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Medieval town of Schaffhausen
There are 171 oriels to discover in the enchanting medieval town of Schaffhausen - no other town in Switzerland has more. Whether you go shopping in the winding alleys, watch the hustle and bustle in one of the many street cafés or explore one of the renowned museums: Schaffhausen will also enchant you. Schaffhausen suddenly takes you back 1000 years. Today the city is one of the best-preserved cities from the Middle Ages.
City with charm
Schaffhausen's charm lies in its well-preserved and traffic-free historic old town and its beautiful location on the Rhine. From Munot, Schaffhausen's landmark, there is a wide view over the unique river landscape of the Rhine and the wooded hills of the Randen, which surround Schaffhausen as a green belt.
Historic Old Town
The medieval city fortifications were largely demolished in the middle of the 19th century. The Obertorturm and the Schwabentor, where the two trade routes to southern Germany separated, have been preserved. Even today, a slogan above the archway admonishes "Lappi tue d'Augen uf" (Open your eyes, gate). Perhaps a hint for the visitor not to blindly pass by all the hidden beauties!
In the traffic-free old town with its alleys, gates and passageways you feel like you have been back in time. Beautiful townhouses from the Gothic and Baroque periods proudly present their richly painted and sculpturally designed facades. Special mention should be made of the late Renaissance frescoes on the house "Zum Ritter", the lavish stucco façades of the house "Zum Steinbock" or the richly decorated front of the house "Zum goldenen Ochsen".
Rhein Falls: Europe's largest waterfall
The Rhine Falls of Schaffhausen, 23 metres high and 150 metres wide, are the largest and most water-rich waterfalls in Europe. Don't miss the impressive natural phenomenon of the Rhine Falls when you are on holiday at Lake Constance or in the surrounding area.
Take the train to the SBB station "Neuhausen am Rheinfall" and then use the vertical lift and the footpath to the Rhine Falls (approx. 10 minutes). Europe's largest waterfall offers you a magnificent spectacle. Every second, up to 700,000 litres of water thunder over the cliff. Climbing the rock with the boat trip in the Rhine Falls basin is an unforgettable experience for every visitor.