Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein Half-Day Tour from Zurich

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Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein Half-Day Tour from Zurich
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Visit the magnificent Rhine Falls and pretty village of Stein am Rhein on this 5-hour trip from Zurich. With a guide, you'll travel through northern Switzerland’s rolling wine country to the falls, Europe’s largest. View the roaring waters from clifftop Laufen Castle, and, in summer, choose to ride a boat close up to the cascades. Afterward, take a guided stroll around medieval Stein am Rhein to admire its fresco-painted, half-timber houses and other historical highlights. You will meet in Central Zurich, but your tour includes also optional Zurich airport pickup and drop-off, ideal if you’re short on time.
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In Brief

Location:
Zürich, Switzerland
Country:
Switzerland
Duration:
5 hours 15 minutes
Operates:
May to September:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
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Itinerary
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Pass By: Sihlquai, Sihlstrasse 41, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

Depart central Zurich or Zurich airport by comfortable coach and journey into northern Switzerland close to the German border. As you travel, pass pretty farming villages and vineyards, and hear from your guide how this beautiful region is known for its wine production.

Stop At: Rhine Falls, Rheinfallquai, Neuhausen am Rheinfall 8212 Switzerland

Arrive at 15th-century Laufen Castle, set on a clifftop facing the Rhine Falls, and take in the 450-foot (150-meter) wide and 75-foot (23-meter) high falls, Europe’s biggest. 

Enjoy an hour here to see an exhibition, admire panoramic views from the glass elevator, or walk to the viewpoints above and around the falls to thrill at their roar and power. The site also has a playground, shops and restaurants. Perhaps opt for a boat ride (Subject to availability and not included in price) to experience the crashing cascades close up.

Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes

Pass By: Munotstieg 17 8200 Schaffhausen, Schaffhausen 8200 Switzerland

Enjoy some free time either here, or later, to refuel with a snack (own expense), and then drive by the 16th-century Munot Fortress in Schaffhausen, before continuing to Stein am Rhein, famous for its painted medieval houses.

Stop At: Oberstadt 3, Stein am Rhein 8260 Switzerland

Here, follow your guide on an hour-long walk around the cobbled Old Town to see the top landmarks, and admire the timber-frame townhouses with their stunning frescoes. Hear how most houses date to the Renaissance, and are built from stone inlaid with delicate wood windows.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Sihlquai, Sihlstrasse 41, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

Here, follow your guide on an hour-long walk around the cobbled Old Town to see the top landmarks, and admire the timber-frame townhouses with their stunning frescoes. Hear how most houses date to the Renaissance, and are built from stone inlaid with delicate wood windows.

Inclusions

  • Professional guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Walking tour at Stein am Rhein
  • Entry/Admission - Rhine Falls

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks
  • Boat ride at Rhine Falls (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Time

1:15 PM

Departure Point

Best of Switzerland Tours AG, Sihlquai Coach Parking, Limmatstrasse 4, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • If you would like to be picked up and/or drop off at the airport, please notify supplier at least or up to 24 hours before departure

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.75 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

