Best Waterfalls in Switzerland
Switzerland doesn’t only have the gigantic Alps, rivers, and meadows, but is also abundant in some of the most stunning waterfalls in the whole of Europe. The Switzerland waterfalls gurgle, crash, and plummet, stunning the onlookers with their sheer force and grace amidst beautifully varied locations of humongous rockfaces, cliffs, plateaus, and valleys.
Be it feeling the earth reverberate with the sheer force of Rhine Falls, the misty sprays of Staubbach Falls enveloping you, or the magical fairytale-like setting of Tine Conflens, they all captivate with their bewitching beauty.
Rhine Falls, Schaffhausen
To feel the earth almost vibrating with the power of the water in the Rhine Falls is an amazing, almost outwardly, experience. In summers, there is a whopping amount of 600,000 litres of water plummets per second here. Rhine Falls, the largest waterfall in Europe, was formed over 15,000 years ago during the Ice Age.
In the middle of the falls, there is a sharp cliff that can be reached through a boat ride. If you don’t mind steep climbs, you can take a short trail to reach the viewing platform on this cliff to feel the energy and mist of the water surrounding you.
Best Time to visit: April To August when the melting snow and rainfall add volume to the falls.
Height: Rhine Falls’ height is around 23 metres.
Staubbach Falls, Lauterbrunnen
One of the tallest free-falling waterfalls in the whole of Europe, they fall from a tall rock face framed by the Lauterbrunnen Valley and snow-covered peaks of Monch, Eiger, and Jungfrau in the background.
For a closer look, you can take a trail, which is a little steep and slippery, to reach a rock balcony that serves as a great vantage point. This trail has information panels that tell visitors about the history of these falls.
Best Time to visit: The months of April-August are the best time to see these falls. This is when the snowmelt season is accompanied by rainfall making the waterfall voluminous.
Height: The height of Staubbach Falls is around 297 metres.
Engstligen Falls, Adelboden
This thunderous waterfall, is the second tallest waterfall in Switzerland, and is amongst the most jaw-dropping sights in the country. Water falls with such velocity and speed that you can feel the air and ground reverberating with its energy.
They look mesmerising nestled amidst snow-coated mountains, emerald-green meadows with grazing cows, miles of flowering patches, and rustic mountain hamlets. Due to its beauty, it is considered as a site of national significance and is a favourite excursion spot amongst locals and visitors. .
Best Time to visit: Visit the waterfall between April-August to see them at their voluminous best due to rains and melting snow, which is the main water source.
Height: The combined height of Engstligen Falls I and II is around 397 metres.
Foroglio Falls, Val Bavona
Created by the waters from two connected glaciers in Bavona Valley and Calneggia Valley, Foroglio Falls is one of the most spectacular of all the Switzerland waterfalls. They offer a beautiful waterfall experience as one sees water plummeting, crashing and splashing amidst striking surrounding scenery.
This powerful and graceful natural attraction gets its name from the nearby Foroglio Village that houses ancient 11th-century churches and castles. The trail to reach the fall is simple & scenic full of colourful wildflowers. The viewpoint takes you quite close to the falls and offers beautiful views of the Bavona Valley,
Best Time to visit: April-August to see the falls at their glory.
Height: This waterfall’s height is around 110 metres.