Boat Ride to the Falls
We bought our tickets to go out on a boat ride, to see the Falls from the river. A tower juts out on a peninsula in the river, and this is where you go to board your boat. It’s a fun and adventurous ride on the river, as the boats drive right up to the base of the crashing Falls.
Feeling the spray of the water, and hearing the close-up roar of the falls, is quite an experience.
Hiking at Rhine Falls
After our boat ride, we hiked the loop around the Falls, to the Castle, along the river, and then back across a pedestrian bridge to our starting point. It’s a beautiful hike, and easy to follow, but no picnic tables along the way. We ate our lunch from the tailgate of Rocky, surrounded by nature.
Lighting of the Falls
We spent the night in the village of Neuhausen am Rheinfall to see the lighting of the Falls after sunset. The village is a 2-minute walk from the Falls, and has both a good variety of restaurants and a CoOp grocery store with an excellent pastry selection. There are a few hotels, mostly geared toward backpackers, offering a decent room with shared bathroom facilities. We stayed at Hotel Rheinfall, which has private bathrooms and excellent customer service.
The Falls light up about 30 minutes after sunset, for another pretty view. We are glad to have seen it, but liked even better the views of lightning over the castle and the lighted train windows rolling by in the dark.
Rhine Falls lives up to its reputation, it is amazing to see, and the boat ride is a real highlight. Highly recommend!
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