Passengers boarding a boat in Schaffhausen, at the foot of the Munot fortress, will pass by Hohenklingen castle and the cultural and vegetable island of Reichenau, in order to reach Konstanz (D) on the upper shores of the Lower Lake and, a little later, Kreuzlingen on Lake Constance. A trip along the High Rhine, between Schaffhausen and ‘Stein am Rhein’ and on the Lower Lake, rightly ranks as one of Europe’s most glorious boat trips.
The Romans were using the thermal springs – the richest in minerals in Switzerland – as early as 2000 years ago. Healing waters rise from 19 springs at 47°C, promoting physical, mental and spiritual equilibirum.
The mild climate at Lago Maggiore is unique in Switzerland, and enables subtropical plants to flourish in the open air on Isola Grande, the large island. The Botanical Gardens of the Canton of Ticino house around 1,700 plant species.
To stand high above Europe's largest waterfall, feeling the roar and vibration of the water over one's entire body - this can be experienced at the Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen. By ship one can reach castles, the Rhine Falls Basin and even the mighty rock in the midst of the waterfall.