We had three hours left when we arrived at Schaffhausen on our way back to Zurich. As I have always stated the flexibility of the Swiss Pass on numerous occasions, this was one of them. We didn’t need to buy any tickets back to Zurich, so we could explore this quaint little Swiss town at our own pace. A quick search and we knew what we have to do in this little town.
We have to climb the Munot. A circular tower that lies at the center of the town which allows you a 360-degree views of the town. It’s not a touristy town and will never be, but if you like to see what the Swiss have to offer in terms of village and small town life, this is probably it.
Cobblestones pavement, small shops selling eclectic stuffs, and the likes dot this little town.
It was also devoid of any tourists. We had the place to ourselves and also to a few locals. Most of the shops were closed since it was a weekend.
I wouldn’t recommend this place if you don’t have the time, and there are probably plenty of such towns dotted all across Switzerland. My suggestion would be that, if you have the time, and you have the Swiss Pass, just take a train heading in any direction, find a place and jump right off. Explore. That’s how you will get a feel of the place, instead of heading towards the tourist areas. You might not get much recognition out of it, I doubt anyone has ever heard of Schaffhausen and by mentioning that you’ve climbed the Munot, would give you blank stares. This is not the Eiffel Tower. But on the other hand, you get to feel the place itself, see how the locals work, what people do during their daily lives. And walk around a small town with a funny name.