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From Zürich: Stein am Rhein and Rhine Falls

1. From Zürich: Stein am Rhein and Rhine Falls

Depart Zürich and journey towards the Swiss/German border of northern Switzerland. Travel through a beautiful wine-growing region of charming farming villages and picturesque landscapes en route to Laufen. See the splendid medieval castle of Schloss Laufen and the mighty Rhine Falls and experience Europe's biggest waterfall. Get unique views from the panoramic lift and discover what it looks like when an average of 700,000 liters of water per second plunges into the basin below. Next, take the Belvedere Trail to a viewing platform right above the falls. Feel the rumbling waters beneath you. If you are feeling adventurous, take the optional boat ride and experience the falls from below. Continue via Schaffhausen with its famous Munot Fortress. Soak up the views of the gently rolling vineyards and farming villages en route to Stein am Rhein. Upon arrival, learn about the well-preserved old town during a stroll. See distinctive medieval buildings such as the church and former monastery of St. George's Abbey. Look at the half-timber frame townhouses, along with the city gates and towers, the Town Hall, and the Armory. Admire the delicate wooden window frames of many of the buildings and marvel at their exceptional frescoes.

Best of Zurich City Tour: Rhine Falls & Stein am Rhein

2. Best of Zurich City Tour: Rhine Falls & Stein am Rhein

Explore Zurich's Old Town and see the highlights of this unique town in the morning. Pass by the castle-like National Museum, the Bahnhofstrasse shopping avenue, Zurich's famous financial district and the renowned Zurich Opera House. Enjoy a photo stop at the picturesque Lake Zurich before continuing uphill into the "Zurichberg" district with its many impressive mansions of glorious times past. Enjoy breathtaking views of the city, lake and snow-covered Alps. Cruising by the university quarter, see the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and Zurich's art museum before reaching the charming Old Town. Stop to take a picture with a view of the patriarchal guild houses, St. Peter's Church with Europe's largest clock face, the "Grossmünster" cathedral and the "Fraumünster" church with its stained glass windows by Marc Chagall. After an introduction to the Old Town, take a scenic drive back to Limmatquai to the Sihlquai coach park. After the city tour, you have around 1 hour of free time to enjoy lunch (not included) or relax. In the afternoon, a bus will drive you through a picturesque landscape with gently rolling vineyards and charming farming villages to reach the splendid medieval Laufen Castle. Enjoy your time at the mighty Rhine Falls, Europe's biggest waterfall and one of Switzerland's major attractions. Experience unique views from the panoramic lift and see an average of 700,000 liters of water per second plunge into the basin below, across a width of 150 meters. The Belvedere panoramic trail brings you to the viewing platform right above the falls where you can feel the spindrift of the rumbling waters. Those seeking the ultimate adventure might take the optional boat ride into the fizzy waters below the falls (available in Summer only). Continue via Schaffhausen with its renowned Munot Fortress to the medieval town of Stein am Rhein. Learn about the well-preserved old town and see the many distinctive medieval buildings such as the church, St. George's Abbey, the townhouses and the gates and towers, as well as the town hall and armory. Most of these half-timbered frame houses are made of stone with delicate wooden window frames and impress visitors with their exceptional frescoes. 

From Zurich: Private 4 Countries in 1 Full-Day Tour

3. From Zurich: Private 4 Countries in 1 Full-Day Tour

Uncover the best of 4 countries in 1 day on this tour. After getting picked up from your hotel in Zurich, sit back and relax in the comfort of a private vehicle as you drive along Lake Zurich, Obersee and Walensee, admiring green hills and valleys along the way. Then, cross the border into Vaduz in Liechtenstein. Here, marvel at the emblem of the city, the imposing Vaduz Castle, then visit the famous post-office with its high-in-demand stamps. Next, continue to Bregenz in Western Austria, located on the shores of Lake Constance. Here, see sights such as Martins Tower, Lake Promenade and the famous Kunsthaus Kub. Afterward, proceed to the main sightseeing location in Southern Germany, Lindau, where you can admire majestic townhouses and breathtaking views. Later, continue to the German city of Meersburg, where you will drive over the bridge to reach the Swiss town of Stein am Rhein. Enjoy some free time to wander through the narrow streets of the city's fairytale-like Old Town and marvel at its preserved, half-timbered medieval houses with their extravagantly painted facades. After a full day's sightseeing, get dropped off back at your hotel in Zurich.

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What people are saying about Stein am Rhein

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 277 reviews

A great half day trip and easy way to see the falls and town. The guide was very informative, but remember to take cash for the boat tour.

Lovely tour. breathtaking views at Rhine falls and splendid little town Stein am Rhein. also lovely tour guide Francesca.

Great experience. The guided tour was informational and made exploring the sites easy. Would definitely recommend.

Very Nice experience! Must see place and tour/ tour guide were helpful in starting the switzerland experience

Amazing and wonderful place. Very nice transportation and tour-guide as well.