It’s time to leave Klosters. I took the northbound train to Landquart and changed for another train to Sargans. The latter is pretty much the last frontier town before entering into the city of Vaduz in the country of Liechtenstein. I did take a bus into Vaduz (don’t worry, no passport required) and did some sightseeing there, but I would refrain to write much about it because this website is dedicated for my Swiss travels.
From Vaduz, I took a 10-minute bus to Buchs and then embarked on the train along the expansive Lake Constance, a large body of water shared between Switzerland and Germany. The lake view was fairly subdued due to the mist. I disembarked at Stein-am-Rhein, which is a beautiful town at the western lake edge on the mouth of Rhein river.
After a few days of enjoying outstanding Alpine villages in Grindelwald, Scuol or Zermatt, a trip to Stein-am-Rhein is somewhat refreshing. I could not help but notice that the town is very much German-inspired, judging from the well-preserved medieval architecture and unique century-themed frescoes which adorn the majority of the buildings.
The town center is small enough to be covered in a few hours. There is a statue of a local soldier on the town’s main square. The cobbled stone paths around the town are car-free, hence walking is the best way to see the town. There are a number of al fresco outlets in the main square and the town seemed to be filled with crowds enjoying the mild summer weather.
I embarked on a river cruise along the Rhein river from Stein-am-Rhein. As usual, the boat ride is free of charge for Swiss Rail Pass holders. The journey provided me with more insight of more German-influenced towns along the river such as Diessenhofen, Büsigen and Schaffhausen.