Getting to know Schaffhausen
Once you've settled in to your new home and covered all the essentials, it's time to get to know your new environment. Becoming familiar with the local culture is a start. Meet people with similar interests and make a dedicated effort to engage in activities that are important to you, whether sport, relaxation, family, culture or socialising. And most importantly, stay open and receptive to the new experience.
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Things to do in Schaffhausen
Schaffhausen's excellent public transport network and compactness make it easy to navigate and explore. Schaffhausen also has plenty to offer for children nature and sports enthusiasts. Schaffhausen Tourism and Schaffhausen.ch proudly reveal more that the canton has to offer.
- The Rhine River simply cannot be ignored when you're in Schaffhausen. Take a boat trip or choose from an array of water sports The surroundings are a nature lover's paradise, ideal for hikes and cycling There are plenty of romantic restaurants as well as picnic and barbecue areas right at the water.
- Visit the Rhine Falls or take a guided tour. The Historama at Schloss Laufen has an exhibition that looks at the influence of the Rhine Falls on nature and society.
- Discover Schaffhausen's wine, vineyards and fine dining culture. Visit wine cellars, the Wine Museum or take a guided old town wine tour. Regular annual events include the Gourmet Festival and several wine festivals.
- Take a guided tour of Schaffhausen's old town and the Munot fortress, Schaffhausen's landmark. Schaffhausen's old town is a pedestrian zone. Take advantage and explore the shops.
- Visit museums and art galleries. Don't miss the Museum zur Allerheiligen, a former Benedictine monastery in the middle of the old town, offering art, culture, history and nature under one roof.
- Take a day trip. Schaffhauserland Tourism has plenty of great ideas. A few suggestions:
- Visit nearby Stein am Rhein a small town with a rich history and well-preserved medieval heritage.
- Explore the Klettgau countryside by carriage from Hallau with the Pferdefuhrwerkfahrten Hallau.
- Stroll through the grounds of the Napoleon Museum in Arenenberg, high above Lake Constance with views of Reichenau Island and the lava domes of Hegau.
- Learn the art of brewing beer at Stammheimer Hopfentropfen and follow a hops nature trail.
Meeting people in Schaffhausen
Subscribe to the sh.ch regional information portal's expatriate newsletter for up to date information on what's going on in Schaffhausen. The Schaffhausen Expats Meetup Group organises regular activities to meet people and share interests.
If you're looking for peace and renewal
- Spend a day at the City Spa Kronenhof.
- The Munot Rose Garden is next to the entrance of the Munot Fortress.
- The Schaffhausen forest cemetery is a special place for peace and contemplation. Towards the end of June glow worms are to be seen.
- The All Saints' Herb Garden/Museum zu Allerheiligen is a medieval herb garden, as formerly cultivated by monks, with medicinal plants and seasoning herbs.
- The Roman Thermal Springs Iuliomagus Schleitheim is open to the public as part of the Thermal Museum.
- Psychiatriezentrum Breitenau has a peaceful landscaped English garden.
- Tannbüel is a protected nature area with impressive lady's slipper and orchid displays.
- Kneipp-Anlage Griesbach is ideal to cool off after a strenuous hike in designated pools, with a surrounding area planted with natural herbs used in Kneipp herbal products. There is a barefoot path and benches to relax in the tranquil forest atmosphere.
- Rosengarten Charlottenfels was designed by the Swiss "Father of Roses", Dietrich Woessner.
- Klangreservoir "uf Stuel": listen and marvel at this former reservoir, which has been converted into a ‘sound instrument', for real ‘percussion architecture'. This sound space is a place for an impressive, individual encounter with art.
- The Kesslerloch cave is one of the most important sites of the late Ice Age in Europe and reveals traces of settlements from the Late Palaeolithic Age.
- The Höhle Winterlislöchli is a cave which radiates peace and harmony and offering unobstructed views towards neighbouring German Klettgau. It offers vineyard workers a shady spot to rest in summer, and in autumn to roast traditional sausages over a fire.