MS Schaffhausen

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!

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Historic Schaffhausen

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.

Historic old town

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.

Culture in Schaffhausen

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.


Must-dos in Schaffhausen

  • visit the Munot stronghold and admire the view over the Rhine and the city of Schaffhausen
  • gaze at the stars in the observatory
  • take a boat trip from Schaffhausen towards Stein am Rhein
  • visit the museum of the internationally-renowned watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen
  • go shopping in the picturesque old town


The right place at any time of year:

  • Spring tip: 
    experience an interactive guided tour of the old town
  • Summer tip:
    take a stroll along the“Lindli” lakeside promenade
  • Autumn tip: 
    visit the Allerheiligen Museum
  • Winter tip:
    go Christmas shopping in the romantically lit old town and the Schaffhausen Christmas market

Events in Schaffhausen

Top event
© Schaffhauserland Tourismus / Bruno Sternegg

Fire on the rocks

31. July

A spectacular fireworks show takes place every year on July 31 at the Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen. The event begins at around 9.45pm. With splendid colours and shapes this light spectacle inspires...

Christmas Market Schaffhausen

09. December until 10. December

The second weekend of Advent sees the return of our Christmas market held in and around the cloister of the Schaffhausen All Saints' Museum, in an ambience like no other. Otherwise an enclave of...

Contact address

Schaffhauserland Tourismus, Vordergasse 73, 8200 Schaffhausen, Switzerland