Switzerland travel series - part 5 - Stein am Rhein

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Let me take you for a walk in one of the most charming medieval towns in Switzerland...

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Stein am Rhein

Stein am Rhein is a small town located in northeastern Switzerland where the lower end of Lake Constance becomes again the river Rhine.

It looks like it is very popular to own a boat here 😊

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I enjoyed walking along the riverbank and feeding some swans and ducks..

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If you like you can take a boat ride to Lake Constance or to Schaffhausen and enjoy beautiful scenery..

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Can you see the castle Hohenklingen that I showed you a couple of weeks ago?

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We are approaching the town now...

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Stein am Rhein is well known for its old stone houses with magnificent painted façades.

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The most beautiful frescoes can be found in front of the town hall at Rathausplatz. Each house has a different name as in the past there were no house numbers.

The house on the left is called 'Zum roten Ochsen' (To the red ox)- The fresco on this house was created in 1615. It is based on humanistic themes and designed by A. Schmucker.

The house in the middle is called 'Zum Steinenen Trauben' (To the stone grapes) - The house served as a residential building in the past. The frescoes on the upper floors shows heavily laden carts merchants. On the first floor we can see two men carrying heavy bunch of grapes. Inside of the house is beautifully decorated.

The house on the right serves as a hotel called Hotel Sonne. It is the oldest hotel in the town. It can be easily recognized by painting of laughing sun in the middle of the house.

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The house called 'Zum Weissen Adler' (To the white eagle) is considered to be the most beautifully painted house in the town. The fresco was painted in 1520 and the white eagle is its centerpiece.

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Let's go to the St. George's Abbey now..

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The abbey was founded in the 11th century when Emperor Henry II moved the Benedictine abbey of Saint George from Hohentwiel in Germany to its present location. It is one of the best preserved medieval complexes in Switzerland.

The last major renovation and expansion of the Abbey was done in the 15th and 16th centuries. The monastery was dissolved during the Reformation in 1525 and from then until the 19th century it served as the official residence of bailiffs appointed by Zurich.

The abbey consists of the cloistral buildings including the chapter house, refectories, dormitories, abbot's parlours and abbot's chapel, cloister and the banquet hall.

The banquet hall was acquired in the 15th century. It is famous for its murals which serve as the best examples of Renaissance art north of the Alps. I'll show them to you next time.

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Let's have a look through the open door in the back..

There are stairs leading us down to the river. From here we can admire the other side of the town with its small church on the top of the hill.

The water level is very low. Usually I would be already standing in the water..

The atmosphere in the monastery is idyllic. It's so quiet and you can sit there for hours listening to the birds chirping above your head, breathing the fresh air and observing people enjoying various water sports.

But sometimes (like today) it's not for hours but only for a couple of minutes before a very noisy family comes and spoil your moment 😊

Anyway, it's time to go to a museum to show you how wealthy people lived here in the past.

We'll go back to the city through this gate..

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It didn't take us long to approach the museum..

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Museum Lindwurm

The house Lindwurm was founded in the 13th century and it served as a residential building. It is one of the oldest buildings in the town. Today, the rooms have been arranged in such a way that you will feel like you were transported back to 1850!

The museum was founded by siblings Jacob and Emma Windler who inherited the house in 1945 from their cousin Marie. They came from a once prosperous family of bakers and grain merchants but they went through a hard time in the 19th century.

They both spent their childhood in the house and inheriting it from their cousin meant being able to realize their dream - inhabit the representative townhouse.

Emma devoted her life to the renovation and lived in the house as if it were a museum already..

The siblings founded the Jakob and Emma Windler Foundation in 1972. After Emma's death the foundation received all her wealth.

Are you ready for the tour?

Let's start with the elegant dining room. It looks like it's ready for a delicious lunch to be served. Who wants to join?

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I would love to take a nap in one of these beds..

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The kitchen is fully equipped. I even found some objects that I remember from my grandmothers kitchen..

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Shoes must be kept clean..

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Can you imagine sipping your afternoon tea in such room?

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Or sitting on this sofa? Before you jump right on it please note that the most of the furniture is original and it is prohibited to touch it..

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You can also ask somebody to play the piano while you're sipping your tea..

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You have servants to do your laundry and hang it on a line under the roof..

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They also prepare your supplies for winter time..

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As the family belonged to the bakers and grain merchants there is a big space under the roof full with grain..

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While you're sipping your tea your servants are taking care of your house.. There are some chicken and roosters walking around 😊

Can you imagine such life?

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It's time to go home now. I hope you have enjoyed our tour today.

Thank you for reading!

