Go with the flow at Switzerland’s largest waterfall
One of Switzerland's main attraction is the Rhine falls, one of the largest waterfall in Europe and the most powerful. What makes the visit to the waterfall a most memorable and adventurous one is the boat trip which takes you very close to the falls. And the rumbling magical wonder fascinates the visitors with its gushing waters.
The beautiful country of Switzerland has many beautiful places of interest. The magnificent Rhine Falls are located on the High Rhine near the town of Schaffhausen in northern Switzerland. The journey itself to the Rhine river is refreshing and rejuvenating and the well laid roads awes any visitors.
The coach ride towards the majestic beauty is splendid, enjoying the views and going with exceeded expectations. As the coach started getting near the river Rhine, the view of the vibrant falls from inside itself was breathtaking. The coach moved on along the roads leading to the waterfall. It stopped a few metres from the entrance when it started to drizzle. The entry to Rhine waterfall is free for all visitors. Believe me, once you get there, you will not be disappointed as you will stand high above Europe's largest waterfall.
What is a visit to a waterfall without getting closer to the flowing waters and feeling the roar and vibrations of the tumbling waters. The optional boat ride which takes you close to the falls cannot be described in words. One can purchase the tickets at the small ticket window down the southern bank. There are two rides, the short boat ride which is about 15 to 20 minutes and the long boat ride to Rheinfallfelsen which includes a stop by the rocks in the centre of the Falls and the Castle.
I decided to go for the short ride and paid 15 euros for two of us. I moved on to board the shaking boat, covered with an orange canopy. The sides of the boat are open and could accommodate as many as 30 to 35 people.
Getting on to the boat, your first sight falls on the waters below. You can see eels swimming closely in the waters along with ducks. Looks like the ducks are in love with the aquatic beings as they brush through them frequently. The boat begins its journey and what we encountered was nature’s magical wonders. From a distance, it looks like a silent white stream but as you get closer you hear the water pounding on to the basin. As the boat gets very close to the waterfalls, you get lost in the beauty of the waters. Tiny drops of water touch your face and taking a turn, the boat stops at the viewing platform and leaves all the visitors there. One can see on both sides the view of the gigantic water pouring down.
Standing on the viewing platform, you can feel the vibrations of the waters. The white beauty on both sides of the platform pumps out millions of litres of water into the basin below.
Spending time on the viewing platforms and doing the routine photo sessions, there are steep and narrow stairs which takes you on top of the Rhine. Some prefer the steep stairs while a few avoid the climb as one wrong step would land you feet down. Carefully getting on top of the Rhine, it is a miracle that awaits you. The beautiful waters gently caressing the rocks flows smoothly and you will be awed by its beauty leaving you with fond memories. The natural beauty is overwhelming and what attracts all is the large amount of water volume. Standing on the platforms, one is assured of great views and spectacular pictures.
Once on top you realise the boat ride is worth your time and money. It is said that the amount of water peaks in during the month of May and June.
Climbing the stairs is one of the unforgettable experience of any tourist and after a reasonable time we get down and board the tourist boats. The tourist boats do shuttle service, taking tourists to and from the platform.
Restaurants and souvenir shops sporting red-and-white Swiss flag are available on either side of the river. We close the tour by relaxing on the shores of the River Rhine and are content to have felt the great power of nature as we go with the flow.