The Rhine Falls: Sightseeing at Europe’s Largest Plain Waterfall

Thinking about going on a holiday? How about visiting the Europe’s largest plain waterfall? The Rhine Falls is situated at Schaffhausen, Switzerland. The total height of the waterfall is 75 feet and the total width of the waterfall is 450 feet. It is believed that the Rhine Falls were naturally formed during the ice age. It is strategically placed in the middle of the Lake Constance and Basel.

The Rhine Fall receives all the water from the Rhine River which comes flowing through the villages and old castle. The cascading waterfall comes pouring down and meets the sea. The top view gives the best view of the Rhine Falls.

The view from the Scholss Laufen is simply amazing. So, when you are at the Rhine Falls, make sure that you do not miss out on it. By paying a small fee, you can get access to the terraces to enjoy the dazzling view of the falls. A railway bridge and an old castle can be seen from here.

Another way to feel the beauty of Rhine Falls is to go on a boat ride. It will let you experience the uneven limits of the waterfall. You can use the stairway to reach the middle area of the falls and then stand on the platform to experience the powerful flow of water around you.


After completely enjoying the waterfall, you can savor on the tasty food items available at nearby restaurants. There are many accommodation facilities also available near the waterfall.

Getting There

The best time to visit the Rhine Falls is during spring and summer. You can reach the Rhine falls through railroad. You can start off at the Zürich Hauptbahnhof and get down at Schaffhausen. It takes around 25 minutes to reach Schaffhausen. From here, you can walk westwards for nearly to reach Rhine Falls or you can catch a local train and Neuhausen and then walk towards to Rhine Falls to reach there in few minutes.

Another option available to you at Schaffhausen is to go a bus ride to Neuhausen and then walk to the water fall.

If you are traveling by car to Rhine Falls, you need drive 3 kilometers in the south direction from Schaffhausen and head on towards Zuirch. As you drive ahead, you will start seeing indicators ‘Laufen: Rheinfall’. Within minutes you will be at the Rhine Falls by following the indicators. You can park your car at Schloss Laufen and then walk on to falls.