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Rhine Falls Tour from Zurich

Zürich, Switzerland

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  • 3 hours 45 minutes (approx.)
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  • Offered in: English


Marvel at the Rhine Falls of northern Switzerland on a 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.
  • 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!
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What's Included

  • Transportation in comfortable coach with AC
  • Fully guided tour by professional multilingual guide
  • Visit to Rhine Falls. Laufen Castle, Historama
  • Carbon offset through myclimate
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Optional boat ride
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Best of Switzerland Tours AG
    Sihlquai Coach Parking, Limmatstrasse 4, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

    The official departure point for all tours departing from Zürich is Sihlquai Coach Terminal, close to Zurich’s main train station (Zürich HB). Please check in at least 15 minutes prior to departure at the white ticket office marked with “Best of Switzerland Tours” or “City Tours & Excursions”.

Start time

08:45 a.m.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Start your Rhine Falls tour from Central Zurich. 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. The tour concludes at Sihlquai Bus Terminal, making it easy for onward travel.

Zurich (Pass By)

After pickup from Central Zurich (Sihlquai Bus Station), drive through the picturesque landscape with gently rolling vineyards and charming farming villages to reach the splendid medieval Castle Laufen!

Rhine Falls

Enjoy approx. one hour of leisure time at the mighty Rhine Falls, one of Switzerland's major attractions. Delight in unique views of Europe's biggest waterfalls from the panoramic lift and see how an average of 700'000 liters of water per second plunge across a width of 150 meters into the basin below. A beautiful, short stroll on the Belvedere panoramic trail takes you to the viewing platform right above the falls where you feel the spindrift of the rumbling waters. Take an optional boat ride (summer only) close to the falls. Visit the Historama at the patriarchal castle to learn more about the interesting history of this unique place.

1 hour 15 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Passport is mandatory for return journey from the Rhine Falls via Germany to Zurich
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Optional boat ride: CHF 10 per adult / CHF 5 per child (subject to availability, to be paid on site)
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

