Schaffhausen is a quaint town and municipality in
Switzerland with deep historic roots. It lies to the north of the country,
close to the river Rhine, and shares a name with the Canton of Schaffhausen.
The city has a population of over 36,000, and is celebrated for its various
Renaissance era buildings. Schaffhausen’s main language is German. However,
many also speak a local Alemannic Swiss German dialect.
In the Middle Ages Schaffhausen was a city state that rose
to fame through its trading of coins. In 1454, it became allied with several
Swiss confederates, and, soon after was made a full member of the Old Swiss
These days, Schaffhausen has a diverse economy, split
between primary, secondary and tertiary sectors. Its overall employment level
is low, and the vast majority of its residents work full-time.
The town has a total of two railway stations, offering
connections to the cities Zurich, Frankurt, Basel and Ulm. It also has an
extensive bus network made up of six lines. The closest airport to Schaffhausen
is Zurich Airport, at 32 miles away.
Schaffhausen’s popular attractions include castles, museums,
churches, cathedrals. Sights worth seeing are the IWC Museum, Munot Castle,
Rhine Falls and the historic walking area, Altstadt Schaffhausen.
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