Cheers,
Martina

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Love your post, specially that it brings up good memories to me. I've been here with my bike in 2015 and I had lunch in the main square surounded by all those beautiful painted buildings. A delish Stein am Rhein!

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Have you been there? Wow! I'm glad to bring up some memories! Have you been to other places in Switzerland too? Thank you for your comment and support!

PS: I think you would like my post about wooden churches in Slovakia! Don't worry about voting 😉 I just think that would be a great place for your next bike tour! It's beautiful there!

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Thank you for telling me I guess I missed it initialy and also for writting such a nice post. I loved those mini wooden churches, what a great ideea to buid them. I did some biking in Slovakia back in 2009 but just following the Danube route (EuroVelo 6) passing thru Bratislava. Now I discover more of Slovakia thanks to you!

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No worries! You should see different parts of Slovakia. Bratislava is boring :) Come to the East! The nature is beautiful and people are lovely!

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Wow love the frescos. I have been chasing murals and graffiti pictures in San Francisco. Nothing exists like these beautiful frescos :) really interesting how some rooms seem so modern like the dining room and the bed room and others seem so old and out of date like the kitchen. great post @delishtreats

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I think it's because the dining room and bedroom were for the owners and the kitchen was used by the servants.. but you are right, it's interesting to see the difference!

I've seen your post. Looks like you have nice artwork there too! It's just a different style though :)

Thank you for your comment!

I have arrived a little late, excuse me but OH WOW!!!!!!! This is an AMAZING post!! What an extraordinary journey through your photographs and text. it’s hard to find the words to aptly sum up the experience from this side of your blog. The fabulous architecture and painted facades are nothing short of magical!
I think one thing I would definitely have liked to take home with me had I been there with you are those awesome green kitchen tiles. 😆 They so caught my eye! Haha It’s the little things in life as they say.
All I can do is resteem this wondrous post. More people need to see this as with all your posts @delishtreats 🦋🌴🌈💛💚🍀❤️

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You're never late my dear! And I can wait for such amazing comments like yours! :) I'm always sooooo glad when you stop by as it means I'll be smiling while reading your comment.. :)

Oh, I wanted to take many things from that kitchen. Especially the ones that reminded me of my childhood! :)

You're my best supporter! That would be VERY nice of you!

Thank you my dear Sallybeth! Have a wonderful afternoon/evening in Costa Rica! Sending lots of love..

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Awww thank you so much, what a lovely thing to say! 🤗😍🌈

Those paintings on the walls are absolutely stunning! You outdid yourself here Martina, absolutely stunning for sure!

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Thank you Dave! Well, I didn't paint them, you know ;)

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lol... you didn't? I take that back then... I thought you are 500 years old and painted them, I guess its just pretty good still, just not stunning that you you didn't do it! :P

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I'm sorry to disappoint you Dave but I wanted to make this clear, lol!

Pretty good is still fine with me ;)

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phew I'm glad you did! I was also thinking that you found the fountain of youth too... Glad I didn't embarrass myself and make a post about it!

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I'm still doing a research on this one.. I'll let you know when I find it so that you can be forever young too!

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:P ... ok deal! thank you so much for thinking of me in this one :D

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Well, of course.. I may need your help when I'm facing some issues on Steemit in 500 years so it's good for me to keep you young, lol!

Wow this place looks beautiful. Thank you for sharing the tour and amazing photos, almost makes me feel like I'm there just looking at them ^^

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Thank you! I'm glad that you like it! 😊 it feels so good to hear that it made you feel like you were almost there!

Martina, you are such a great tour guide, my virtual tour guide... till I make it to Switzerland and we can see some of these places together. Loved how each building was so beautiful and unique.

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Thank you Sara! I'll be waiting for you!!! :)

I'll be posting about Lucerne soon! There are some nice buildings too :)

Thank you for the wonderful tour of Stein am Rhein. I can feel and see the history in your photos and your narrative! Beautifully done! It makes me want to go there to enjoy the sights and sounds too. The museum is absolutely amazing. I love those wooden floors!

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Thank you for stopping by and for your nice words! I'm pleased that you like it!

I'm sure you would love it there! It feels like a town from a fairy tale!

Wow, this was such an amazing tour! This charming town looks so beautiful!

I've been to Switzerland 3 times, (Zurich to be more specific) but next time I am adding Stein am Rhein to my list! :D

Thanks for sharing, I'm looking forward to see more travel posts! :)

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Thank you for stopping by!

Switzerland is beautiful and you should definitely visit other places than Zurich! 😉

I love museums like that! So interesting to get a little tiny glimpse of how people lived not all that long ago. I would definitely enjoy taking tea in that lovely room! Once again you have transported me to another place. Always a pleasure Martina!

