Rhein Fall, Zurich: How To Reach, Best Time & Tips
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Rhein Fall Tours & Activities

About Rhein Fall

No trip to Switzerland is complete without paying a visit to Europe's biggest waterfall, the Rheinfall. Located right on the border between Switzerland and Germany, it is often called the Niagra Falls of Europe. Formed more than 15,000 years ago due to certain tectonic shifts, the falls have now gained popularity among those visiting Switzerland. 

Hundreds flock to the falls each summer when the increased water inflow creates mesmerizing cascades that the visitors can enjoy from up close. Right in the middle of this magnificent waterfall stands a sturdy rock that has withstood the test of time. 

You can choose to either take a boat ride along the Rhine river till the rock formation or simply marvel at their magesticity from the numerous trails and the viewing platforms constructed for this very purpose. One such popular lookout is the Känzeli viewing platform, from where you can take in the beauty of the falls and sometimes even feel the fresh spray on your face. 

The fact that it is very accessible adds to its popularity. Situated between the villages of Neuhausen am Rheinfall and Laufen-Uhwiesen/Dachien, the Rheinfall sees thousands of visitors each year. It stands at a breath of 150 meters, with the water falling at a rate of 23 meters per second.

How to Reach Rhein Fall

The Rheinfall is quite accessible from the airport, with the Zurich Airport located at a distance of 26 km from  and the waterfall. 

By Road: The quickest way to reach the Rheinfall is to take a taxi from the airport, which will take approximately 35 minutes. 

By Train: If you are looking for a cheaper alternative, you can choose to take a train, which will take around 45 minutes to 1 hour. There is a direct train departing from Zürich Flughafen, which will take you to Neuhausen. Services depart hourly and operate every day.

Best Time to Visit Rhein Fall

The Rheinfall attracts travellers all year-round, with each season providing its own charm. 

Even though it gets quite cold during the winter, the scenery is ultimately beautiful. You can choose to take a walk along one of the trails to admire the beauty of the falls during the winter. However, if the adrenaline junkie in you is willing to brave the cold, you can instead choose to canoe along the river, which will provide you with an impressive view.

During summers, the rate at which the water flows increases significantly, adding to the brilliance of the waterfall. You can discover the Rheinfall from numerous viewing platforms, some of which will take you as close to the falls as possible. 

It is recommended that you visit the Rheinfall in the months of May and June for the best experience, as it is during this time that the water is at its peak. This adds to its magnificence, creating an incredible view for the visitors. However, If you choose to visit between the months of April and October, you can indulge in boat trips, which is one of the best ways to enjoy the waterfall.

What Not to Miss at Rhein Fall

The adrenaline junkie in you will fall in love with the adventure park, located only a stone's throw away from the Rheinfall. It boasts of many activities such as climbing, cable car rides and much more. A rope park with a remarkable view of the falls, the adventure park is one of its kind.

With over 140 adventure-packed activities, it is the perfect spot to burn off some energy. Children from the age of 4 can take part in these activities. With the myriad of activities it offers, the adventure park is a good addition to your Rhine Fall trip. Here are some activities that you can choose from. 

1. Rope Course
Take in the majesticity of the Rhine Falls from your vantage point as you navigate through the extensive rope course designed carefully to enhance your experience of the waterfall. Stretching from one side to the other, it allows you to take in the beauty of the Rhine Falls far away from the crowd. 

2. Cable Car
If rope walking is not your thing, head over to the Panorama Express, a cable car line that takes you across the Rheinfall. Spread over a distance of 460 metres, it offers a mesmerising view of the waterfall. 

3. Hiking and Cycling 
The adventure park has numerous trails for visitors to explore. You can discover them on foot or on cycle. As these trails are of varying difficulty, you can always find one that suits you, no matter what your age.

4. Ziplining
A unique way of experiencing the Rheinfall, the 500 metre long zipline offers an unrivaled view of the waterfall. Slide along the cable as you take in the stunning Rhine Falls and the surrounding greenery.

Major Attractions at Rheinfall

1. Central Rock Island
The main attraction of the Rhine Falls is to take a boat to the large rock island in the middle of the waterfall and experience the rush of water. Notably, the walk up to the top of the rock is an opportunity not to be missed. In the summer, visitors can even rent canoes, which will get you as near to the rock as possible.

If you prefer to admire its beauty from the land, you can take your pick from the numerous platforms constructed for that very purpose.

2. Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall
More than 1000 years old, this magnificent castle overlooking the Rhine Falls is a sight not to be missed. It now sports a youth hostel and a souvenir shop. Enjoy the combination of striking natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and fine cuisine at this historic destination.

