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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

Amit C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016



5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Lot of fun, Highly recommend and make sure that you take the optional boat to the falls.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016



5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A very good guided tour. Our guide was sharing the history, the background of all kantons on our way to Rhine falls. The duration at the fall could have been a bit longer. The boat ride to go closer to the fall was worth it. The views from the various viewing platforms were spectacular.

Angela L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Now what will I enjoy about looking at water going down a hill... hmmmm exactly the debate I had with my family whilst booking. BUT OMG its amazing, one thing ive noticed about booking these tours on viator, they miss things out when promoting there tours. when you go on these tours, whether its zurich and surroundings only available at tourist shop zurich jungfraujoch, mount lucerene trip. they give you so much more that isnt realy in the description. In a way maybe thats a good surprise but people remember you will feel like you got more then what you paid for expecially this one....


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great tour and the boat ride right up to the falls was an added bonus.

kathleen j

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This tour was amazing. We decided to take the boat and we're glad that we did as the view from the boat was just fantastic. We can recommend this trip. We would have liked a bit more time there, we felt one hour wasn't really long enough, but having said that I wouldn't have missed it.

Pabasari G Sri Lanka

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This tour is one of my favourites! The tour covers the old town of Zurich before reaching the Rhine Falls and there were beautiful old houses well preserved with beautiful gardens, something worth seeing. Rhine falls was beautiful with a panoramic view and one could either take a lift and go down or take the stairs. After getting down, those who wish to go on the boat ride can pay and join the group. There are many view-points at the falls and they are as close as one can get near a water fall. You really feel the strength and the power of the water gushing towards you! Our tour guide was Earl who was an elderly gentlemen. He was informative and was able to relate how Zurich transformed from his generation to the city that it is now. But we were travelling with our 11 month old baby and he did not give clear direction on from where to take the stroller to the falls so we faced a lot of trouble with it. He was too busy selling tickets for the boat ride! The tour also took us to the German border and we had a quick ride in a small German village as well, which was a bonus and a surprise!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Fantastic tour to these Falls. So very happy that we visited in April because we saw a huge amount of water cascading through the falls. Not the highest falls in Europe but the biggest in volume of water. Guide gave just the right amount of information. A must see attraction.

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.

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