Monday, August 29, 2011

Day 29: Radolfzell to Neuhausen


We woke up to pretty clear skies and beautiful weather, and so cooked our Weisswurst and ate them before heading over to the train station to see Alan. To our surprise the forecast was pretty grim, so we opted to take the train over to Schaffhausen. Alan had told me the night before that Scahffhausen was the only Swiss town that got bombed by the allies during World War 2 because the allies thought it was German!
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We got on the train and had a fairly long train ride, and watched gloomily as the weather got more and more overcast as we approached the Bodensee. Finally, I suffered from a fit of impatience and we got off the train at Radolfzell to start riding towards Schaffhausen rather than take the train all the way there. It was drizzling as we got off the train but I figured that it wouldn't be too bad.
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Indeed as we wound around the final parts of the Bodensee the rain never got so bad as to restrict our visibility. The bike path provided ample reminders that Germany was a cycling country, with a bike repair station mounted right past the town of Moos. (Yes, we'd visited two towns named Moos and Wangen on this trip)
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At the town of Horn, we saw a fruit stand and stopped to buy and eat some fruit. The vendor turned out to be from New York. He spend every summer in this part of the country helping out his friend, and said that the weather was unusually wet this year. It was unusually wet last year as well, so I was starting to think this was pretty normal. He told us to stay on this side of the river and that Stein am Rhein was a pretty town and worth visiting.
From Tour of the Alps 2011

Indeed when we got to Stein Am Rhein, we found a cute town with a walkable central district with what were obviously some nice old houses with painted facades. It was a little too early to stop, though, so we pressed on, as Schaffhausen was literally right down the river.
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At Schaffhausen, it took us some time to find the tourist information center, but we then discovered first that the falls were at Neuhausen and not Schaffhausen, and as a bonus, the cheap lodging was at Neuhausen. With help from the lady at the information center, we booked the cheapest hotel at Neuhausen, and then proceeded to ride along the #2 bike route, the Rhine route towards Neuhausen where we found a non-descript hotel that nonetheless featured internet access at the ground floor.
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The hotel had a transparent shower, but fortunately, in addition to having the shower in the room, there were also showers on the same floor, so we took showers simultaneously so as not to have to deal with taking showers with other people in the same room potentially staring at us.
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Of course, as soon as we showered the sun came out, which meant that we should visit the falls. It was a mere 15 minutes walk from our hotel to the Falls, and on the way we went to the supermarket to pick up snacks and drinks.
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The falls were billed as the largest waterfall in Europe. It's not very big compared to say, the Niagara or Victoria falls, but it was charming in a very European style, with no less than 3 castle-like buildings lending atmosphere to the natural wonder. We spent time exploring the falls from several different angles and shooting pictures before our hunger compelled us to seek out dinner and we returned to our hotel.
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Once at the hotel, I pulled out our map and said, "Hey wait a minute, we're only 35km from Zurich, if that!" We looked at our options and decided that we would see what the weather forecast looked like the next day: if it was good, we could keep riding and explore more of the area but if it sucked we would just ride to our hotel in Zurich and spend an extra day in Zurich.
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