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Waterfalls in Switzerland

Staubbach Falls, Engstligen Falls, Reichenbach Falls, Trümmelbach Falls, Rosenlaui Falls, Foroglio Falls, Mürrenbach Falls, Giessbach Falls and many more.

Switzerland doesn’t only have the gigantic Alps, rivers, and meadows, but is also abundant in some of the most stunning waterfalls in the whole of Europe. The Switzerland waterfalls gurgle, crash, and plummet, stunning the onlookers with their sheer force and grace amidst beautifully varied locations of humongous rockfaces, cliffs, plateaus, and valleys.  

Be it feeling the earth reverberate with the sheer force of Rhine Falls, the misty sprays of Staubbach Falls enveloping you, or the magical fairytale-like setting of Tine Conflens, they all captivate with their bewitching beauty.

Even if it was in a setting in a book, it doesn’t discourage people from seeing the Reichenbach Falls, where the legendary detective Sherlock Homles died while fighting with his arch rival Moriarty. Scores of people visit to see the Bronze age remnants near the Weisstannen Valley waterfall.

Here is the list of the best waterfalls in Switzerland :

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Rhine Falls, Schaffhausen

To feel the earth almost vibrating with the power of the water in the Rhine Falls is an amazing, almost outwardly, experience. In summers, there is a whopping amount of 600,000 litres of water plummets per second here. Rhine Falls, the largest waterfall in Europe, was formed over 15,000 years ago during the Ice Age.

In the middle of the falls, there is a sharp cliff that can be reached through a boat ride. If you don’t mind steep climbs, you can take a short trail to reach the viewing platform on this cliff to feel the energy and mist of the water surrounding you. 

Best Time to visit: April To August when the melting snow and rainfall add volume to the falls. 

Height: Rhine Falls’ height is around 23 metres.
02

Staubbach Falls, Lauterbrunnen

The falls that inspired poets Johann Wolfgang von Goethe to write ‘Song of the Spirits over the waters’ is an absolutely stunning sight to see. One of the tallest free-falling waterfalls in the whole of Europe, they fall from a tall rock face framed by the Lauterbrunnen Valley and snow-covered peaks of Monch, Eiger, and Jungfrau in the background.

For a closer look, you can take a trail, which is a little steep and slippery, to reach a rock balcony that serves as a great vantage point. This trail has information panels that tell visitors about the history of these falls.  

Best Time to visit: The months of April-August are the best time to see these falls. This is when the snowmelt season is accompanied by rainfall making the waterfall voluminous. 

Height: The height of Staubbach Falls is around 297 metres.
03

Engstligen Falls, Adelboden

This thunderous waterfall, is the second tallest waterfall in Switzerland, and is amongst the most jaw-dropping sights in the country. Water falls with such velocity and speed that you can feel the air and ground reverberating with its energy.

They look mesmerising nestled amidst snow-coated mountains, emerald-green meadows with grazing cows, miles of flowering patches, and rustic mountain hamlets. Due to its beauty, it is considered as a site of national significance and is a favourite excursion spot amongst locals and visitors. The fact that one can get very close to these humongous falls is a major pull for people. 

Best Time to visit: Visit the waterfall between April-August to see them at their voluminous best due to rains and melting snow, which is the main water source. 

Height: The combined height of Engstligen Falls I and II is around 397 metres.
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Reichenbach Falls, Meiringen

Reichenbach Falls, due to its seven step-like formation, is considered to be amongst the most unique waterfall in the world and the most stunning of Switzerland waterfalls. This is a must-visit for all the Sherlock Holmes fans.

This is also where the famous detective was said to meet his death in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s book. There is even a plaque and a museum nearby dedicated to Holmes! Many people also visit to experience the funicular ride that’s been ferrying visitors since 1899. The train operates only between mid-May to early October. 

Best Time to visit: April-August is the best time to visit to see the falls. 

Height: The height of Reichenbach Falls is around 250 metres.
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Trümmelbach Falls, Lauterbrunnen

Nestled amidst the panoramic Lauterbrunnen Valley, Trümmelbach Falls, is a composite of 10 cascades that cut their way through sharp rocky boulders, making them one of the most intriguing waterfalls in Switzerland. They originate from the waters of the Jungfrau glaciers and during the snow thaw season, they throw up to 20,000 litres of water per second!

They are reached by taking an underground lift through illuminated tunnels. There are several viewing balconies that have self-serving restaurants where you can try authentic Swiss food after soaking in the stunning views around. 

Best Time to visit: The falls are open between early April-early November. The best time to visit is between April-August. 

Height: The height of these falls is around 140 metres.
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Rosenlaui Falls, Meiringen

Considered to be a jewel amongst the natural attractions of Switzerland, Rosenlaui is a glacial gorge, visiting which is a once in a lifetime experience. Water falling for centuries has carved the rocks in intriguing shapes and created intricate lines on them that look so beautiful as if they were a part of a magnificent painting.

The footpaths to take you close to the ravine are surrounded by huge rock faces that never fail to stun people with their craggy rugged beauty and razor-sharp edges. 

Best Time to visit: It is open from early May to early November. The best time to visit this Switzerland waterfall is between April- August.

Height: The gorge is located amidst 80 metre rock faces.
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Foroglio Falls, Val Bavona

Created by the waters from two connected glaciers in Bavona Valley and Calneggia Valley, Foroglio Falls is one of the most spectacular of all the Switzerland waterfalls. They offer a beautiful waterfall experience as one sees water plummeting, crashing and splashing amidst striking surrounding scenery.

