Things to Do in Schaffhausen in 1 Day

Schaffhausen A cute town close to the German border
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Schaffhausen A cute town close to the German border

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).

Must See Places in Schaffhausen in 24 Hours
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Must See Places in Schaffhausen in 24 Hours

Places to See in Schaffhausen

Visit the Old Town of Schaffhausen

Schaffhausen, Old Town
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Schaffhausen, Old Town

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.

Schaffhausen, city of Erker (oriel bay windows)
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Schaffhausen, city of Erker (oriel bay windows)

 

Schaffhausen´s City Center @shutterstock
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Schaffhausen´s City Center @shutterstock

Schaffhausen´s most stunning facade
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Schaffhausen´s most stunning facade

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.

Schaffhausen Things to see in a few hours
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Schaffhausen Town Center on a Rainy Day
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Schaffhausen Town Center on a Rainy Day

Colorful Schaffhausen, one of the most colorful places in Switzerland
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Colorful Schaffhausen, one of the most colorful places in Switzerland

Munot Fortress

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.

View over Schaffhausen
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View over Schaffhausen

View from Munot over the Rhine river and parts of Schaffhausen
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View from Munot over the Rhine river and parts of Schaffhausen

View from Munot - with a vie on wine field @shutterstock
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View from Munot – with a view on a wine field @shutterstock

Munot Fortress in Schaffhausen
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Munot Fortress in Schaffhausen

Inside the Munot in Schaffhausen
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Inside the Munot in Schaffhausen

Inside the Munot in Schaffhausen
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Inside the Munot in Schaffhausen

Münster Allerheiligen

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.

Münster Allerheiligen in Schaffhausen
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Münster Allerheiligen in Schaffhausen

Münster Allerheiligen in Schaffhausen, the inside
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Münster Allerheiligen in Schaffhausen, the inside

Discovering Münster Allerheiligen in Schaffhausen in Puppygak
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Discovering Münster Allerheiligen in Schaffhausen in Puppygak

Pretty pink doors and facades in Schaffhausen
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Pretty pink doors and facades in Schaffhausen

Beautiful Schaffhausen - Things to do in 1 day in Schaffhausen
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Beautiful Schaffhausen – Things to do in 1 day in Schaffhausen

Münster Allerheiligen in Schaffhausen
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Münster Allerheiligen in Schaffhausen

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 :).

What should i do in Schaffhausen, Stroll along the Rhine river
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Stroll along the Rhine river
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Stroll along the Rhine river

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.

Schaffhausen, Neuhausen Rhine Falls A Must-See Place in Switzerland
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Schaffhausen, Neuhausen Rhine Falls A Must-See Place in Switzerland

 

Disclaimer: I was invited for a night in Schaffhausen tourism board, but as always these rae my opinions.

For more about Schaffhauserland check the website of the tourism board.

Things to see and do in Schaffhausen, Switzerland
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Things to see and do in Schaffhausen, Switzerland

Why to Visit Schaffhausen in Switzerland

Read about one of my dining highlights this year at Theater Restaurant in Schaffhausen.

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Why to Visit Schaffhausen in Switzerland