The Rheinfall waterfalls

Schaffhausen - Rheinau

Schaffhausen: Schönbühl Essen Tagungen Fest

Schaffhausen: Schönbühl Essen Tagungen Fest

Schaffhausen: Vordergasse

Schaffhausen: Vordergasse

The ViaRhenana, one of Switzerland's longest hiking trails, runs for ten days along the historic waterway between Untersee and Hochrhein. The fourth stage takes four hours from Schaffhausen to Rheinau with its baroque monastery church.

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Technical information

Starting point:Schaffhausen
Getting to the starting point:Train to Schaffhausen train station
Getting to the destination:Post bus from Rheinau Post Office
Physical fitness:medium
Hiking time:3h45
Season:January to December


An average of 700,000 litres of water per second plunge across a width of 150 metres and 23 metres into the depths. This is a record - there is no other waterfall in Europe bigger than the Rheinfall. This is experienced in a most impressive way on a boat trip through the Rheinfall basin, of which the highlight is the climb up the famous rock in the midst of the thundering mass of water.

The ViaRhenana's fourth stage starts in Schaffhausen and leads for 14 comfortable kilometres along to Rheinau in barely 4 hours. Make sure you stay long enough to go sightseeing in the medieval historic city centre with its 171 oriel windows. They are amongst the most beautiful to be found in the country. The historic city centre is dominated by the Munot Fortress, a landmark towering above the city.

Then along the vineyard of Flurlingen to the filigree Rhine bridge from 1857 and on the banks of Neuhausen to Rheinfall. The Rheinufer Trail to Rheinau starts below Castle Wörth. Definitely worth a visit here is the monastery island with its impressive buildings and beautiful setting.

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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