Things to do in Schaffhausen

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From Zürich: Stein am Rhein and Rhine Falls

1. From Zürich: Stein am Rhein and Rhine Falls

Travel out of Zürich for a scenic tour through dramatic natural landscapes and historic landmarks. Come across quaint villages and vast vineyards, and take the lift to the Rhine Falls. Explore Schloss Laufen, the Belvedere Trail, Historama Castle Museum, and the viewing platform at Känzeli. Depart Zürich and journey towards the Swiss/German border of northern Switzerland. Travel through a beautiful wine-growing region of charming farming villages and picturesque landscapes en route to Laufen. See the splendid medieval castle of Schloss Laufen and the mighty Rhine Falls and experience Europe's biggest waterfall. Get unique views from the panoramic lift and discover what it looks like when an average of 700,000 liters of water per second plunges into the basin below. Next, take the Belvedere Trail to a viewing platform right above the falls. Feel the rumbling waters beneath you. If you are feeling adventurous, take the optional boat ride and experience the falls from below. Continue via Schaffhausen with its famous Munot Fortress. Soak up the views of the gently rolling vineyards and farming villages en route to Stein am Rhein. Upon arrival, learn about the well-preserved old town during a stroll. See distinctive medieval buildings such as the church and former monastery of St. George's Abbey. Look at the half-timber frame townhouses, along with the city gates and towers, the Town Hall, and the Armory. Admire the delicate wooden window frames of many of the buildings and marvel at their exceptional frescoes.

Best of Zurich City Tour: Rhine Falls & Stein am Rhein

2. Best of Zurich City Tour: Rhine Falls & Stein am Rhein

Explore Zurich's Old Town and see the highlights of this unique town in the morning. Pass by the castle-like National Museum, the Bahnhofstrasse shopping avenue, Zurich's famous financial district and the renowned Zurich Opera House. Enjoy a photo stop at the picturesque Lake Zurich before continuing uphill into the "Zurichberg" district with its many impressive mansions of glorious times past. Enjoy breathtaking views of the city, lake and snow-covered Alps. Cruising by the university quarter, see the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and Zurich's art museum before reaching the charming Old Town. Stop to take a picture with a view of the patriarchal guild houses, St. Peter's Church with Europe's largest clock face, the "Grossmünster" cathedral and the "Fraumünster" church with its stained glass windows by Marc Chagall. After an introduction to the Old Town, take a scenic drive back to Limmatquai to the Sihlquai coach park. After the city tour, you have around 1 hour of free time to enjoy lunch (not included) or relax. In the afternoon, a bus will drive you through a picturesque landscape with gently rolling vineyards and charming farming villages to reach the splendid medieval Laufen Castle. Enjoy your time at the mighty Rhine Falls, Europe's biggest waterfall and one of Switzerland's major attractions. Experience unique views from the panoramic lift and see an average of 700,000 liters of water per second plunge into the basin below, across a width of 150 meters. The Belvedere panoramic trail brings you to the viewing platform right above the falls where you can feel the spindrift of the rumbling waters. Those seeking the ultimate adventure might take the optional boat ride into the fizzy waters below the falls (available in Summer only). Continue via Schaffhausen with its renowned Munot Fortress to the medieval town of Stein am Rhein. Learn about the well-preserved old town and see the many distinctive medieval buildings such as the church, St. George's Abbey, the townhouses and the gates and towers, as well as the town hall and armory. Most of these half-timbered frame houses are made of stone with delicate wooden window frames and impress visitors with their exceptional frescoes. 

Rhine Falls & Schaffhausen Private Tour from Zürich

3. Rhine Falls & Schaffhausen Private Tour from Zürich

Visit the old town of Schaffhausen and stay along Europe's largest plain waterfall: The Rhine falls. Enjoy a one-hour train ride to Schaffhausen and visit the old town. After a short walk around, continue to Laufen and visit the castle located at the Rhine waterfalls. On a walking path, stay close at the waterfall and enjoy a boat ride to the rock, a sightseeing platform in the middle of the waterfall. The guide accompanies you on this tour from the starting point, shows you the changing landscape, and answers your questions about the country and its people. The tour guide knows the way and shows you a few places away from the tourist flow.

Schaffhausen: Self-Guided City Sightseeing & Scavenger Hunt

4. Schaffhausen: Self-Guided City Sightseeing & Scavenger Hunt

Get to know Schaffhausen at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour. You'll explore the city on foot and get points for solving different types of tasks: Find sights: You will use hints to find the best sights and hidden gems throughout the city. The map function in the app will help you get there. Solve questions: Once you’ve arrived at the place you’re looking for, you’ll be asked questions about the sight. Most of the time, the answers are hidden in signs, pictures, etc. A great and fun way to learn new things about the city. Have fun: During the adventure you can also expect exciting photo tasks that require a lot of creativity. If you master the snapshots, you will be rewarded with points. Along the way, you’ll reach amazing places like the "Haus zum Ritter", "Kreuzgang" and many more! After you book the game, you’ll get a game code via email with instructions on how to play. Head to the “Fronwagplatz” and use the code to unlock the game in the app. The tour ends at the “ Schifflände”. The experience is not limited in time. You can explore the city at your own pace and take breaks. Just download the Explorial-App, go to the starting point, and you’re ready to start with the game. The tour lasts on average about 1-2 hours.

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What people are saying about Schaffhausen

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It started and ended at the specified time. The bus transport was very good as it is comfortable to seat back, view the natural sceneries before reaching the place of interest. It was well-planned and I had a good time throughout the tour. Especially, for the boat ride, I did not had to queue up for the tickets. The boat ride was the best part of the tour.

It was an amazing experience. The tour was excellent and the tour guide was so enthusiasitc sharing lot of details of region, economy, etc etc and it was quite insightful. Everything as per the Swiss time and with perfection. I would strongly recommend the tour.

The tour was punctual as it is to keep it as per scheduled and return on time. Monique keep it under tabs and was professionally chatty with good insight into Switzerland history, politics, and general knowledge

Awesome ...we really enjoyed the tour especially at the Rhine Falls and had a great time!! Thank you so much especially!!

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