Highlight: With this trip, another iconic Swiss landmarks has been checked off my list: the Rhine Falls (or Rheinfall)! Other Highlights-Schaffhausen, Rheinau (& its monastery island)
Route 2: Section 7 (Schaffhausen 391m–Bad Zurzach 341m)
Stats from SwitzerlandMobility.ch ( https://www.schweizmobil.ch/en/cycling-in-switzerland/routes/route/etappe-0924.html ): 53km, height difference Schaffhausen–Bad Zurzach 500m (560m in opposite direction). Their site has the full profile.
My Strava gave me a total distance of 63km and 800 elevation gain, which included some minor detours (especially in Rheinau).
This Section shares its route with Eurovelo 6.
It is still very very cold in Switzerland, unusually cold. Last night it even snowed in half of the country! But I had planned this long-distance bike outing for a while and I was not going to have the bad weather holding me back…… And so it was that just after 6am I went out of the house, in the freezing weather, to catch the train for a 3.5h train journey to Schaffhausen, at the northern border with Germany.
Arrived in Schaffhausen, snow and rain were mercifully not in sight (well I had looked at the weather map before choosing my destination…).
I had already visited the town of Schaffhausen with its Munot fortress last year (see 2:06), so this time I headed directly to the famous Rhine Falls, about 3km west of the city (rheinfall.ch/en). The Falls are one of the main tourist attractions in Switzerland and they claim to be the largest waterfall in continental Europe. Although the weather was cold, the upside was the scarcity of tourists.
By chance, I took the road north of the river (so not on the bike route), and this gave me a better panoramic view of the Falls. Here the panoramic trail ends at the the river banks where sightseeing boats depart from a small medieval castle, Schlössli Wörth, vestige of ancient trade activities.