While Leah was in Zürich, we took an enjoyable day trip to Schaffhausen (north of Zürich and near the German border), using it as our gateway to the Rheinfalls. (It’s possible to take the train almost directly to the falls, but a recommended hike began in Schaffhausen, so that’s where we went.) I wasn’t expecting much from the town, but it was pretty and typically Swiss, with lots of flags, fountains, and restaurants and cafes.
I’m not sure what kind of (mythical?) animals these are supposed to be, but I was drawn in by their humanity. They look as though they’ve been shipwrecked or otherwise abandoned. I would love to hear the story that the artist had in mind while creating this work.
And now I will show you some pictures of the Rheinfalls. Be prepared, as I perhaps wasn’t, that while they are touted as “Europe’s biggest waterfalls” and even, in some cases, a Swiss Niagara, they are nothing like Canada’s majestic Niagara falls — this is a much, much smaller scale. Nonetheless, they are pretty and appear to attract tourists by the busload.
We ate in view of the falls and then turned around to retrace our steps back to Schaffhausen, where we visited the town fortress before heading home.
We climbed a fair number of stairs to reach Munot, and at the top we were rewarded with a look inside a very cool (temperature-wise) and atmospheric (ambience-wise) 16th century fortress. The ceiling was studded with skylights in the 16th century style — that is, large holes. They made for some very interesting lighting.
We walked quietly and reverentially through this old and historic place, until a gaggle of teenage girls startled us by bursting through one of the fortress doors and walking quickly across the stones, laughing and calling to each other as teenage girls do. I was just waiting for someone’s cell phone to ring, imagining a conversation like the following taking place (in Swiss German, of course): “Hey. What’s up with you? Oh, I’m good. Just walking home from school. Can I call you back, actually? The reception in this stupid old historic fortress that I have to pass through every day really sucks.”
Before heading back to the train station, we snapped a few photos from the top of the fortress. I love that in Europe, you can count on stairs to lead you to excellent views.
Be back soon to tell you about our other day trip!