Even though the forecast was for rain, we took our chances and caught the train to Stein am Rhein, a town that is purported to be “painfully picturesque”. I thought, “sure, another cute medieval town on a body of water.”
Actually, I think this IS the cutest town we’ve seen so far. The train station is on the other side of the Rhein from the old town, just a 5-minute walk across the bridge.
You can’t miss walking directly into the main town square with the most charming painted buildings from the 1500s and later.
It was like an open-air art museum with each fresco demanding a closer look.
We had read that you should pet the dog statue for good luck, so we did.
We pet the cat, too, just in case.
Above the town sits the Burg Hohenklingen, a castle, and since we saw no busses going up the hill, we trudged up for a view over the city and the river. The castle isn’t open until next month, so we satisfied ourselves with a walk around the perimeter before heading back down.
The cloister of St. George (also closed for the winter) honors, you guessed it, St. George of dragon fame. I saw evidence of this saint on this wall as well as the man hole covers.
Time to say good-bye, and maybe we’ll come back sometime when we need a dose of infuriating impossible cuteness.