Rhine Falls – Behold the roaring cascades melt into a pristine serenity!

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.

Rhine Falls

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.

Rhine Falls

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.

Rhine Falls

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.

Rhine Falls

Back to the jetty, we boarded another boat which dropped us to the other side of the river to the Schloss Laufen castle.

Rhine Falls

There are several viewing platforms for the visitors, which provided different angles to watch and marvel at the wondrous beauty.

Rhine Falls

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.

Rhine Falls

Rhine Falls

There is also a lift which moves between the river bank and the castle for the panoramic view.

Rhine Falls

Rhine Falls

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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24 Comment

  1. Akriti says: Reply

    That was a lovely account with amazing pictures, makes me want to go there as well

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thank you Akriti. Glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. This is an amazing experience! I had a similar experience but in Niagara Falls. It was so powerful and magnificent!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      We are yet to experience Niagara and we hope we would soon. Thanks. Happy Travelling!

  3. Love your pics, it looks so beautiful there! I hope to bring my children there one day! Thank you for sharing, keep up the amazing family travels! Malibu Mama Loves Xx

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thank you so much. Glad you like them. Yes its a fun place to be with kids. 🙂

  4. Nice post, that seems like a great place to visit. I have to keep it in mind in the future!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Johanna 😉

  5. Nina says: Reply

    This is a great post and fab photos too. I remember when I was about 8 years old we went to the Lake District for a week’s holiday, lots of walking and lots of waterfalls too. I even remember standing at the back of one, they are magical and enchanting.

    love from fortheloveofpeas.co.uk

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Wow standing behind waterfalls sounds awesome. Visiting Lake district is our dream. Hope we can make it soon 🙂

  6. This is a fab place. I only waterfall I had seen once was somewhere near Mussorie, India and that too from the highway. this is the closest I have been to a waterfall and i hope to come here some day.

  7. Anna says: Reply

    These Falls look like the perfect way to break from the Summer heat! I love following along in all of your great travels! Hope you guys had a great time! XO

    Anna || A Lily Love Affair

  8. I have never actually seen such a massive waterfall especially from so close. Amazing photos!

  9. That sure is an example of great pristine serenity, I would love to see a massive waterfall in front of me and watch the water tumble down.

  10. Bernadette Callahan says: Reply

    I love waterfalls! I dont love that there are not many around here, I think there is 1 in Florida and it is not a true huge one. This one is massively big!

  11. Oh my, the falls are amazing, I can picture myself just sitting close by listening to the waves crash.

  12. I have only been to several waterfalls in Hawaii and they are so relaxing!! There is nothing better than that sound. This one is gorgeous!

  13. Laura says: Reply

    Wow, how beautiful! It looks amazing. What a great and fun family memory xx

  14. It reminds me of a smaller version of Niagara Falls with the boat ride, and the observation deck. The Rhine is truly amazing! I’ve always had a fascination as to the power of water.

  15. Stacey says: Reply

    We visited the falls a few years ago when we lived in Germany. I loved the little town of Schauffhausen, but didn’t go on the ferry. Go there knowing its not the tallest waterfall, but it is a thunderous force of nature and make sure you buy some chocolate while you’re there.

  16. Gina says: Reply

    Your photos by the falls are fantastic and I like how scenic it looks from both ways–looking at the falls and away from it. I have a thing for old architecture, so I would have had a blast at the Schloss Laufen Castle.

  17. Wow! It looks so powerful and stunning! It made me think of Huka Falls, in New Zealand. I bet you had an amazing time there, right? I’d love to see more pics next time 😉

  18. Incredible views! I need to revive this post of mine it is lying somewhere deep below.
    We just stayed in the viewing platform for 10-15 minutes, didn’t take the boat to other side. Looks like I missed that.

  19. Thais says: Reply

    Awesome post! I love waterfalls and the last time I saw one was in NZ. I’d love to climb that rock, just not sure about the way down. 🙂 Your baby is adorable!

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