The 10 Best Things to Do in Schaffhausen, Switzerland

December 8, 2017 Osvaldo Hartline

This is a medieval city in the far north of Switzerland, with many Renaissance-era buildings, a fine old Canton fortress, the Munot, and as a key attraction, the Rhine Falls, the largest waterfalls in Europe.
Restaurants in Schaffhausen

1. Schifffahrtsgesellschaft Untersee und Rhein

Schifflande Schaffhausen, Schaffhausen 8200, Switzerland +41 52 634 08 88
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4.5 based on 171 reviews

Schifffahrtsgesellschaft Untersee und Rhein

Reviewed By nnmercman - Camberley, United Kingdom

We decided to take the boat from Stein am Rhein to Schaffhausen and onward to the Rhine Falls. The chap at the kiosk was friendly, helpful and cheerful - not only with the boat tickets but also with our return journey which was by bus and train (we were given inclusive tickets). The journey down river is half the time of the reverse trip due to the strong current but at 1hr 15mins it's long enough to to meander past pretty villages and shoreline. Have to admit how surprised I was to find modern and clean toilets onboard.
The boat fare, land train bus to falls and rail ticket back to Stein am Rhein was just over 79cf/e for two adults.

Schaffhausen 8200, Switzerland 526324020
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4.5 based on 179 reviews

Altstadt Schaffhausen

Reviewed By 442paveln - Triolet

Schaffhausen's historical down town offers a combination of history and modern times. One can find shops for everyone needs and this all in very beautiful surroundings. When you walk through the pedestrien zone you can see many houses with beautiful wall paintings and allmost every house is fitted with an oriel. Some people say, Schaffhausen is the city of hundred oriels. And then there is the spectacular circular Castle above the city, the Munot. One can dance and dinner in the castle's attrium on warm sommer saturdays. And you can walk alongside the river Rhein's embankment and watch the Crystal clear water.

3. Munot

Munotstieg 17 | 8200 Schaffhausen, Schaffhausen 8200, Switzerland +41 52 625 42 25
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4.5 based on 382 reviews

Munot

Reviewed By Virginia F - San Diego, California, USA

After what seems like an interminable climb, the main floor of this fortress almost seems like the basement of a cloister with arches and gravel floor with paths. You can look out the various windows to the town below in all directions. The next part is the tower which is a ramp rather than stairs and lets out onto a fully floored roof where programs and dances are held. Again, you can look out over the walls and see far and wide. There is a moat as well which is grassed. On the way down, we spotted deer in the moat areas and there were lovely Gardens including a rose garden. Well worth a visit. And there is a numbered tour of Schaffhausen on line which we printed out and walked and enjoyed thoroughly.

4. IWC Museum

Baumgartenstrasse 15, Schaffhausen 8200, Switzerland +41 52 235 75 65
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

IWC Museum

IWC Museum A Journey Through History. Over 230 carefully selected items bear witness to a manufacturer that started making a name for itself with unusually reliable quality and unmistakable, universally appealing design from the very beginning. The collection starts with the legendary Jones calibres in American cases, the first pocket watches with a digital display, ornately decorated dress watches, ladies' watches encrusted with gemstones, and the very first IWC wristwatches. It charts the development of multifunctional timepieces such as the pilot's, deck, diver's and antimagnetic watches, culminating in a number of exquisite specialities and one of the most complicated wristwatches the world has ever seen: Il Destriero Scafusia, which was manufactured in a limited edition to mark the company's 125th anniversary. The retrospective is fittingly complemented by original documentation from IWC's own archives.

Reviewed By jaynice1 - Ambilly, France

I had the chance to combine the IWC museum and the factory museum thank to Oiffae who used to be the IWC store manager in Geneva. I went there with a group of friends to visit this wonderful world of time pieces presented by IWC. The collection of watches is just stunning, the beautiful Portuguese or Portofino. one of my favourite is the Aquatimer Galapagos edition. Beyond the modern faces of the brand such as Lewis Hamilton there is a fantastic history of watchmaking since 1868. This brand is one of the major career opportunity for the local people, the only other attraction is the visit of the Rhin Waterfalls.

5. Museum zu Allerheiligen

Klosterstrasse 16 | In the Old Town of Schaffhausen, Schaffhausen 8200, Switzerland +41 52 633 07 77
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4.5 based on 32 reviews

Museum zu Allerheiligen

The Museum zu Allerheiligen is situated in the Old Town of Schaffhausen, in the premises of the former Benedictine All Saints Monastery. The region's most important museum houses Archeology, History, Art and Natural History under one roof.

