From the Rhine Falls to Rheinau monastery
Laufen Castle, the Rhine Falls and the Rheinau monastery island are the three main highlights of this easy walk down the Rhine.
This excursion begins on the S33 from Winterthur in the direction of Schaffhausen. The train journey through the peaceful villages of Zurich’s wine-growing region to Laufen Castle (Schloss Laufen stop) takes just under half an hour. From here, there are several options: for example, you can visit the completely renovated Laufen Castle (reopened on 28 March 2010). Following five months of extensive renovations, the castle has a sparkling new look, attracting guests with its unbeatable views of the Rhine Falls, visitors centre, exhibition and catering options.It is also possible to take a boat tour to the foot of the thundering Rhine Falls, which are especially impressive at high tide or following heavy rainfall. The 15,000-year-old Rhine Falls are 150 metres wide and 23 metres high. During the winter months, the average waterflow is 250,000 litres per second, while in the summer, this figure increases to approx. 600,000 litres per second! If you have time, go for the full experience, otherwise begin the walk to Rheinau.
From the Schloss Laufen stop at the Rhine Falls, the walking route to Rheinau is signposted 2 hrs 10. From the jetty where the boat tours begin, the path – long since marked with traces of the waterfall’s foaming white spray – takes you directly along the river. After approx. 15 minutes you will reach the Nohl bridge (Nohlbrücke) where the waterside path to Rheinau is clearly signposted (1 hr 50). The path is on a level with the river, which flows into the North Sea; at high tide and following heavy rain, the higher path is used. The undulating path is very narrow in parts (not suitable for young children) and leads through dense woodland and beneath low-hanging branches. The peaceful river landscape has an almost meditative quality, remaining constant all the way from Laufen to Rheinau. If you fancy cooling off on a hot summer’s day, be sure to pack your swimwear: the Rhine flows at a more leisurely pace here and there are dozens of easy access points which allow you to enter the river safely and enjoy a refreshing bathe. Along the way, you will also pass by an open air pool – a nice alternative for those of you who would prefer to bathe away from the currents.
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Route open all year
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A boat trip to the foot of the Rhine Falls is a spectacular experience.
The most famous element of the Rhein Falls has to be the impressive rock in the middle of a huge body of water. The trip to this rock and the climb up it is one of the main highlights of any visit to the Rhine Falls.
From the boat station at Schlössli Wörth, the captain steers the narrow boat skilfully through wild, lashing waves, docks in the middle of the Rhine Falls and allows his passengers to disembark and mount the rock. From here, guests can enjoy a unique panorama amid a waterflow of up to 700,000 litres per second.