Impressive visit to the Rhine Falls in Switzerland

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Feb 12th, 2015
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The Rhine Falls (Rheinfall in German) is the largest plain waterfall in Europe.

The falls are located on the High Rhine between the municipalities of Neuhausen am Rheinfall and Laufen-Uhwiesen, near the town of Schaffhausen in northern Switzerland, between the cantons of Schaffhausen and Zürich. They are 150 m (450 ft) wide and 23 m (75 ft) high. In the winter months, the average water flow is 250 m³/s, while in the summer, the average water flow is 700 m³/s. The highest flow ever measured was 1,250 m³/s in 1965; and the lowest, 95 m³/s in 1921.

The Rheinfall can be visited from 2 sides: Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall on the south side of the river, and Neuhausen Bad, 450 metres from the north side. Boats link the two sides. SLaR station is only open between 08:00 and 16:30 (18:30 during summer).

From Zürich: take S-Bahn S7, S8, S12 or S16 to Winterthur (not Schaffhausen). Change for line S33 towards Schaffhausen, and get off at SLaR (if closed, get off at Dachsen and take bus 634 from there). From Schaffhausen: Take S-Bahn S33 two stops to SLaR (for the south side), or a local train bound for Erzingen or Neuhausen Bad one stop to Neuhausen Bad (for the north side).

Visitors can see the waterfalls up close from several viewing platforms, and can also take a boat up to an outcropping in the middle of the falls. A speciality is the firework on the night of the 1st August (national holiday)

Text via Wikipedia and Wiki Travel, the attached Images by author of this blog:

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