Flights to Schaffhausen
Schaffhausen is a beautiful city and popular tourist destination, situated in the north of Switzerland very close to the German border. As well as an attractive fortress and other historic buildings in Schaffhausen itself, the city is close by to the famous Rhine Falls.
Zurich Airport (airport code: ZRH) is the closest airport for flights to Schaffhausen, and it is only 27 kilometres away. There is a train service that will take you less than an hour between the cities. When coming from Johannesburg, you can get non-stop flights to Schaffhausen with either Swiss Air or South African Airways. Lufthansa makes a single stop in Munich, and Austrian Airlines has a 2-stop route through Frankfurt and then Vienna.
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The Tourist Attractions of Schaffhausen:
Schaffhausen is a lovely little city that has a lot going for it! Its historical charm is a major attraction to many tourists, plus it’s on the River Rhine, and nearby you can see the scenic Rhine Falls. There’s many miles of attractive countryside to explore close to Schaffhausen too.
Schaffhausen Old Town
The old town of Schaffhausen is very attractive. There are many renaissance era buildings that have exquisitely decorated exteriors, giving the old town a grand appearance, yet some of the buildings are quite quaint! There are pretty streets and small squares that you’ll come across as you wander around Schaffhausen, and opportunities to sit and enjoy a drink or do some shopping along the way.
The canton fortress of Schaffhausen is named the Munot and it was built in the 16th century. Today it remains well preserved as the Munot is actually a symbol of the city and a popular tourist attraction. Perched just above Schaffhausen the fortress provides some lovely views over the city and to the surrounding vineyards. There are a number of events that take place here throughout the year which you can enjoy, or simply take a tour of the fortress at other times.
Europe’s largest waterfalls, the Rhine Falls, are just a short distance from Schaffhausen. You can get there by walking, or if you’re more pushed for time take the train or the bus. Once you arrive you can get some great views of Rhine Falls from the land, as well as some protruding viewing platforms, but many visitors prefer to take a boat tour and get an even closer look at them!
Museums in Schaffhausen
Once you’ve explored the historical buildings you can find out more about the history of Schaffhausen and the surrounding region in the city’s Museum zu Allerheiligen, then if you’re interested in modern artm check out Schaffhausen’s Hallen fur Neue Kunst.
When Should You Visit?:
Schaffhausen has an average rainfall for Europe, though the wettest months are also the warmest so you’ll want to choose your time to visit carefully. July is warmest with an average high 23.6C, and about 10mm less of rainfall than June and August, so maybe a good time to come. Otherwise September has warm weather and less rainfall, but the winters are cold and wet, with either rain or snow.