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Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Schaffhausen August 19th 2018

Letzten Freitag ist auch die 10. Woche in Bern erfolgreich zu Ende gegangen. An dem Tag habe ich auch mein Auto von der Werkstatt geholt und die Probleme sind danach nicht mehr aufgetreten. Am Samstag bin ich dann zum ersten Mal in die Spezialitätenabteilung eines Berner Kaufhauses und habe dort eingekauft. Dort gibt es eine grosse Auswahl an verschiedenen Leckereien. Nachmittags war dann auch das erste Pokalspiel des FC Bayern in der neuen Saison. Am Sonntag habe ich mir den Ausflug zum Rheinfall nach Schaffhausen vorgenommen. Dort war ich anscheinend schon mal als Kind und 2002 während eines Kurzeinsatzes in der Schweiz habe ich schon einmal darüber nachgedacht, dort nochmals vorbei zu sehen. Also die Fahrt verlief diesmal problemlos und von der Schnellstrasse waren es nur wenige Meter zum Parkplatz an der Südseite des Rheinfalls. Allerdings ... read more
Der Fronwagplatz.
Münster und Kloster zu Allerheiligen.
Rundfestung Munot.

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Schaffhausen July 2nd 2017

Yesterday was spent with our Swiss friends Bruno and Gertrud at Konstanz. We spent time looking at some of the historic landmarks in Konstanz and hearing the associated stories. Our first stop was at the fountain on Markstatte which had interesting bronze models surrounding it like a rabbit with huge ears, an eight legged horse and a many headed peacock. Bruno did not know the interpretation of the symbols. The main part of the fountain is obviously earlier than these symbolic objects. Our next visit was to the Munster which is mainly gothic with some very impressive wood carved doors and also wood and stone inside. We were looking for a grave of John Hus who had transgressed by being a threat to the church and been burnt alive for his efforts in 1415. It was ... read more
Konstanz Congress Hall
The Rhein Falls

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Schaffhausen June 24th 2017

After a farewell to our hosts at Hermeshof, we left Titisee and immediately took the wrong turning off a round about and ended up going the wrong way. It was impossible to turn around as the traffic was so heavy so we nearly ended up back in Hinterzarten. The rest of the trip to Konstanz was uneventful apart from some unexpected showers. We hadn't had any wet for two weeks so it was strange for it to be cooler. But, only temporarily. Marc picked us up in Konstanz with Sophia and we drove back to Langwiesen along the Rhine often seeing the bike trail that we'd be following on Monday. It doesn't look as if it's going to be too taxing energy wise. Arriving back in Langwiesen we greeted our lovely niece again and had lunch ... read more
Langweisen by the Rhine River

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Schaffhausen June 9th 2017

After a very good sleep we feel we are now into the new zone in the north - thanks to "No-More-Jetlag". I'm not sure how these wee tablets work but since using them over the last few trips we don't seem to get affected by Jet Lag. Since our first day in Gstaad will be late Saturday we were best to buy groceries today since shops are not open on Sunday. We are in the part of Switzerland where Germany juts into Switzerland so it is easy to drive over the Rhine into Germany to do shopping. We went to the Aldi Supermarket which was amazingly cheap compared to Switzerland and New Zealand prices. For example, I bought a lipstick, nail polish, foundation and perfume for 26E - some very girly stuff but why wouldn't you ... read more
Schaffhausen Old Town from Castle Munot

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Schaffhausen June 8th 2017

We took the long haul from Auckland with no stopover on Emirates Airlines A380 from Auckland/Dubai/Zurich. Amazingly, we were wandering through Dubai Airport and someone called out my name. It was Heather and Doug from New Plymouth on their way to Sweden! Apart from that the trip was the usual - endure the trip and get it over and done with. One point of note is that Dubai had a population of 30,000 in the 1930's and now has 4 million. That is some growth!! Not for this Kiwi though - very modern, very busy, very hot and very sandy. On the Dubai to Zurich stretch we flew over Iran which showed some spectacular geology with outstanding examples of layered and folded rocks in the landforms.From flying height you could virtually see that the land had ... read more
Contrast 2 - Green of Zurich
A seat by the Rhine River
Flowers by the wanderweg

