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Rhine Falls

The lure of the whitewater

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The largest waterfall in Europe are the Rhine Falls near Schauffhausen a little over an hour north from Zurich and the canoeist in me had to see it.

This felt a far grittier tour than the Zurich City Tour I had done the previous day as we all climbed into a minibus & there were concerns about ice on the early morning local roads we were going to need to take because of a crash on the motorway.

This actually turned out to be good news as it meant we could see more of the northern Swiss villages & countryside.

Forest road on the way to Schaffhausen

Forest road on the way to Schaffhausen


A Swiss Village on the way to Schaffhausen

A Swiss Village on the way to Schaffhausen


The Munot Medieval Fortress above Schaffhausen

The Munot Medieval Fortress above Schaffhausen

The Falls themselves are spectacular, they are 150 metres (450 feet) wide by 23 metres (75 feet) high & the flow over them during summer averages 700 m3 per second. Apparently they are at their best during the summer because of all the snow melt but with all the snow the Alps have had in the last fortnight & the bright sunshine I don't think we could have done much better!

Rheinfall, Schaffhausen, Switzerland

Rheinfall, Schaffhausen, Switzerland

View of Rhienfall from the top

View of Rhienfall from the top

Picture of me at the top of Rheinfall

Picture of me at the top of Rheinfall


Last view of the Rhine Falls

Last view of the Rhine Falls

Posted by FrancisRTW 02:00 Archived in Switzerland Tagged waterfalls snow tour videos solo

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