Rheinhotel Fischerzunft – Schaffhausen, Switzerland

No Longer revolutionary, but Still Brilliant Fusion

Jaded palates will agree with those who originally heralded André jaeger – he is the virtuoso chef instrumental in creating Europe’s first great fusion cuisine.

Twenty years ago, after his grounding as food and beverage manager at Hong Kong’s prestigious Peninsula Hotel, Jaeger returned to his picturesque, lively hometown of Schaffhausen. Here he became a pioneer in the highly traditional food world: the first to marry East and West. Fast forward to the present: His European and Asian cuisine is still thrillingly unique, a blend of widely disparate tastes and textures with a natural sophistication that continues to garner kudos from Europe’s harshest critics.

This fresh, modern-day cuisine with a nod to Eastern sensibility is presented in a perfectly preserved 15th-century fishermen’s guild house, directly on the Rhine River near Switzerland’s border with Germany.

Overnight guests at Die Fischerzunft can while away a few hours in between degustations strolling Schaffhausen’s pedestrian-only Altstadt (historic quarter) of fountains and Gothic, Baroque, and rococo facades, or make the trip to the nearby site of the Rhine Falls, the most powerful waterfall in Europe (Goethe called it the “ocean’s source).

Then follow the broad and peaceful river east to Stein am Rhein, just before the river empties into the enormous Bodensee (Lake Constance). Dating back to the 11th century, the town’s flamboyant and half-timbered homes put it on Switzerland’s short list of most charming photo ops.

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