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Schaffhausen is a city in north-eastern Switzerland on the river Rhine, next to the German border. Its prime tourist attraction is the Rhine Falls, Europe's largest waterfalls.


First documented in 1045, Schaffhausen is a city-canton that entered the Swiss Confederation in 1501. It is Switzerland's northernmost canton and is mostly agricultural land, although there are some large corporations headquartered here (IWC, Garmin, ABB.)

Rhine in Schaffhausen

In 1944 Schaffhausen was bombed by the United States Air Force, killing 40 people — it was later determined that the daylight raid was an accident, due to a navigational error.

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By train[edit]

From Zürich Hbf an hourly S-Bahn suburban train, line S16, runs towards Thayngen, stopping at Winterthur among others and taking 57 minutes to Schaffhausen. A single ticket costs CHF 26.60/adult or CHF 13.30/child; however, if you have an all-zone Zürich day/monthly/annual pass, this is reduced to CHF 8/adult or CHF 4/child. For visitors to the Rheinfall, which is south of Schaffhausen, an all-zone ZVV pass is sufficient, see below

By car[edit]

From Zurich: Take the A4/E41 direction north. It will lead you right into the city. Note that you need a vignette for all Swiss motorways.

Get around[edit]

Local buses [15], by foot in the old city. Buses to all directions every 20 minutes, in busy times every 10 minutes. For CHF 5.- you can get a "Tageskarte" which allows you to use all buses for a whole day.

Panoramic view of the Rhine Fall near Schaffhausen and environment.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Munot fortress[16] Enjoy the view over the old city and the beautiful landscape.
  • Old city [17]. Admire the renaissance buildings.
  • Promenade. A little cozy park just west of the old town across the train tracks, 2 min from the main station. A good place to just chill and admire the architecture of some nice churches and hotels nearby.
  • Rheinfall is the largest waterfall in Europe, served by two train stations: Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall on the south side of the river, and Neuhausen Bad, 450 meters from the north side. Boats link the two sides. SLaR station is only open between 08:00 and 16:30 (18:30 during summer). From Zürich: take S-Bahn S7, S8, S12 or S16 to Winterthur (not Schaffhausen). Change for line S33 towards Schaffhausen, and get off at SLaR (if closed, get off at Dachsen and take bus 634 from there). From Schaffhausen: Take S-Bahn S33 two stops to SLaR (for the south side), or a local train bound for Erzingen or Neuhausen Bad one-stop to Neuhausen Bad (for the north side). Visitors can see the waterfalls up close from several viewing platforms, and can also take a boat up to an outcropping in the middle of the falls. A specialty is a firework on the night of the 1st of August (national holiday).

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  • Hallen für neue Kunst, Baumgartenstrasse 23, 8200 Schaffhausen, +41 52 625 25 15 (, fax: +41 52 625 84 74), [1]. Sa: 15:00-17:00, Su: 11:00-17:00. Museum exhibiting modern art CHF 14.-/8.-.  edit
  • Museum zu Allerheiligen, Baumgartenstrasse 6, 8200 Schaffhausen, +41 52 633 07 77 (, fax: +41 52 633 07 88), [2]. Tu-Su: 11:00-17:00. Museum telling much of the region's history. CHF 9.-/5.-.  edit
  • Stadttheater Schaffhausen, Herrenacker 22, 8200 Schaffhausen, +41 52 625 05 55 (, fax: +41 52 632 54 32), [3]. Mo-Fr 4PM-6PM, Sa 09.30-11:00. Local playhouse with a beautiful interior decoration  edit
  • Swimming. Swimming in the Rhine or at the public pool.  edit

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Chatzezüngli, (en: kitten tounges) are a speciality of Schaffhausen. You can get a box of this chocolate either in the confectionery at the Vordergasse or at their shop inside the train station.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Doner/Kebab stands are spread all over the city, restaurants are easy to find in the old city too.

  • Asia Imbiss Wok, Neustadt 62, 8200 Schaffhausen, +41 526 248 688. Great Chinese cuisine for a fair price. The personnel is also very nice. They have a bitter rivalry with Fung Zhe Yuan China Restaurant directly opposite of them on the same street.  edit
  • Burger King, Bahnhofstrasse 43, 8200 Schaffhausen, [4]. Fast food restaurant is located in a prime area, directly in front of platform 1 in the main station building. Nobody knows what happened with it. Some say it will reopen one day, most have given up hope by now, very few know the truth.  edit
  • Fung Ze Yuan China Restaurant, Neustadt 73, 8200 Schaffhausen, +41 526 253 290, [5]. Fantastic food for a rather low price for Swiss standards. You cannot enter this establishment if you have been spotted visiting Asia Imbiss Wok.  edit
  • Kronenhof Restaurant, Kirchhofplatz 7, 8201 Schaffhausen, +41 52 635 75 75, [6].  edit
  • Mamma Rosa Restaurant, Bachstrasse 19, 8200 Schaffhausen, +41 52 625 24 69, [7]. Excellent pizza in a familial environment for a good price.  edit
  • Neu Sternen Restaurant, Webergasse 38, 8200 Schaffhausen, +41 526 247 700, [8]. Good pizza and I believe pasta as well? Very cheap and has a nice indoor area located in an old cellar. You have a lot of time to enjoy this location as you will have to wait ca. 5 years for your order to arrive.  edit
  • Tasty, Vorstadt 13, 8200 Schaffhausen, +41 526 259 292, [9]. Very good Döner, Dürüm and Kebap. Call you "Brother". Best to enjoy during the afternoon or late morning, as it can get quite busy during lunch hours.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Haberhaus, Neustadt 51, 8200 Schaffhausen, +41 52 625 94 29, [10]. Bar featuring a calm atmosphere, modern architecture placed inside a medieval wall.  edit
  • Kammgarn Beiz, Baumgartenstrasse 19, 8200 Schaffhausen, +41 52 625 24 03, [11]. Tu-Th 11.30-23:30, F, Sa 11.30-01.30. Club/Bar where local youth meet  edit
  • Orient Schaffhausen, Stadthausgasse 13, 8200 Schaffhausen, +41 52 633 02 02 (). entry 10PM. Club-Dance hall  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Best Western Plus Hotel Bahnhof, Bahnhofstrasse 46, 8200 Schaffhausen, +41 52 630 3535 (, fax: +41 52 630 3536), [12].  edit
  • Jugendherberge Schaffhausen, Randenstrasse 65, 8200 Schaffhausen, +41 52 625-8800 (, fax: +41 52 624 59 54), [13].  edit
  • Kronenhof Hotel, Kirchhofplatz 7, 8201 Schaffhausen, +41 52 635 75 75 (, fax: +41 52 635 75 65), [14].  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Schaffhausen is generally considered very safe, though, to be sure, when traveling by car, always lock all the doors before you set off, as it is not uncommon for opportunistic thieves to try to open them and snatch belongings. For the same reason, keep bags and valuables out of reach and out of sight.

If you are approached by people claiming to be police, be wary. If they are not in uniform, they are probably not police but are most likely hoping to relieve you of your money and valuables. A common tactic is for a group of men in a car to show a fake police identity card and ask you to go with them to the police station. Do not get in the car; just walk away. Be prepared to run. Never lose your temper, but keep negotiating in a friendly way; in the end, they will give up.

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