Oestrich-Winkel Blick auf Schloss Vollrads © Marlene Bauz
Oestrich-Winkel Blick auf Schloss Vollrads© Marlene Bauz

Among historic castles and romantic landscapes lies the quaint city of Oestrich-Winkel. Wine is the most important product of the region. It attracts numerous visitors and distinguishes the character of the town. You will encounter regional culture everywhere you go, but at the university you are sure to find a high degree of internationality.

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Oestrich-Winkel is a small city in the Rhinegau region (near the Rhine River), known for its wines and magnificent landscapes. It is comprised of four parts which were combined in the 1970s to form one city. Yet you can still sense that small-town feeling today: traditional houses, narrow streets and individual shops exude a village-like atmosphere that quickly makes you feel at home. But there is also a lot to discover, for example, the „Grey House“, the oldest stone house in Germany, and the Brentano House, which once received a visit from the famous poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

With so much history, it’s no wonder that Oestrich-Winkel is a popular destination for tourists who wish to escape the hectic pace of life in the big city. With the Rhine River flowing past and countless vineyards stretching out into the distance, you’ll quickly feel like you’re on holiday when you need a break from studying. The tranquillity and fresh air in the vineyards along the Rhine is not only good for the grapes – it provides welcome relief to stressed-out students as well.

The wine-growing industry is very important to the economy, which is evident wherever you go. Taking a walk down the main street, you’ll notice that almost every other building is a wine estate where you can try out regional wines and have something to eat. But even for tourists passing by on a ship, it’s no secret how important wine is to Oestrich-Winkel; right at the edge of the Rhine, you’ll see the „Oestricher Crane“ which had once been used to load wine barrels onto ships for export to other cities.


While other students have to revise for exams in the noise of the big cities, you can study here in peace and quiet with a view of the Rhine River. You can take a break with friends on the shady lawn around the old castle ruins on campus before heading to your next lecture. You will almost definitely meet other international students because the university receives around one hundred students from abroad each year.

There is also a lot to experience off campus in Oestrich-Winkel. Numerous events are held in town throughout the year. The „Dippemarkt„, for example, is a big city festival where vendors from Oestrich-Winkel sell their wares and local restaurants serve food to hungry guests on the street. The festival has an age-old tradition and is a perfect opportunity to become better acquainted with the culture and cuisine of the Rhinegau region. Of course, you can do that in the other months of the year, for example, by taking a hike along the Flötenweg. The  is a trail that takes you through the lush vineyards of Oestrich-Winkel and its many traditional wineries. Its name refers to the typical wine bottles of the region, called „Flöten“ (flutes).

If you’d rather explore the Rhinegau region by water, taking a boat trip along the Rhine is just the thing! From the water, you can marvel at the many romantic castles and endless vineyards of the Rhinegau. And after returning to Oestrich-Winkel after a long day on the river, you can treat yourself to a delicious dinner at the Bistro Cornel’s on the main street of the Winkel district. From Friday to Sunday, they offer scrumptious burgers and potato salad with fresh ingredients from the region.

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