Rhine Falls with Laufen Castle in Neuhausen am Rheinfall.

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Top choice in Northeastern Switzerland

Ensnared in wispy spray, the thunderous Rheinfall might not give Niagara much competition in height (23m), width (150m) or even flow of water (700 cu metres per second in summer), but Europe's largest plain waterfall is stunning nonetheless. Trails thread up and along its shore, with viewpoints providing abundant photo ops.

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Nearby Northeastern Switzerland attractions

1. Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall

0.09 MILES

Looking proudly back on 1000 years of history, the medieval Schloss Laufen offers a close-quarters view of the Rheinfall cascade. You can buy a ticket at…

2. Herrenacker

1.48 MILES

Framed by pastel-coloured houses with steep tiled roofs, this is one of Schaffhausen’s prettiest squares. In August it’s an atmospheric backdrop for music…

3. Museum zu Allerheiligen

1.51 MILES

Entered via the cathedral cloister, the Museum zu Allerheiligen showcases treasures from Schaffhausen fossils to Etruscan gold jewellery. The art…

4. Herrenstube

1.53 MILES

The late-baroque Herrenstube was built in 1748 and was once the drinking hole of quaffing nobles.

5. Allerheiligen Münster

1.54 MILES

Completed in 1103, Schaffhausen’s cathedral is a rare, largely intact specimen of the Romanesque style in Switzerland. It opens to a beautifully simple…

6. Metzgerbrunnen

1.54 MILES

Marking the southern end of Fronwagplatz, the 16th-century Butcher's Fountain depicts a gallant-looking soldier bearing a sword and a shield emblazoned…

7. Fronwagplatz

1.55 MILES

At the very heart of the Altstadt lies this square, flanked by ornate facades. The 16th-century Mohrenbrunnen marks the northern end of the old…

8. Haus zum Ritter

1.56 MILES

The eye-catching Haus zum Ritter, built in 1492, boasts a detailed Renaissance-style fresco depicting a knight.