How would you like to be surrounded by the raw power of a thundering waterfall around you? You can experience that without going to any of the mega waterfalls like Niagara or Victoria Falls, but right in the rather small and quaint town of Schaffhausen in Switzerland.
Located right on the border between Switzerland and Germany is the Rhine Falls (or as the Germans call it the Rheinfall). Lying on the Rhine River, this waterfall is not that high or large. But during summer the increased water volume from ice melt gives a spectacular sight. It is also the largest waterfall in Europe, so I can’t think of how small the other waterfalls in Europe are.
The main attraction of the Rhine Falls is to take a boat to a large rock outcrop in the middle of the waterfall and experience the rush of tons of water thundering by.
Of if you are not so brave, or if you are like me and don’t want to get wet, you can view the falls from both sides of the river. There are paths for visitors which gives spectacular views of the waterfall and river.
There is a bridge across the river and visitors can cross it to get different views of the falls.
Besides, the waterfall itself, there is a small castle (Schloss Laufen)on the right bank of the river. Nothing much to see there, except to buy refreshments and souvenirs. It also houses a youth hostel.
The Rhine Falls makes for a good day trip out of Zurich, or if you are staying near the airport and having a long layover. Just take the SBB train to Schaffhausen and take a bus, or walk towards the Rhine Falls.