With a length of 375 kilometers, the Rhine is the longest river in Switzerland. Although the Rhine flows far to the east of the country, thanks to mighty tributaries it drains 80 per cent of Switzerland’s surface. Now it’s time to leave the water for a short while, because at Neuhausen the mightily grown river plunges at the Rhine Falls into the depth. In the summer about 700 cubic meters of water gush downwards per second, the record quantity, however, is twice as high. The fearless climb under the Rhine Falls into one of the boats that travel very close to the roaring waters.
Idyllic Lake Bannalp lies above the Engelberger valley. The eponymous alp can be comfortably reached by cable car. It is irresistible to summiteers as well as people searching for relaxation.
Passengers boarding a boat in Schaffhausen, at the foot of the Munot fortress, will pass by Hohenklingen castle and the cultural and vegetable island of Reichenau, in order to reach Konstanz (D) on the upper shores of the Lower Lake and, a little later, Kreuzlingen on Lake Constance. A trip along the High Rhine, between Schaffhausen and ‘Stein am Rhein’ and on the Lower Lake, rightly ranks as one of Europe’s most glorious boat trips.