Stein am Rhein is located in the northeastern corner of Switzerland, in the German-speaking canton of Schaffhausen. It is the perfect location for those who enjoy immersing themselves in history and experiencing a different era from the inside. In Stein am Rhein, walking through the old town, you will feel as if you have stepped back in time -- the perfectly preserved Medieval streets retain not only the original road plans, but also the location of the city walls and gates as well.
Although the centre is relatively small, the beautiful painted facades and charming half-timbered houses won the place Switzerland's first Wakker Prize for the preservation of its architectural heritage.
Among the most significant attractions are the Monastery of St. Georgen, a beautifully preserved Medieval monastery complex; the Medieval Rathouse (Town House), and the Lindwurm Museum with its exhibition of paintings depicting how life used to be back in the nineteenth century. A longer walk will take you to the Hohenklingen Castle, an older late-Roman building, which proudly overlooks the town from a hill above. The small town can be a good location for day trips around the area, with destinations including the island group of Werd or a cruise on the River Rhine that can take you all the way to Schaffhausen to visit its impressive Rhine Falls.
Moreover, the town is famous for its gastronomy and winemaking, therefore a visit to some of the nearby vineyards or some wine-tasting in one of the old restaurants of the town might also be of interest to some visitors. Consider staying at one of Stein am Rhein's hostels, as you should be able to find there everything you need for a great visit to this wonderful area.
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