Rheingau I lived in the Rheingau region from August 2021 to August 2022. From here I was able to travel throughout Germany using the nation’s railway network and immerse myself in Teutonic culture. Bell tower of St. Markus Catholic Church in Erbach in Rheingau. Town center of Erbach. Half-timbered houses in Erbach. Schloss Schönborn in Geisenheim. Rheingauer Dom in Geisenheim. Linden tree in Geisenheim – the tree is over 700 years old. Brömserburg castle on the left and Boosenburg castle in the distance (the tall tower) in Rüdesheim am Rhein (the earliest structures of both castles date back to at least the 12-century AD). Drosselgasse – an alley in Rüdesheim that is decorated with Christmas trees for the holidays. Northern end of Drosselgasse. Marktplatz in Rüdesheim. Statue in Marktplatz wearing a mask during these plague times. Half-timbered building in Rüdesheim. Hiking through vineyards toward Niederwalddenkmal (“Niederwald Monument”). View of Rüdesheim and the Rhine River. Niederwaldtempel with a view of the Rhine and Rüdesheim. Niederwald Monument, which was built between 1871 and 1883 AD to commemorate the founding of the German Empire after the end of the Franco-Prussian War. View of the Rhine from the Niederwald Monument. Front view of the Niederwald Monument. Side view of the Niederwald Monument. Remains of sunflowers. Different levels of vineyards, located between Rüdesheim and Assmannshausen. Burg Ehrenfels (ruins of a 12-century AD fortress on the hillside) and Binger Mäuseturm (“Mouse Tower” – 14th-century AD tower on the island in the Rhine River). Close-up of Binger Mäuseturm. Another view of Burg Ehrenfels with the town of Bingen am Rhein on the other side of the river. Town of Assmannshausen. Another view of Assmannshausen. Looking up at Burg Ehrenfels. View of Geisenheim and the Rhine. One really long grapevine cordon. Façade of Rheingauer Dom (officially known as Pfarrkirche Heilig Kreuz (“Holy Cross”)), which dates back to the 16th-century AD. Vineyard near Geisenheim. Hotel Krone in Assmannshausen. Part of ‘Rhine Polyptych’ by Michael Apitz (2022 AD) – these are large photographs of watercolor paintings that were created using water from the Rhine River and that depict the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Die Drosselgasse in Rüdesheim am Rhein crowded with visitors due to the Rhein in Flammen (“Rhine in Flames”) – which is a series of fireworks displays scheduled from May to September in different parts of Rhine River from Bonn to the Rüdesheim-Bingen area. Half-timbered building which is part of Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum. Automated figures in a music cabinet that will play for you for only one euro. Steingasse in Rüdesheim. Looking up at the half-timbered façade of a building that dates back to the 16th-century AD. Looking at the remains of Boosenburg castle and Brömserburg castle in Rüdesheim from a cable car. Traveling to the Niederwald Monument via cable car. Looking at Rüdesheim during dusk, from the Niederwaldtempel. Crowds of people waiting to watch the fireworks show at the Niederwald Monument. View of the Rhine River from the Niederwald Monument. Bingen am Rhein and the Nahe River on the other side of the Rhine. Fireworks shooting off from Assmannshausen as a convoy of lighted boats travel up the Rhine River, from Trechtingshausen to Rüdesheim and Bingen, during the first Saturday in July – which is when the Rhine in Flames festival occurs in this part of the river. Another firework exploding above Assmannshausen; as the boat convoy travels up river, fireworks are set off in each town. Couple more fireworks above Assmannshausen. Fireworks going off on the opposite side of the river as boats full of revelers pass by during the Rhine in Flames festival.