CHURCH OF ST. HIPPOLYTUS AND VERENA
Located 3kms from Stein Am Rhein and on the German side of the Rhine river is the
Catholic parish church of St. Hippolytus and Verena in the town of Öhningen.
This is the former Augustinian canons-Collegiate Church, part of the Augustine Monastery.
The Parish church was built in 1620 by Bischoff Jakob Fugger when the building style was changing from Renaissance to Baroque.
Inside are three lovely Altars, a choir from around 1640, whilst the Pulpit is from 1734. The Pews are beautifully carved and the ceiling has stucco work and paintings.
It's a lovely church well worth having a look inside.
- Religious Travel
- Historical Travel
I had seen Hohenklingen Castle towering above Stein am Rhine and had decided I wanted to see it. You can either walk (30 - 45mins uphill) or drive your car along a narrow, windy road (10mins).
As one of us can't walk much, our choice was made for us, that was to drive to the Castle, quite easy as the route was signposted.
At the car park, it still was an uphill walk to the Castle, which isn't open to the public as it's an upmarket Restaurant and accommodation house.
This medieval castle is situated on a ridge, 961 metres above sea level overlooking Stein am Rhein. Its first buildings were erected in the 11th century by the Zähringer, a dynasty of noblemen. This dynasty died out, so the German Emperor gave the castle to the Freiherren of Klingen in 1218, this is from whom it derives its name.
It was quite an important Castle during the wars as from the watchtower there was a good view over neighbouring Germany. Its tower has been used as a prison for centuries, these days you can climb up and enjoy the sights. It was quite interesting seeing the view through the narrow slits from where arrows would have been fired, this Castle certainly was in a good position! The current shape of the Castle dates back to 1712.
Today, the Castle is a Swiss heritage site on National importance.
As we weren't staying here or having a meal at the Restaurant, all we could view was the exterior. This was worth doing, especially for the wonderful views I had overlooking Stein am Rhein.
I could clearly see the medieval centre of this historic town.
Well worth coming to for the views - They were FANTASTIC!
Free to wander around.
Address --Hohenklingenstrasse 1, CH-8260 Stein am Rhein
- Historical Travel
- Castles and Palaces
Church at Birnau
This church is on the German side of Lake Constance, and it overlooks the lake.
Here is an interesting link below, though it's only in German.
- Business Travel
Lake Constance / Bodensee
This pic was taken from the German side of the lake, Switzerland is across the water.
I think we were about 80km away from Stein am Rhein at this point.
- Adventure Travel