Schaffhausen - There are 171 bay windows to discover in the enchanting medieval town – more than any other town in Switzerland. Whether you go shopping in the winding alleys, sit in one of the numerous street cafés to watch the colourful hustle-bustle of the town or explore one of the renowned museums, you will be enchanted by Schaffhausen. Tip: discover the history of the medieval, pedestrian old town with a guide tour – or, once night has fallen, with the popular night watch tour!
The nearby Rhine Falls and rapids forced boats and rafts to stop in Schaffhausen and transfer to carts. This allowed the town to become a thriving transshipment point. In the 16th century the citizens built a stronghold – the Munot. The Munot watchman continues to live in the tower to this very day and, as in centuries past, rings the “Glöggli” every evening at 9.
The extensive historic old town is almost entirely pedestrian and the numerous little boutiques, brand and designer stores and street cafés encourage visitors to enjoy a relaxeds troll around the shops.
Anyone in search of culture should visit the Romanesque Allerheiligen Abbey with an impressive museum celebrating the region's cultural heritage and an imposing 11th-century Romanesque pillar or one of the numerous events organised in a range of different locations.