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10 Best Waterfalls in Switzerland

Switzerland, one of the finest countries in Europe, is famous for its alpine scenery, luxury branded watches and knives, and delicious milky chocolates. Being a spot for different countries, as it is surrounded by 5 countries – Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein, it is also known for its alluring cities, scenic train rides and amazing waterfalls that showcase the best of the country’s nature. You will find different types of cultures and traditions followed here along with people speaking different languages due to the different countries that border Switzerland. Now that you know a little bit about Switzerland, You are going to read about some of the best waterfalls that are a must-visit when in Switzerland.
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Waterfalls In Switzerland – The List

  1. Rhine Falls, Schaffhausen
  2. Staubbach Falls, Lauterbrunnen
  3. Engstligen Falls, Adelboden
  4. Reichenbach Falls, Meiringen
  5. Trümmelbach Falls, Lauterbrunnen
  6. Foroglio Falls, Val Bavona
  7. Giessbach Falls, Lake Brienz
  8. Mürrenbach Falls, Stechelberg
  9. Rosenlaui Falls, Meiringen
  10. Tine Conflens, La Sarraz

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1. Rhine Falls, Schaffhausen :

Rhine Falls is the largest waterfall in Europe and was formed over 15,000 years ago during the Ice Age. It is a beautiful feeling to sense and feel earth almost vibrating with the power and force of water. The experience is surreal and in the middle of the falls, there is a cliff that you can reach through a boat ride. You can also take a short climb if you are adventurous like me, You will feel the energy and vibe of the water surrounding you from this point. One of the best times to visit here would be between April to August to witness the essence of snow, rainfall and the magic of Rhine together! Trust me, just beautiful. The falls has over 6 lakh litres of water plummets per second along with being 23 metres in height – I was shocked too.
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2. Staubbach Falls, Lauterbrunnen :

Staubbach Falls at Lauterbrunnen, is the fall that inspired poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe to write ‘Song of the Spirits over the waters’ is a stunning sight to see. Being one of the tallest free-falling waterfalls in entire Europe, around 297 metres, they fall from where you can see the snow-covered peaks of Jungfrau, Eiger and Monch in the background. You can also take a trail that is a little steep for a closer look to reach the rock balcony which is a great viewpoint. The pathway also has information panels on the history of the falls that you can read while walking. The best time to visit here would be April to August, a time when rainfall and snow are the icings to the view of these falls.

3. Engstligen Falls, Adelboden :

The second tallest waterfall in Switzerland, it is the most jaw-dropping sight in the country. The snow-coated mountains and mesmerising green meadows, grazing cows, flowering patches and the swaying grass and the whole energy and vibe of the place is a must-do when in Switzerland. The best time to visit April to August, during the rain and snow, a major source of water. The combined height of Engstligen Falls I and II is around 397 metres. It is considered one of the finest sites of national significance and the favourite excursion spot for many. You do not want to miss this!
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4. Reichenbach Falls, Meiringen :

Having an even step-like formation, Reichenbach Falls is considered the most unique waterfalls in the world and is also one of the most mesmerising and stunning waterfalls in Switzerland. It is around 250 metres and looks amazing between April to August. A lot of Sherlock Holmes references as it is said that he met his death here in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Book. You can also find a plaque and museum nearby for the Holmes fans. Many also visit to experience the train ride which operates from mid-May to early October. Must visit for any nature lover!

5. Trümmelbach Falls, Lauterbrunnen :

Situated in the panoramic valley of Lauterbrunnen, Trümmelbach Falls is a composite of 10 cascades that cut their way through the rocks making them the most intriguing waterfalls in Switzerland. The waters originate from Jungfrau glaciers and during snow season they are a whopping 20,000 litres of water per second – yes another shocking yet beautiful scenery to visit. You can reach here by taking an underground lift through tunnels. You can also experience several self-serving restaurants with Swiss food and great views from the balcony. The best time to visit these 140 metre tall waterfalls would be early April to November as it is open during this period.
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6. Foroglio Falls, Val Bavona :

Foroglio Falls is the most spectacular waterfall in Switzerland as it is connected by two glaciers in Bavona Valley and Calneggia Valley along with offering the most beautiful waterfall experience. To see the water plummeting, splashing and striking amidst the beautiful scenery is a treat to the eye. This waterfall gets its name from Foroglio Village that is home to the ancient churches and castles from the 11th century. This 110-metre tall waterfall is a pleasure to witness from April to August. The path-way to reach the falls is simple yet breathtaking as it takes you quite close to nature and the beautiful views of the Bavona Valley.
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7. Giessbach Falls, Lake Brienz :

Giessbach Falls are preserved and acclaimed as one of the most amazing waterfalls in Switzerland. Being fed by the glaciers in Faulhorn Sagis Valley, these series of waterfalls range between 300-600 metres. April to August being the best time to visit, these waterfalls have one of the best vantage points to see that you can reach by an 18th century funicular ride that also takes you up to the historical Giessbach Hotel. It also offers beautiful scenic views of a nearby bridge along with the pristine Lake Brienz and its light green waters. A fun fact – Each of the 14 steps in which the water crashes and falls are named after Bernese War heroes. Make sure to tick this waterfall off your bucket list!
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8. Mürrenbach Falls, Stechelberg :

Mürrenbach Falls will offer you the most incredible and impressive waterfall experience in the whole of Switzerland. Considered another tall waterfall in the country, the height of Mürrenbach Falls is around 417 metres and it had water plummeting in 5 staircases like rocks. You will get the best view from the Schilthornbahn Cable Car station that takes you up and quite closer to the truly breathtaking water! The waterfall has maximum flow between April to August and is a treat to the eye when in Switzerland.

9. Rosenlaui Falls, Meiringen :

Rosenlaui Falls is a beautiful glacial gorge that is a once in a lifetime experience that you can get. Considered to be the jewel amongst most of the attractions in Switzerland, this gorge is located amidst 80-metre rock faces. It is open from early May to early November leaving the best time to visit to be between April and August. The power of the water falling for centuries has carved beautiful shapes in the rocks that look so mesmerising and one of a kind as if they were a painting. You can walk through the footpath surrounded by rocks giving yet another feeling of being close to nature.
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10. Tine Conflens, La Sarraz :

Tine Conflens, a well kept Swiss secret as people consider it to be, is like walking into a magical forest from a fairytale filled with colourful flowers, trees and lush grasslands. April to August being the best time to visit these waterfalls, they are also one of the most bewitching pleasure to the eye waterfalls in Switzerland. They are 25 metres in height and are illuminated by sunshine almost throughout the daytime. Do not miss this when you are in Switzerland, trust me, you will thank me later!
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Now that you are an expert on the waterfalls in Switzerland, I hope you are not choosing only a few from these – I know a tough choice to make. Pack your bags with some extra space for all the chocolates and cheese that you’ll be bringing back from your beautiful vacation to Switzerland. Have a look at already curated Switzerland packages or Switzerland honeymoon packages and customise one yourself at Have a Happy Trail!

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