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From Zürich: Stein am Rhein and Rhine Falls

1. From Zürich: Stein am Rhein and Rhine Falls

Travel out of Zürich for a scenic tour through dramatic natural landscapes and historic landmarks. Come across quaint villages and vast vineyards, and take the lift to the Rhine Falls. Depart Zürich and journey towards the Swiss/German border of northern Switzerland. Travel through a beautiful wine-growing region of charming farming villages and picturesque landscapes en route to Laufen. See the splendid medieval castle of Schloss Laufen and the mighty Rhine Falls and experience Europe's biggest waterfall. Get unique views from the panoramic lift and discover what it looks like when an average of 700,000 liters of water per second plunges into the basin below. If you are feeling adventurous, take the optional boat ride and experience the falls from below. Continue via Schaffhausen with its famous Munot Fortress. Soak up the views of the gently rolling vineyards and farming villages en route to Stein am Rhein. Upon arrival, learn about the well-preserved old town during a stroll. See distinctive medieval buildings such as the church and former monastery of St. George's Abbey. Look at the half-timber frame townhouses, along with the city gates and towers, the Town Hall, and the Armory. Admire the delicate wooden window frames of many of the buildings and marvel at their exceptional frescoes.

Schaffhausen: Self-Guided City Sightseeing & Scavenger Hunt

2. Schaffhausen: Self-Guided City Sightseeing & Scavenger Hunt

Get to know Schaffhausen at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour. You'll explore the city on foot and get points for solving different types of tasks: Find sights: You will use hints to find the best sights and hidden gems throughout the city. The map function in the app will help you get there. Solve questions: Once you’ve arrived at the place you’re looking for, you’ll be asked questions about the sight. Most of the time, the answers are hidden in signs, pictures, etc. A great and fun way to learn new things about the city. Have fun: During the adventure you can also expect exciting photo tasks that require a lot of creativity. If you master the snapshots, you will be rewarded with points. Along the way, you’ll reach amazing places like the Haus zum Ritter, Schillerglocke / Kräutergarten, Schifflände and many more! After you book the game, you’ll get a game code via email with instructions on how to play. Head to the “Fronwagplatz” and use the code to unlock the game in the app. The tour ends at the “ Schifflände”. The experience is not limited in time. You can explore the city at your own pace and take breaks. Just download the Explorial-App, go to the starting point, and you’re ready to start with the game. The tour lasts on average about 1-2 hours.

Rhine Falls, Chocolate & cheese factory in Appenzell

3. Rhine Falls, Chocolate & cheese factory in Appenzell

Embark on an incredible journey from Zurich for the Rhine Falls, one of Switzerland's most iconic natural attractions. Then, visit the Chocolarium and the Appenzeller Schaukäserei for an delicious gastronomic adventure in Switzerland. Located near the town of Schaffhausen, the Rhine Falls are the largest waterfalls in Europe by water flow. With their impressive power and picturesque setting, the Rhine Falls offer an unforgettable experience for visitors. Whether admiring the view from promises moments of fascination and wonder in the heart of nature. Immerse yourself in the delicious world of Swiss Chocolate at the Chocolorium, where you will discover the secrets of chocolate making and have the opportunity to taste the variety of chocolate delights. Then, head to Appenzeller Schaukäserei (cheese dairy) for an authentic cheese experience. Explore the traditional production of Appenzeller cheese . This unique self-guided excursion promises a day that will stimulate your five senses. Followed by a discovery of the charming village of Appenzell, nestled amid the rolling hills of northeastern Switzerland. Explore cobblestone streets, colorful buildings adorned with frescoes, and cozy cafes serving Swiss fare. Immerse yourself in tradition at the Landsgemeindeplatz, where the annual open-air assembly takes place. Surrounding the village, the stunning Appenzell Alps offer hiking trails and scenic vistas. Experience Swiss charm and hospitality in Appenzell.

Rhine Falls & Stein am Rhein: Private Tour with a Local

4. Rhine Falls & Stein am Rhein: Private Tour with a Local

We will pick you up by private car from Zurich or near Zurich (around 100 km radius). After a 35-minute drive we arrive at the Northern side of the Rhine Falls. Here you can take a boat ride and get close to the falls. For the best experience, we recommend taking the yellow boat as this will allow you to stop on the rock in the middle of the Falls (30 min boat ride). We will then visit the Rhine Falls from the other side at Schloss Laufen where you can get close to the falls by elevator and also visit Laufen Castle. After a 25-minute drive through beautiful countryside with lush green and vineyards we arrive in the medieval town of Stein am Rhein. It is famous for its well-preserved Old Town featuring painted facades and half-timbered houses. Stein am Rhein is a lively and very charming small town. Among the sights are the Monastery of St. Georgen, one of the best-preserved Medieval monastery complexes, the Lindwurm Museum depicting 19th century bourgeois and agricultural life as well as the holiday areas and excursion destinations that include the island group of Werd. The Hohenklingen Castle, which was built high above the town in 1225, brings to life the colourful history of Stein am Rhein.

