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Location - Western Europe; Capital - Berne; Population - 8 million; Currency - Swiss Franc MORE SWITZERLAND

An overnight sleeper train from Aachen in Germany to Switzerland in search of more enclaves. Switzerland is greedy, it has two of the five enclaves in western Europe. I arrived in the Swiss city of Schaffhausen near the German border to seek out the German enclave of Busingen - April 2014.

 

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switz46The Metzgerbrunnen (Butcher's Fountain) statue stands in Fronwagplatz - Schaffhausen

 

switz45Fronwagplatz is the heart of Schaffhausen, with several cafes from which you can watch the world go by

 

switz51A short walk from Fronwagplatz is St Johann's Church in Kirchhofplatz - Schaffhausen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

switz52One of the narrow alleys in the Alstadt (Old Town) - Schaffhausen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

switz54Climbing the steps between the vineyards to Munot, a 16th century fortress - Schaffhausen

 

switz57The Munot is a great place to get a bird eye's view of Schaffhausen. Allerheiligen Munster's spire (All Saints Cathedral) is on the left with St Johann's on the right

 

switz60There's also excellent views of the Rhine River from Munot - Schaffhausen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

switz62The 15th century Haus zum Ritter is famous for its vivid frescoes - Schaffhausen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

switz63In the courtyard of the 12th century Allerheiligen Munster (All Saints Cathedral) - Schaffhausen

 

switz67A market occupies the square at Herrenacker - Schaffhausen

 

switz71Centuries ago the Vorstadt was the home of the wealthy - Schaffhausen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

switz72 It's now one of the main shopping streets - Schaffhausen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

switz69Vorstadt is also known for its oriel bay windows and ancient frescoes - Schaffhausen

 

switz73Guterhof is easily the best place for an evening out. It's an inviting bar and restaurant on the banks of the Rhine - Schaffhausen

 

switz95The waters of the Rhine on the way to the Rheinfall, a superb attraction on the outskirts of Schaffhausen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

switz77The Rhine Falls are the largest falls in Europe - Schaffhausen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

switz83The medieval Schloss Laufen overlooks the 23m high Rheinfall - Schaffhausen

 

switz85Take a boat trip for a closer look - Schaffhausen

 

switz104..Or head for this viewpoint on the Schloss Laufen side of the falls - Schaffhausen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

switz106Up close and personal at the Rheinfall - Schaffhausen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

switz113Just half-an-hour away from Schaffhausen is the quaint riverside town of Stein am Rhein

 

switz111Hohenklingen Castle sits on the hill above Stein am Rhein

 

switz127 The Rathaus (Town Hall, left) heads the lovely Rathausplatz - Stein am Rhein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

switz128 The Rathausplatz really is beautiful - Stein am Rhein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

switz13816th century houses surround the Town Hall and the Rathausplatz - Stein am Rhein

 

switz137More ancient frescoes. And oriel bay windows of course - Stein am Rhein

 

switz131 Plenty of cafes and restaurants line the square - Stein am Rhein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

switz118 The town is a small network of cobbled streets and alleyways - Stein am Rhein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

switz119And lots of souvenir shops - Stein am Rhein

 

switz121The courtyard of St George's Monastery on the Rhine - Stein am Rhein

 

switz142Diessenhofen is a Swiss town also on the banks of the Rhine between Stein am Rhein and Schaffhausen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A customs sign at the entrance to the bridge crossing the Rhine from Switzerland to Germany - Diessenhofen

 

switz146Another attractive riverside view - Diessenhofen

 

switz151Vineyards in the German town of Gailingen, opposite Diessenhofen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

switz75The Rhine looks serene on the walk to the German enclave of Busingen am Hochrhein - Schaffhausen

 

 

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LINKS

www.myswitzerland.com - Swiss tourist office

www.sbb.ch - Switzerland train website

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www.swisstravelsystem.com - info on Swiss public transport

 

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