Schaffhausen Travel Guide

  • Schaffhausen
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Schaffhausen Things to Do

  • Boat to Konstanz

    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...

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  • Rhine Falls

    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...

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  • Rheinfall - Rhine Falls

    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...

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  • Munot Castle

    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...

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  • Parish Church of St Johann

    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...

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  • Fountains and their Statues

    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...

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  • Allerheiligen: The Herb Garden

    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...

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  • Allerheiligen: Cloister

    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...

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  • Allerheiligen: Münster Church

    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....

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Schaffhausen Hotels

  • Waldhotel Hohberg

    Schweizersbildstrasse 20, Schaffhausen, CH-8200, Switzerland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Promenade

    Nice older family run hotel. We had a nice roof room that was spacious and comfortable. Check in...

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  • Sorell Hotel Apartments Ruden

    Oberstadt 20, Schaffhausen 8201, Switzerland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Schaffhausen Restaurants

  • Italian Restaurant near the ferry dock

    After our delayed arrival in Schaffhausen and meeting with Kathrin, the first order of business was to find some lunch. This restaurant looked promising and offered outdoor seating, so we picked it quickly. It turned out to be a very good choice, with excellent pizza and pasta choices and good service. Sara had a delicious-looking ravioli dish...

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  • Restaurant Pizzeria El Barco

    This restaurant is located in a convenient spot at the end of the old town just across the square from the Rhine river ship station.It advertises itself to serve Mediteranean food and looks very neat. We were there on a Monday afternoon at around 5 pm for pizza. The kitchen doesn't open until a bit later but they serve pizza and salad all afternoon...

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  • Pizzeria Romana

    We visited this restaurant at the end of April 07 and one was able to sit outside in the street. We had a very late lunch here in form of a small pizza each for CHF 15.50 which was delicious. The pizza is made in a wood oven (Holzofen).Inside the restaurant is the usual Italian style decoration. Service wasn't terribly fast, but since we had time...

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Schaffhausen Nightlife

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    by Sandmann Written Aug 24, 2002

    the musicbars 'palette' and the disco 'orient' (formerly a movie-theatre) are the to 'musts' to visit by night. the two bars are in the middle of the socalled 'bermuda-triangle' of going out in Schaffhausen

    Dress Code: the way you feel the most comfortable

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Schaffhausen Transportation

  • Trolley Buses

    Schaffhausen has a system of trolley buses that can get you around quickly without a car. The main bus station is co-located with the train station, which allows you to transfer seamlessly to the local transportation. Most tourists will likely be most interested in Trolley Bus 1, which whisks you to a short walk from the Rhine Falls in about 10...

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  • Schaffhausen Train Station

    The Schaffhausen train station is a large rail hub on the Swiss-German border. Local and long-haul trains depart in several directions, including Konstanz, Ulm, Zurich, St Gallen, Karlsruhe, and Stuttgart. The station offers many services, including left-luggage service and an SBB travel agency. If you are heading for the Rhine Falls, Trolley Bus 1...

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  • Trains

    Schaffhausen is easy to reach from the Swiss as well as the German side. It is a stop on the ICE line Stuttgart to Zürich. To budget-oriented travellers, the frequent and dense network of local train routes is of more importance, though. Schaffhausen is well connected, for example, towards Zürich and Zürich airport.I lost the overview but it seems...

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Schaffhausen Shopping

  • Discount Chocolate!

    I have to give credit to my wife on this one. She wanted to bring home some Swiss Chocolate for friends and family, but did not want to pay the crazy tourist prices for it, so as we were driving past a supermarket, she had us stop. We purchased the same bag of chocolates for 6 euros that were 15 in the tourist markets! I remembered immediately why...

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  • Great Asian Collection

    Some Swiss friends brought me to this shop, which sells a fantastic range of Asian furniture, decoration things and so on.For me it was not interesting to buy there anything, as I can buy most of those things during my trips in Asia. On the other hand my Swiss friends are crazy about the choice in there. They have an excellent choice of solid wood...

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Schaffhausen Local Customs

  • Architecture and charm of Schaffhausen

    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...

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  • Remains of tradition

    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...

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  • Decorated Window Coverings

    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...

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Schaffhausen Warnings and Dangers

  • TICKET OFFICE

    For all of the infrastructure and maintenance involved, they do charge an admission fee to get past the turnstile at Schloss Laufen. It worth 5 Swiss Francs per adult person (3,5 for persons from 6-16 years, for children under 6 year is free entrance), and that was much more than the quoted price in others VT reviews. The commercialization of...

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  • NO BIKE ALOVED

    At the restriction is for the Schloss Laufen and Belvedere trail. I think that in spacious car park can be found a place to left the bike but I am not sure and I would find out. I hope that any VT traveler can provide relevant information.

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  • BE ON TIME

    Opening hours for Historama tour in Schloss Laufen is different in depend which month is it. From June till August the Park is open from 9 a.m. till 7 p.m. From September till October and, again, from April till May is open from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. Finally, from November till March the Historama is open from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.The Schloss Laufen...

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Schaffhausen What to Pack

  • February in Schaffhausen

    Schaffhausen is definitely considered a winter destination in February. Although we had beautiful sunny weather on the day we were here, it was still very cold. The temperature was forecasted for 45 degrees fahrenheit, but I would be surprised if it was 30 at its high. Sarah and I were very cold in our fleece coats and gloves, and I would have...

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  • Packing List

    If this is a day trip you're taking from say, Zurich, then you won't need to worry about packing or your luggage.... If you're intending to stay at this town for a few days or even, overnight, then don't forget to pack adequately i.e. DO plan your wardrobe in such a way that you'll have no problem mixing and matching your outfits and it should...

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Schaffhausen Off The Beaten Path

  • Force of nature

    RheinfallTake a pleasant drive north from Zurich and enjoy Europe's largest waterfall allows you to experience the awesome force of nature....Just a few kilometres from Schaffhausen

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  • For all visitors that are...

    For all visitors that are going back to Germany and have some CHF to spend I would recommend a huge shopping mall in Schaffhausen/Herblingen. There is a COOP supermarket and a M supermarket and several other shops to spend your last Rappen!Herblingen has got a Autobahn exit I guess!

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  • >HOT TIP: Although we...

    >HOT TIP: Although we haven't personally done this ourselves but we were told that you could enjoy one of Europe's most popular river trips and visit the medieval town of Stein am Rhein, located not far away from Schaffhausen.

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Schaffhausen Favorites

  • House Names

    Many houses have inscriptions that display the old house name. In former times when there were no addresses in modern sense, these names helped to identify the individual houses. Many of these names have stayed the same since the middle ages.

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  • Tourist Information Office

    A quick visit to the tourist information office can be useful. They will answer any questions you might have. Even if you don't have any questions, go in and grab the free maps from the table in the middle of the hall. There is a sheet with a panoramic map of the old town which comes in a German and an English edition. It has a route for a walking...

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  • Oriels

    Oriels are a typical feature of Schaffhausen's old town. Almost every house has one attached to the first floor, the beletage. Some display the owners' family crest, many have an inscription with the house's name .According to the dates that many have inscribed on them, most of them date from the baroque era (or later). The houses behind might be...

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