This powerful and graceful natural attraction gets its name from the nearby Foroglio Village that houses ancient 11th-century churches and castles. The trail to reach the fall is simple & scenic full of colourful wildflowers. The viewpoint takes you quite close to the falls and offers beautiful views of the Bavona Valley,

Best Time to visit: April-August to see the falls at their glory. 

Height: This waterfall’s height is around 110 metres.
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Mürrenbach Falls, Stechelberg

Visiting the mighty Murrenbach Falls will offer you the most incredibly impressive waterfall experience in Switzerland. Considered to be the tallest waterfall in the country, it has water plummeting down in 5 staircases like cascades.

The best way to see this is from the Schilthornbahn cable car station that takes you up and close to the humongous water curtains for breathtaking views. 

Best Time to visit: The water flow in these falls is at its maximum between April-August. 

Height: The height of Mürrenbach Falls is around 417 metres.
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Giessbach Falls, Lake Brienz

Fed by the glaciers in the Faulhorn Sagis Valley, the Giessbach Falls are a preserved and acclaimed Swiss attraction and one of the most amazing waterfalls in Switzerland. Each of the 14 steps in which the water crashes down is named after Bernese war heroes.

One of the best vantage points to see this waterfall is reached by an 18th-century funicular that takes one up to the historical Giessbach Hotel, quite an experience in itself. There is a charming bridge nearby that also offers beautiful views of the pristine Lake Brienz and its light green waters. 

Best Time to visit: April to August to see the falls at their voluminous best. 

Height: The series of waterfalls range between 300-600 metres.
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Tine Conflens, La Sarraz

Considered to be a well kept Swiss secret, visiting Tines Conflens is like walking into a magical forest straight out of a fairytale full of colourful wildflowers, trees with creeping vines, and lush grasslands. These gently falling waters, one of the most bewitching waterfalls in Switzerland, end up in a plunge pool that’s illuminated by sunshine and surrounded by small boulders.

These stones form the perfect place to sit for hours and lose yourself in the quietude of the place that only gets broken by birdsong.

Best Time to visit: The snow melting season months from April-August. 

Height: The height of Tine Conflens is around 25 metres.
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Seerenbach Falls

This imposing waterfall is formed by a series of three tall cascades making it one of the tallest waterfalls in Europe. Thundering waters fall down steep rocks in massive curtains on the northern shore of Lake Walen. The lowest cascade has been the subject of intriguing folklore for centuries. Once it meets the Rin Spring, its waters seem to disappear into a cave system. 

Best Time to visit: April- August to see the maximum volumes of water. 

Height: The three cascades have a cumulative height of around 585 metres. The upper fall has a height of around 50 metres, the middle one of around 305 metres, and the lowest one of around 190 metres.
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Weisstannen Valley Waterfalls

Hidden deep inside the Weisstannen Valley, this waterfall is a well-kept secret and a magnificent one at that! Visiting this region will take you to the site of early Bronze age settlements, which is fascinating in itself.  Snuggling amidst lush green meadows, patches of colourful flowers, fir forests, sharp rock faces, and a gurgling river, this waterfall tops the Swiss waterfall experience.

You can see soaring eagles and visit the nearby village by the same name for freshly baked bread and aromatic Alp cheese.

Best Time to visit: The waterfall is at its most impressive between April-August when melting snow and rains feed its waters.
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  1. What are the famous waterfalls in Switzerland?

    1. Staubbach Falls: Nestled over the scenic village of Lauterbrunnen, the Staubbach Falls has always been counted as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Switzerland. It has a height of around 300 meters, which makes it one of the highest falls in the country as well. 

    2. Reichenbach Falls: If you are an avid Sherlock Holmes fan, then you probably are already familiar with the grand Reichenbach Falls. The trails of this waterfall are quite simple and unobtrusive, so you can always climb at the top to see the grand view of the surroundings. 

    3. Foroglio Falls: With an elevation of over 2,000 meters, the Foroglio Falls is clearly one of the highest waterfalls in Switzerland. However, it is mainly famous for the spectacular view of the nature and uncanny sight of the snow-covered mountains. 

    4. Rhine Falls: Whether it is the mystifying beauty of nature or the captivating scene of the structured flow of water, Rhine Falls has anything and everything to blow your mind completely. 
  2. Which is the largest waterfall in Switzerland?

    Situated in the Northern side of Switzerland, the Rhine Waterfalls is currently crowned as the largest waterfall in the whole country. This beautiful natural structure has a height of 23 meters and a width of 150 meters, which is quite remarkable, to say the least!
  3. What are the best waterfalls in Switzerland to visit with the family?

    1. Murrenbach Falls: When talking about the most scenic falls in Switzerland, then the first name that comes to the mind is Murrenbach Falls. If you are traveling with your family, then make sure to opt for a cable car to savor the beauty of the waterfall upfront. 
    2. Rosenlaui Falls: Situated near the beautiful town of Meiringen, the Rosenlaui Falls is yet another must-see aspect in Switzerland if you are visiting the country for the very first time!
    3. Engstligen Falls: One of the largest waterfalls in Switzerland (only second to Rhine Waterfalls), the Engstligen Falls is, indeed, an absolute spectacle to behold. You can either take a cable car with your family or a hike through the trails to explore the mysteries of the cascade in a proper manner. 
    4. Tine Conflens: Pointing the mark of the reunion of the Venoge and Veyron rivers, the waterfall of Tine Conflens offers breathtaking scenery, which will keep you enthralled for weeks.   

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