The Munot is a circular 16th century fortification in the center of the Swiss city of Schaffhausen. It is surrounded by vineyards and serves as the city's symbol. The earliest presence of a castle on a round hill above the river goes back to 1379, but not much is known about the earlier fort. The castle seen today dates in the 16th century at the height of the city’s commercial power, built in a relatively short time between 1564 and 1589. The castle name comes from the middle high German “Annot” meaning without danger, transformed into Munot.

The Munot Fortress was never a residence and its short useful life means it remains nearly exactly as it was built, a relatively pure castle of the Renaissance. Its most distinctive features ar the cavernous camponiere galleries in the foundation, upon entering the castle from below, and walking the winding stone path up the turret. A single large round tower rises from the open stone upper platform with views out to the Rhine past the Roman Turret, which takes its name from its style, rather than from its period, and the surrounding Emmersberg hills. Fallow Deer were introduced to the fortress moat in 1905, and can still be viewed grazing happily undisturbed on the grass below the stone walls.

The Munot Fortress of Schaffhausen is one of the city’s tourist landmarks and the site of many city festivals and events, including a children’s festival and open air cinema shows.



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Founded: 1564-1589
Category: Castles and fortifications in Switzerland

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sepideh em (6 months ago)
It’s free to explore inside and you will get a wonderful view over the Schaffhausen. Take the steps and come down, it’s amazing
Dennis Dashevsky (7 months ago)
Munto is a must-visit destination for anyone seeking breathtaking views and a memorable experience. This hidden gem not only offers a fantastic vantage point but also provides a serene atmosphere that allows you to truly immerse yourself in the beauty of Schaffhausen. From Munto, you can witness the majestic Rhine river in all its splendor, making it an ideal spot for photographers and nature enthusiasts alike. So, make sure to include Munto in your itinerary when exploring Schaffhausen; you won't be disappointed!
alessia mongelli (11 months ago)
Amazing fort in Schaffhausen. Nice to have a walk. The bar on the top is a nice idea.
Виктория Зайцева (15 months ago)
This fortress-bastion is very interesting in its own way. Although inside it is very simple, without frills. But this immediately shows its ancient origin. But the most interesting thing is going up. This is not a staircase, but a whole road that goes to the roof of the bastion. The roof is flat, you can walk on it, there is a restaurant. From this roof you have a great view of the city and the Rhine. I advise you to visit.
Choo HengHeng (2 years ago)
The view up here is fantastic with less crowd , makes the place so peaceful . You can see the whole old town of Schaffhausen. Do prepare to climb some flight of stairs but it is totally worth it .
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