Sunday, September 5, 2010

Europe's Niagara

The Rhine Falls and a view of the arched foot bridge from the mighty rock in the midst of the waterfall.

Europe's largest water fall is the Rhine Falls (Rheinfalls). It is located near Schaffhausen. These magnificent water falls have an impressive breadth of 150 meters and a height of 23 meters. It is such a sight to behold several hundred cubic meters of water rushing into the depths at the rate of 23 meters per second. On a clear day, the spray rises in a cloud of rainbows in the forested banks.

Schloss Laufen as viewed from the mighty rock.

Unfortunately for us, we weren't able to see some rainbows because it was very cloudy when we visited. The water falls was still very beautiful nonetheless.

One of the boats doing a circular tour of the Rhine Falls.

We did manage to reach that mighty rock in the midst of the water falls by riding a ship. It was a thrilling experience to feel the vibration and roar of the water up close.

Going down the steep and narrow stone stairway at the mighty rock.

There are lots of things to do while you are here. You can take the circular boat trips, go on a river cruise on the Rhein river and visit the neighboring towns, visit the castles of Laufen and Wörth, go on an rope climbing adventure and if you are daring, rent a canoe.

If you are ever in Switzerland or Germany, Rhine Falls is a worthy visit.

1 comment:

kheemy said...

that was awesome! incidentally i posted the Niagara in my other blog, The Earth and I. I wish I could see them some day, lol!

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