Interestingly, the Rheinfall railway line passes through a tunnel right under the castle. It also offers hiking trails and a panoramic elevator trip to the river and back to the hilltop.

3. Rhine Falls Boat Ride
There are around four boat tours that you can choose from, for a truly exhilarating experience. These boats will take you right next to the fall, where you can truly feel the might of the water gushing down. 

4. Rhine Falls Fireworks Display
Every year, on the 31 of July at 9.45 p.m., the famous Rhine Falls firework display takes place. Often called the ‘fire on the rocks’, it is organised in celebration of the National Day of Switzerland, which falls on 1 August. This coveted experience can be enjoyed free of charge. Each year, thousands of visitors flock to the Rhine Falls to witness this spectacle.

5. Historama
The exhibition in the north wing of the castle overlooking the falls gives you a crash course on the history of the place. It also talks about the influence of the Rhine Falls on nature and society. Spread across two floors, this exhibition will satiate the History buff in you, by providing you with answers to your every question. 

6. Smilestones
The miniature world at Smilestones helps you rediscover the typical Swiss landscapes, but with a twist. If you are visiting the Rheinfall with your children, do not forget to visit Smilestones right after. The crashed spaceship, the model trains and the hundreds of tiny little details hidden in the miniature world will surely keep your young ones interested. Located just a few minutes away from the falls, it is the perfect addition to your Rhine trip. 

7. Schlössli Wörth
Another must-visit destination, the castle of Schlössli Wörth is a beautiful castle located on a small island at the base of the Rheinfall. You can take a boat across the Rhine river to reach this castle which now functions as a restaurant. Next to the restaurant stands a souvenir shop from where you can buy a few gifts to take home for your friends and family. 

8. Schaffhausen 
Home to the beautiful falls, Schaffhausen was once the centre of trade in Switzerland. If you are visiting the Rheinfall, this beautiful city is not to be missed. Known for its fish, wine and water activities, Schaffhausen makes for a wonderful day trip any time of the year.

9. The Rhyfall Express
A trip to the Schaffhausen will not be complete without boarding the Rhyfall-Express shuttle. With comfortable carriages that can carry almost 50 passengers, a ride along the Rhine Falls basin will provide you with an unbeatable experience. This is also said to be the only city train that takes visitors to and fro the Rhine Falls.

10. Stein am Rhein
Stein am Rhein is another quaint little town that is somewhat similar to Schaffhausen. It houses a spectacular spot where the Rhine flows out of Lake Constance. Another one of its attractions is its stunningly beautiful town hall square. Small enough to discover on foot in an hour or two, this town will definitely leave you wanting for more.

Other Essential Information About Rhein Fall

The Rhine Falls is located in northern Switzerland, on the High Rhine river.

Entry fee: There is no entry fee for the Rheinfall. However, if you choose to rent a canoe or take a boat ride, you will be required to purchase a ticket. 

Opening hours: The Rhine Falls is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

Distance from Zürich Airport: The Rhine Falls is located at a distance of 26 km from the Zurich airport.

Restaurants in Rheinfall

1. Schlössli Worth
Located on the north bank of the waterfall, the Schlössli Worth boasts of a spectacular view. This lounge-style restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows offers market-fresh cuisine with the best local wines. 

2. Cafe Muhleradhaus
Famous for its wide variety of soups and barbeque, you will not be disappointed with Cafe Muhleradhaus. Located strategically in order to provide its customers with an impressive view of the falls, this cafe offers a wide variety of beer and wine as well. 

3. Sommerlust
If you are in the mood for fine dining, head over to Sommerlust. Located in the famous Schaffhausen, it offers European and Central European cuisine, with a variety of gluten-free and vegetarian options as well. 

4. Taverne Nohlbuck
If you are looking for a place to try out the local cuisine without causing too much of a dent to your pocket, Taverne Nohlbuck is worth a visit. Choose from their wide variety of Swiss fare. You will definitely enjoy sipping on the in house wines while lounging in their beautiful terrace overlooking the river.

5. Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall
Combine a fine dining setting with some well-curated meals by a chef who studied in France and you get Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall. Do not forget to try their Wiener Schnitzel, which is a Swiss delicacy. 
6. Beckenburg Das Restaurant
Known for their quick and efficient service, Beckenburg Das Restaurant is a must-visit if you are looking for a good place to have lunch. You can choose from their vast menu, which offers European, Central European, and Swiss cuisines. They are also known for their reasonably priced local wines and customers swear by the Hedinger Sauvignon Blanc and the Dichterwii Pinot noir that you get over there. 

