Have you ever visited a magnificent waterfall and dreamt of being so close to it to experiencing its chill on your face?
Has watching the cascades shattering and crashing down the rocks from distance tempted you to feel its power from close?
These and much more without being washed away?
The Rhine falls near Schaffhausen on the Swiss-German border is the largest waterfall in Europe.
The closest station to these splendid falls is Schloss Laufen which is around 20 minutes from Winterthur. Schloss Laufen is little more than 2 hrs from Bern and around an hour from Zurich which makes the Rhine falls an easy day trip.
Only after boarding a train from Winterthur did we realise that our train had no stop at Schloss Laufen. Nevertheless, we continued our journey and got down at Schaffhausen. We enquired with the locals and took a bus (you can either take bus no. 6 or 1) to get down at the stop Neuhausen central. (the bus takes you around 10 minutes)
We followed sign boards to the falls sauntering through the houses beautifully adorned with vibrant flower plants. The roar of the falls could be heard from a distance and the roar getting stronger hinted that we were heading in the right direction.
A large vibrant open area, guided tour groups pointing and flashing their cameras, outdoor restaurants with tourists seated along the promenade, and the Rhyfall-Express shuttle (a mini toy train) making way through the crowd. And, Lo and behold the colossal Rhine resounding its grandiose amidst all the hustle bustle.
The cascading waterfall rushed with an immense force pushing its way through the two rock cliffs ending into the river with vigor to return to its calm nature creating a mystical azure melange.
We strolled along the promenade, took some snaps and walked towards the jetty to take a boat tour to experience the stunning falls. The boat took us right up to the facade of the falls. The roar was deafening and the force of the falls created a cool mist permeating the air and soaking us with its rejuvenating freshness.
In the middle of the falls stood a mighty rock which was reachable on a circular boat tour, during which one can climb up the stairs and observe the natural spectacle from the top.
Back to the jetty, we boarded another boat which dropped us to the other side of the river to the Schloss Laufen castle.
There are several viewing platforms for the visitors, which provided different angles to watch and marvel at the wondrous beauty.
We climbed a stairway to the viewing platform where we could hover high above the falls and feel the vibration and power of the falls, which was spectacularly scary.
There is also a lift which moves between the river bank and the castle for the panoramic view.
We stayed on the platform for some time and walked down to the Schloss Laufen station to take a train back to Winterthur and thereafter Geneva to head back home. The Rhine falls provides an awe-inspiring atmosphere for fun as well as a laid back experience.
Have you visited any waterfalls and had an opportunity to experience the power and might of nature from close. Share with us your ‘wow’ moments in comments.
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