Impressive natural spectacle

The region offers many different experiences: learn about the history of the Rhine Falls in the Historama and on a tour through Schloss Laufen. Experience the impressive natural spectacle up close from various perspectives and be inspired.

Great views right on the water

Standing on one of the viewing platforms opens up new perspectives. Just beneath you, the roaring water thunders over the Rhine Falls cliffs, the spray foams and you hear the thundering and rumbling of Europe’s largest waterfall. The Belvedere viewing platform is conveniently reached along the panoramic trail (wheelchair and stroller accessible). The Känzeli and Fischnetz viewing platforms, however, are only accessible via steps. Our tip: take the panoramic lift to return to the visitor centre. The view from the lift is extraordinary.

Around Schloss Laufen

Evening light spectacle

The rock in the middle of the falls is the highlight of the Rhine Falls, which is illuminated every day after sunset (not during fullmoon and the following day). Let yourself bewitched by the magic of the Rhine Falls.


Schloss Laufen and the Rhine Falls share a long history. Visit the castle exhibition: awaiting you in eleven rooms – spread over two floors – is a fascinating journey in image and sound through the romantic and belle époque eras to the present. Tip: combine the Historama and other Rhine Falls attractions with a visit to our restaurant. 

Grand Tour of Switzerland

Further highlights along the Zurich and Schaffhausen region legs of the tour.

The journey is the goal on the Grand Tour of Switzerland. This route will lead you 1,000 miles through four language regions, over five Alpine passes, to eleven UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well as two biospheres and along 22 lakes.

This tour provides a concentrated insight into Switzerland, with exquisite scenic views and cultural jewels. Further information about the Grand Tour of Switzerland can be found here.

Photo Spots
The Rhine Falls is featured as one of the most beautiful viewpoints amongst the Photo Spots on the Grand Tour of Switzerland. The photo frame is located on the Belvedere viewing platform. Share your best photos with us and your friends!



Around the Rhine Falls

Boat trips

Learn interesting facts about the grandiose natural spectacle – vividly and authentically told by a tourism professional from the Schaffhausen region.

Smilestones - Miniature world at the Rhine Falls

Small but mighty! The miniature world at the Rhine Falls!

Adults and children will find mountains up to 6 meters high, castles and palaces, rivers and fields in the impressive miniature world of Smilestones on more than 250 square meters of layout area. Around 23,000 miniature people live in their miniature wonderland with 12,000 little trees, over 100 trains in H0 gauge and many self-driving cars. Embedded in Swiss destinations such as the Alpstein region, the Bernese Oberland or the Rhine Falls, there is much to marvel at and smile about. The modeled landscape resembles a three-dimensional hidden object picture, full of many small scenes with funny details. Binoculars are ready for exciting voyages of discovery. Over 50 action buttons liven up the miniature world even more.
Directly above the Rhine Falls, indoor, air-conditioned and open all year round.

Smilestones - Miniature world at the Rhine Falls

Rhyality Immersive Art Hall

Step inside. Immerse yourself.
In our immersive shows, we take you on a journey through fantastic visual worlds, to magical places and create a completely new, breathtaking experience of moving images using 28 projectors and 90 speakers.

Rhyality Immersive Art Hall


Enjoy a nostalgic ride on the Rhyfall Express from the Rhine Falls to the Schaffhausen boat landing (connection to the URH boat service) or vice versa. Duration each way: Approx. 20 minutes.

Train stop: Approx. 50 meters from the Rhine Falls Info Shop (Schaffhausen side of the Rhine Falls).

Adventure Park at the Rhine Falls
Tourist information

The Rhine Falls and the historical Schloss Laufen: this is where international flair and a down-to-earth atmosphere come together. Zurich Airport is 47 km away and you can also conveniently reach Europe’s largest waterfall by train. It is just a four-minute walk to the visitor centre from the Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall train station, or take the glass lift.

In the visitor centre you will find many interesting facts about Schloss Laufen and the impressive waterfall. The figures are equally impressive: the Rhine Falls are 150 metres wide and 23 metres tall; around 700 cubic metres of water thunder over the cliffs each second.

Schloss Laufen is not only excellently situated, but is also well integrated: we actively maintain relationships with all tourist organisations and service providers throughout the region. Use this intact network while planning your stay with plenty of entertainment value. The following links may be helpful to you: