Stein am Rhein is cobblestone street community where the houses date back to the 1100s. All houses are beautifully preserved, and many are up to 5 stories tall. Many are painted from top to bottom in murals. There is one “main” street on which most of the restaurants seemed to be clustered, although we found lots of interesting shops and other restaurants on side streets. It’s located on the shores of the Rhein river, on the Switzerland-Germany border north of Zurich. This is a good combo with the nearby impressive Rhein Falls. This is in Germany, so bring your passport just in case.
|Location:||Northeastern Switzerland – Germany border|
|Address:||Parking: Chlini Schanz 40, 8260 Stein am Rhein, Germany|
|Car:||50 mins from Zurich|
|Train:||1hr30 from Zurich|
|Services:||cafes and shops in city center|
By car: Drive to Stein am Rhein and park in the metered lot just outside the city gate.
By public transport: Take a train to Stein am Rhein, on the Switzerland side. Then walk across the border and a bridge to reach the town center, about 700m.
There’s not much to particularly interest kids in this town. So plan for a short visit. We usually spend about an hour strolling through the town and river and eating a few treats. There are lots of outdoor cafes if you fancy lunch. There is also a grocery in town if you prefer to picnic along the river. We did find a playground at a local school, Schule Schanz, west of the town center.
Here is the gate entering the town from the parking.
Lots of heavily decorated buildings line the main pedestrian-only street.
Strolling along the river is nice, but there is no barrier, so kids could fall in pretty easy.