The Rhine Falls is the largest waterfall of the famous Rhine River. It overcomes only a few meters of altitude, but is very impressive due to its width and volume of water. It has a height of 23m and a width of 150m. The flow rate is usually between 250,000 and 600,000 liters per second.
In many places the Rhine is the border between Germany and Switzerland, but the Rhine Falls are located on both sides in Switzerland and form the border between the cantons of Zurich and Schaffhausen.
The waterfall is very easy to reach by train, but there are also many parking spaces available. The waterfall can be visited free of charge on the Schaffenhausen side. On the Zurich canton side, there is a paid path at Castle Laufen with various viewing platforms. However, the costs for the ticket are very well invested. You get very close to the powerful parts of the waterfall and one platform even rises a bit above the river.
The Rhine Falls is accessible 24 hours a day. In the dark, the Rhine Falls are illuminated for a few hours, but a visit is definitely more worthwhile during the day. The lighting times can be found on the website of the Rhine Falls.
In summer, there is also the possibility to take boat tours at the Rhine Falls and reach the viewing platform on the rock in the middle of the waterfall. In winter there are less visitors.
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