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Schaffhausen August 16th 2016

Eine kleine Wanderung am Rhein, vom Rheinfall (Schloss Laufen) nach Rheinau und wieder zurück.... read more
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Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Schaffhausen March 22nd 2013

A labrador outruns its master on the other side of the river, getting in and out of the morning shadows sweeping the meadow. Treetops and the gabled roofs of ancient houses reflect in the blue-green waters. An idyllic European scene plays out on the shores of the Rhine. I follow its course. I boarded a train to this old Swiss town just across the German border because of its proximity to Rhine fall. The river leaps 23 metres near Schaffhausen to form Europe’s largest waterfall. At the fall, the river is about 150 metres wide. And there I was, on a silly search for the superlative in Switzerland. At the railway station, I looked up a map and found I could trace the river a few streets away and then follow it until the fall. No ... read more
All Saints' corridor
Calm before the foam
On the waterfront

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Schaffhausen August 6th 2011

Though Switzerland is a land-locked country, we sure could not tell that yesterday as we were camped right on the Bodensee in Konstanz, Germany, across from Kreuzlingen , Switzerland. We watched people wind surfing, fishing, and sailing in the lake as we walked along the shore. As planned, we took the day off from bike touring. Instead, we biked just five kms. into Konstanz where we spent several pleasant hours wandering the streets, purchasing a few small articles and a donerbox (a shaved meat with french fries, smothered in a cucumber sauce) for lunch. Then we biked back to the campground, took a nap, did some bike maintenance, and played cards. Just as we were ready to hit the sack, the thunder and lightening began. I ran back from restroom, after brushing my teeth, reaching the ... read more
Another Covered Bridge along the Rhein

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Schaffhausen July 7th 2011

Hi all, Sunday 19th didn't turn out too bad after all, the thunder disappeared over the hills and the sun came out after lunch so we packed and tidied up ready to leave in the morning. Monday 20th Leaving lake Bled Harry said his goodbyes to the 2 German girls that had been following him around the camp site for 4 days, then we stopped off at a new supermarket for us, Eurospin (we've done that many!) to stock up then it was just a short drive to the border and the entrance to the Karawanken road tunnel that takes you through into Austria. The drive was again very scenic and easy, straight up the A10 motorway until we turned off at St Micheal im Lungau and onto the small town of Mauterndorf. It was quite ... read more
Mauterndorf cable car
Mauterndorf village
Salzburg - Austria

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Schaffhausen June 9th 2008

Ich wett eu doch selbstverständlich no churz verzelle, wanich i mine letschte paar Wuche in Mexiko so tribe ha. Also: In Oaxaca waren wir dann eine tolle Truppe von 5 Leuten... Wir haben zusammen eine Velotour gemacht nach Monte Alban. Das ist eine riesige Zapoteken Ruine, die "leider" auf einem recht höher gelegenen Hügel liegt. Also 2h mussten wir uns bergauf kämpfen...aber ich war wie immer nicht die letzte, sondern ziemlich gut "zwäg". Das hat mich aufgestellt!! Hihiii. Danach fuhren wir noch durch einige kleine Dörfchen, bis wir nicht mehr konnten. Am nächsten Tag gingen wir zusammen zum "Wasserfall" Hierve el Agua. Es ist aber kein Wasserfall aus Wasser, er sieht nur so aus. Eigentlich sind das wie versteinerte Mineralien, die so aussehen. Und dann gings schon weiter fuer mich, nach Guanajuato. (13h) im Hostel Casa ... read more
Die Radfahrertruppe
Monte Alban
Fahrt durch kleine Dörfchen




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