Rhine Falls Switzerland
The Rhine Falls are a magnificent sight! They are the largest waterfalls in Europe, located in a small town called Neuhausen, near Schaffhausen, not far from Zurich. The drive from Zurich is also enjoyable because of the beautiful Swiss countryside and landscape.
Upon arrival we bought tickets to enter the fort and pathway to the falls. We walked down the path with different viewpoints of the falls. They are powerful and loud, at some viewpoints you can feel the mist from the waterfall.
On the other side of the Rhine River is Germany! So we saw Germany from Switzerland :)
To get to the bottom you can either take a glass elevator or walk the path. We chose the path to get a variety of views of the falls. To go back up we took the elevator, which had good views of its own...
You can also see the falls from a boat. Like the one in the picture above. Not all of us were comfortable with taking the boat, and it was late in the day to devote the time. Hindsight, I really wish we did it.
After riding the elevator up, then back down, then back up (we liked the view :), we ate ice-cream and drank Rivella, a Swiss soda made with milk! I would've never guessed it was milk based if nobody told me. Our tour guide for the day was my friend's friend, Elena, who lives in Zurich. Before our trip we didn't even know she lived in Zurich, Kim contacted her after we got there and she offered to take us on a day trip to Rhine Falls. Elena told us about Rivella and made sure we tried it, and we were not disappointed, it was pretty good!
Facts about Rhine Falls:
- Largest waterfall in Europe
- 150 meters wide (492 ft)
- 23 meters in height (75.5 ft)
- Basin depth is 13 meters (43 ft)
- About 14,000-17,000 years old
- Capacity of water flow in summer is about 600'000 liters per second
- Capacity of flow in winter is about 250'000 liters per second
*facts were found on http://www.rheinfall.ch
On our drive back to Zurich, our new friend, Elena, (not to be confused with my cousin in the picture above, also named Elena) opened up about her life and things she's going through. Kim asked to pray for her before saying goodbye. She was happy to receive it and we took a few minutes to pray for her in the car. As we finished, she was in tears and so thankful, she felt like our outing was more than coincidence and possibly God sent. It was so nice to not only make a new friend, but to also minister to her. As we made our way out of the car and walked towards our apartment, we felt like we should invite Elena to have dinner with us. She accepted with joy! So we went out to another Swiss restaurant in Old Town Zurich; Swiss Chuchi Restaurant in Rosengasse Hotel Adler.
Once again the food did not disappoint! We ordered fondue as an appetizer, a serving for two was enough for all four to share because we also ordered light meals.
For more on what to do in Zurich, see my post: Zurich Switzerland. Feel free to leave comments or ask questions.