A few posts earlier, I mentioned taking a boat down the Rhine river from Stein am Rhein. The last stop for the boat ride brings you to Schaffhausen, Switzerland (my hometown!). The town is most known for the Rhine Falls, the largest waterfall in Europe. I highly recommend checking it out. Once you park, you can either walk across a bridge to the other side of the river and then descend alongside the waterfalls (for free). You can also pay a small fee to go right down next to the falls to get a better idea of how wild the river really gets in this part of its journey. There are also boats that will take up to the falls, and one that will even drop you off on a rock in the middle of the water falls. It is not as dangerous as it sounds! It is completely safe to do; the only thing you have to worry about is getting a little wet.
Once you have spent some time appreciating the view, make your way to the historic part of Schaffhausen. If you are getting off the boat from Stein am Rhein, you will be dropped off right at the bottom of the city. You can either jump right back into the river in an old swimming pool that allows you to safely experience swimming in the river, or, if it is too cold to swim, you can enjoy a walk along the lower part of the river. From there, make your way up to the town and enjoy the many small shops and restaurants.
Right in the middle of the town is the Munot, the old fortress (Built in 16th century) meant to protect the town’s inhabitants from invading forces. It does require climbing a lot of steps, but the view of the town is breathtaking. This may sound like an odd suggestion, but if there is time, I would make my way to the Waldfriedhof, on the outskirts of town. This is a beautiful cemetery in the woods that is incredibly peaceful. No spooky ghosts here!
Before you leave you have to stop at El Bertin Glace, the best gelato in the world! If you are daring, try the dark chocolate with chili pepper. It has a kick to it, but if you pair it with the yogurt flavored gelato, you will quickly realize why I rave about this place. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from in Schaffhausen, but if you want a more traditional, laid back atmosphere, check out Resturant Ufenau. For a unique place to grab drinks, head over to Haberhaus.
These places are a few of my favorites when I visit Schaffhausen, but really you can't go wrong in this town. Take your time exploring the town and enjoy the Rhine river a little bit more before leaving. Oh, and don't forget about the gelato!