We got our first hint on how they milk their popularity when we were treated to a miniature choo choo to take us into town. That's Katya our cruise directors chatting with the "engineer."
And here's a happy passenger climbing aboard.
This one snatched its melody from a large rotating metal disk. It sounds more like a carillon.
Unfortunately I didn't get a recording of this one, but it. featured a whole section of mechanical fiddles sawing away.
The final player was a concert grand that zipped through a sweetly romantic rendition of the Moonlight Sonata.
After an hour of mainly standing in the museum, we were happy to get a chance for a sit down and some refreshment at the Rudeshimer Schloss restaurant. On this morning a special coffee in their out door courtyard was included as a part of our general tour.
And what a coffee it was. They took the brew and added some sugar and vanilla.
Next came a pile of whipped cream.
If that wasn't enough we were serenaded by a bouncy trio while the drinks were being prepared.
For some of the three million visitors with more time, you can add in a cable car run that takes you out of the town and over the vineyards that cover the surrounding hills. It ends up close to the large Niederwald Monument just outside of town.
When we re-boarded the ship, it was perfectly clear why three million people a year made a stop in Rudesheim.