Stein Am Rhein

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.

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You can’t miss walking directly into the main town square with the most charming painted buildings from the 1500s and later.

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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.

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We pet the cat, too, just in case.

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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.

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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.

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Time to say good-bye, and maybe we’ll come back sometime when we need a dose of infuriating impossible cuteness.

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