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Munot_wall_tower_and_Rhein Schaffhausen, where that Tanner family came from, is a city in northern Switzerland and the capital of the canton of the same name; it has an estimated population of 33,527 as of March 31, 2005. The old portion of the city has many fine Renaissance era buildings decorated with exterior frescos and sculpture, as well as the impressive old canton fortress, the Munot. A train runs out of town to the nearby Rhine Falls in Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Europe's largest waterfall, a tourist attraction. Schaffhausen is the capital of the Swiss Canton of Schaffhausen. This is a view of the Rhein from the Munot. Munot_from_street And a view of the Munot's tower from the town's streets.  The Munot's wall is a circle. fawn_in_Munot_moat Fawn in the filled-in Munot moat, now a deer park. Munot_vineyard The Munot hill is a vineyard. The structure in the river breaks the current and serves as a swimming hole in the Rhein. Rheinfall_with_Castle_Laufen The Tanner family came from Schaffhausen but now lives in Neuhausen.  Neuhausen am Rheinfall (which was officially called Neuhausen until 1938) is a municipality in the canton of Schaffhausen in Switzerland. The little town is well known for the Rhine Falls, a tourist attraction and mainland Europe's largest waterfall. The remaining Tanner family lives not far from here and can see the Rheinfall from a top-floor window.  The castle is a youth hostel.  The train is running on electricity provided by water turbines that are hidden in tunnels. Rheinfall_platform Rheinfall observation platform Rheinfall_rock You can cross the Rhein to the platform or go to this central rock on small boats.  In my father's day, teh boats were rowed.  You just have to know the currents and eddies. Rheinfall_center Here's the boat landing at the central rock.  Notice the smooth water in its lee? rapids_above_Rheinfall View over the top of the Rheinfall.  There's a resturant over the lip to the right that has a view of the falls. Alps_from_Neuhausen You can just make out the Alps in Central Switzerland from Neuhausen, which is in the north, a border town with Germany.  In fact, Schaffhausen is the only Swiss canton that lies entirely north of the Rhein.  That is a misfortune: On April 1, 1945 (no April Fool's joke) the US Army Air Corps bombed Schaffhausen, killing 15 people, because of the navigator's error. He thought they wer over Singen, a German city on the Rhein. bus From Neuhausen to Schaffhausen, you can take a bus or train.  This is a bus, in the second-class section - notice the typical Swiss cleanliness. Schaffhausen_Pelikan_Bakery Many buildings in Schaffhausen are beautifully decorated. Schaffhausen_archway_2 Town hall with clock. Schaffhausen_archway_1 The other side. ornate_house_Schaffhausen Decorated building Schaffhausen_ornate_buildings Decorated buildings Rhein_cattle From Scahffhausen, above the falls, you can take a postal boat all the way to the Thunersee (German name) or Lake Constance (the French name).  We have a lake and alpine tour on a separate slide show.  We're on our way to Stein am Rhein. Untitled-Scanned-40 Rhein_at_Stein_am_Rhein Untitled-Scanned-43_Stein_swan The Rhine can be peaceful. Stein_swan_in_Rhine Stein_covered_bridge The approach to the dock takes you under this covered bridge. Stein_Rhine Halfway between Schaffhausen and the lake is the restored tourism town of Stein am Rhein, which is also in the Schaffhausen canton. The town has a well preserved medieval centre, retaining the ancient street plan. The site of the city wall, and the city gates are preserved, though the former city wall now consists of houses. The medieval part of the town has been pedestrianised and is a peaceful and charming environment. Many of the medieval buildings are painted with beautiful frescos. Stein_ornate_house_with_William_Tell_monument Ornate houses and central square monument. Stein_ornate_house_with_coach_painting Ornate frescoes. Stein_ornate_house_with_religous_themes More of same. Androcles_helps_lion In this fresco, Androcles removes a thorn form a lion's paw. lion_thanks_Androcles And when the lion sees Androcles in the arena, he only licks his hand. Stein_street Back street - Swiss cleanliness! Stein_ornate_building More frescoes Untitled-Scanned-39_Stein Still more Untitled-TrueColor-41_Stein And more
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