The Rhine Falls are one of the most spectacular and unique natural attractions in Switzerland.
In Europe we are used to Alpine landscapes, medieval castles and cities and spectacular Mediterranean beaches, but not the exuberance of waterfalls more typical of other continents such as the Americas or Africa.
Located in the heart of Europe, it is a unique opportunity to visit such a spectacle of nature in a relatively easy way compared to other more famous waterfalls.
The Rhine Falls originated 15,000 years ago when the Rhine changed its course to create the 150-metres wide, 23 metres high majestic waterfalls.
Where the Rhine Falls are located
The Rhine Falls are located in Neuhausen am Rheinfall, almost next to Schaffhausen and north of Zürich. You can take the train to Schaffhausen or book a trip to the waterfalls.
Things to do in Rhine Falls
What to see at the Rhine Falls
One option is to take one of the boats to the Rhine falls (Rheinfallfelsen), a spectacular rock in the middle of the falls.
The rock has a small jetty and a metal footbridge that leads up to the top, from where there are fantastic views of the falls and the surrounding area. Above all, we recommend wearing a raincoat. It is also almost essential to wear closed, sturdy shoes as the metal stairs are very wet and slippery.
It is possible to go with children, although given the narrowness of the passage and the people going up and down, we should be careful and not leave them alone.
Access to the north bank is free and you can see the waterfalls from different viewpoints with the railway bridge and Laufen Castle in the background.
Boat tours of the falls depart from the 12th century Wörth Castle. Apart from reaching the rock, the boats also make an approach to the falls or simply cross to the other side to view the waterfall from the viewing platforms at Laufen Castle.
Next to the car park on the north bank is also the adventure park, with the longest zip line in Switzerland, an ideal complement for those who want to complete a day at the Rhine Falls.
On this bank you can also enjoy the Smilestones, a museum where you can discover the landscapes and cities of Switzerland in miniature.
And if you want more views, take a walk to the Park am Rheinfall restaurant, with a front view of the rock and waterfalls and the railway bridge linking Zürich with Schaffhausen. If you’re staying in Schaffhausen, you can also take the Rhyfall Express, the friendly little train that will take you to the falls in comfort.
From this access there is another car park, but if you want to see the waterfalls you have to enter Laufen Castle. The good thing is that in addition to seeing the waterfalls you can visit the interpretation centre with an interactive show.
From here there are several viewpoints that lead down to the waterfalls, from which you will have spectacular views of the waterfalls.
Those of you travelling with children will also appreciate the children’s playground, which is a great way for busy parents to calm down and relax.
As you can see, the Rhine Falls offer fun and spectacular photos for everyone. It is one of Switzerland’s must-see attractions and for lovers of night photography, a great attraction, as the waterfalls are illuminated every day for the enjoyment and delight of visitors.
The spectacle is at its best when the fireworks display takes place over the Rhine Falls on 31 July, a unique and unforgettable moment.
For more information on activities, prices and opening times visit the Rhine Falls website.