Reviewed By HanaPeter - Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom

A large part of the museum is located within the original Benedictine Abbey Allerheiligen and is full of history. As we like this sort of places, we had a long time stay over there even though it is not the biggest museum.
With a Swiss Travel Pass this museum is free of fee. (as other museums as well, check up which once before you go)

6. Schaffhauserland Tourismus

Herrenacker 15, Schaffhausen 8200, Switzerland +41 52 632 40 20
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5 based on 10 reviews

Schaffhauserland Tourismus

Reviewed By nnmercman - Camberley, United Kingdom

The office is conveniently located at one end of the main square between railway station and river ferry pier for trips towards lake Constance. Inside, the office is large and spacious however, everything seems crammed into one end and not sure it should be so - there was the "Stars in Town" concert arena being prepared in the square outside which might have had something to do with it? There are numerous pamphlets/brochures available covering most things you'd want to see in the vicinity - guess most visitors are interested in the Rheinfalls just a short distance outside of town. We had a couple of questions in advance of family visiting and the lady behind the counter was very helpful in explaining the best options to cruise the river/visit the falls.
There's plenty of Seating and this makes it convenient to rest and peruse all the information you've gathered!

7. Himalaya Trekking GmbH

Lochstrasse | 18, Schaffhausen 8200, Switzerland
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5 based on 11 reviews

Himalaya Trekking GmbH

Reviewed By KhadkaPushpendra - Kathmandu, Nepal

I would like to Thank you Kamal for arranging such a beautiful trek. As you suggest me to trek in October for clear crystal view of Mt Everest. There was not much more snow in mountain but the mountain are beautiful. I do not want to return to my home when I saw the Golden Everest during sunrise. I am again planning to visit Everest in Autumn session so I can enjoy much more with snow.

8. Kirche St. Johann

Kirchhofplatz 7 | Entrée Vordergasse, Schaffhausen 8200, Switzerland
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4 based on 15 reviews

Kirche St. Johann

Reviewed By Frauaufreisen - Frankfurt, Germany

Take a look while walking through the old town - roman style very clear structure not ornamental - heating in the winter time

9. The Way Out

Engemattstrasse 31, Schaffhausen 8200, Switzerland +41 79 565 94 60
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The Way Out

The way out ist der erste Real Live Escape Room im Kanton Schaffhausen. Eingesperrt in einen Raum gilt es für Dich und Dein Team eine gemeinsame Mission zu erfüllen. Mit Hilfe Eures Verstandes, Eurer Kreativität und Eurer Geschicklichkeit müsst Ihr als Team verschiedene Hinweise finden und Zusammenhänge entdecken. Dabei habt Ihr jedoch einen harten Gegner: die Zeit! Sobald die Tür ins Schloss fällt, habt Ihr 60min Zeit, die kniffligen und nervenaufreibenden Abenteuer zu lösen! Das Team, das alle Rätsel löst, erwartet am Ende Ruhm und Ehre. ​Jedes Spiel wird von Anfang bis zum Ende von einem unserer erfahrenen Spielleiter begleitet. Konzipiert und entworfen für Teams von 2 bis 6 Personen erwartet Euch ein überaus spannender Rätsel-Spaß. Für die Teilnahme an unserem Live Escape Game sind keine besonderen Vorkenntnisse oder körperlichen Fähigkeiten erforderlich. Kein Raum enthält Horror-Elemente. Doch anstrengend kann es werden – für Euren Verstand! Are you ready to riddle?

Reviewed By Jara E - Zurich, Switzerland

Wir konnten telefonisch noch spontan einen Termin ausmachen. Die Begrüssung ist herzlich und der Raum liebevoll eingerichtet und gestaltet. Wir haben schon diverse Räume bespielt und dieser Raum ist mit tollen Rätseln und Tricks gespickt und auch für die Kinder (10&12) gibt es viel zu entdecken. Ein Besuch lohnt sich auf jeden Fall. Wir werden uns für den nächsten Raum, der in Kürze eröffnet wird sicherlich auch anmelden.
Herzlichen Dank für die Erfahrung und den Spass.

10. Munsterkirche

Munsterplatz, Schaffhausen 8200, Switzerland +41 52 625 34 52
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Munsterkirche

Reviewed By Lilianrouth - Vitoria, ES

Esta é uma das igrejas românicas da Suiça mais impressionantes e original.Era uma Abadia Beneditina Allerheiligen de 1106 e hoje uma Catedral Evangelica e um local para concertos na cidade. A torre é um capacete gótico e o claustro é o maior da Suiça. Tive a sorte de ficar escutando um ensaio para um concerto no maravilhoso órgão desta Catedral.

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