Available: all year round.
Half Fare Card: 10 Sfr from Schaffhausen or 20 Sfr from St. Gallen (via rail). 1 day boat ticket for the river between Schaffhausen - Kreuzlingen 29 Sfr
Swiss Travel Pass: FREE via rail and some boats with selected operators (otherwise half price)
The delightful town of Stein-am-Rhein is a beautifully preserved small medieval town with half timbered houses, many still perfectly painted. There are flower decked fountains and the cobbled streets abound with cafés and restaurants where you can relax and soak up the atmosphere.
The Old Town
The Old Town is one of the most beautiful and best preserved medieval old towns in Switzerland, famous for its painted houses dating from 15th to 18th centuries. The paintings are wonderfully vibrant and depict scenes from history, the bible and myths and legends. The town hall dates from 1539 and was renovated in the late 19th century with additional historical paintings.
The former Benedictine abbey is worth a visit to see the convent houses, cloister buildings and the abbey chapel, with some fabulous frescoes dating from around 1500.
Several boat companies operate boat trips along the river. This is highly recommended while you are in the area for some very picturesque sightseeing. You can hop off at villages along the way or cruise all the way to Schaffhausen (to the west) or Kreuzlingen (to the east). Kreuzlingen is also the place to embark upopn Lake Constance cruises. Some lunchtime departures offer a fondue - a delightful way to spend an afternoon (booked locally in advance). Cruises operate from April to October; prices vary.
Medieval Hohenklingen sits directly above the picturesque town. Dating from the 11th century the castle building is almost entirely unadapted. You can visit the areas open to the public such as the keep, the courtyard and the beautiful arbor, from which you have a fantastic view. There is a restaurant where you can enjoy a relaxing drink. Free entry.
Burg Church and Roman fort
Just on the opposite bank of the river is a baroque church, the oldest place of worship in the canton; excavation brought evidence that Christian service have been celebrated here for more than 1400 years. Of particular interest are the murals in the church choir.
Wandering around the church grounds you can see the remains of the 3rd century Roman fort Tasgetium, which was built to defend against Alemannic invasions.
From Schaffhausen, you can take a short train ride or travel along the river by boat to Stein-am-Rhein.
From St. Gallen and Appenzell, you can take the train directly to Stein-am-Rhein. Alternatively, take the train to Kreuzlingen, then join the boat for the cruise your destination.