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Top Choice Cathedral in Schaffhausen

Allerheiligen Münster

Completed in 1103, Schaffhausen’s cathedral is a rare, largely intact specimen of the Romanesque style in Switzerland. It opens to a beautifully simple cloister. The herb garden has been lovingly tended since the Mi…
Top Choice Fortress in Schaffhausen


Steps lead up through terraced vineyards to this fine specimen of a 16th-century fortress. The unusual circular battlements were built with forced labour following the Reformation and conceal an atmospheric vaulted …
Street in Schaffhausen


Schaffhausen is often nicknamed the Erkerstadt because of its 171 Erker (oriel bay windows), once a status symbol of rich merchants. Some of the most impressive line up along Vorstadt, including the 17th-century Zum…
Swiss in Schaffhausen

Wirtschaft Zum Frieden

Locals have been eating, drinking and making merry at this wood-panelled inn since 1445. It's still an incredibly cosy choice today, with a tiled oven, cheek-by-jowl tables and old black-and-white photos. Come in fo…
Swiss in Schaffhausen


Petite and cosy, with exposed brick, soft lighting and banquette seating, D'Chuchi has just a handful of tables – so book ahead. The chef prides himself on using regional, seasonal ingredients, and there's a succinc…
Swiss in Schaffhausen

Gasthaus zum Adler

Home to famous local painter Tobias Stimmer in the 16th century, the Adler has been doing a roaring trade as an inn for the past three centuries. The menu keeps things traditional and regional, with a nod to seasona…
Live Music in Schaffhausen


Tune into the local live-music and cultural scene at this textile factory turned arts centre. The line-up swings from blues, rock and jam sessions to disco nights and summer parties – see the website for details.
Square in Schaffhausen


At the very heart of the Altstadt lies this square, flanked by ornate facades. The 16th-century Mohrenbrunnen marks the northern end of the old marketplace, while at the southern end stands the Metzgerbrunnen, a Wil…
Museum in Schaffhausen

Museum zu Allerheiligen

Entered via the cathedral cloister, the Museum zu Allerheiligen showcases treasures from Schaffhausen fossils to Etruscan gold jewellery. The art collection contains works by Otto Dix, Lucas Cranach the Elder and co…
Lounge in Schaffhausen


This half-timbered building was once the goods depot for Rhine river-transport companies. Spilling out onto a lovely riverfront terrace, it's now a super-sleek combination of bar, cafe, restaurant and sushi bar. The…