Visit the magnificent Rhine Falls and pretty village of Stein am Rhein on this 5-hour trip from Zurich. With a guide, you'll travel through northern Switzerland’s rolling wine country to the falls, Europe’s largest. View the roaring waters from clifftop Laufen Castle, and, in summer, choose to ride a boat close up to the cascades. Afterward, take a guided stroll around medieval Stein am Rhein to admire its fresco-painted, half-timber houses and other historical highlights. You will meet in Central Zurich, but your tour includes also optional Zurich airport pickup and drop-off, ideal if you’re short on time.
Depart central Zurich or Zurich airport by comfortable coach and journey into northern Switzerland close to the German border. As you travel, pass pretty farming villages and vineyards, and hear from your guide how this beautiful region is known for its wine production.Arrive at 15th-century Laufen Castle, set on a clifftop facing the Rhine Falls, and take in the 450-foot (150-meter) wide and 75-foot (23-meter) high falls, Europe’s biggest. Enjoy an hour here to see an exhibition, admire panoramic views from the glass elevator, or walk to the viewpoints above and around the falls to thrill at their roar and power. The site also has a playground, shops and restaurants. Perhaps opt for a boat ride (Subject to availability) to experience the crashing cascades close up.Enjoy some free time either here, or later, to refuel with a snack (own expense), and then drive by the 16th-century Munot Fortress in Schaffhausen, before continuing to Stein am Rhein, famous for its painted medieval houses. Here, follow your guide on an hour-long walk around the cobbled Old Town to see the top landmarks, and admire the timber-frame townhouses with their stunning frescoes. Hear how most houses date to the Renaissance, and are built from stone inlaid with delicate wood windows.After free time to explore and relax, return to Zurich where your tour concludes. If you’re due to catch an evening flight, opt for a drop-off at Zurich airport.