7. Lang's Cafe
If you have a sweet tooth, Lang’s Cafe will quickly make a place for itself in your heart. This cozy little cafe will greet you with rows and rows of neatly laid out chocolates, along with other sweet fares such as lemon cakes and tarts. Not to forget their deliciously brewed coffee.

Places to Stay near Rheinfall

1. Hotel Kronenhof
Located in the heart of the beautiful Schaffhausen, Hotel Kronenhof boasts of stylish, yet reasonably priced rooms. It also sports an in-house cafe restaurant and a steakhouse. A stone's throw away from the Munot fortress, the Allerheiligen monastery and the Rhine Falls, it is also famous for its market-fresh cuisine.

2. Hotel Rheinfall
Just as the name suggests, Hotel Rheinfall is conveniently located close to the mighty waterfall. If you are driving down to the hotel, they offer you free parking as well. Do not forget to check out their Asian restaurant, Little India, which is popular among tourists and locals alike. 

3. Hotel Park Villa
A romantic hotel with high windows and beautiful gardens, Hotel Park Villa is sure to capture your heart. Located near all the major attractions in the area, Hotel Park Villa will make your stay hassle-free. What's more, this pet-friendly hotel will welcome your furry friends with open arms!

4. Hotel Edelweiss
Situated in central Neuhausen, Hotel Edelweiss offers a restaurant with a garden terrace just a 10-minute walk away from the Rhine Falls. If you are looking for a budget hotel without compromising on the view, Hotel Edelweiss is a good match for you. The rooms are simple and clean with an unrivaled view. 

5. Zak Hotel & Backpackers
Located just 0.5 km from the Rhine Falls, Zak Hotel & Backpackers is every backpacker's dream. If you want to do some shopping and explore the wineries in the country-side, Zak Hotel & Backpackers is the perfect place to stay. They also have a restaurant right underneath the hotel and is very close to the train station.

Tips on visiting Rheinfall

The months of May and June are considered to be the best time to visit the Rheinfall as the water peaks at this time.

While visiting the falls, be prepared to get wet, especially if you choose to take a boat ride. Do not forget to carry an extra pair of clothes or a raincoat.

Make sure that you wear sturdy, non-slippery shoes so that you are comfortable. 

The Neuhausen am Rheinfall entrance on the north side of the falls is wheelchair friendly. Wheelchair users can drive right down to the Rhine Falls basin, and avail the elevator service to directly reach the boating space. 

If you are planning to visit the falls via train, make sure that you get down at Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall or Neuhausen Rheinfall, which are the closest stops to the waterfall. 

If you are visiting the falls in the evening, ensure that you stay on to see the Rheinfall illuminated in different colours after dusk. It is an experience you definitely don't want to miss! 

Although the Rhine Falls is in Switzerland, you can easily pay in Euros.

Buying food and drinks at the falls may prove to be too expensive. However, you can have your own barbeque in the picnic area on the Northern Bank which sports a grill and a fire pit.
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People Also Ask About Rhein Fall

  1. How do I get to Rhine Falls?

    The Rhine Fall is situated at a distance of 46.3 KM from Zurich Airport. One can easily reach the falls by both bus and train. You can catch Line 530 bus which would take around 2 hours to cover or train no 24 to cover this distance in 1 hour and 15 minutes. Besides these, you can also cover this distance in 35 minutes by a hired cab.
  2. What zone is the Rhine Falls in?

    Located on the border of Schaffhausen and Zürich, it falls on the High Rhine, between two administrative divisions, namely, Neuhausen am Rheinfall and Laufen-Uhwiesen/Dachsen.
  3. How far is Schaffhausen from Zurich?

    Schaffhausen is located at a driving distance of 51 km from Zurich. It will take around 45 minutes to reach Schaffhausen by train. This mode of transport is recommended as it is the most convenient, with more than 60 trains plying between these routes every day.
  4. Is Rhine Falls worth visiting?

    The Rhine Falls is definitely worth visiting as it is Europe’s biggest waterfall. You will witness tones of water gushing down a small cliff which looks as if a lot of clouds have descended on the grounds. So, do not miss visiting this beautiful cascade stealing onlooker’s heart.
  5. Is Rhine Falls free with Swiss Pass?

    No, Rhine Fall is not free with a Swiss Pass. However, there is no entry ticket for visiting the Rhine Fall so you can consider it free.

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