I visited the Rhine Falls last year for the first time (read about Europe´s biggest waterfall here), but I did not visit the town, Schaffhausen, which I know now was a pity.
If you are in that area, make sure to plan at least a couple of hours (my tips here: for where to sleep and where to eat) for this cute little town in the very north of Switzerland.
I stayed in that region for less than 24 hours, and it stressed me out (due to my own fault because I arrived way later than planned), so I would actually plan to at least 24 hours to see the town center and the Rhine Falls.
Though it was a short trip, I definitely enjoyed it and though the town is not big you can easily get lost here for hours.
I was not very lucky with the weather here and though I think a city/town can only be very beautiful when there is no rain included I got a good overview of the town, and I actually think it is a beauty (the heavy rain, on the other hand, meant that I saw a very powerful waterfall the other day at the Rhine Falls).
Best Places to See in Schaffhausen
Visit the Old Town of Schaffhausen
The old town is home to beautiful old and colorful houses and is considered as one of the best remaining medievals towns in Switzerland. It is also called the city of Erker (oriel bay windows) as many old houses have these oriel bay windows. Make sure to also look up while strolling through the streets.
As usual, I do not give a certain itinerary for exploring a town and just say, get lost there and stroll through the streets and you will find some nice places.
For Schaffhausen, I would recommend the same. Just stroll through the town and keep looking up so you do not miss the beautiful facades, but there a couple of things you should not miss in my opinion.
Munot – This impressive fortress offers the best views of the town. Steps lead up through vineyards to this fortress (and a little, lovely garden). You can walk inside the fortress and learn about the history and the view is just a gorgeous extra.
Münster Allerheiligen (Saints Abbey) should also be on your list – the cathedral that has also a herb garden inside which you should check out as well. Make sure to take your time as there are some lovely places hidden in that area.
Stroll Along the Rhine River
Also, I recommend a nice walk along the river though there are not, unfortunately, many cafes or restaurants to sit at and enjoy the view.
The weather was not my best friend when I visited but it was still fun to walk along the Rhine which definitely looks much better in this part of the world than in other parts :).
Visit the Rhine Falls in Neuhausen
And of course, you should visit the Rhine Falls, the biggest waterfalls in Europe. How to get there and what to expect is in this post here.
Disclaimer: I was invited for a night in Schaffhausen tourism board, but as always these are my opinions.
For more about Schaffhauserland check the website of the tourism board.
Read about one of my dining highlights this year at Theater Restaurant in Schaffhausen.
Read all about travel tips for Switzerland here.