IWC watches and the Rheinfall in Schaffhausen
More than seven months ago, we moved from Kuala Lumpur to Zurich. The time goes by incredibly fast, and especially the weekends are well planned. Of course, Switzerland also has a lot of beautiful things to do, and that’s why we went to Schaffhausen on Saturday.
Now that we have a car it is much easier to go somewhere quickly. A change from Malaysia, where we always depended on Grab or public transport. Schaffhausen is about an hour’s drive away from Zurich and is particularly known for the IWC watches. It’s time to explore this little town further and choose a nice watch.
On the website, we couldn’t find any watches for less than CHF 4700 (equivalent to €4390), so we decided to skip that watch, haha. When we arrived in the city, we parked the car and walked to the city center. Ideal that this whole area is car-free and therefore very quiet. You can stroll around and drink a cup of coffee in one of the cute restaurants on the square. There are also some stores, but Schaffhausen is not necessarily a city where you can entertain yourself for a whole day.
It is nice to walk to Munot, the castle in Schaffhausen that was built between 1564 and 1589 as part of the city defense. Do not mistake the steps, there are quite a few, and you will feel muscle pain in the calves the day after. From Munot, you have a beautiful view over the city, and it becomes clear that this now no longer serves as a city defense, but is nowadays used for parties and events.
Schaffhausen is known not only for the IWC watches but also for the largest waterfall in Europe, the Rheinfall. This is a ten-minute drive from the center, and on a busy day, it can be quite difficult to find a parking spot here. The Swiss also know all too well how to make the most of tourist attractions. Restaurants, souvenir shops, boat tours and hotels, anything to get as close to the waterfall as possible.
We parked at Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall on the south side of the Rein. Here you can buy a ticket for CHF 5 which gives you access to Historama (I only found this out while writing this blog), the viewing platforms, and the panorama elevator (take that elevator, especially if you climbed the stairs to Munot before this!). CHF 5 per person is quite on the cheap side, by Swiss standards, and well worth it! You can get close to the waterfall where you have a great view from different heights.
Around the river and waterfall, you can make beautiful walks, and there are also numerous bicycle routes. Maybe in the fall a little too cold (at least on the day we were there), but in spring and summer the perfect place for a sporty day. So definitely not the last time we saw this waterfall!