If you’re planning a trip to Switzerland one of the most spectacular day trips you can make is a visit to the Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen. In fact the Rhine Falls are the most visited tourist attraction in the whole of the country.
This is hardly surprising when you bear in mind that the waterfalls are the largest in the whole of Europe and from the visitor centre you can certainly experience the power and roar of the water at first hand.
The Falls were created over 15,000 years ago due to tectonic shifts during the Ice Age, when a new riverbed for the Rhine came into being.
Nowadays you can watch in amazement as several hundred cubic meters of water pour into the river over the falls at a speed of 23 meters per second. The Falls themselves are 150 metres wide and 23 metres high. In Summer the flow capacity is approximately 600,000 litres per second and in Winter around 250,000 litres.
You can take a boat ride to the rock bearing a Swiss flag which sits in the centre of the river. There is a staircase to the top where you get a wonderful view from a small platform.
Take a boat to the Schlössli Wörth (which has a great restaurant with views directly across from the Fall) then continue round along the banks of the river and across the bridge for more great views.
Whilst you’re in the area why not visit the pretty town of Schaffhausen, which is a short train ride away?
How to get there:
Take a train from Zurich Main Station to Neuhausen (we had to change at Winterthur) and get off at Neuhausen. There is a ticket office there and there is also a lift if you prefer not to walk down the steps. However, please note that the views as you descend are very
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