The falls are a sight to behold and definitely worth the trip.
You can even take a boat through the mist in order to climb a large rock and see the falls up close. Although I would recommend wearing rain gear if you decide upon that route!
After we walked through the Rheinfall Park, we had a lackluster lunch at one of the two restaurants located immediately next to the falls.
Then we headed to the nearby city of Schaffhausen...
The canton of Schaffhausen is an oddly-shaped bit of land that juts into Germany. An unfortunate geographic fact during World War II when Schaffhausen became the only Swiss city to be bombed by Allied Forces on April 1, 1944. Pilots claimed it was a mistake as the city lies north of the Rhein, which is generally the border between Switzerland and Germany. However, they made the same mistake again on February 22, 1945. Opps.
By 1045 Scafhusen was a thriving market town. It grew rapidly during the 13th and 14th centuries. In 1415 the city, which had come to be called Schaffhausen, was granted Free City status and joined the Swiss Confederation in 1501.
Schaffhausen is known for its ornate oriel windows...
And the murals on many of the façades..
After meandering through the city center, we climbed the hill to Munot, a Medieval fortress which towers over the city.
And what a climb it was!
Once we got to the top of the hill, we continued to climb through the keep to the tower.
As are the details such as this stained glass window...
We both greatly enjoyed our trip to Rheinfall and Schaffhausen.
We've also decided that we will continue to do these quick trips on Sunday afternoons. Because the shops are closed, it tends to be a quieter day with less people to get in our way. (I like people individually. Just not all in one mass.) The museums are usually open on Sundays, so no problem there.
Plus, I hate shopping anyway!