House Zum Ritter, Vordergasse 65

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

Rhine, Güterhof, Schifflände and castle Munot


Schaffhausen is a city-canton which entered the Swiss Confederation in 1501. It is Switzerland's northernmost canton and is mostly agricultural land.

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.

The current population of Schaffhausen the city is 35,413, and of the eponymous canton where it is located 77,955.

Get in

By train

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 9.30; however, if you have an all-zone Zürich day/monthly/annual pass, this is reduced to CHF 3.60. Special conditions apply for visitors to the Rheinfall, see below

By car

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

You can get around by local bus, however in the old city only by foot. Buses depart 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 with the Laufen Castle and environment.




"Chatzezüngli", (en: kitten tongues) 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.


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



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