The Rhein is 1232 kilometers long river collecting its waters in Switzerland, running through nine European countries, crossing two lakes (Lake Constance & Tomasee) and reaching the North Sea at the Netherlands. As one of the two main border rivers it is mostly known as a wide stream which is also used for shipping goods and people. No one would expect a waterfall within the Rhein – but there is one: at Schaffhausen in Switzerland. The Rheinfall is 150 meters wide and 23 meters deep. Next to it you can find the Schloss Laufen and the Schlössli Wörth, two nice little castles.

The Rheinfall is actually one of the three largest waterfalls of Europe, together with the Sarpsfossen at Norway and the Dettifoss at Iceland. And it is probably the waterfall with the best connection via public transport: on both sides a railway station can be found (‘Neuhausen, Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall‘ and ‘Neuhausen Rheinfall‘).

Both have their advantages; if you take the train stopping underneath the Schloss Laufen it will also cross the Rheinbrücke bridge. If you take the train to ‘Neuhausen Rheinfall‘ you have direct access to the very good touristic infrastructure. From the railway station two elevators take you down to the river. There are restaurants and toilets, you can shop for souvenirs and take a boot bringing you to a viewing platform in the middle of the river.


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