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Rhine Falls Boat Tour to the Rock

1. Rhine Falls Boat Tour to the Rock

Experience the power of the Rhine Falls on a tour in a traditionally-crafted boat. Sail to the heart of the Rhine Falls, the mighty middle rock which is surrounded by powerful cascades of water. Spend 20 minutes at the rock, where you will have the opportunity to climb more than 100 steps to the 30-meter-high viewing platform. Once at the top, be rewarded with a unique 360-degree view of the Rhine Falls. On the way back to the harbor, enjoy another fantastic photo opportunity of the falls.

Neuhausen am Rheinfall: 30-Minute Rhine Falls Boat Tour

2. Neuhausen am Rheinfall: 30-Minute Rhine Falls Boat Tour

Enjoy a 30-minute boat tour to Rhine Falls in Neuhausen am Reinfall. Relax on the boat and admire the landscape and scenery, see if you can spot any wildlife, and listen to the roar of the falls. Float along the calm waters, along the "Rheinish Amazon", all the way up to the German border. Learn about the history of the landscape and the native beaver, and admire the beautiful local scenery. Travel back upstream, where you will experience the thundering Rhine Falls up close as a glorious finale and marvel at one of the most powerful waterfalls in all of Europe.

Rhine Falls: 30-Minute Boat Tour with Audioguide

3. Rhine Falls: 30-Minute Boat Tour with Audioguide

Admire Europe's largest waterfall from a unique perspective aboard a 30-minute thrilling boat ride which features audio commentary available in 21 languages. Set sail from the harbor and travel down the Rhine River to admire the Nohl Bridge. Enjoy the refreshing breeze and magnificent views of the riverbank before returning to the Rhine Falls basin. Here, steer directly into the left fall where you will experience the power of the thundering water masses up close. After your first wild ride, relax and take in breathtaking views of the waterfall before passing under the right fall. Witness breathtaking rock formations then head back to land, passing through the left fall again for one last adventure.

From Zürich: Stein am Rhein and Rhine Falls

4. 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. 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. 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.

Rhine Falls: 15-Minute Boat Tour

5. Rhine Falls: 15-Minute Boat Tour

Admire Europe's largest waterfall from a unique perspective aboard a 15-minute thrilling boat ride. Set sail from the harbor and steer directly into the left fall where you will experience the power of the thundering water masses up close. After your first wild ride, relax and take in breathtaking views of the waterfall before passing under the right fall. Witness breathtaking rock formations then head back to land, passing through the left fall again for one last adventure.

Zurich: Black Forest, Titisee, and Rhine Falls Bus Day Trip

6. Zurich: Black Forest, Titisee, and Rhine Falls Bus Day Trip

Travel to Northern Switzerland and the Black Forest on this day trip in a climate-controlled bus from Zurich. Have some free time to explore the charming town of Titisee and capture pictures of the most powerful waterfall in Europe at Rhine Falls.  Enjoy pickup from an area next to the centrally-located Zurich HB train station. Board a spacious bus and relax while taking in views of the sparkling waters of Lake Schluchsee on the way to the town of Titisee.  Listen to a short introduction on how the locals get the popular cuckoo clocks to sing at the Drubba watch showroom. Spend some time exploring the town at your own pace where you can purchase a boat ride on the lake or buy a delicious slice of Black Forest cake which is made with cherry brandy. Hop back aboard the bus for a drive through impressive spruce forests and the town of Lenzkirch. Arrive at the Rhine Falls to admire this stunning waterfall that is 150-meters wide. Have some free time where you can purchase a boat cruise before returning to the Zurich HB train station.

Rhine Falls: Coach Tour from Zurich

7. 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.

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

8. 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.

Neuhausen am Rheinfall: Smilestones Miniature World Entry

9. Neuhausen am Rheinfall: Smilestones Miniature World Entry

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.

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

10. 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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4.6 / 5

based on 1,034 reviews

The Rhine Falls is a smaller version of Niagra Falls in the US but still very impressive. Stein am Rhein is that quaint village you always fall in love with. Highly recommend this tour.

Worth going but would have been better if the duration was longer with the inclusion of the Black Forest.

The guide is really knowledgeable n friendly..i really had a good time

Great tour and enough time at the location to enjoy the falls!

The trip was so perfect, Trudy is so great and helpful.