Rhine Falls in Northern Switzerland in Photographs: A Mini Trip Report

I f you ever find yourself in northern Switzerland near the German border, you may want to consider taking a side trip to Rhine Falls — or Rheinfall, as it is known in German — located in its namesake, the Rhine River.

Photograph ©2009 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2009 by Brian Cohen.

You can view the falls from either a viewing platform on the northern banks of the falls free of charge or from a viewing platform on the Schloss Laufen side of the falls for a fee of five Swiss francs per person  — or you can choose to take a boat ride closer to the falls. You can even rent a canoe for 70 Swiss francs.

Photograph ©2009 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2009 by Brian Cohen.

Here are some facts and figures pertaining to Rhine Falls:

  • Width of the Falls 150 meters
  • Height of the Falls 23 meters
  • Depth of the basin 13 meters
  • Age of the Falls approximately 15,000 years
  • Capacity of flow in summer approximately 600,000 liters per second
  • Capacity of flow in winter approximately 250,000 liters per second
  • Lowest capacity of flow 95,000 liters per second in 1921
  • Greatest capacity of flow 1,250,000 liters per second in 1965

 

Parking at the falls is available for a fee of six Swiss francs for two hours.

The Rhine Falls are easily accessible by public transportation, car, boat or bicycle.

A FlyerTalk member with whom I have been friends for years brought me there in his car with a colleague of his. Although I have been to other falls such as Iguazu Falls — which I intend to highlight in a future photographic trip report — and Niagara Falls, I found historic Rhine Falls to be peaceful and calming with some nice scenery.

All photographs ©2009 by Brian Cohen.

A boat navigates near Rhine Falls. Photograph ©2009 by Brian Cohen.

A boat navigates near Rhine Falls. The railroad bridge with arches is in the background on the right. Photograph ©2009 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2009 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2009 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2009 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2009 by Brian Cohen.

Looks like I have a new friend... Photograph ©2009 by Brian Cohen.

Looks like I have a new friend… Photograph ©2009 by Brian Cohen.

...or maybe not. Photograph ©2009 by Brian Cohen.

…or maybe not. Photograph ©2009 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2009 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2009 by Brian Cohen.

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