The historic old town of Stein am Rhein

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Restaurant in the old town of Stein am Rhein

The sights of Stein am Rhein in Switzerland

Imagine you step through a city gate and you find yourself in another time. That's pretty much how we felt during our visit to the small Swiss town Stone at the Rhein in the canton of Schaffhausen. The sights of Stein am Rhein are worth a visit. We drove from our hotel in Radolfzell on Lake Constance, the Bora HotSpa Resort, with the public bus, which we could use as holiday guests for free, around the peninsula Höri to Stein am Rhein. The place is located directly on the German-Swiss border. The bus stops at a large parking lot in front of the Untertor, which stands proudly between residential buildings. Here we do not yet suspect which historical treasure box is hidden behind it.


Untertor in Stein am Rhein
The Untertor - one of the sights in Stein am Rhein


The historic old town of Stein am Rhein

As soon as we step through the city gate, one half-timbered house follows the other. Ornate oriels with metal roofs, flower-decorated half-timbered gables that protrude from tiled roofs, murals from several centuries and shop signs, one of which is more beautiful than the next, take us back in time. “The houses date from the 13th and 14th centuries,” explains Yvonne Bähler from the tourist office. "However, they didn't always look like this. It was only when the city became richer and tighter due to the taxes levied on the inflow of the Rhine into Lake Constance that the facades of the buildings began to be decorated with the murals that can be seen on many houses in the old town of Stein am Rhein today . "



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Our city tour shows that this art has not died out. Some of the house fronts are adorned with a painting that is more recent. Facade painting has continued here until modern times. "And we live quite well from it," laughs Yvonne Bähler and says: "Thousands of day trippers come here year after year, from whom the city derives its main income today."


Half-timbered houses in Stein am Rhein
Half-timbered houses are sights in Stein am Rhein
Half-timbered gable in Stein am Rhein
Timbered gable
Beer garden sign in Stein am Rhein
A somewhat misleading beer garden sign
wall Paintings
Facade paintings in Stein am Rhein


Excursion destination on the Rhine

We do not notice much of it, we're here on a rainy Tuesday afternoon in mid-June. Just in time, before the tourists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland come here to take a closer look at this gem on the lower Rhine. On our stroll through the main street, however, we are no longer out of amazement. Creepers wind their way up to the roof ridge on a wall of a house. In between, one of the pretty shop signs juts through the green, indicating that there was once a weaving mill in the adjoining house. On another façade, a not quite fitting sign with beautiful vines announces a beer garden behind the front of the house. Each inn and even the ice cream parlor are adorned with signs announcing what customers will find behind the historic walls.


Bridge over the Rhine
The bridge over the Rhine


Stein am Rhein - the location made it rich

Stein am Rhein is one of the few Swiss cities that sits on both sides of the Rhine and is connected by a bridge that crosses the river. It has become rich mainly because of its location at a very shallow point in the Rhine. If the water masses were not sufficient for the merchant ships to pass through the shallow sections of the river on their way to Bodensee, To get through, the goods had to be unloaded and transported further overland - a good way to ask the traders to pay. And that was obviously done to a sufficient extent, since Stein am Rhein has developed into a real gem among the Swiss border towns.


Courtyard of the Bürgerasyls
beggars office
The beggar's room
poor feeding
Here, the feeding of the poor is being prepared


In Stein am Rhein you can see that things were not going so well for everyone in the city. We visit the former citizen's asylum, which is directly adjacent to the city's tourist information. Historical remains of the wall have been uncovered there and some niches show what it was once used for: delinquents were arrested here. Tramps, beggars, impoverished tradesmen and drunks were accommodated in the so-called beggar's room. On one of the walls we find a small serving hatch through which food was distributed to the poor. This supposedly dates back to the 19th century.


Red Ox Inn
There is wine at the Rothen Ox


Where can you eat in Stein am Rhein?

Again and again we come upon our city tour through the village on signs that point to the inns that look out along the main street through the old town and the banks of the Rhine to customers. There are Swiss wines at the Rothen Ochsen, the Salmenstübli praises all sorts of food, and in the Schoggibox there should be more than 300 varieties of Swiss chocolate. Unfortunately, we are a bit too early, but this has still closed when we get past it, otherwise I would not have resisted here.


The Salmenstübli announces various dishes


So we finally stop at the restaurant Rheingerbe on the banks of the Rhine, which once, as the landlady tells us, actually housed a tannery. We stop here, um To taste the pilgrims' meal, which is currently offered there to the guests, How it tasted, and what was served, you can read here. One thing is for sure: you do not stay hungry in Stein am Rhein.


In the nativity scene museum in Stein am Rhein


Stein am Rhein is definitely worth a visit for medieval friends and anyone interested in living history. We especially liked that Klostermuseum St. Georgen with its well-preserved monastery facilities from the period between the 12th and 16th centuries. Our only regret - once again - is that we didn't have enough time to see all the city's sights. But there is always the possibility of returning again. And it's definitely worth it in this small town on the lower reaches of the Rhine.


Stein am Rhein Monastery Museum


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The historic old town of Stein am Rhein

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn

2 thoughts too "The historic old town of Stein am Rhein"

  1. I finally visited Stein am Rhein again - in October. I love this town. Unfortunately I could only take pictures in the late afternoon because the fog was just too thick. But when the clouds of fog lifted you, it gave wonderfully harmonious photos and finally a steel-blue sky appeared. So my patience was rewarded. Not that it was a punishment to walk around town all day. That gave me more time for the asylum, the church of St. Johann, the abbey of St. Georgen and for a stroll :) And of course for coffee and plum cake!

    1. The time was unfortunately limited for us, because we continued by boat in the direction of Lake Constance. I would like to stay there even longer and have a look at the Museum Lindwurm. But that was certainly not my last visit to Stein am Rhein.

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