Switzerland Diaries - A Day Trip To Rhine Falls
During our 5-day Switzerland tour, a visit to Rhine Falls was included in our Day 3 itinerary.
Switzerland is a very small Federal Republic country composed of 26 cantons (like the Indian states). The country is landlocked and shares international borderlines with the countries of Italy, France, Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein. It is one of the most developed countries in the world. Zurich, Geneva and Basel are ranked among the top ten cities in the world in terms of quality of life. It's currency is Swiss Franc and is official known as CHF (Confoederatio Helvetica Franc).
On reaching the falls, we walked down a ramp where from we had an awesome view of the falls from a height.
The Rhine Falls Boat RideThere are a couple of ticketed boat rides for the tourists to get closer to the falls. There are different color boats for different rides. On walking down the ramp, there is a ticket counter to the right. Tourists buy ticket for boat ride based on their choice of ride. The red boat takes the tourists closer to the falls while the yellow (or blue, not sure of the colour) boat takes them to the standing platform where from they can have a view of the falls.
We bought the ticket for the red boat ride. It's about half-an-hour ride. We occupied a comfortable seat in the boat and enjoyed the ride. At the boat started getting closer and closer to the falls there were screams and shouts of thrill from the tourists.
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There stands a mighty rock in the middle which has a platform and tourists can have a close up view of the natural spectacle from standing platform.
The mighty river Rhine (Rhein) passes through four countries during its course from Alps to North Sea. Tourists can experience the full power of the natural wonder by riding closer to the falls in a boat. They can also have a close encounter of the cascading waters and soak themselves in the spray of fall waters by standing on the mind viewing platforms.
While having a boat ride tourists can enjoy the beautiful view of the surroundings and watch the running of train.
Also read: A trip to Niagara Falls.