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From Zürich: Stein am Rhein and Rhine Falls

1. From Zürich: Stein am Rhein and Rhine Falls

Depart Zürich and journey towards the Swiss/German border of northern Switzerland. Travel through a beautiful wine-growing region of charming farming villages and picturesque landscapes en route to Laufen. See the splendid medieval castle of Schloss Laufen and the mighty Rhine Falls and experience Europe's biggest waterfall. Get unique views from the panoramic lift and discover what it looks like when an average of 700,000 liters of water per second plunges into the basin below. Next, take the Belvedere Trail to a viewing platform right above the falls. Feel the rumbling waters beneath you. If you are feeling adventurous, take the optional boat ride and experience the falls from below. Continue via Schaffhausen with its famous Munot Fortress, and soak up the views of the gently rolling vineyards and farming villages en route to Stein am Rhein. Upon arrival, learn about the well-preserved old town during a stroll, and see distinctive medieval buildings such as the church and former monastery of St. George's Abbey. Look at the half-timber frame townhouses, along with the city gates and towers, the Town Hall and the Armory. Admire the delicate wooden window frames of many of the buildings and marvel at their exceptional frescoes.

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Neuhausen am Rheinfall: Smilestones Miniature World Enty

2. Neuhausen am Rheinfall: Smilestones Miniature World Enty

Explore an interactive miniature Switzerland filled with stunning landscapes, milestones and funny scenes replicated in 1:87 scale. The museum is located near the Rhinefall, the largest waterfall in Europe. With direct access to the train-station and close to the motorway, it is an ideal destination no matter the weather. Rediscover the typical Swiss landscapes and towns like Stein am Rhein, Interlaken, railway bridges, and the Matterhorn. See 30 self-driving cars, 120 model trains, 20,000 little figurines, and interactive buttons that bring this mini-world to life.

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Rhine Falls: Coach Tour from Zurich

3. Rhine Falls: Coach Tour from Zurich

As you travel towards the Rhine Falls in northern Switzerland on this coach trip, you’ll pass through the charming farming village of Marthalen, with its traditional frame houses. You’ll also see the 16th-century Munot Fortress and the area’s renowned vineyards. The highlight of the trip will undoubtedly be the sight of the Rhine Falls. This natural feature is located on the Upper Rhine River and has been around since the Ice Age. During the summer you can take an optional boat ride to the middle of the falls, at the heart of the cascading waters, and enjoy the magnificent spectacle from the viewing platforms. Alternatively, you can enjoy a leisurely hour on the banks of the river. The return journey takes you over the border to southern Germany for a short stretch. Back in Zurich, you’ll be dropped off in the city center. A multi-lingual guide leads the excursion. The tour is a great way to start or end your vacation.

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Zurich: Rhine Falls and Best of Zurich City Full-Day Tour

4. Zurich: Rhine Falls and Best of Zurich City Full-Day Tour

Marvel at Europe’s largest waterfall on a combined scenic and city tour of Zurich and the Rhine Falls in northern Switzerland. Start your tour in the farming village of Marthalen. Admire its old houses, the 16th-century Munot Fortress, and pass vineyards. Visit the Rhine Falls at Laufen Castle and marvel at the landscape that dates back to the Ice Age. In summer, take an optional boat ride to the heart of the Rhine Falls and enjoy the sights from viewing platforms. Return to Zurich for a guided tour of the Old Town. See Europe’s largest clock face at St. Peter’s Church and the Swiss National Museum. Admire the Grossmünster church and the Fraumünster church with its impressive stained-glass windows by Marc Chagall. After a stop at Lake Zurich, continue to the Zürichberg district to see the stately mansions of the old aristocracy. Continue to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, one of the highest-ranked engineering colleges in the world, where past alumni include Albert Einstein.

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Best of Zurich City Tour: Rhine Falls & Stein am Rhein