The boat ride is a " must do" to experience the full power of the falls.
It was a very nice trip,well organized.The tour guide was very nice,she gave a lot of interesting information.This trip is for sure worth the money we spend and is a must go
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Beautiful trip
Katherine_G, Oct 2022
It was very easy to walk to and from the meeting place from our downtown hotel. The bus was very clean and well appointed. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and spoke three languages- accommodating all language preferences in board. The ride was very scenic. The site of Rhine Falls was beautiful and definitely worth seeing. The castle at the head of the falls was also very interesting. The only criticism I can give is that the amount of time at the falls was not enough. By the time we got back from the boat ride we only had 20 minutes to explore the grounds and shops before having to get back on the bus. The time spent at the falls should definitely be longer.
Nice waterfalls tour!
TCK_S, Oct 2022
Very nice experience. Travel by bus was good and the tour guide was excellent and very kind. Waterfalls, scenery, boat ride were great.
Way to get to the falls
Sharon_M, Aug 2022
This tour offers a way to get to the falls from Zurich with a commentary along the way. We had ample time at the falls for pictures since we chose not to do the boat tour. You can get very close to the falls for pictures without doing the boat tour and since we have done the boat at Niagara Falls this would be underwhelming. The tour guide spent a lot of time upselling the boat and the directions he was giving us at the falls couldn't be heard if you weren't next to him.
Worth it for a half day trip
Ally_F, Jun 2022
Our guide Vladimir was great! Extremely knowledgeable. The group didn’t spend much time waiting in line and the falls were beautiful. Lots of steps but the water makes it feel cool on a warm day. The optional boat ride is also inexpensive and worth the views!
Amazing Rhine Falls
Ayodele_A, Jun 2022
Great tour with a very knowledgable tour guide. Taking the boat into the falls was the highlight of the tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Amazing Rhine Falls Tour from Zurich
Anushka_K, Jun 2022
Amazing Rhine Falls Tour from Zurich. We left at 9 am in the morning and were back in Zurich at 12:30 pm. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. She also provided really fun facts about a lot of the locations. We were also brought near the Switzerland-Germany Border and then a surprise trip into a small town in Germany. Rhine Falls is a beautiful place. The boat trip was really cool and we were brought so close to the water fall as well. The boat trip is 10 swiss francs per person and payable in cash only. The tour guide sold us the boat ticket on the bus. Couldn't recommend this tour enough.
Great day out from Zurich
Udita_B, May 2022
Great tour with a fun itinerary and an easy way to get to and from the falls and we were able to do the boat trip which was 15 min and a lot of fun
1 traveler found this review helpful
Beautiful and picturesque.
Dominic_S, May 2022
The waterfall itself was incredible, very beautiful and the whole area looks like a painting. The tour guide, Angela, was very informative and friendly, really made the tour a great experience.
Excellent tour!!
Subhash_N, Apr 2022
Very timely departure and arrival. Freedom for everyone to self explore. Very good guide. Excellent tour. Highly recommended!
2 travelers found this review helpful
Rhine Falls
Judy_C, Aug 2021
Getting so close to the Falls in the boat was indeed an exciting experience. Beautiful & breathtaking! Worth the price.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Must do
philip_V, Aug 2021
Great trip, great views, great guide who gaved us lot of interesting information. Must do trip, beatifull.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Jessica_S, Jun 2021
I loved this tour was great for my family (9yr and 2yr). Our tour guide was very nice and knowledgeable of the areas. The falls were beautiful and a must see if you are near the area. The pricing was reasonable for us as well. The only suggestion would be able to spend more time at the falls maybe 1hr more would have been nice. Besides that I highly recommend this tour!
Response from Host, Jun 2021
Dear Jessica, Thank you very much for choosing Best of Switzerland Tours for your family trip to the Rhine Falls! We are pleased to hear that you were satisfied with the service from your tour guide and will make sure to forward your kind words. We totally understand that you would have loved to have more time at the impressive Rhine Falls and hope that you enjoyed the morning half-day tour nonetheless! We wish you a great stay in Switzerland and hope to welcome you back on tour during your next visit. Best regards, Best of Switzerland Tours
Outstanding Customer Service
Lee_H, Aug 2020
I usually don't write reviews but I must give a special mention to Anja and the tour guide for amazing customer service. They ensured the tour still went ahead even though I was the only one that had booked on that mornings trip. I cannot thank them enough. The weather was perfect, the boat trip was spectacular and the force of the Falls is incredible to see up close! Highly recommend it!
Getting to know other solo travelers after Relaxing Corona’s restrictions
Patricia_S, Jun 2020
Once again in Zürich I will book another small tour in the surroundings with them . Rinefalls Was particular special because of a small group and also less tourists in such famous spot.
celonia j, Oct 2019
Great guide. Helpful and informative. Beautiful scenery. Desperate the rain I was able to experience the falls in all its majesty.
We saw a Rainbow
Nujhat_K, Oct 2019
We were lucky enough to have a bright and sunny day and blessed to see a rainbow. I loved the cleanliness of the vehicle, the punctuality, the scenic views and the clear description of everything we saw on our way by the tour guide Lars. If I had more time I would have done another tour with these guys!!!
Fantastic and Superb
SatyaVasanth_G, Oct 2019
Rhine waterfalls are awesome. Boat ride, different view points, etc. It's really worth it and recommended.
Rhein Falls
Coralie_G, Sept 2019
The tour guide was very good with trying to accommodate everyone. It is extremely hard to coordinate people. Nearly impossible when from many different speaking different languages. Had a lovely time we be nice to see the time at Rhein Falls longer then one hour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Very nice excursion
Mary_K, Sept 2019
Love the falls. But please find a new guide she was very rude. Not friendly at all she was not professional at all
Rhine Falls
Priscilla_R, Jun 2019
Fabulous excursion to the falls. The boat ride is a " must do" to experience the full power of the falls. Highly recommend this trip. Go in the morning to avoid the crowds.


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