One-day trip to Schaffhausen and to the Rhine Falls in Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland

Schaffhausen is a town in northern Switzerland and the capital of the canton of the same name with an estimated population of 34,587. You can go there by train from Zurich. It takes approximately 40 minutes.

 

The old part of the town has many Renaissance buildings decorated with exterior frescos and sculptures.

 

The official language of Schaffhausen is the Swiss German.

The Munot

The Munot is a ring-shaped fortress from the 16th century in the center of Schaffhausen surrounded by vineyards and serves as the town's symbol. 

 

200 years ago, the town was a major vine-growing community with around 200 hectares of vineyards. Wine export to southern Germany and to Switzerland itself was an important revenue.

Since 1830 viticulture has declined massively. Today, around 8 hectares of vines are still being cultivated in the urban area (Canton Schaffhausen: 500 hectares). The Munot vineyard includes now Blue Burgundy vines and Pinot Gris vines. Between 4 000 and 7 000 liters of

"Munälter  wine" is produced here every year.

The Rhine Falls in Neuhausen am Rheinfall

The Rhine Falls are the largest plain waterfalls in Europe. The falls are located on the High Rhine near the village Neuhausen am Rheinfall. They are 150 metres wide and 23 metres high. In winter months, the average water flow is 250 m3/s, while in summer, the average water flow is  600 m3/s.

 

Between 600 000 and 150 000 years ago there were times of periodical extensive glacial advancement. The Lake Constance-Rhine glacier forced its way into the old channel in Klettgau and pushed the ice-age Rhine to the south.

 

Approximately 20 000 years ago the Rhine flew through a hilly moraine landscape. The main stream followed more or less the path of the river today.

 

About 10 000 years ago was the end of the last Ice Age. Beneath Castle the Rhine digs deeper into the loose channel filling of its earlier river bed. The old canyon rim of hard sandstone is worn away much more slowly, whereby the step of the Rhine Falls was created.

 

Today the step of the Rhine Falls shifts slowly upstream due to retrogressive erosion. Harder segments of the middle rocks are ground down into striking rock teeth.

Castle

At first you can walk from the rail station to the 1000 years old Walking Castle. Cross the pedestrian bridge to the bank and turn right. Walk along the river promenade. There are good views of the falls. The river bank is forested for about 200 m. There is a restaurant and a playground in the castle. Next, you go down to the several observation platforms on foot or by the Glass Panoramic Lift.  

Admission fee is 5 Franks or 5 Euros.

Swiss cuisine

If you are in Switzerland, then try the traditional Swiss cuisine! The most famous dishes are Cheese Fondue, Meat Fondue, Raclette, Sausage salad, Sausage plate and a lot of fruit spirits... Enjoy your meal in Switzerland!

 

Enjoy your stay in Switzerland!

And enjoy yourself in Switzerland!

 

Live Stylish!

 Stay Healthy!

                                   Eat Organic!

                                    Be Natural!

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Comments: 23
  • #1

    Rina (Friday, 03 March 2017 21:46)

    Switzerland is definitely on my list of must-see places. Hopefully I can visit the next time in Europe as I won't be able to visit during my upcoming Europe trip =(

    xoxo
    Rina
    http://www.andshedressed.com

  • #2

    ivana split (Friday, 03 March 2017 23:35)

    what a beautiful place!

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  • #3

    Karen BakingInATornado (Friday, 03 March 2017 23:43)

    Thank you for sharing so much history through pictures!

  • #4

    Kathy Leonia (Saturday, 04 March 2017 09:33)

    i love all those photos;)

  • #5

    Sassi (Saturday, 04 March 2017 16:42)

    Thanks for taking me on a journey to Switzerland.
    I love your pictures and got really hungry when I saw the food pics.
    best wishes
    Sassi

  • #6

    Julia (Saturday, 04 March 2017 17:55)

    This looks like such a beautiful place! The castle looks amazing and the swiss fondue looks so delicious! This is definitely going on my travel bucket list!
    Julia x
    http://www.thevelvetrunway.com

  • #7

    Romy Matthias (Saturday, 04 March 2017 18:47)

    Wow, was für Fotos, traumhaft. Die laden förmlich ein, diese Orte mal zu besuchen. LG Romy

  • #8

    Mel (Saturday, 04 March 2017 21:27)

    Swiss Sausage salad is one of the best :)

  • #9

    Rena (Saturday, 04 March 2017 21:47)

    Wir waren vor eineinhalb Jahren auch am Rheinfall und ich war ebenfalls sehr beeindruckt von der Macht und Stärke des Wassers. Daher danke für diesen schönen Post. Ich finde, das ist wirklich ein lohnenswertes Ausflugsziel.
    Liebe Grüße, Rena
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  • #10

    carolina g.ticala (Saturday, 04 March 2017 21:59)

    Congratulations on your work, I love the photos!!kiss
    ���

  • #11

    Anne Collise (Sunday, 05 March 2017 02:24)

    Bem legal o post. Espero um dia ter a oportunidade de poder conhecer tudo isso e muito mais!
    Amei seu blog também... Amo morango!!!

    Um beijo.
    www.annecollise.com

  • #12

    nancy chan (Sunday, 05 March 2017 10:44)

    I know Switzerland is a beautiful place but I have never been there. Thank you for your visit and comment.

  • #13

    Vika (Monday, 06 March 2017 09:50)

    Невероятно красивые фотографии) спасибо за чудесный пост!

  • #14

    serena (Monday, 06 March 2017 16:48)

    one day I will go to Svizzera
    kiss
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  • #15

    White and Vintage (Monday, 06 March 2017 22:11)

    Schaffhausen ist ja nicht allzu weit weg von uns. War noch nie dort, aber deine Bilder machen Lust auf diesen zauberhaften Ort.
    Ganz liebe Grüße und eine schöne Woche,
    Christine

  • #16

    Allie Mackin (Monday, 06 March 2017 22:38)

    Oh wow, what an interesting and historic trip, with a bit of nature thrown in. Very different from my recent trip to the sunny shores of Florida.

    Allie of ALLIENYC
    www.allienyc.com

  • #17

    Rina (Monday, 06 March 2017 23:26)

    Looks like such a pretty place to visit!

    xoxo
    Rina Samantha
    http://www.andshedressed.com

  • #18

    Наталья Белогловская (Tuesday, 07 March 2017 11:25)

    Great post!

  • #19

    the lunch girls (Tuesday, 07 March 2017 12:29)

    Wow.. great place!

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  • #20

    Rena (Tuesday, 07 March 2017 17:37)

    Ich wünsche Dir von ganzem Herzen noch eine richtig tolle Woche!
    Liebe Grüße, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

  • #21

    Ashley (Tuesday, 07 March 2017 17:49)

    Such a pretty place!

    -Ashley
    <a href="http://lestylorouge.com/">Le Stylo Rouge</a>

  • #22

    Mercy (Wednesday, 08 March 2017 11:54)

    This is such beautiful place with interesting structures and culture. Enjoyed this post.

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  • #23

    shadownlight (Wednesday, 08 March 2017 17:16)

    Hey, die Bilder sind ja super, das gibt einem das Gefühl des Fernwehs.
    Liebe Grüße!