Schaffhausen the medieval town located in northern Switzerland, attracts tourists coming to see the Rhine falls, but the city itself is beautiful and worth visiting.

The city owes its origins to the Rheinfall waterfall, shippers needed somewhere to unload and stack their goods in order to get them on other ships after the watrfall. The city that is surrounded by vineyards grew rapidly becoming an important tourist place.

The architecture, especially in the Old Town, is Baroque the houses are very cozy and well maintained. They are richly decorated with 170 oriel windows and lavishly painted facades. This part of the city is traffic-free and is considered one of the prettiest in Switzerland. Here you can do some shopping or try a freshly grilled weisfrust.

Over the city looms the imposing Munot fortress. The ring-shaped stronghold was built between 1564 and 1589 as an defense against Germany. Every evening at 9 p.m., the Munot guard who still lives in the tower rings the Munot bell, which used to be a sign that the town gates and inns should close. The view from this point is one that you can not miss.

Once you've seen the Old City relax over a glass of Pinot Noir, local production, on the landscaped promenade along the Rhine.

If you love watches but not only it worth making a visit to the IWC Schaffhausen museum. Here you can see some of the history of one of the most expensive and famous creators of watches in the world.

How do I get here?

By train: From Zürich Hbf an hourly S-Bahn suburban train, line S16, runs towards Thayngen taking 57 minutes to Schaffhausen.

By car From Zurich: Take the A4/E41 direction north. It will lead you right into the city.