Marvel at the Rhine Falls of northern Switzerland on a 3.5-hour tour from Zurich by coach. In addition to free time to explore Europe's largest waterfall at your leisure, enjoy a photo stop outside the medieval Laufen Castle. On the return drive you’ll pass through Schaffhausen for a glimpse of Munot Fortress, built in the 16th century. During summer months (June to August), you have the option of a boat ride that brings you up close to Rhine Falls. Pickup from selected hotels and round-trip airport transport are available.


  • Half-day tour from Zurich to Rhine Falls in northern Switzerland
  • Travel along the German border, passing vineyards and farming villages
  • See the 16th-century Munot Fortress in Schaffhausen
  • Enjoy a full hour to admire Rhine Falls, Europe's biggest waterfall
  • Take an exciting optional boat ride (June to August only) to get right in the middle of the falls!
  • Hotel pickup and airport pickup and drop-off available

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

If you like waterfalls, you can't miss Europe's biggest! I recommend taking the optional boat ride to get as close as possible to Rhine Falls. The airport pickup and drop-off options make this the perfect scenic jaunt for those arriving on early flights or just passing through Zurich.

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What You Can Expect

Rhine Falls Tour from Zurich

Drive through the town of Schaffhausen on your way to the Rhine Falls

Start your 3.5-hour Rhine Falls tour from Zurich with pickup from selected hotels, Sihlquai Bus Terminal or Zurich Airport. Board your comfortable coach for a scenic drive past the rolling vineyards and charming villages of northern Switzerland alongside the border of Germany. Throughout the tour, hear informative commentary from your guide about the region's sights, history and culture.

After a photo stop to view the medieval Laufen Castle (Schloss Laufen), perched on a forested cliff-top overlooking Rhine Falls, arrive at the site of Europe's largest waterfall. Savor an hour of free time here to pose for photos against the magnificent cascades, which reach 450 feet (150 meters) wide and 75 feet (23 meters) tall.

Take advantage of unbeatable panoramas from the viewing platforms and opt for a summertime boat ride (June to August only; payable direct) that delivers you to the middle of Rhine Falls, where you can admire their full glory.

On the return drive to Zurich, pass through Schaffhausen, where you can see the distinctive circular Munot Fortress, which was built in the 16th century. Your guide drops off passengers at Zurich Airport around midday and concludes at Sihlquai Bus Terminal, making it easy for onward travel.

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Customer Reviews

Kathi R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Absolutely breath taking!!! This was a trip highlight for sure!!!!! If it had been warmer would have like to have taken the boat to get closer to the falls.

Martha USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Awesome tour. The falls are beautiful.

Elisa R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

The falls are beautiful and magnificent, even at a time when the water flow is not at its peak, which is during the summer. You get to see the countryside and some cute villages and wine estates as well. An easygoing trip as it only takes half a day.

Kathy K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great day trip. Guide informative and humourous! My husband n I enjoyed the whole trip! Was also great to fit in before our flight to London in the afternoon. Thanks do much

Tiffani B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Absolutely breath taking, a must see if going to Zurich!

Jemma L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Amazing - great end to the holiday


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This tour was enjoyable. The falls were pretty. I enjoyed how the boat was able to get so close to the falls. I would recommend it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Awesome place to visit. Highly recommended.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We started this tour at Zurich and realised on the way that it is ideal for people who have either just landed or will depart from Zurich in few hours as it directly picks up and drops off people from/to the airport which we felt is a great option for people travelling on the same day.This tour has loads of beautiful sights to witness throughout as it passes through Schaffhausen which has peculiar old houses and a cosy village which makes you feel as if you are in a wonderland as such sights are hard to find in today's fast paced world.The Rhine falls is europe's biggest waterfall and a sight which you certainly cannot miss while in Zurich.It is majestic and wonderful,taking a boat ride is highly recommended as it takes you to the center at the rock drops you safely wherein you climb the stairs to the top and enjoy breathtaking views from the top and picks you back after giving you ample time to enjoy this wonder.As this tour is guided it made the whole experience a lot easier and informative,Our guide was very nice who later guided us towards vineyards,farming village and some parts of a German village.Me and my wife thoroughly enjoyed this tour and would recommend it to everyone.

john s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We got wet - fabulous

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