"Schaffhausen and the Rhine Falls" Schaffhausen by Kid-A

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A beautiful city in northern Switzerland. If you're traveling through Germany's black forest area, or are near Zürich, you should make a day trip to Schaffhausen.

The old portion of the city has many fine Renaissance era buildings decorated with exterior frescos and sculpture.

And there's the nearby Rhine Falls in Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Europe's largest waterfall, and a tourist attraction. You will see signs directing you to this place all over the city!



Schaffhausen was a city-state in the Middle Ages, documented to have struck its own coins starting in 1045. For a time it was under Habsburg domination, but regained its independence in 1415. It allied itself with Zürich in 1457, and became a full member of the Swiss Confederation in 1501. The first railroad came to Schaffhausen in 1857.

Schaffhausen is located in a finger of Swiss territory surrounded on three sides by Germany.

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