Guided tour

From Zürich: Stein am Rhein and Rhine Falls

From Zürich: Stein am Rhein and Rhine Falls

Activity provider: Best of Switzerland Tours
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From US$ 73.30 per person

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Spend the afternoon in northern Switzerland on a coach trip. Travel through a scenic landscape of charming villages, visit Europe's largest waterfall, and see the Belvedere Trail and Stein am Rhein.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German

Experience

Highlights
  • Feel the roar of Europe's biggest waterfall at Schloss Laufen
  • Learn the medieval history of Stein am Rhein
  • Drive through a spectacular landscape of farming villages and picturesque vineyards
Full description

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.

Includes
  • Fully guided tour by professional multilingual guide
  • Transportation in comfortable bus
  • Entrance fees to Schloss Laufen, the Rhine Falls and its panoramic glass lift, the Belvedere Trail, Historama Castle Museum and the viewing platform at Känzeli
  • Guided walk through the medieval old town of Stein am Rhein
  • Food and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional boat ride from April to October (CHF 10 per adult / CHF 5 per child; payable on the spot and subject to availability)

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Meeting point

Pickup from the Sihlquai Coach Parking near Zurich's main train station, Zürich Hauptbahnhof. Take the tram 4, 6, or 13 to Sihlquai stop.

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Food and drinks in the vehicle
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 307 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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I really enjoyed this tour. It’s a good medium length excursion. While on the bus, you see beautiful countryside, a few different small villages and see and learn about the different types of crops grown in the area. The visit to the falls was an incredible thing to experience. The visit to Stein am Rhein was also really nice. The guide takes you around and tells you about some of the buildings and the history and then you have about 20-30 minutes to wander around and maybe enjoy some gelato as we did.

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July 28, 2022

The rhine falls and boat tour are a must - like niagra falls on a smaller scale but still quite fun - BUT - we really loved the side trip to Rapperswil before the falls ! they mention this in passing in the tour info but it turns out to be a great stop ! a very nice castle and gardens with scenic overlooks - this is an excellent tour -

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July 23, 2022

Great tour but insufficient time at the Falls. There was not enough time to take the boat trip and visit all three viewing platforms and the museum or even all three viewing platforms and the boat and get back to the bus in time. They should do a shorter scenic tour ( less time in the bus or leave half an hour earlier)

July 11, 2022

Product ID: 58180