Schaffhausen: Get a great night’s sleep at the Schlössli.

«And this is really the youth hostel?» my companion asks in astonishment. Of course - in Schaffhausen you sleep like royalty. The town has a lot to offer at the weekend and is really buzzing – I’ll take you on a short trip.

Rapunzel, let down your hair! This is the castle where we’ll slumber. ©Adrian Reber

Wonderful weather at the weekend allows us to discover the Rhine starting the youth hostel. The bathing culture in the «Rhybadi» has been around for 150 years. The lido opens its doors in early summer and also offers culinary delights. An Aperol Spritz and a serving of fries later, we drift along the Rhine with the current.

«Splash!» –how about a dip in the cool water? ©Adrian Reber

What the locals recommend

The locals at the lido recommended to follow up with a visit to the ice cream hotspot of Schaffhausen: El Bertin – all flavours are self-created and handcrafted with much love and attention. Don’t be discouraged by the long queue in front of the shop! It’s worth it.
Sea buckthorn, chestnuts, cheesecake: El Bertin creates exceptional ice creams.

Sea buckthorn, chestnuts, cheesecake: El Bertin creates exceptional ice creams. ©Adrian Reber

A spontaneous visit: Schaffhausen weekly market

The old town of Schaffhausen invites you to linger. On a whim, we visit a flea market followed by the weekly market, which takes place every Saturday and surprises us with its diversity. Asparagus, cheese, bread, flowers and fresh organic eggs – the old town is full of stalls from local producers.

At the Schaffhausen flea and weekly market: There are still real bargains to be had here. ©Adrian Reber

How do you get to the «Munot»?

The Munot dominates Schaffhausen’s old town as an undisputed landmark. Visitors reach the 16th century fortress via small stairways. We doubled our time budget from two hours to four without further ado – the castle offers unique views. Balls, salsa evenings and guided tours take place here all year round.

Saved from embarrassment: Munot is pronounced without the «t». ©Adrian Reber

On Saturday evening, business is booming in the restaurants. I recommend that you make reservations early. We didn’t find shelter in Güterhof until 9:00 p.m. We bridged the time with an aperitif at the bar – the interior with the thick, old wooden posts makes an imposing impression.

In the beautifully restored Güterhof, I highly recommend the veggie burger. ©Adrian Reber

Walking to the largest waterfall in Europe

At the end of our stay with the hostel pass, we took a leisurely walk to the Rhine Falls. The hike takes a little over an hour and is easily doable with sneakers. What luck at the Rhine Falls: The week before, it had rained a lot in Switzerland. Over 6000 bathtubs of water thunder down the rocks every second. An impressive picture, which we see once again as we leave on the train. Ciao Rhine Falls, so long Schaffhausen.

About the author

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About me:
Adrian here – I’m 28 and appreciate the little escapes from my everyday life. Especially on weekends, I want to get out of the home office and into the experience. The Swiss youth hostels convince me on my excursions with their central location, the new acquaintances and let’s be honest: reasonable prices ;-)!

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