Rhine Falls form the largest waterfall in Europe. They are 150 m (459 ft) wide, 23 m (75 ft) height with an average flow of 600,000 liters / second in summer. It consists of several successive drops of water, hence the use of the plural in the name.

The Falls are located in Switzerland, four kilometers from the town of Schaffhausen, between the village Neuhausen am Rheinfall in the canton of Schaffhausen (on the right bank) and Laufen-Uhwiesen in canton Zurich (on the left bank).

The Rhine springs from the Swiss Alps, passes through Lake Constance and reaches Schaffhausen, where it forms the waterfalls. From here the river goes forward forming a natural border between Switzerland and Germany.

The most spectacular view is from the landscaped promenade on its left that starts from Laufen Castle. Access here is surcharge.

From anywhere you look the waterfall is spectacular, but the main show is at the base. The white flash of foam and water blinds you, and, in their run for peace the waves create a deafening noise and a veil of drops surrounds you. The water calms down a few meters below in an emerald glow.

In the middle of a waterfall a daring cliff stubbornly resists the waves fury. For those willing, the cliff is accessible by boat.


If you come by car you will see enough signs that take you from the highway A3 (from Basel), A81 (from Stuttgart) or A4 (from Zurich) to the falls.

If you want to go by train you must descend at Schloss Laufenam Rheinfall.

For bike lovers there is a landscaped trail that reaches the falls.