Home > DISCOVER THE WORLD WITH PIKLIZ. > EUROPE > The Rhine Fall in Zurich, Switzerland (Suisse…

The Rhine Fall in Zurich, Switzerland (Suisse).

Photos by Jessie Adrien

An excellent day trip from Zurich and close to the town of Schaffhausen, the Rhine Falls (Rheinfall) is the largest and most powerful waterfall in Europe, impressive not so much for its height of 75ft (23m), but more for the mighty volume of water thundering over its broad breadth. This magnificent natural wonder is especially remarkable during late spring when the snowmelt adds to its volume. On the hill above the falls is a medieval castle, Schloss Laufen, housing a restaurant, shops and a youth hostel. Rainbow-coloured mists rising from the forest and encircling the castle create an enchanting atmosphere. In summer one of the highlights of a visit to the falls is a boat trip across the white-water of the cataracts to the Centre Rock, with a short climb up some stairs to the top for an exhilarating view of the rushing water. Breathtaking views can also be enjoyed from three different lookout platforms along a path leading from the castle. The Känzeli Lookout, with a protruding platform at the base of the falls, is the most spectacular.

Slideshow
100 0784
1
100 0784
174 views
 
100 0783
2
100 0783
173 views
 
100 0749
3
100 0749
174 views
 
100 0743
4
100 0743
189 views
 
100 0744
5
100 0744
191 views
 
100 0745
6
100 0745
181 views
 
100 0746
7
100 0746
162 views
 
100 0748
8
100 0748
168 views
 
100 0751
9
100 0751
178 views
 
100 0752
10
100 0752
175 views
 
100 0754
11
100 0754
146 views
 
100 0756
12
100 0756
147 views
 
100 0758
13
100 0758
157 views
 
100 0760
14
100 0760
158 views
 
100 0761
15
100 0761
151 views
 
100 0764
16
100 0764
149 views
 
100 0765
17
100 0765
126 views
 
100 0766
18
100 0766
147 views
 
100 0767
19
100 0767
140 views
 
100 0768
20
100 0768
135 views
 
100 0769
21
100 0769
139 views
 
100 0771
22
100 0771
134 views
 
In summer one of the highlights of a visit to the falls is a boat trip across the white-water of the cataracts to the Centre Rock, with a short climb up some stairs to the top for an exhilarating view of the rushing water.
23
In summer one of the highlights of a…
157 views
 
100 0773
24
100 0773
147 views