Zürich:Private Car Tour- Rhine Falls, Titisee & Black Forest

5. Zürich:Private Car Tour- Rhine Falls, Titisee & Black Forest

Join us on this full day private excursion by car to encounter the breathtaking wonders of Rhine Falls & traverse through the stunning landscapes of Black Forest Region, fairytale villages nestled along the tranquil shores of the lakes and rivers in Germany & Switzerland. Step into the magical world of medieval Stein Am Rhein a picturesque villages with untouched landscapes, stroll through the winding alleys of the well-preserved Old Town and half-timbered houses. Venture to the majestic Rhine Falls, the largest waterfall in Europe and witness the sheer power and beauty of the cascading waters as they thunder down with impressive force. Uncover the wonders of Germany's highest waterfalls nestled in Triberg town and marvel at world biggest Cuckoo Clock. Immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of the Black Forest as we discover the shores of Lake Titisee surrounded by lush forests, crystal-clear waters, the picturesque town of Titisee-Neustadt beckons with its peaceful charm.

From Zurich to The Rhine Falls

6. From Zurich to The Rhine Falls

Your driver will meet you at a location convenient to you in Zurich. This tour will give you an opportunity to discover more of the region's sights, history and culture. First of all, you will stop at the medieval Laufen Castle (Schloss Laufen) located on a mountaintop, which overlooks the Rhine Falls, Europe's largest waterfall. When you are already at the Rhine Falls, you will have the chance to take photos of the fantastic scenery from the viewing platforms and have the possibility of a summertime boat ride to the middle of Rhine Falls (from June to August only; payable direct). Already returning back to Zurich, pass through Schaffhausen, where you will have an opportunity to see the unique circular Munot Fortress. Afterwards, the group will return to Zurich, to the initial meeting point.

Zurich: Stein Am Rhein, Schaffhausen, & Rhine River Cruise

7. Zurich: Stein Am Rhein, Schaffhausen, & Rhine River Cruise

Harmoniously combining charming Swiss culture with remarkable history and breathtaking nature, this jam-packed Swiss adventure promises an entire day of unforgettable experiences. The medieval old town of Stein Am Rhein will transport you back in time, offering an immersive historical adventure where the guide will share extraordinary facts and interesting stories of the area’s heritage. Upon cruising along the indigo-blue Rhine River, you can admire untouched landscapes and charming villages before reaching Schaffhausen. While taking a scenic walk through its monumental sites, the guide will unveil the historic roots of the idyllic town. The tour will continue with a railway adventure to the majestic Rhine Falls, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Overflowing with stupendous natural beauty and incredible history, this magnificent destination will undoubtedly create heartwarming memories that will last a lifetime!

Rhine fall Visit and Zurich Open Top City Tour

8. Rhine fall Visit and Zurich Open Top City Tour

Departing from Zurich, embark in one of our amazing vehicle for the "Rhine Falls". The Rhine Falls are one of Switzerland's most iconic natural attractions. Located near the town of Schaffhausen, they are the largest waterfalls in Europe by water flow. With their impressive power and picturesque setting, the Rhine Falls offer an unforgettable experience for visitors. Whether admiring the view from the designated observation platforms or taking a boat (optional) excursion to get closer to the falls, a self-guided visit to the Rhine Falls promises moments of fascination and wonder amidst nature. Now discover Zurich in all these aspects with this open-top sightseeing tour here you will embark on a city tour of Zurich: the global banking center located in the north of Switzerland. The city tour will take you through the main tourist attractions, passing through numerous parks, museums and historic sites.

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What people are saying about Schaffhausen

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4.6
(443 reviews)

We really enjoyed this day trip from Zurich. We didn’t leave Zurich until 1pm but still seen a lot in the day! The bus was comfortable and our guide Gallus was very friendly and gave a very informative tour. He spoke on the bus as well as on site at the Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein. You are free to roam Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein before heading back to the bus. Stein am Rhein is a beautiful place, it’s like something out of a fairytale. Worth the visit!

A fantastic tour. Very organised & the waterfall experience was something else! The village was very cute- wish we had longer to spent time there. But we really enjoyed the whole experience.

we really enjoyed the tour - the tour leader (Serena) was excellent, very informative and speaks very good English. We went on Saturday 2nd March (afternoon) - highly recommend - thank you.

We’ve been lucky with nice weather. You will not regret to take a boat to waterfall. Monica was nice, telling us additional stories about CH during our trip. Nice experience.👋😉

it was awesome experience... one of the memorable trip.