This tour was a perfect way to spend an afternoon in Switzerland. It was low key and well organized.
• Submitted 08 Oct 2019
It was a perfect tour with a great guide and fascinating views. Highly recommended - both Rhine Falls and Stein-am-Rhein are undoubtedly worth seeing!
• Submitted 09 Sep 2019
we participate the Tour at 16 th June of 2019, We boarded Van,Peter was very interested in and giving us important information about the city Zürich and where we went,very pleased we would love to go on a tour with him again.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Bus location is quit easy to find. Public transit is the least expensive way to get to the bus terminal. Our taxi ride was costly. We really enjoyed the scenic ride to the falls. The Rhine falls are really beautiful.... not huge.. but still beautiful. Lots of stairs to climb at the falls. The town of Stein am Rhein is picturesque and lovely. I would recommend this tour to others. It is relaxing and easy going.
• Submitted 05 Aug 2018
Switzerland has so many wonderful and beautiful natural scenery. This tour highlighted one that is little known but well worth the time taken.
• Submitted 02 Aug 2018
Value for money Fantastic guide, (Maude) knowledgeable and very clear with directions, times, meeting points, she had amazing patience for those who struggled following directions! We did waste a bit of time at Rhine falls waiting for stragglers as the guide needs to give each person an entry ticket, some had wandered off to bathroom and we couldn’t enter until we were an entire group - bit frustrating. If you do the boat ride at extra cost of 10 CHF (which is fun) be aware there are many steps down to the boat and up again to the castle- if you have trouble with stairs give it a miss, also you will not have time to more than a cursory view of the castle. The falls are beautiful and powerful but don’t expect them to compare with Niagra, they’re just different and awesome on their own. The town of Rhein am Stein is a must, again there is only an hour here so either grab a bite to eat that you can walk with or sit at an outside eating place and sacrifice the opportunity of walking he cobblestones streets and visiting the little shops. The bus ride to and from is very comfortable and you get to see the many faces of Switzerland’s landscape from small agricultural farms, mountains, rivers, lakes and little towns. Multiple photo opportunities from inside the bus. This is good value for money and a nice way to spend a half day. Of course it would be nice to have more time at the 2 stopping points but if that’s what you think you want, take a full day trip. Loved it.
• Submitted 09 Jul 2018
It is a must. Beautiful falls. A walk in the town was good. Very nice murals on the houses. Taken a lot of pics. And it is only half a day trip. So worth it.
• Submitted 12 Apr 2018
Excellent half day excursion from Zurich! Time well spent. Great guide!
• Submitted 11 Oct 2017
This tour was well worth the cost. Our guide was very informative and kept up commentary on the local surroundings. On the drive to the falls he explained about where we were going and what we would be seeing. At Rhine Falls he first led us down to the boat so that we could take a ride up close to the cascading falls. We then were given ample time on our own to explore the falls from the multiple vantage points. We then boarded the bus for a short trip to Stein am Rhein, a medieval village. Again we were given an hour or so to explore the town on our own. The sights included stunning frescoes on many timber frame houses. We would definitely recommend this tour.
• Submitted 23 Sep 2017
Rhine Falls was beautiful, don't expect Niagra, but the photo platforms well done and a lift from river level back up to bus level. Stein am Rhein was a beautiful quintessential 14 - 17th century town. about a 2 block long wide inviting area, all comfortable shops. wish we could have stayed longer. Tour particulars, as bus, guide, pick up an drop off very well gone. We'll take more from Viator
• Submitted 11 Sep 2017
Outstanding scenery at the Falls and in the old town. Highly recommended - it did not dispoint
• Submitted 02 Sep 2017
This was an incredibly cool way to spend our last day before heading back to Australia. Stein am Rhein was an interesting and pretty village, would love to have spent a bit more time there to enable a walk down to the lake. The falls were quite remarkable too, lots of fun being driven up close to the falls and being sprayed only a little. As usual the bus driver and tour guide were up to the most wonderful standard providing lots of detail about the region we were travelling through and pointing out things of interest along the way.
• Submitted 30 Jul 2017
Had so much fun taking this tour, Rhine Falls is very beautiful and Stein am Rhein is very picturesque!
• Submitted 15 Mar 2017
Just stunning! Pay the extra franc to go into the waterfall on a boat, but be prepared to get a little wet.
• Submitted 29 Nov 2016
This was a beautiful 1/2 day tour. It was an extra 10 francs to take the boat ride by tge Falls but it was well worth it. The tour guide only takes cash for this excursion so be prepared.
• Submitted 18 Oct 2016
Amazing and well delivered. The guide was very informative
• Submitted 06 Oct 2016
One of the best tours they have
• Submitted 26 Aug 2016
Spectacular falls. Stein am Rhein village was an unexpected gem. Guide was really interesting, gave a lot of personal anecdotes.
• Submitted 12 Aug 2016
What a great trip. The Falls are quite impressive and the boat ride really showed the power of the water. Stein am Rhein is a lovely quaint and well-preserved town - probably the best old town we saw in Switzerland. Peter was a great guide too. Would recommend this trip.
• Submitted 14 Oct 2019
Highly recommend a trip to see the Rhine Falls and in particular taking the optional boat cruise which takes you close to the falls. The boat trip costs 10 CHF (cash only), is about 15 minutes and is definitely worthwhile (you may get a light spray but you don't get wet like you do at Niagra Falls). Stein am is pretty but it's small and not a lot to see (and it's a lot like a lot of other small European towns). Thought we would get a guided tour (based on the tour description) but you basically just get an hour to wander around yourself.
• Submitted 23 Sep 2019
Enjoyed the falls and village found the guide a little hard to understand his instructions where sometimes confusing ,but overall a good day
• Submitted 18 Sep 2019
We had a wonderful time whiling taking this tour. We had just arrived from the US that morning and it was perfect place to start our trip through Switzerland!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
This was a great trip. The waterfalls were fun. But I think the visit to the town of Stein am Rhein was the highlight. It is very small but really adorable. You can take a quick walk through town and then go back to get some bread, cheese, meat, wine, ice cream, souvenirs, chocolate, etc. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and told us everything we could've wanted to know and more.
• Submitted 01 May 2019
My family of 4 went for this 1/2 day tour. Excellent guide and driver. Everyone enjoyed it very much. Nice explanation on the way.
• Submitted 03 Jan 2019

In Brief

Location:
Zürich, Switzerland
Country:
Switzerland
Duration:
5 hours 15 minutes
Operates:
May to September:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

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