Schaffhausen Things to Do

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    Boat to Konstanz

    by travelfrosch Updated Oct 5, 2013

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    Schiffahrt Untersee-Rhein (URH) runs regular boats between Schaffhausen and Kreuzlingen 3-4 times daily from the end of March or early April to September, continuing with 1 daily trip in each direction through most of October. Off-season, there are limited brunch and dinner cruises available on selected dates. The enjoyable trip up the Rhein and the Untersee to Kreuzlingen normally takes about 4 hour 45 minutes. For our part, we took the boat to Schaffhausen from Stein am Rhein, however high water on the Rhine forced us to change boats in the middle of the trip, generating approximately a 30 minute delay. A day-trip to Konstanz is doable if you take the boat one way and the train back to Schaffhausen.

    As of 2013, 1-way fare between Kreuzlingen and Schaffhausen is CHF 46.80 per adult. The boat trip is covered by Swiss Pass.

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    Rhine Falls

    by travelfrosch Written Sep 24, 2013

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    The Rhine Falls lived up to the bill for us. Because of the recent flooding, there was an unusually large amount of water flowing over the falls. The easiest (and free) way to enjoy the falls is to walk to the bank and watch from any number of view points up and down the falls. If you want to pay extra, you can do other activities, such as take a wet and wild boat ride into the falls. There's also a nearby cafe with views. The website has all sorts of suggestions for activities should you have the time, inclination, and money.

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    Rheinfall - Rhine Falls

    by Kathrin_E Written Jun 20, 2013

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    The Rhine Falls are the top attraction of the area around Schaffhausen. Even if people have never heard of the town or anything related to it, they know about the waterfall. Some even think the Rhine Falls are in a suburb of Zürich...
    In fact the falls are not even in Schaffhausen but in neighbouring Neuhausen. Please see my transportation tip about how to get there.

    The total height of the falls is no more than 23 metres in total. Not much for a world-famous waterfall. The width of the river bed and the amount of water nevertheless makes them impressive. Recently we had a lot of heavy rainfalls and flooding, so the water level was still notably higher than usual, and the falls were spectacular, almost scary as the strong water current ran so close to the viewing platforms.

    The falls have been equipped for tourism on all sides. On a sunny weeeknd afternoon like this it can be quite crowded. Both river banks have several viewing platforms so you can watch the falls from all angles and be rather close to the water. Everything is safe and easy to walk. Mentally prepare for lots of stairs, though.
    Pedestrians and cyclists can cross the river on the railway bridge (photo 4 in the background) from the Neuhausen side to Schloss Laufen and back.
    Short boat cruises (30 minutes) run below the falls.

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    Munot Castle

    by Kathrin_E Written Jun 20, 2013

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    The Munot was built in the 16th century as part of the town's fortifications. The castle's round shape follows the design of a model fortress by Albrecht Dürer. Only once in its history it really had to withstand a siege. In the 19th century i8t was to be demolished but it was saved as historical monument. Nowadays a private association (Munotverein) is taking care of it. Some parts like the courtyards and the viewpoint on the wall can be accessed for free, the interior can be visited with guided tours.

    The castle is located on a hill on the edge of the old town. The slopes are covered in vineyards. You have to climb short but steep stairways to reach it. I have to admit that we did not go up. The stairs would have been too much for Minifrosch's little legs. (It's always good to have a child with you in order to have an excuse at hand, ha ha.) I have been up once but that was long ago, sorry no photos from the top.

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    Parish Church of St Johann

    by Kathrin_E Written Jun 20, 2013

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    The church of St Johann has always been the town's parish church, as opposed to the abbey church of Allerheiligen which was used by the monastery. The interior of the gothic basilica has been refurbished again and again throughout the centuries. Some medieval frescoes and The stucco ceiling and the relief over the choir tell of a baroque renovation. The pulpit is neogothic, as well as the majestic organ in the west - its woodwork looks rather new to me, though. I am also not sure about the age of the stained glass windows in the choir (surely not older than 150 years, probably less) and the staues. This is a protestant church after all. Only recently Swiss protestantism has adopted a more relaxed approach towards images which had long been totally forbidden.

    The church is open in the daytime; the doors in the west are open.

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    Fountains and their Statues

    by Kathrin_E Written Jun 19, 2013

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    The old town has a couple of interesting fountains - I found three during my short walk - with statues from the 16th century.

    Mohrenbrunnen in Fronwagplatz (photos 1 and 2) shows Kaspar, the dark-skinned one of the Holy Three Kings, who represents the wealthy citizen of the town.

    A few steps down towards the corner of Oberstadt and Vordergasse there is another fountain wi9th a lansquenet standing guard (photo 3); according to the photo he is guarding the pigeons now...

    Tellenbrunnen at the opposite end of Vordergasse shows a statue of Wilhelm Tell with the crossbow (photos 4 and 5).

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    Allerheiligen: The Herb Garden

    by Kathrin_E Written Jun 19, 2013

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    The small courtyard East of the cloister has been planted with a herb garden in the style of old monastery gardens. It has all kinds of both medical and kitchen herbs. The German and Latin names of the plants are shown on signs, so the garden also has an educational purpose.

    This herb garden was my favourite discovery in the abbey grounds. It is a quiet and pleasant place. There are some benches so you can sit and rest.

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    Allerheiligen: Cloister

    by Kathrin_E Written Jun 19, 2013

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    The cloister is located on the southern side of the church. It can be accessed from the porch of the church, the front yard of the museum, and also from the western side through the herb garden. Access is free. Tombstones of local V.I.P.'s are attached to the church wall. The garden within the cloister could do with a gardener's hand and tools, it is a rather unkempt meadow with wild rose bushes, some shrubs and trees.

