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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
About the author
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 ;-)!