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Travel – Stein am Rhein, a town known for its medieval and ancient street plans




Stein am Rhein is in the canton of Schaffhausen in Switzerland. It is a municipality and a town known for its medieval and ancient street plans. This medieval town has many buildings painted with beautiful frescoes, and is also famous for its facades and half-timbered houses. The city gates are still preserved and the whole site has a city wall that was from medieval times. The town of Stein am Rhein lies at a point where the Lake Constance become the Rhine River. Stein am Rhein has an approximate area of 5.8 square kilometers (2.2 sq mi) with a population of approximately 3,189. Among the Swiss heritage sites of national significance are the three churches, the former monastery church of St. Georg, the former Benedictine monastery church of St. Georgen, the Castle Church (Kirche auf Burg), Schloss Hohenklingen that is above the town which is an older late-roman castle and the city walls.
The old city has six houses which are also municipal buildings. The former Inn Roter Ochsen at Rathausplatz 9, Haus Neubu at Bärengass 7, Haus zum Lindwurm at Understadt 18, Haus zum Weissen Adler at Oberstadt 1, Haus zur Vorderen Krone at Rathausplatz 7 and the Town Hall at Rathausplatz 1 are part of the inventory.
This town has received the very first Wakker Prize. The place displays old times, old construction and architecture. Taking a town walk is like being in old times. Most of the structures here are intact and reserved without disturbance. The best part is that this place is a tour of history and natural beauty. One can reach this place by road, by train and by boat as well.
Stein am Rhein offers a wide variety of art, culture, culinary delights and outdoor activities and The Lindwurm Museum, the island group of Werd, the chapel, Rhein Fall, The monastery, Burg Hohenklingen, view from the Rheinbrücke, Stadtbrunnen, The Stadtkirche, the Kupferberg House are the places of interest.

Places to see:

• The Lindwurm Museum: It depicts the 19th century bourgeois and agricultural life.
• The island group of Werd: It is a famous excursion destination in Stein am Rhein.
• The chapel: It is the oldest house of worship in the Canton of Schaffhausen and is a church that is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. This church is in the midst of wall remnants of the Roman fortress Tasgetium and dates back to the 3rd century A.D.
• Rhein Fall: This is the Rhein River going down a fall.
• The monastery: The Monastery St George is at the end of the town and dates back to the 12th century. It was for 400 years a Benedictine Abbey. This monastery has all its carved ceilings, tiles floors, painted wall and the interior of the old times intact even after the reformation.
• Burg Hohenklingen: This castle was built high above the town in 1225. It depicts the history of Stein am Rhein and dated back to 12th century. It is located on the hill on the north side of the River Rhein. One can overlook the town. There are views of river and town that is visible from the top floor of the restaurant.
• View from the Rheinbrücke: There is a bridge on the Rhine to Lake Constance. One can enjoy the view of the lake and the environment.
• Stadtbrunnen – the Town Fountain: There is a fountain in the main square of the city on which there is a little statue of a soldier and it dates back to 16th century.
• The Stadtkirche: There is a Romanish Basilica dated back to the 12th century. In its choir and the north chapel there are paintings that date around 1450.
• The Kupferberg House: This is a slate framework construction which was home of coppersmiths from 1803 to 1861.

How to get there
• By the road: The trip from Zurich takes less than an hour by car. Head north on N1 until a point near Winterthur, where you connect with E41 going north to Schaffhausen. This route becomes N4, connecting with Route 13, heading east toward Stein-am-Rhein.
• By train: Stein-am-Rhein lies midway along the railway link connecting Schaffhausen with Kreuzlingen, on the edge of Lake Constance. From Zurich, passengers take an express train to Winterthur and change to local train to Stein-am-Rhein which takes 1hour 20 minutes.
• By Boat: Take boat from Schaffhausen – Konstanz / Kreuzlingen. There are four starts from Schaffhausen.

Best time to visit / climate:
The best time to visit is summer.
Stein am Rhein offers a wide variety of art, culture, culinary delights and outdoor activities.
The Lindwurm Museum, the island group of Werd, the chapel, Rhein Fall, The monastery, Burg Hohenklingen, view from the Rheinbrücke, Stadtbrunnen, The Stadtkirche, the Kupferberg House are the places to see and the weather is right for summer.

Location on Google Maps:


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Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers):

Booking.com
• Tripadvisor (hotel, restaurant)
• http://www.chlosterhof.com/
• http://www.agoda.com/europe/switzerland/stein_am_rhein.html (cheap deals)
• http://www.hotelscombined.com/City/Stein_Am_Rhein.htm
• http://www.hotels-and-more.ch/en/schaffhausen/stein-am-rhein/

Blogs / Sites about Stein am Rhein:

Tripadvisor
Travelpod
• http://www.travbuddy.com/Rheinfels-Hotel-Stein-Am-Rhein-v264032
• http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=550068
• http://realtravel.com/d-19333-stein_am_rhein
• http://www.frommers.com/destinations/stein-am-rhein/2568_maps.html
• http://frickandfrack.wordpress.com/2010/07/20/stein-am-rhein-is-fine/
Virtualtourist

Images and photos of Stein am Rhein:

• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stein_am_Rhein#Gallery
Google Search
Trekearth
Virtualtourist
• http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotos-g199034-Stein_am_Rhein.html
• http://www.flickr.com/photos/7455207@N05/1849581600/
• http://www.luxurytraveler.com/stein_am_rhein.html

Videos of Stein am Rhein (Google Search)

Switzerland: Stein am Rhein and its frescoes

Switzerland: Stein am Rhein, St. George’s Abbey

Stein Am Rhein-Part 1

Stein Am Rhein-Part 2




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