    The buildings around the cloister host the Museum zu Allerheiligen which displays the history af the town as well as regional art. Unfortunately I did not have enough time to visit the museum so I cannot tell you much about it, but it sounds interesting.

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    Allerheiligen: Münster Church

    by Kathrin_E Written Jun 19, 2013

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    The Münster Church used to be the abbey church of the Benedictine Abbey Allerheiligen. The church was built around 1100 and remained in its original shape with hardly any later changes. In other words, pure Romanesque style. The steeple was added about 100 years later. It shows a lot more architectural details than the plain facades of the church.

    The interior is a basilica with a flat ceiling. It has a lot in common with the abbey churches on Reichenau Island. Do not expect many art treasures inside: In 1529 the reformation was introduced, the former abbey church became a protestant parish church, and the Zwinglian reformation in the surroundings of Zürich always involved iconoclasm.
    Some frescoes on the walls were just covered in plaster and paint and have recently been brought back to light.

    The Southern transept contains a replica of a medieval tombstone (photo 5). It is the tomb of three members from the noble family of Nellenburg, the founders of the city of Schaffhausen and the abbey (1045). The original is inside Allerheiligen museum.

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    Explore the Old Town on Foot

    by Kathrin_E Written Jun 19, 2013

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    Schaffhausen's old town extends bewween the train station and Munot castle in West-Eastern direction, between Schwabentor and the Rhine from North to South. It is best explored on foot. Distances are short, so walking is easy. The main streets are pedestrianized anyway. But venture beyond the main streets into the side lanes, and explore the hidden angles.

    Schaffhausen is not as spectacular as neighbouring Stein am Rhein. I had expected more colours, it is all a bit grey. Nevertheless there are lots of street views and details which are worth a second look and a photo.

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    Munot Rose Garden

    by Odiseya Written Apr 7, 2013

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    Munot Rose Garden (German: Munot Rosengarten) is nice park on north side of fortress. All complex covers an area of about 2000 km2. Nice place for relaxing after visit Munot.
    It is designed it in the French Renaissance garden-style in 1981 thanks to the collaboration the town nursery with the Swiss association of rose lovers.

    The rose flower beds are bordered off from the pathways and with low-growing box hedges. Due to the terraced arrangement there is a beautiful view from the top platform of the rose collection with its approximate 170 species and down to the Old Town. In the flower beds are most important species of all the varieties of roses.

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    Museum zu Allerheiligen

    by Odiseya Written Apr 7, 2013

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    Museum zu Allerheiligen (The All Saints Museum) is housed in large part on the premises of the former Benedictine monastery All Saints. Here you can see exhibitions on archeology, history, art and natural history. Here is a replica of the prehistoric cave dwelling Kesslerloch.
    The permanent exhibition named "Schaffhausen im Fluss", where the history of the town and region can be experienced first-hand, was newly opened in 2008.

    It open from Tuesday to Sunday in time from 11 a.m. till 5 p.m.

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    Explore Schaffhausen

    by Odiseya Updated Apr 7, 2013

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    It is some kind of Schaffhausen-in general tip!

    Schaffhausen is charming town on the north of country, in the hearth of continental Europe.
    It have a very nice natural surrounding and river Rhine run trough the town. Main touristic and natural attraction are, of course, the famous Rhine fall (Greman: Rheinfall).

    The majestic fortress Munot dominates the old part of Schaffhausen from its high hill covered with beautiful vineyards. The height of Munot opens a view to the migratory stream of the Rhine. The oldest part remains in the west and the new residential buildings to the east of river.

    Across the old town of Schaffhausen you can see the beautiful old houses with bay windows. Many cobblestone narrow streets "tell you" a towns story.
    Enjoy in every single step you take in this area.

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    Inside of Munot fortress

    by Odiseya Written Apr 7, 2013

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    Like a fun of architecture and fun of old fortress I was especially interested to explore whole fortress from every single level.

    I discover two entrance and many upper space on the top with natural light. It was daylight in the time of my visit and there ware no other lights (and no necessary in that moment).
    I like many simple catacombs and plain open to every corner of base of fortress. To the top you need to climb to the top by large stone spiral stairways. It is not easy, because you need put so much effort to came to the main gate of fortress in first place. Take a breath and enjoy in view to the town and river trough small window-shape crack on every corner.

    And you are up! There is a very plain open cinema or something like that in ring shape. Many gates here so no more exploration. On two large open terrace you can enjoy in view on town and river on two angles. Enjoy!

    There is interesting canons and simple metal picture or sketch of town under the fortress.

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    Viewing point trough centuries - Munot

    by Odiseya Updated Apr 7, 2013

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    Trough narrow streets of Old town and up over numerous of steep stairs I entree in Munot – Schaffhausen’s landmark and symbol.

    The Munot fortress is beautiful Renaissance fortress. Main part of tower It has a circular shape. It has two tower on different positions and deep pit all over the fortress. Nice!
    It was built in the 16th century and current "look" is by design Albreht Albrecht Dürer. He was a German painter, engraver, printmaker, mathematician, and theorist from Nuremberg.

    Position of Munot on the hill high over the Rihne river suggestion of it purpose trough centuries of its existence. For todays visitor still is a challenge even they come in "peace". Namely, you could approach to the top on two ways. I come from south part trough very long long steep trail with lots of stairs on two level, first to the top of local houses roofs, the with the first grapes enter in another longer stairways. I suggestion to take a time, it is a long way to the top. And even you came to the door of fortress, it is still long way to the top trough its dark and quite interior trough another stairs.
    Second enter to the towns park on other side of fortress over a stone bridge on deep pit.

    It is worth to claim to the Munot in any way or for any reason!

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