Welcome to Schaffhausen


During WWII, Allied pilots mistook Schaffhausen for a German city, dropping bombs on the outskirts twice in April 1944 and giving it the dubious honour of being the only bit of Swiss soil to take a direct hit during the war.


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$55.49 Day Trips & Excursions

Rhine Falls Tour from Zurich

After pickup from Central Zurich or the airport, travel through the northern Switzerland countryside close to the German border, passing gently rolling vineyards. Pass quaint farming villages, admiring the traditional frame houses. You will have a photo stop at the medieval Laufen Castle.Arrive at Rhine Falls, Europe's biggest waterfall at 450 feet (150 meters) wide and 75 feet (23 meters) tall. Savor an hour of free time to capture photos and admire the falls from different perspectives. Take an optional boat ride (June to August only) to a large rock in the middle of the falls where you can appreciate their full grandeur. Throughout your 3.5-hour Rhine Falls tour, your informative guide will tell you more about the sights you see and the history and culture of northern Switzerland. On your way back you will pass through Schaffhausen, where you can see the distinctive circular Munot Fortress, which was built in the 16th century. Make your way back to Zurich, stopping at the airport where your may choose to end your tour. In fact, this Rhine Falls tour is a wonderful option if you need to return to Zurich airport for a flight departing after 2pm. Check-in luggage is permitted on the coach and your airport arrival will be at approximately 12:15pm. This tour is also a great way to start your visit to Switzerland if you have an early morning arrival. You can finish your tour at Sihlquai Bus Terminal and easily travel to other locations in Zurich.

$92.48 Day Trips & Excursions

Zurich City Coach Tour plus Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein

Zurich Highlights Tour (2 hours):Greet your guide in central Zurich and set off by comfortable, air-conditioned coach to get to know this vibrant Swiss city. Hear about Zurich’s past and culture from your professional guide, including the history of important sights along the way.Gaze out at noteworthy sites such as the exclusive Bahnhofstrasse, one of Europe’s most upscale shopping avenues; and see Zurich Opera House, the National Museum and Lake Zurich. Then, ride the quaint Dolderbahn cogwheel railway to Zurichberg, an elegant neighborhood of plush mansions and luxury hotels.Take in stirring views over Zurich’s rooftops, see the academic institutions where Albert Einstein taught, and discover the quaint Old Town, home to St Peter’s Church and the Fraumunster church, famous for its stained glass by Marc Chagall.Your 2-hour tour ends in central Zurich, when you’ll have about an hour free to explore or relax over lunch (own expense) independently before the second part of your Super Saver.Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein Tour (5 hours):Reconvene with your guide in central Zurich and enjoy a scenic coach drive through Switzerland’s mountainous wine country to Laufen Castle, the viewpoint for the Rhine Falls.Explore the castle exhibition and ogle the 75-foot (23-meter) high cascades from the cliffs, glass elevator and observation points. If you wish, take a boat ride to see the falls close up (optional)After free time, continue to Stein am Rhein, passing 16th-century Munot Fortress in Schaffhausen on route. Then, enjoy a 1-hour walking tour of Stein’s cobbled Old Town to see its main sights and houses. Admire these Renaissance-era buildings, fronted by beautiful frescoes as your guide recounts their history.Following another spell of free time, your tour concludes in Zurich or with an optional drop-off at Zurich Airport.

$67.82 Tours & Sightseeing

Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein Half-Day Tour from Zurich

