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.
There are two Visitor centre on both the North and South river bank.
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.
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.
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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.
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
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.
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:
At certain points along the trail, there are some points to show the entrance ticket so keep it with you while you are there.
Expect to spend at least a couple of hours of walking around and seeing the Falls from all the viewing points.
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.
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.