Schaffhausen

© 2012 Kevin Collins

Back in early April 2006, my wife and I were on our 2 1/2 week honeymoon in Switzerland and visited the northern Swiss town of Schaffhausen. Are only reason for going there was that we saw it on a map. I recall having a pint in a Zurich pub and talking with a Swiss girl who asked where we were travelling. When we said Schaffhausen, she stared at us with a puzzled look on her face and replied “Why?”. Our simple answer was, “because we’ve never been there”.

Schaffhausen is roughly 1,000 years old and is the home to 35 buildings and sites that are listed as Swiss heritage sites of national significance. A lot of buildings date back to the 16th century. The medieval fortress, The Munot overlooks the old town on the banks of the Upper Rhine River. We discovered it simply by walking around town. From the top of the fortress we could see a large waterfall in the distance and decided to go check it out.

© 2012 Kevin Collins

The Rhine Falls is the largest waterfall in Europe measuring 150 metres across with a vertical drop of 23 metres. Right in the centre of the falls, there are a couple large rocks that stick out making it a very photogenic spot. On the north bank of the river at the falls there was a small path leading over a small bridge with a waterwheel and falls. At the time, we were headed to see the big falls and didn’t pay much attention to this little spot. We had lunch at a restaurant that overlooked the falls before continuing our walkabout to see what other treasures this neat city had to offer.

© 2012 Kevin Collins

 

 

 

All these photos were taken with a low end Kodak point and shoot camera without any composition in mind. This was long before taking up photography as a hobby. I’d been going through some old photos and came across these that I thought I’d share.

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