Schaffhausen Local Customs

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    Architecture and charm of Schaffhausen

    by Odiseya Updated Apr 9, 2013

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    Is not easy to describe a charm of Schaffhausen but it is task that I conduct with great pleasure.

    I personally like this type of town. No matter how small it is, Schaffhausen attracts visitors because its priceless architectural treasures and culture. First of all, here you can find a preserve Old part of town. Special attention visitors give to town interesting town architecture and design. Here you could see beautiful paintings and decoration on big towns houses. Especially locals has take time to ornate windows and to archway designs. Here you could enjoy in viewing of various type of decorated doors and windows.
    Door looks like a gate of some palace. Shutters on the windows are not common, but where they are retained with two classic wooden exterior window sash. Sure, they are beautifully colored or has simple decorations, such as the little heart in the upper half of the window. Oriel of bay windows are something special. Oriel windows has in total 170 today and that makes Schaffhausen town with biggest collection of this beautiful decoration then anywhere else in entire Switzerland.

    Typically Switzerland small town plan with pictures lines of building with spacious squares with fountains with tall monuments of local or national hero. Then, you still could find a towns original gates: Schwabentor, Obertorturm and Diebsturm. Town was build on hill and you can see a steep streets and houses who "follow" the contours of the terrain.
    Cobblestone streets and narrow secondary roads resembles me on a typical small town on the Adriatic Sea.

    Finally, there even a special plaque with description of old and important towns houses. So, you strolling and learning in the same way. Notice that all signs and description are on German language.

    Best of all is that all this architectural treasure kept and used in a modern way.

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    Remains of tradition

    by Odiseya Updated Apr 7, 2013
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    Schaffhausen still has a image of town "preserve in time". When you walking trough cobblestone streets and looking around on beautiful old and pictures buildings with wooden bay windows you feel like you enter in some kind of time wormhole. Even are trough town posted street lamps, modern shops and tourist flows and all electrics cable, you could easily imagine how life was bubbling there in the four or five century. ago

    Interesting is that are two things and local customs remains and today in some variation: Munot bell ringing and towns guard.
    The Munot Bell keeper lives in a flat in the tallest tower and rings the famous Munot bell by hand at 9 p.m. every evening. Since 26th August 2002 the bell on the tower is rung by hand at 9 p.m. for 5 minutes by the Munot keeper – the same way it has been done since 1589.

    The towns guard (precisely Night-watch tour) are part of touristic offers of local tourist information center. That is a organized tour with two tour guides who shares the stories about life in Schaffhausen and area like some kind tour trough time.

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    Decorated Window Coverings

    by ATXtraveler Written Feb 19, 2008

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    One very unique local custom in Schaffhausen is the ornate window and archway designs and coverings in the downtown area. It appears many people took a long amount of time and some distinct effort in differentiating their doors from others. Although many of the street level shops have become more modern, the second floors have remained very traditional, including some with dates as early as the 1500s.

    Definitely take the time to walk around the Stadtzentrum in downtown Schaffhausen.

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