CONTRIBUTED BY TEANNA SIDLES
Ever wonder where the Rhine River ends? It actually ends in Switzerland! It is Europe’s biggest waterfall! On our way down to Switzerland, Drew saw signs about the Rhine Falls and kept saying he wanted to see it. Since we were on a spur of the moment trip, we decided to stop off at the falls on our way home.
Funny thing, although the Rhine Falls are technically in Switzerland, we had to cross back into Germany, then cross back into Switzerland!
The Rhine Falls were formed in the last ice age, approximately 14,000 to 17,000 years ago, by erosion-resistant rocks narrowing the riverbed. The first glacial advances created today’s land forms approximately 500,000 years ago. Up to the end of the Wolstonian Stage approximately 132,000 years ago, the Rhine flowed westwards from Schaffhausen past Klettgau. This earlier riverbed later filled up with gravel.
The Falls are 150 m wide and 23 m high. In the winter, the average water flow is 250 m³/s, while in the summer, the average water flow is 700 m³/s. The highest flow ever measured was 1,250 m³/s in 1965; and the lowest, 95 m³/s in 1921. Fun fact: the falls cannot be climbed by fish, but eels are able to worm their way up over the rocks.
We spent a couple hours at the falls, as soon as we got there it had started to rain and everyone ran under the little souvenir shop for cover. Seamus & Rylie, our pups, were not happy. Luckily it only rained for about 10-minutes. At the Rhine Fall there is a path where the elevator goes from Laufen Castle to the outlook platform. You are able to take a boat ride to the Rhine Falls basin, the rocks in the middle of the Rhine and downstream to the national border or farther to the Rheinau power plant. We didn’t end up taking the boat ride because we had the dogs and the weather. We just figured it was easier not to go. We had no planned on staying for very long. It was just a nice stop off point to stretch our legs and get out of the car.
We walked around the falls for a while, following the pathway that lead up to the top of the falls, it was an amazing site. I’m not on outdoors person, but I love seeing things that nature creates. After visiting the falls I read about it and it looks like on a nice day there is a lot to do.
We didn’t come on a nice day, and we didn’t have any rain gear. The Rhine falls was a nice stop off point. The pictures we got were amazing and Drew was able to pick up a Switzerland Stein that had the all places we went to!
I enjoyed the Rhine Falls. I wouldn’t make the drive just to check it out. But it something that was nice to see since we were in the area. I’m sure you could spend the whole day there, if the weather was better.
Note: Teanna originally wrote a longer article about her trip on her website. She shortened it and shared it with Germany Ja.
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