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Thank you for your comment Katie! I love such museum too! And this one was very special! I would drink that tea with you!

How is it that you always go on these gorgeous walks all the time?

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Well, what can I say? 😊 I'm lucky to live in Switzerland as it has so much to offer! Plus I have a bit more time now and I try to use it while I can 😉

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I hope that one day I will travel to both city and see all of it with my own eyes. Beautiful photos and story.

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I hope you'll be able to come! Thank you for stopping by!

Beautiful @delishtreats

What a great walkthrough. The frescoes are stunning and you wonder why more places didn't go this way. The buildings themselves are a work of art.

The museum was fascinating and the detail was exceptional. It looks a great place to live.

I've been to Switzerland three times but each time has been to ski so I have not really branched out yet but it looks well worth it. I have been to Sion, Les Collons and Sas Grand, all in a similar area I think. One day I will get there in the summer.

Thanks for posting.

Gaz

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Thank you for your comment Gaz!

There are many places in Switzerland with beautiful frescoes on the buildings. Other ones that I really like would be in Schaffhausen and Lucerne.. but there are many more :)

So you've been to the French part.. this is different to the German part.. next time you come try either Italian or German part of Switzerland to see the differences. You'll see it's amazing to compare them..

It's cool to come for skiing but you'll love it in summer too! You can go hiking, swimming in the lakes, attend local summer festivals.. so many things to do!! If you would ever make it here, let me know and I can take you around :) I happen to be a great guide, LOL! (That's what my friends say!)

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Of course. I forget that there are different areas with the influence of different countries. In that case I definitely need to experience the German and Italian parts.

When I get my act together and get over there I will be sure to let you know. I may even bring my bike for a few mountain rides. What are the mountain passes like for smooth tarmac?

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That would be cool! Well, there are mountain passes for everybody. There are many bikers driving on normal roads in mountains but there are also many roads in forests for mountain bikers. I'm not an expert in biking but I'm sure that you would find many places that you would enjoy :)

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Sounds awesome.

Such a beautiful place, thanks again for another awesome tour, my favourite of all was 'Zum Weissen Adler' !! I can't believe it!

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Thank you for your support girl! :)

That one is the most beautiful! You should come once to Switzerland with your family. Your boys would LOVE it. Well, we don't have the ocean but the lakes are awesome too!

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It would be a dream come true...

Fun tour .. even more fun in person. I like this sort of touring. great shots!

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It was a lot of fun! And I love this city! Thank you for stopping by! :)

I like all of your photos one by one 👌👌👍

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I'm glad to hear that!

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Nice tour through the town of Stein am Rhein! I love the lake as well.
I have always dream of going Switzerland, every piece of the country is just so beautiful!

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Thank you for your comment!

That is already the river Rhine :) You should come! You would love it here!

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Oh, I wish...
Manifesting...

Beautiful pics 😊 I didn't know Stein am Rhein and it seems so cute! Thanks for sharing!

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Thank you for stopping by! There are many more cute places in Switzerland :) It is worth visiting!

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This happens to me from time to time too! Very annoying! But I'm glad you enjoyed the commentary! 😊

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Great news to wake up too again! Thank you! 😉

Thank you for the excursion. I really liked it. I have a request)) Can I use your photo as a reference to my sketches?

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Of course!!! Please do so!! Thank you for your support and I can't wait for your sketch!!! 🤩

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Thank you) I'll call in the post when it will be ready))

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Thank you for your support!

And THANK YOU @viking-ventures! That's very kind of you! Sending lots of love and hugs..

Visiting old villages is one of my favorite things to do. The painted houses are amazing! Makes me long for simpler times....

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Mine too! Right after hiking :) There are so many painted houses in Switzerland...

Where are you from? Do you have anything like that around you?

howdy there delishtreat! haha! too many pictures! I've been trying to get this page to load for two days! lol. finally had to take over Mrs. J's computer because her's is much faster.

Well, wonderful photos and beautiful city and buildings, I've never heard of naming your house! lol. I'd name mine George!

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Hahaha, really? Don't complain and get better computer then! :)

I'm not sure how the naming worked in the past. I don't think you could just pick a name.. it more related to the painting on the building or to your profession.. but 'Zum George' sounds cool! :D

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ahaha! I wasn't complaining I was just stating facts but I appreciate your humor and teasing lol. the naming and all that is very interesting and educational, I love your posts!

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Thank you dear Jonboy! :) I'm going to drink a cup of tea before going to bed so I'll check your post still tonight :)