5. Best of Zurich City Tour: Rhine Falls & Stein am Rhein

Explore Zurich's Old Town and see the highlights of this unique town in the morning. Pass by the castle-like National Museum, the Bahnhofstrasse shopping avenue, Zurich's famous financial district and the renowned Zurich Opera House. Enjoy a photo stop at the picturesque Lake Zurich before continuing uphill into the "Zurichberg" district with its many impressive mansions of glorious times past. Enjoy breathtaking views of the city, lake and snow-covered Alps. Cruising by the university quarter, see the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and Zurich's art museum before reaching the charming Old Town. Stop to take a picture with a view of the patriarchal guild houses, St. Peter's Church with Europe's largest clock face, the "Grossmünster" cathedral and the "Fraumünster" church with its stained glass windows by Marc Chagall. After an introduction to the Old Town, take a scenic drive back to Limmatquai to the Sihlquai coach park. After the city tour, you have around 1 hour of free time to enjoy lunch (not included) or relax. In the afternoon, a bus will drive you through a picturesque landscape with gently rolling vineyards and charming farming villages to reach the splendid medieval Laufen Castle. Enjoy your time at the mighty Rhine Falls, Europe's biggest waterfall and one of Switzerland's major attractions. Experience unique views from the panoramic lift and see an average of 700,000 liters of water per second plunge into the basin below, across a width of 150 meters. The Belvedere panoramic trail brings you to the viewing platform right above the falls where you can feel the spindrift of the rumbling waters. Those seeking the ultimate adventure might take the optional boat ride into the fizzy waters below the falls (available in Summer only). Continue via Schaffhausen with its renowned Munot Fortress to the medieval town of Stein am Rhein. Learn about the well-preserved old town and see the many distinctive medieval buildings such as the church, St. George's Abbey, the townhouses and the gates and towers, as well as the town hall and armory. Most of these half-timbered frame houses are made of stone with delicate wooden window frames and impress visitors with their exceptional frescoes. 

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Private Tour from Zurich to Titisee-Neustadt and Rhine Falls

6. Private Tour from Zurich to Titisee-Neustadt and Rhine Falls

Experience the magical atmosphere of the Black Forest on a private day trip from Zurich. Enjoy panoramic views of the emerald-green forests and the shimmering blue of Lake Schluchsee. Upon arrival in the heart of the Black Forest at Titisee-Neustadt, avail of some free time to explore the area independently. Go for an optional boat ride across the water, or indulge your sweet tooth with some of the region's famous Black Forest Gateaux. Continue into the woodlands of Lenzkirch and the Upper Rhine and discover one of the most magnificent waterfalls in Europe. Feel the force of the water crashing down 23 meters at the Rhine Falls and take some dramatic souvenir photos before your return trip to Zurich.

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From Zürich: Private Rhine Waterfalls & Schaffhausen Tour

7. From Zürich: Private Rhine Waterfalls & Schaffhausen Tour

Begin the tour when you meet your guide at your hotel and make your way from Zurich to Schaffhausen. Enjoy a short walk through the car-free streets, admiring the historical buildings while learning of Schaffhausen's history from your guide. Arrive at the castle Laufen after a short transfer by bus. Located directly at the Rhine waterfalls, Laufen marks the border between the canton of Zurich and Schaffhausen. Learn an overview about the historical importance of the waterfalls at the castle exhibition before continuing your walk around the castle. Head down to the waterfalls where different viewing platforms close to the water ensure great views and spectacular photograph opportunities. Between the months of May and September only, you can board a tourist boat to cross the river. Take a spectacular ride directly in front of the Rhine Waterfall, Europe's largest plain waterfall. Return to shore to relax and soak in the magnificent views. Conclude the tour by crossing the Rhine River by boat again and returning to the train station directly at the castle of Laufen. Catch a train back to Zurich on a 50 minute journey, after which your tour ends.

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From Zurich to The Rhine Falls

8. From Zurich to The Rhine Falls

Your driver will meet you at a location convenient to you in Zurich. This tour will give you an opportunity to discover more of the region's sights, history and culture. First of all, you will stop at the medieval Laufen Castle (Schloss Laufen) located on a mountaintop, which overlooks the Rhine Falls, Europe's largest waterfall. When you are already at the Rhine Falls, you will have the chance to take photos of the fantastic scenery from the viewing platforms and have the possibility of a summertime boat ride to the middle of Rhine Falls (from June to August only; payable direct). Already returning back to Zurich, pass through Schaffhausen, where you will have an opportunity to see the unique circular Munot Fortress. Afterwards, the group will return to Zurich, to the initial meeting point.

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What people are saying about Rhine Falls

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 567 reviews

super very informative and entertaining. Elisabeth as our tour guide is highly recommended, you can tell that she loves her country very much. Therefore, she explained everything very passionately and informatively.

Great guide, pleasant journey, enough time to look at everything in peace. Nothing to complain about! Excellent!

It was very nice tour Easy and comfortable Special thanks to mr. konrad who made it very spectacular

I Lost My phone in the river so be careful... but was Amazing

Peter was an excellent guide. Lovely experience. Thank you.