Monday, July 19, 2010

Rheinfall Waterfalls, Switzerland

Just over the Swiss border from us in Germany is an amazing waterfall.
It's called Rheinfall and it's located near Schaffhausen.
Okay, so it's not Niagara, but it is well worth a visit.

We heard it was billed as one of the most picturesque waterfalls in Europe, and we weren't disappointed.
Had we known there was so much to do in the area we would have opted for a weekend visit not just a day trip.

We parked near the Adventure Park.

Mac and I would have actually liked to have done this because they say the view of Rheinfall from the tree tops is spectacular.

Photo: AP Photo/keystone/Steffen Scmidt

We also would have loved to see the falls illuminated like this at night.
Just beautiful huh....looks a bit like a glacier here.

We started our adventure at Schloessli Woerth

Here you buy your tickets for the boat rides.
We bought the combination ticket for all three boat rides and the entrance to Castle Laufen.

  You can also relax and have a bite to eat on their terrace.

We wished we'd brought some bread to feed the fish that surrounded the boat as we waited for our first ride.

We did the round trip first and passed by the observation point at the base of Castle Laufen.

We got close enough to get a misting from the falls.

Our second boat trip took us over the river to Castle Laufen

where we checked out all the observation points.

It was fantastic.
We then rode the glass elevator up to the castle itself.

It was lovely. They had a nice restaurant and

great views from the windows.
Notice the people on the rock in the center of the falls.

We decided to have lunch here at the Park am Reinfall restaurant called

Lunch was unremarkable here except for the excellent Riesling Soup.
I will blog a recipe for you this week.
It was wonderful!

After lunch we headed out for our last boat ride to the rock in the middle of the falls.

We held tight and patiently made our way up the stairs to the top of the rock.

Where we were rewarded

with incredible views.

One last snap before we leave the rock!

Mac gives Rheinfall two thumbs up and says to tell you,
"We didn't get wet going out to the rock, but we don't recommend it for people with toddlers."

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the advice Mac as it looks great but I do indeed have young ones so schade:-(