With little more than 3,000 inhabitants, Stein am Rhein may well be a small village but it is remarkable for the concentration of well preserved medieval buildings within such a compact area. The jewel in the crown is the Rathausplatz – the square of the City Hall – whose entire perimeter is lined by old houses with magnificent painted façades. Every house has a different architectural structure, the subjects and colors of the murals vary, but the harmony is such that it is close to perfection.
Stein am Rhein crown’s jewel is the Rathausplatz – the City Hall square – whose entire perimeter is lined by old houses with magnificent painted façades. Every building has a different architectural structure, and the subjects and colors of the murals vary. Still, the harmony is such that it is close to perfection.
The charm of Stein am Rhein is also in its location. I ended up my day strolling along the riverbank, listening to the water’s soothing murmur, watching the ducks and the swans gracefully gliding on the water. It’s a lovely location to sit at a cafe’s terrace, sipping a drink, enjoying the calm and the surrounding beauty.
There is no better way to enjoy the picturesque landscape of this area than a boat tour. From October to April, you can cruise on the Rhine from Schaffhausen to Stein am Rhein. Alternatively, you can ride a boat from the town on the opposite route to Kreuzlingen and, from there, get on a cruise on Lake Constance. If you want to visit more villages, it’s possible to hop off along the way. I cruised to Schaffhausen to get back from my Zurich day trip and totally loved the views and feelings.
My crew and I had a layover so we got a hired car, it takes less than an hour to reach Stein am Rhein from Zurich (55 km), while the train ride takes 20min -to- 30min. You can also take the boat from Schaffhausen (or vice versa), which I strongly suggest. We had a great time on the boat.