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Rheinfall – visiting the largest waterfall in Europe

After exploring Stein am Rhein we took the train and headed for Schaffhausen as planned. You can reach the largest waterfall in Europe very easily, for example taking the bus that leaves right at the front of Schaffhausen main station. When you arrive at the waterfall you’ll have the possibility to access the centre of the scene, meaning the observation rocks in the middle of the Rheinfall. There are boats going to the rock every 10 minutes.

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Schloss Laufen, the castle like building in the above picture, is also offering observation decks in case you don’t fancy the idea of a boat trip in a strong current created by a waterfall. Adult ticket to the observation decks costs approximately 4,20 €  (5 CHF). To be honest, I was a little bit surprised that you actually had to pay separately to see the waterfall from that side, but once we got this far, it wouldn’t have made any sense not to buy the ticket and see it all. And afterwards I can say that it was totally worth it. You will find several observation decks on different levels, a cave and on the way back up you will go with a panorama lift. In Schloss Laufenista you will obviously find also restaurants and souvenir shops.

And this is what the views are like:

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A map – we are tourists after all!

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Let’s finish with a random picture from Schaffhausen, which is not really related to anything at any way. After visiting the Rheinfall, we had a walk in the old town of Schaffhausen. To be honest, after seeing Konstanz and Stein am Rhein, Schaffhausen didn’t feel as photogenic. On the other hand a Saturday afternoon rain shower might have affected that as well. Anyway, as a summary, it was absolutely fantastic trip to Switzerland, very big thanks to Katarina for being a great travel companion!

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