Schiffahrt Untersee-Rhein (URH) runs regular boats between Schaffhausen and Kreuzlingen (stopping in Stein am Rhein) 3-4 times daily from the end of March or early April to September, continuing with 1 daily trip in each direction through most of October. Off-season, there are limited brunch and dinner cruises available on selected dates. The enjoyable trip down the Rhein to Schaffhausen normally takes about 1 hour 15 minutes, however high water on the Rhine forced us to change boats in the middle of the trip, generating approximately a 30 minute delay. The trip to Kreuzlingen from Stein am Rhein through the Untersee takes about 2 hours 40 minutes. Schaffhausen and the Rhine Falls are an easy day trip from Stein am Rhein, and it's no problem to incorporate a boat ride to Schaffhausen, visit the falls, then take the train back to Stein am Rhein in a few hours. For our part, we had a quick meeting with Kathrin for lunch and a look at the falls on a warm and sunny Saturday afternoon.
1-way fare from Stein am Rhein to Schaffhausen is CHF 24 per adult. Fare from Stein am Rhein to Kreuzlingen is CHF 32.40. The boat trip is covered by Swiss Pass.
The Untertor, also known as the clock tower, was a big hit with Minifrosch. Its intricate design and ornate clock were a source of great enjoyment for a significant amount of time. It serves as the main gateway into the Old Town from the west. The original tower was destroyed when the Americans accidentally bombed Stein am Rhein in 1945, but supposedly was rebuilt using the original stones.
The Alte Brücke (Old Bridge), sometimes known as the Rheinbrücke, actually isn't all that old. While it is a short distance from the location of an old Roman era bridge, the bridge at this location connecting both sides of Stein am Rhein was actually built in the 19th Century. The bridge as it appears now was constructed in the 1970s. But more important than the bridge itself are the views from the bridge. Come here on a clear day just after sunrise or just before sunset to get some magnificent views of the Rhine and the Untersee.
Walk the streets and poke around in the alleyways. Stein am Rhein is a feast for the eyes and the camera! Loved the Lindwurm Museum--what a little gem! Felt transported in time and could experience the life of an 18th century upper middle class family. Be sure to stay overnight so you can enjoy exploring/spending time with just the locals as it's quiet in the early morning and late afternoon/evening.
Beside watching all those beautiful buildings I do not really know what I could suggest you while staying in Stein AR.
This "getting luck" activity can last no more than 1 minute but it seems it is mandatory ... play with the dog and you'll get lucky. And so Felicitas does !
From the station,the bus of going to Rhein fall, has started and reaches in 10 minutes.
Here is the origin in the Rhein River, and you can do " Rhein River going down "
if you equip lifesaving tools.
Here, the Rhein river is a rapid stream.
I was so fearful that the step shrank only by looking by the side.
If you are courageous,you can enjoy the thrill of " Rhein River going down" in this place.
The Monastery St George lies on the edge of town, and is well worth exploration. Originally built in the 12th century, it was a Benedictine Abbey for 400 years before the reformation hit. Fortunately the reformation didn't strip it of all its beauty, and the spectacular carved ceilings, painted walls and impressive tiled floors are still there to be admired and enjoyed.
This is a 12th century castle up on the hill on the north side of the River Rhein, overlooking the town. There was a restaurant there on one of the top floors, with open windows and fantastic views of the river and the town. The restaurant is closed for renovations until mid-2007, so I don't know if you can still go up the castle. This web site seems to show a lot of construction going on with recently dated photos (it's in German; I don't know what it says), so it seems the whole castle might be closed.
The drive up there alone is still worth it just for the views. See this French web site for a complete history and more photos.
The contact details below are for the restaurant, so there may be no answer there until they are open again.
Schwarzes Horn (Black Horn) The building is on corner with special structure of framework dating of 1515. Birth house of the Johann Rudolf Schmid, late baron von Schwarzenhorn, imperial envoy with the Turkish Sultan 1629-1643.
Steinerner Trauben (Stony Grape) built in the 17c. Carefully arranged, regular façade with a casket oriel (1688) out of sand-stone. The main front painting dates from 1900 and shows Joshua and Kaleb with a giant grape "where milk and honey flow".
The Steinerner Trauben is the house in the middle of the picture
Roter Ochsen (Red Ox) built in 1446. The oldest Oldest tavern of the city, with a special ambiance. This house has a gothic front and an outstanding decorative oriel and a skillful front painting with Biblical and Roman motives by Steiner Lehrer and Maler A, Schmucker is dating from 1615.
The Roter Ochsen is the house on the left side of the picture
Vordere Krone (Fore Crown) built in 1398. One of the most distinguished houses in town with its very special high erected frame worked gable.
The interior is decorated in the Renaissance and Baroque style.
The oriel dates from 1707.
The Front painting 1734.
The Shop installation around 1900.
The Vordere Krone is the house on the left side of the picture
The timber bridge several times converted during the years was replaced in 1972-1974 by a modern bridge.
The history recall that in the 12C. stood here a bridge, which had replaced the late Roman bridge. This bridge was capital for crossing easily Rhein.
The Untertor also known as the Zeitturm (clock tower) was built in 1367.
Quick Fact : The Untertor was the only notable destruction of WWII when on the 22 February 1945 an American pilot mistook Stein am Rhein for a German town and bombarded it. The Untertor was destroyed, but was rebuilt in 1948 with the original stones.
This square at the heart of the village is often acclaimed as the most picturesque in the country, ringed by medieval half-timbered buildings vying with each other for the lavishness of their frescoes and the gracefulness of their oriels. Standing alone at the head of the square is the Rathaus, built in 1539–42: the half-timbered top storeys are original, the middle floor dates from a 1745 renovation, and the ground floor facade and entranceway were added in 1865. The line of facades along the south side of the square is dazzling, each one sporting a fresco illustrating the house name: from left to right are the Hirschen (stag); Krone (crown); Vordere Krone (foremost crown), sporting an especially lofty gable; Roter Ochsen (red ox), the town’s oldest tavern, with a Gothic facade; Steinerner Trauben (stony grapes); Sonne (sun), the oldest hotel in the village with new frescoes dating from 1900; and the Schwarzer Horn (black horn). Opposite, on the north side, are the Adler (eagle); and, most impressive of all, the Weisser Adler (white eagle), bedecked in the town’s oldest frescoes, a Holbein-esque series of Renaissance-style scenes painted in 1520–25.