More than “cute”: Off to Stein am Rhein!

Underestimated - that's how I would describe Stein am Rhein after our visit. The picturesque town offers much more than pretty facades! Which places did we like most? And what have we saved for next time? I'll tell you. Let's go.

Swiss Youth Hostels

15.10.2021

First stop: Lido

You can take that literally. The “Strandbad” bus stop for the lido is right next to Stein am Rhein Youth Hostel. After Baden, this is our second stop on our Hostel Pass trip. The journey from Baden to Stein am Rhein takes about 1.5 hours. Then it’s a good 15-minute walk across the pretty old town from the station to the youth hostel. Laziness pays off for once: make yourself at home at the Stein am Rhein lido! Admission is free of charge.

Table tennis, diving board and delicious food: Why are we only staying here for two days? ©Adrian Reber

The restaurant “Uferlos” spoils its visitors with delicious wraps, paneer and burgers – vegetarian, vegan or with meat? There’s something for everyone. Here the seasoning is good. In addition to delicious food, the restaurant also offers canoes for rent. Alone or in pairs, the trip takes about 90 minutes to Diessenhofen – for 20 francs, the canoe is even brought back for you. We enjoy the sun and a homemade dessert at the lido

My recommendation: the moist carrot cake. I won’t forget that in a hurry. ©Adrian Reber

The youth hostel that serves up big

After splashing around in the pool, we went straight to dinner at Stein am Rhein Youth Hostel. Our hosts Daniel and Susanna spoiled us with a three-course meal. The starter buffet consisted of over ten different salads!For CHF 18.50 you can book dinner individually. Over a round of after-dinner table tennis, we made friends with a class of German students – typical hostel life.

“Feel free to go back for more”: In Stein am Rhein, people are generous. ©Adrian Reber

Wandering back into the Middle Ages

Early in the morning we were tempted by the walk to Hohenklingen Castle. My travelling companion was not very happy at first – “After all, I’m not a Middle Ages freak! On the way, fresh blackberries and raspberries and at the end a wonderful panoramic view rewarded our morning drive. The castle restaurant opens at 11.00 am.

Free admission: The view from the top of the tower is magnificent. ©Adrian Reber

The old town charms its visitors

After two days, we were finally drawn to the town. The cliché is true: Stein am Rhein is picturesque. The many tourists either cycle here themselves or arrive in Stein am Rhein on one of the many boat connections. The many frescoes on the house facades thrilled us, even though we consider ourselves art philistines.

A mecca for art connoisseurs: Dozens of coffee shops invite you to linger and talk shop. ©Adrian Reber

With all the wonderful facades and historic buildings, we were keen to explore the inside of one. We found what we were looking for in the monastery of St. Georgen. We were particularly impressed by the 16th century cloister – the monastery garden is a great place to relax.

Take a deep breath in the monastery garden – and enjoy the aroma of fresh herbs. ©Adrian Reber

We stumbled across one last insider tip in Stein am Rhein at the very end of our stay: Boats! Exactly – right by the Rhine bridge you can get a cheap supply of air, rubber boats or stand-up paddleboards. So you can also reach the nearest youth hostel in Schaffhausen by water. Stein am Rhein surprised us with its variety – for us it is rather a pearl on the Rhine.

Pump once, please: In addition to compressed air, beer is also available for the boat trip at the Rhine bridge. ©Adrian Reber

About the author

junger Mann sitz auf Stein in Crans Montana

About me:
Adrian here – I’m 28 and appreciate the little escapes from my everyday life. Especially on weekends, I want to get out of the home office and into the experience. The Swiss youth hostels convince me on my excursions with their central location, the new acquaintances and let’s be honest: reasonable prices ;-)!

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