Monday 7 September 2015

Stein am Rhein, Switzerland

I have been chatting to an English couple on our campsite, who are travelling around on a tandem. It is quite rare to  find GB signs on vans in Germany, and we spent quite a while swapping recommendations and stories.
They told us to visit Stein am Rhein, which I had never even heard of.
It was fairly near to our campsite and we decided to cycle to it as our first stop of the day. It is a little town right at the point where the River Rhine (Rhein in German) flows out of Lake Constance.
The town is incredibly beautiful with lots of buildings that date from the 13th to the 18th century. My little leaflet from the Tourist Information Office doesn't explain why, but lots of the houses are decorated with elaborate frescoes.
There are also fortified gates into the town and a bridge over the river.
We spent a while wandering around then carried on our journey around the lake.
We couldn't resist stopping for a coffee with fantastic views of the lake, which we enjoyed from our double deck chair.

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