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Schaffhausen Switzerland Holidays

Schaffhausen Switzerland Holidays

Schaffhausen is a popular town located in the northern part of Switzerland and is part of a canton which goes by the same name.
According to an estimate in December 2008, the population of this city is around 34,587. Now why would you want to visit this city? For starters, your trip to Switzerland would be incomplete without a visit to this place.

The city speaks of a unique cultural heritage that boasts Renaissance art in the form of fine sculptures and exterior frescos. If fortresses and castles have always held your fancy, then you would love the "Munot", which is an ancient canton fortress.

The largest waterfall in Europe, the Rhine Falls is located nearby. You can catch a train from this city to the waterfalls and partake of the breathtaking experience. Yes it is that easy! From mysterious fortresses to high waterfalls, this city has it all. Now this does not seem quite your conventional city, does it?

But this is not all. There are at least 35 places of national significance which you can visit. These places are a part of Swiss heritage. From the Munot, for instance, you can see the All Saints Abbey which is known as Allerheiligen in German.

The church portal and interior of this Abbey is one to look out for. Schaffhausen Switzerland is also famous for the St. John's Church. The House zum Ritter at Vordergasse 65 is one of the listed houses and therefore one of the popular tourist attractions too.

The history of this city is as fascinating as the tourist spots. It was a city state in the Medieval Period which formulated its own coins as early as 1045. Five years later, the Counts of Nellenburg worked together and found the All Saints Abbey which till date remains a popular tourist attraction.

The town saw a change when the Reformation was fully adopted in 1529. Then again, the economy and life suffered a great deal with the Thirty Years' War in Europe when both Swedish Protestant and Bavarian Roman Catholic troops passed through it and brought about immense damage. This war and the fate of several of towns as these have been criticized in Voltaire's Candide.

Nazi war criminal named Karl Jäger was born right here in this town. He was responsible for the mass genocide of Jews in Lithuania in the year 1942.

This town is located on a strip of Switzerland which is surrounded by Germany on three sides. Perhaps this would explain the strong influence of German culture on this city. Schaffhausen Switzerland has seen both good times and bad times; it thus offers a space for recollection of memory and food for thought for an adventurous tourist.

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This page last updated in Feb 2016