The Rhine Falls (Rheinfall)

At the end of June, my mum and brother came to visit for a few days. I wanted to take at least one trip outside Basel with them, so on the Sunday we went to Zurich and the Rhine Falls.

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The Rhine Falls, or Rheinfall in German, is the largest plain waterfall in Europe. When we went, it was the end of what had been a very wet spring so they contained pretty much the maximum possible amount of water. On the image above, you see a rock with a flag at the top and a staircase going down. Usually a boat takes you over to that rock, but on the day we went they weren’t stopping there. The platform where you’re supposed to disembark was almost entirely covered with water…

We used a RailAway offer (seriously – if you live in Switzerland and want to visit anywhere check whether RailAway has an offer first!). With this, we got a reduction on the train ticket, entry to the exhibition at Schloss Laufen, the castle above the falls, and a ticket for the glass elevator that takes you down to a walkway on the castle side of the falls. We were also supposed to get a boat ride over to the castle (which would have saved us a not particularly strenuous walk), but the landing place by the castle was closed due to high water so instead we were allowed to go on the small round boat trip, which took us up to the falls and then came back. Actually that was a better option so we didn’t mind πŸ˜‰

If you take the boat make sure you wear something waterproof!

After our boat trip, we walked around to the castle and had a look at the exhibition. It’s pretty small and basically gives you a bit of information about the history of the castle (also fairly small). Afterwards, we took the glass elevator down and had a look at the falls from another angle.

Tired and thirsty after all that, before heading for the train home we went and had a beer and some cake at the castle restaurant. And of course the little birdy friend that came to join us got some cake too!

Although the Rhine Falls are very touristy and – as you can probably see from the photos – pretty crowded, it somehow manages not to be too much, at least not on a Sunday in June! I can definitely recommend this as a nice day or afternoon out.

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19 thoughts on “The Rhine Falls (Rheinfall)

  1. We were supposed to go to Lake Constance back at the end of July and I wanted to make a special little detour to Rhine Falls but there was a mistake with our hotel so we ended up canceling the trip. I was really sad about not seeing the falls! Some other time! Seems to me like when you went the waters were REALLY high after all that rain we’ve had! Sad that the boats weren’t going to the middle rock! #MondayEscapes

    1. Oh no, that’s such a shame about your trip! Lake Constance is beautiful.

      Yep, the water was reeeally high! I’m not sure the boats could make it to the middle rock – they seemed to be struggling against the water as it was!

  2. Oh I’d love to visit the Rhine Falls! We only have one waterfall here in Belgium and I think it’s a pretty small one, and I still haven’t visited!

  3. There are so many waterfalls here but we don’t get so much rain so they are rarely that impressive (apart from Niagara of course!). It looks like a fun trip!

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