A Sunny Day For A Day Trip From Zurich
We had several things planned for our short stay in Zurich. We waited for the first sunny morning and headed out for a a day trip to visit Schaffhausen and the Rhine Falls. The train took us first to Schaffhausen where we wandered about this interesting and colourful town. Then we did a short hop down the river and saw the Rhine Falls. It was a complete day.
We took the Neuhausen train to Schaffhausen. It was a beautiful day with classic Swiss scenes out the windows.
The Beautiful Small Town Of Schaffhausen
The train let us off close to the Old Town of Schaffhausen. As soon as we entered the cobblestone streets, we were enchanted. The town was known for its Baroque buildings, decorative balconies and painted building facades. It was a visual treat as we walked through the town.
We stopped and looked at the intricate details on the Haus zum Ritter building. The mural by Tobias Stimmer illustrated civil virtues. It was one of the most important Renaissance frescoes north of the Alps. The originals were removed in 1935, preserved and moved to the Museum zu Allerheiligen.
Interesting fountains and statues caused us to pause as we slowly walked through town.
We stopped at the St John’s Church. The steeple had a now familiar clock face. A quick peek inside showed us a quite simple interior compared to the ornate churches we saw on our recent visit to Austria.
A Short Stop For Lunch
We walked to the river. Short cruises went up the Rhine River but we did not have enough time on this visit. We found an Italian restaurant and ate outside on the patio. Being so close to Italy, we easily found good Italian food. We were getting ready for our final stop in Milan!
It was a great day as we walked the Old Town and enjoyed the views on our day trip to visit Schaffhausen and the Rhine Falls.
Head High For A Panoramic View
The Munot Fortress stood high above the town. The towers peeked up above the buildings as we walked through town. When we got to the river, we looked back for a full view of the fortress.
We were refreshed after a good lunch and ready to walk up the 350 or more stairs to the fortress. As we walked up, we saw vineyards on either side of the stairs. When we paused to catch our breath, we looked back over the town of Schaffhausen. We clearly saw the steeple for St John’s Church above the grape vines.
At the top we walked into the large and empty stone fortress. There was a model of the fortress as it had once been. From the main level we kept walking up a spiral ramp inside the fortress tower.
When we reached the top, we knew the walk was worth it. There were great panoramic views from the top of Munot Fortress.
We were glad we climbed to the top of the Munot Fortress on our day trip to visit Schaffhausen and the Rhine Falls.
The Train To The Rhine Falls
The Rhine Falls were about 4km from Shaffhausen. There were several ways to get there. We could take a river boat or the train to make the trip.
We chose to get back on the train. There were train stops on both sides of the Rhine Falls. The train stop on Schloss Laufen Au Rheinfall was on the side by the castle.
There were two stops on the other side in Neuhausen – one in the city further from the falls and one just over the falls. The train schedules were not always clear about the stop right at the falls. So be careful.
We took a train that showed a stop at Neuhausen. And got lucky when we saw that we could actually get off by the falls.
Enjoying The Rhine Falls
When we got off at Neuhaussen Rheinfall, we were above the falls. The Rhine Falls are the largest waterfalls in Europe. Various cascades fell across the 150m width of the falls. The highest point was about 23m.
We walked along the upper walkway for a great panoramic view of the Rhine Falls. Across the river we saw the Laufen Castle and the other way to begin a visit to the Rhine Falls.
A view of the Rhine Falls from above was a great way to start on our day trip to visit Schaffhausen and the Rhine Falls.
Down At Water Level
We had several ways to get down to the water level at the Rhine Falls. A paved path provided a zigzagged path to get down. A set of stairs led down beside the small hotel at the falls. We chose to take the elevator down. It was located right by the train platform.
We started our walk around and got a full frontal view of the breadth of the Rhine Falls. here were a couple of spots for food and drink. And lots of benches to sit and watch the show.
We saw several different boats on the water in front of the falls. Some boats simply took people for a close up view of the falls. Some were ferry boats to the viewpoint that stood right in the middle of the falls. Others took people over to the Laufen Castle side of the Rhine Falls. On this visit to the Rhine Falls, we did not visit the castle side.
A Closer View Of The Rhine Falls
After we had our fill of this view of the Rhine Falls, we walked back around the water basin and climbed the stairs beside the falls. There were a number of smaller falls on either side of the main waterfall. A small waterfall turned a water mill.
We watched the water as it cascaded over the the falls. At the top we saw the broad Rhine River as it tumbled over the rocks before the falls.
It was great to see the Rhine Falls close up on our day trip to visit Schaffhausen and the Rhine Falls.
Enjoy A Day Trip To Visit Schauffhausen And The Rhine Falls
We were so glad we planned a day trip to visit Schaffhausen and the Rhine Falls on our visit to Switzerland. Schaffhausen was a charming town with lots of visual delight. The trek up to the top of the Munot Fortress gave us a great panoramic view.
At home we are an hour from Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls was a regular day trip for us all the year around. The Rhine Falls were not as big as Niagara Falls. But they were certainly a great stop on our visit to Zurich. There were many ways to enjoy your day at the falls.
Have you done a day trip to visit Schauffhausen and the Rhine Falls? What was your favourite sight?
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