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How to Visit Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen Switzerland

wildlensbyabrar-rhine-falls-drone-switzerland Aerial view of the Rhine Falls

The Rhine Falls also called Rheinfall in German is the most powerful waterfall in Europe on the high Rhine in Schaffhausen not far from the German border. They are 150 meters wide and 23 meters high and one of the main tourist attractions in the region. 

I spent a few hours to see and photograph the waterfall from different viewing-points. This blog is my personal experience and has all the information that you should know before visiting this beautiful waterfall. 


Rhine Falls Visitor Centre 

There are two Visitor centre on both the North and South river bank. 

South Banks

Entrance per person CHF 5.00 (Included in the ticket price: access to the Historama and the viewing platforms)
Children 6 - 15 years CHF 3.00

The viewing points are open 24 hours and tickets can be bought at the machine. The parking on south banks is free. 

Northern Banks

It is free to visit all the viewing points on the Northern banks of the river and is open 24 hours all year round. The Park on the Northern banks costs  CHF 5.00 for the first hour and then CHF 2.0 for every further hour. 

For more information please visit Rhine Falls visitor's website

Visitor Centre on the Southern Banks

Rhine Falls How to Get There


By Train 

Both Northern and Southern Banks are also well connected by the Swiss Railway and you can take the train directly to the waterfall depending on which sides you want to visit. For train connections and costs visit the Rhine falls website

By Car 

Rhine Falls is near the German border in Schaffhausen. You can drive to either the Northern banks or Southern banks and park your car at one of the parking. It is less than 40 minutes drive from Zürich

Parking at Rhine Falls

Day Trip to Rhine Falls

The best views are probably from the viewing points on the Southern banks which I also personally visited. If you are arriving here by car then you should keep in mind that on weekends and during school holidays in summer, the parking gets very busy so arrive before midday. The parking on the southern side is also free and right next to the entrance to the viewing platforms. 

Entrance to the viewing-platforms from southern banks Visitor Centre

There are a number of viewing-platforms with stunning views of the falls. I started from the upper view point and went down to the falls. Here are some of the fondest moments in the form of pictures:

Rhine Falls (Rheinfall) from Southern banks viewing-points
Rhine Falls (Rheinfall) from Southern banks viewing-points
Rhine Falls (Rheinfall) from Southern banks viewing-points

At certain points along the trail, there are some points to show the entrance ticket so keep it with you while you are there. 

Automatic ticket gates
Walking trail along the Southern Banks

Expect to spend at least a couple of hours of walking around and seeing the Falls from all the viewing points. 


Boat Ride at Rhine Falls

There are a number of different boat tours available on the southern side. I took a picture of all the tours so have a look at the following image for details of all the tours and costs. 

Rhine Falls Boat Tours from Southern Banks

Rhine Falls Worth Visiting?

​A lot of people would be asking this question and in my opinion, it is a nice place to spent a few hours if you are in the region or passing by. I would probably skip Rhine Falls if I don't have enough time in Switzerland and visit other stunning places there. ​

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