian zone) hosts an evening shopping event June 24 from 6 to 11 p.m. Discover culinary delights from local restaurants, kids’ entertainment and live music with a Carribean Night theme. Admission is free. For more information go to www.idstein-aktiv.de/
English Theater presents Sleeping Beauty
The Galli-Theater in Wiesbaden presents a child-friendly performance of Sleeping Beauty, June 25 at 2 p.m. in English. Tickets are available online at www.galli-wiesbaden.de and cost 9 euro for Adults and 6 euro for children (Adelheidstraße 21 Wiesbaden, 65185).
Biedermeier Fair Eltville
Eltville invites you to enjoy the 81st Sparkling Wine and Biedermeier Fair alongside the beautiful scenery of the Rhine River from July 1 to 4. Admission is free. For more information go to www.eltville.de
Schiersteiner Harbor Fest
Don’t miss the Schierstein Dragonboat Regatta, and the legendary river swimming events during the Schierstein Harbor Fest, July 8 to 11. The festival opens July 8 at 3 p.m. with the Dragonboat races taking place July 9 and 10 starting at 9 a.m.