Schaffhausen is a city in northern Switzerland; it has an estimated population of 33,527 as of March 31, 2005.
Location 47°43'N, 8°37'E
Population 33527 (March 2005)
Area 31.00 kmē
Elevation 403 m
Postal code 8200
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.
Schaffhausen was a city state in the Middle Ages, documented to have struck its own coins starting in 1045.
For a time it was under Habsburg domination, but regained its independence in 1415.
It allied itself with Zurich in 1457, and became a full member of the Swiss Confederation in 1501.
The first railroad came to Schaffhausen in 1857.
On the first of April 1944 Schaffhausen suffered from a bombing raid by United States airforce planes that accidentally strayed from Germany to neutral Switzerland.
For a more information about Schaffhausen see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schaffhausen) December 2005
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Hui Chin and I visisted Schaffhausen during our trip around Europe in 2005, on our way to The Rhein Falls.
Both places were memorable experiences.
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