What an unexpected day trip! One evening I decided to do some research of places to see in Switzerland. I stumbled upon some images of Rhine Falls and was immediately intrigued. Days later I was on my way there.
Note: If you are travelling on a Swiss Travel Pass, check whether it is regional or includes the entire country. I accidentally bought a regional ticket and on the way back had to buy a separate ticket from Zurich to Bern. That single ticket for an hour journey cost over £40 – Expensive doesn’t quite say it. But to be fair, the train conductor was super nice and could have fined me for not having a ticket which would have been up to £300. I got off easy! In this unfortunate situation, the SSB mobile app had also saved me a further £10.
How to Get There
From Zurich take the train to Neuhausen Rheinfall and follow the signs down a gentle sloping pathway and you’re there. Allow several hours to explore the falls as there are many angles to enjoy.
Although I personally didn’t take a boat ride, it is an available option. I watched a boat load of people get off at the centre rock where they then climbed up for an even better view of the falls. I am not sure of the price or the safety but it seemed popular and wet.
As I was enjoying myself so much, I decided I wanted to see more of the falls. I decided to pay the CHF 5 for viewpoint access. Money well spent! There was a breathtaking view every way I turned. I was spoilt for choice.
Hours later I was ready for a break so headed to the lake to sit and enjoy the view, and set up my trusty camera and tripod for a picture. It was quite busy but it’s easy to find a quiet spot.
Rhine Falls are the largest waterfalls in Europe so if you happen to be in Switzerland for whatever reason and can spare a day or even a half day if you’re organised, get yourself there. You will not regret it! You can thank me later.
Note to Solo Travellers and Travel Bloggers
If you intend to set up your camera and tripod, make sure to get there early enough to avoid the crowds because it is almost impossible to find a good spot without 10-50 people pushing and shoving to take your place. Apart from the steps and some pathways, the ground can be very uneven so watch your step and don’t lose your valuable gear. I wish I had a friend to take the pics for me because I felt like I missed out on some stunning shots but hey ho I still had a fabulous time.