January 18, 2018

Rhine Falls – Europe’s Biggest

Waterfalls are spectacular sights no matter how big they are.  There is something to be said about water cascading and frothing down a mountainside or around rocks.  Simply beautiful!

Today’s pictures were taken many, many, many, many years ago.  I won’t tell you exactly how many but it was at the end of my honeymoon.  On our way back into Germany we stopped by Europe’s largest waterfall, the Rhine Falls.Rhine Falls Switzerland2

Now I know they aren’t as massive as Niagara or Iguazu Falls but they really are very pretty and impressive.

The Rhine Falls are at the Upper Rhine near Schaffhausen Switzerland and are actually a series of 3 falls, Zurcher, Schaffhauser and Muhle Falls.  The 15,000 year old falls have approximately 750,000 liters of water powering over them every second.  That’s a lot of water!  Viewing the falls can be done by platforms located on either side or by boat.Rhine Falls Switzerland

I remember feeling the thunder and hearing the thumping of the falls as well as mist on my face as I viewed the falls cascading all around me.  Simply beautiful!Rhine Falls Switzerland3

So if you’re in the area, I can recommend you stop by.  .  .

What are your favorite European waterfalls???


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  2. Ferry says:

    Wow!! Beautiful photographs

  3. Kerry-ann says:

    I cannot believe it! We spent 10 years in the Europe region and managed to miss this amazing site. What awesome photos! To stand there and be shaken by the water thundering down must have been amazing.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Well I guess that means you need to go back for a visit 🙂

      • Kerry-Ann says:

        Tempting! And we will be coming back to explore a bit more. This time we want to live in Europe (lived in UK and travelled to Europe). But first there is the East to explore. However, every time I come across things like this I put it on a list so that when we get to Europe we won’t miss out again…
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  4. Istria says:

    Very nice shots

  5. Leigh says:

    What an impressive waterfall and what great shots.
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  6. jade says:

    Oh my god- this is gorgeous! You captured the water flowing so beautifully!

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Thanks Jade. I wish I could say I was trying to capture the water flowing but I’ll just take the results 🙂

  7. The sound of running water is somehow quite soothing. And I can’t think of any waterfalls in Europe either…grat pics though!
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I agree. When camping I love to be next to a rushing river. The sound just lulls me to sleep 🙂

  8. thetravelgal says:

    Nice blog and and interesting post. I haven’t been to this part of Germany and wasn’t aware of these falls – they look very cool!

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Thanks for stopping by. They are very interesting and beautiful but then I adore the Alpine areas!

  9. I don’t think I have ever seen a waterfall in Europe either, now that you mention it. This place looks gorgeous!
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  10. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a waterfall in Europe – though Monet’s garden was a nice body of water.

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Monet’s garden is beautiful too! There are a lot of scenic areas in Europe around water. Just doesn’t seem to be too many waterfalls.

  11. Nancie says:

    Beautiful! I never think of waterfalls in Europe.

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  12. Hey, who needs Niagra Falls when you’ve got this. I had no idea Europe had waterfalls like this! I bet the sound of the water gushing was incredible.
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  13. That first photo is great. It looks like the water might sweep away the onlookers.
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  14. WOW, now I feel bad for telling Laurel she had my favorite Travel Photo Thursday photo! These are awesome! I have never heard of these but I love waterfalls!
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  15. Very impressive shots, Debbie! I think everybody loves waterfalls. Offhand, I can’t think of any that I’ve seen in Europe though. Hmmm…..
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      My guess is they are out there, we just don’t usually go to Europe looking for them 🙂

  16. Tijmen says:

    I honestly didn’t know the Rhine Falls where europes biggest waterfalls, I actually never heard of them before. They definitely look impressive and very much worth a visit.
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  17. Beautiful! You know, I never think about rivers like the Rhine having waterfalls.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Isn’t that funny! Come to think about, I never really thought about it either. Guess we always think of smaller rivers as having waterfalls.

  18. Laurel says:

    Beautiful photos, although I was disappointed when I visited them. I guess when I heard “Europe’s Largest Waterfall” I was expecting something much bigger. I do think they’re nice though, but it’s good to go with expectations in check, which mine weren’t.
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  19. Katherina says:

    I’ve seen the Rhein Falls in Schaffhausen – its really impressive! That first picture of yours sums it all up pretty well 🙂
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  20. They look so powerful in your photo.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      It is amazing the power water has. Water is amazing as it has etched and changed so many mountains.

  21. Sophie says:

    Oh, I just happened to see the Rhein-Falle through a train window once, going from Schaffhausen to Zurich. Didn’t get a very good a look, but heard that wonderful roar. Definitely have to come back.
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