If you’ve read my posts on Zurich and Neunkirch, or better yet been to either one of them yourself, you’ll have seen how beautiful they are. Schaffhausen holds just as much of that typically quaint, Swiss feel as the other towns. Being home to a section of the Rhine itself it’s a lovely place to visit for a few hours, and is easy to get to by train in about ten minutes if you set off from the iconic Rhine Falls in Neuhausen (post on this to follow).
Though Schaffhausen wasn’t top of our list of places to see in Switzerland, exploring the circular 16th century fortification known as the Munot, the little cafes and the cobbled streets in the summer sun was a good way to spend a free morning.
That said, we didn’t find a huge amount to do there. I wasn’t too keen on going for a dip in the public swimming pool sat literally within the river itself! The fish/sharks were not an inviting aspect of the pool. So to avoid that at all costs, we set off on a walk to Neuhausen along the Rhine, which took around sixty to ninety minutes.
Just a tip, if you plan on doing this look out for the adorably named signs that say “wanderweg”, aka path, which will make your trek a little easier. If you’d prefer to get lost like us, ignore them.
Something I noticed in Switzerland is how people love to spend their afternoons basking in the sun on the river banks or boating down the Rhine, some even swimming in it as though it’s some kind of lazy lagoon at a water park, despite the not to distant “stop” signs that began to appear on bridges just ahead of the falls!
Next up, we visit Neuhausen to see the falls themselves.