Schaffhausen Rhine Falls – Europe´s Biggest Waterfall

Visit the Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen, Switzerland

The Rhine Falls in Switzerland (between the towns Neuhausen am Rheinfall and Laufen-Uhwiesen) are the biggest waterfalls in Europe (Iceland might disagree though).

With a height of 23 meters, it is not very high but with over a width of 150 meters up to 700’000 liters of water fall over the rocks every second – this makes it the biggest water fall in Europe. 

Schaffhausen makes a wonderful day trip from Zurich or Lucerne, but the town center of Schaffhausen is also very cute and worth a visit. 

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I visited the Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen three times and used two different entrances – each entrance offers different activities and views of the Rhine Falls. If you have time you can see the Rhine Falls from different angles – if you ask me, I deeply believe it is one of the best places to visit in Switzerland.

How to visit the Rhine Falls

If you plan to visit the Rhine Falls, you can either use the “entry” Schloss Laufen (Site Dachsen/Zurich) or Schlössli Wörth (Site Neuhausen/Schaffhausen).

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Entry via Schloss Laufen (Site Dachsen/Zurich)

Last year I decided to use the entry at Schloss Laufen. And here is what you need to know if you choose this entry.

  • Free parking options available 
  • Entrance fee 5€ (you can use the platform)

There are some souvenir shops, cafes and an older castle – Schloss Lauren, where I had to walk down some stairs to get to a platform. So, if you are hungry or thirsty, you will not have to worry. Of course, everything comes with the typical price tag but you are also allowed to bring your own snacks and drinks.

The highlight is surely the view from the platform – this is why I suggest, paying the entrance fee. It is quite impressive because you get quite close to the waterfall.

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Schlössli Wörth (Site Neuhausen/Schaffhausen)

Another option is to see the waterfalls from Schlössli Wörth.

  • No entrance fee
  • High parking fee (first 1 hour= 5€)
  • You don´t get very close to the waterfall
  • You can do boat tours from here

Schlössli Wörth is the other entrance – thereis not any entrance free but the parking fees are high. 

How to see the Rhine Falls in Switzerland

If you choose seeing the Rhine Falls this way, you can do the boat tours from here.  If you have enough time, I would recommend seeing it from both sides, especially because it is not that far from each other and you could walk.

I did a 15-minute boat tour (about 6€) and it turned out that the heavy rain, of the previous days, was my luck because the waterfall was much, much more powerful than on my last trip. I got actually also got scared about the people on the platform as it seemed they would be washed away by the water.

There are plenty of other activities (soft rafting, canoeing, etc.), you can do but with a dog that is easily scared and not well behaved (so I could leave him alone) I was not free in my actions and just walked around a bit.

There are also restaurants where you can have drinks/food with great views of the waterfall and if I had more time I would have definitely strolled through that area for much longer because it is actually a nice area and the Rhine Falls is actually much more than just the Rhine waterfalls itself. I can only imagine how romantic it must be in summer in the evening.

Things to do Around Rhine Falls

The Rhine Falls are a must for any Switzerland itinerary – they are easy to visit and make a great day trip from places like Zurich and they can be visited at any time of the year.

As you can see, there are a couple of things to do around the Rhine Falls: Whether you do a boat trip, walk around the waterfall, stand on the platform or have a picnic/dinner around the Rhine Falls, there are a couple of things to do at the Rhine Falls.

But what happens, once you have seen the waterfalls from all the different angles?

Then you can visit places nearby which include the beautiful town of Schaffhausen, the fun city of Zurich, the art city of Basel,, or even do a day trip to Lucerne.

Though the Rhine Falls are located very close to the German border, it is also possible to do a few day trips in Switzerland.

Stay safe and enjoy!


Safe Travels, Arzo

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