Depart central Zurich or Zurich airport by comfortable coach and journey into northern Switzerland close to the German border. As you travel, pass pretty farming villages and vineyards, and hear from your guide how this beautiful region is known for its wine production.Arrive at 15th-century Laufen Castle, set on a clifftop facing the Rhine Falls, and take in the 450-foot (150-meter) wide and 75-foot (23-meter) high falls, Europe’s biggest. Enjoy an hour here to see an exhibition, admire panoramic views from the glass elevator, or walk to the viewpoints above and around the falls to thrill at their roar and power. The site also has a playground, shops and restaurants. Perhaps opt for a boat ride (Subject to availability) to experience the crashing cascades close up.Enjoy some free time either here, or later, to refuel with a snack (own expense), and then drive by the 16th-century Munot Fortress in Schaffhausen, before continuing to Stein am Rhein, famous for its painted medieval houses. Here, follow your guide on an hour-long walk around the cobbled Old Town to see the top landmarks, and admire the timber-frame townhouses with their stunning frescoes. Hear how most houses date to the Renaissance, and are built from stone inlaid with delicate wood windows.After free time to explore and relax, return to Zurich where your tour concludes. If you’re due to catch an evening flight, opt for a drop-off at Zurich airport.

$100.70 Day Trips & Excursions

Zurich, Rhine Falls, and Stein am Rhein Tour from Lucerne

After pickup from central Lucerne, sit back and relax on a comfortable, air-conditioned coach while your guide provides some background on Switzerland's history and culture. Drive to to Kilchberg, home of the world-famous chocolate factory Lindt & Sprüngli. Browse the immense assortment and opt to buy some of the delicious Swiss chocolate.Continue along the shores of Lake Zürich, passing the charming Old Town toward the University Quarter. Cross the street of Limmatquai that runs along the river before arriving at the main train station. After a short lunch break (30-45 minutes), head north through vineyards and farming villages until you reach Laufen Castle, overlooking the mighty Rhine Falls. Take in panoramic views from the lift and see how an average of 700,000 liters of water per second plunges across a width of 150 meters into the basin below. Opt to take a boat ride (subject to availability) in the waters below the falls. Continue through Schaffhausen with its well-known Munot Fortress to the medieval town of Stein am Rhein. Learn about the well-preserved Old Town on a stroll and admire the medieval architecture, such as the former monastery of St. Georgen, the town hall, and the armory. Most of the half-timbered frame houses are made of stone with delicate wooden window frames and impress visitors with their exceptional frescoes. After some free time, drive back in the evening to Lucerne.

$184.96 Cultural & Theme Tours

From Zurich to The Rhine Falls

The trip will start from Zurich city at your requested point. Before you get the stunning view one of the largest waterfalls, we will make a stop at medieval Laufen Castle which is also worth to discover. In summer you can choose optional boat cruise and get breathtaking sceneries by finding yourself in the middle of the water cycle. On the way back to Zurich, we will visit Munot fortress in the old town of Schaffhausen. While walking in the old city, one cannot pass by without a backward glance at painted facades of houses. The Munot fortress dates back to 16 century and considers one of the historical places of the city.  At the end of the tour, you will have a comfortable private return to the initial meeting point.

$407.93 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Guided Tour to Schaffhausen and Rhine Waterfalls from Zurich

Begin your tour by meeting your guide at your hotel and make your way from Zurich to Schaffhausen. Close to the train station, the old town of Schaffhausen is located. Enjoy a short walk around through the car-free streets and the historical buildings while getting information from your tourguide. Schaffhausen was the only city destroyed in world war I in 1944. After a short transfer by local bus, we'll arrive at the castle "Laufen". The castle is located directly at the Rhine waterfalls and it marks the border between the canton Zurich and Schaffhausen. We'll visit the exhibition in the castle to get a overview about the historical meaning of the waterfalls.  After the visit, we'll continue on the walking path around the castle, heading down to the waterfalls. Differend viewing platforms closed to the water ensures great views and spectacular pictures. Once we get down, we board one of the touristic boats (May-Sept only) and we'll cross the river. The next boat takes us in a spectacular ride directly in front of the Rhine waterfall, Europe's largest plain waterfall. After the boat trip, we'll relax at the shore of the Rhine river with the perfect view to the waterfall.  We'll close the tour by crossing the rhine river by boat again and returning to the train station directly at the castle of Laufen. The train ride back to Zurich will take 50 minutes, where the tour ends.