Schaffhausen (1332 feet a/s), whose well preserved medieval buildings give the town the unmistakable stamp of a Swabian town of the empire. It well deserves the name of “Nuremberg of Switzerland.”
The Romanesque Cathedral (1100 a.d.), now a Protestant church, is of particular interest. The cloisters (Kreuzgang) are partly Romanesque, partly Gothic. The churchyard was once the burial place of the nobility and is now a picturesque park.
The old bell, cast in 1486, with the inscription, “Vivos Voco, mortuos plango, fulgura frango,” which suggested to Schiller his immortal “Song of the Bell” was replaced in 1898 by a new one with the same inscription.
On the Fronwagplatz is the venerable Grosse Haus, a patrician mansion, erected in the 14th Century and renovated since with the fountain statue in front of it. The fountain depicts the Moorish King Kaspar. The column dates back to 1520; the decagonal trough dates back to 1535 and was probably created by Augustin Henkel.
The Munot, a stronghold from the 16th Century, with walls 16 feet thick, commands the town.
The Rathaus with its artistically paneled hall, the Museum of Natural History, the many painted houses and fountain statues, never fail to delight the lover of the quaint and ancient.
But Schaffhausen is primarily associated with the Falls of the Rhine. Here the Rhine descends 380 feet wide in a 100-foot plunge, over an irregular rocky ledge. It is one of the most beautiful cascades in Europe.
An excellent trip is by boat from Schaffhausen to the old imperial city of Constance on the southern shore of the Bodensee, up the Rhine, passing the picturesque old town of Stein am Rhein.
Stein am Rhein (1364 feet a/s) with the stately Castle of Hohenklingen and several other pretty villages and romantic ruins sprinkled in between. The Hohenklingen Castle is an example of a medieval fortress built on a hill situated 1935 feet above sea level, overlooking the picturesque little town since the year 1200.
Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois
Parkstrasse 18, 8200 Schaffhausen
This could be a set for one of Alfred Hitchcock’s films. That is the first impression of this house whose steep roof, gables and stone façade look rather forbidding. Built in the 1900s by a banker, it had become a pension when Max Schlumpf bought it and restored the look and ambiance of a private home. From the minute you step into the dark, high-ceilinged entrance, with its sweeping wooden staircase, you know this hotel is one of a kind.