Switzerland is a country known for its natural beauty, from the tops of the its snowy mountain peaks to the depths of its crystal clear lakes. In between these amazing natural sights, there are also quite a few waterfalls that are definitely worth a trip.
The trip to Simmenfalle is a nice one to start with. Many families bring their young children on the short walk to the waterfall, as the trail is a rather easy one to conquer. At the end, there are some rocks to sit on and simply enjoy the natural beauty all around. It is also the perfect place to pull out a camera and capture some memories that will last a lifetime.
The Foroglio Waterfall in Ticino is one of the lesser known waterfalls in Switzerland, even though it is relatively large in size. According to nature experts, the Foroglio Waterfall came to be when two glaciers connected and formed a small crevice, where the falls flow today. If you decide to take a trip out to this area, many recommend visiting the small picturesque villages both at the top and bottom of this breathtaking waterfall.
Reichenbach Falls, located in the Bernese Oberland, drops over 250 meters! To get to the falls, there is a funicular that gives guests amazing views of the falls on the way up. However, if you are in the mood for a little more adventure, there is a long set of stairs that takes about an hour to climb. Reichenbach Falls is actually most famous for being the site of the final fight between Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous work, Sherlock Holmes.
If you decide to visit Giessbach Waterfall and have the money to do so, I highly recommend staying at the Grand Hotel Giessbach. Not only do you get to take the oldest funicular in Europe to reach to this hotel, but the Grand Hotel Giessbach offers unparalleled views of this amazing waterfall. Falling for over 500 meters and 14 stages (each named after a Bernese hero), Giessbach Waterfall is truly a sight to see.
One of over 70 waterfalls in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, Staubbach Falls towers over almost all of the others. At almost 300 meters, it is one of the highest free falling waterfalls on the continent. Because of the water’s sudden drop and the strong winds in the area, Staubbach Falls looks as if it is flying away with the wind. It is recommended to visit the falls at the start of summer, because that is when most of the snow melts, creating an even more powerful waterfall.
While Staubbach Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, Trummelbach Falls may be one of the most interesting falls there. It is actually a series of waterfalls located in a canyon-like or cave-like area of Lauterbrunnen. After a quick funicular ride up, visitors can wander through the cave-like area filled with the roaring Trummelbach Falls. It is definitely an experience unlike any other.
Out of all of the waterfalls on this list, the Nozon Gorge Waterfalls require the most physical activity. On this nearly 7 kilometer hike, visitors will see several breathtaking sights, from the starting point of the monastery of Romainmotier to the Cascade du Tard Waterfall to La Tine de Conflens Waterfall and, finally, as the ending point, La Sarraz Castle. This extremely beautiful journey is well worth the trip.
The Engstligen Falls are truly a valued sight in Switzerland, as they have been under preservation since 1948. Boasting the title of the second tallest waterfall in the country, the Engstligen Falls fall over 600 meters. This is a great waterfall to visit, no matter what time of year. During the warmer months, visitors are able enjoy the beauty of the powerful, flowing water, while, during the colder months, many ice climbers come to visit and take up the challenge of climbing these falls.
Just a short train ride from the famed town of Interlaken is the fairytale-like valley of Lauterbrunnen, which holds 72 breathtaking waterfalls. Although Trummelbach Falls and Staubbach Falls are the most famous, the others are definitely sights to see as well. There is even a UNESCO world heritage themed trail that is meant to guide visitors in the area towards must-see waterfalls and quaint towns that are worth a visit.
Rhine Falls holds the title of the largest waterfall in all of Europe. Only a short journey from the popular city of Zurich, the 150-meter-wide falls have become a sight to see. Rhine Falls is also one of the few waterfalls in Switzerland that offer boat tours to get up close to the action. If you are feeling even more daring, there are also options to canoe, hike, and tackle an adrenaline-pumping adventure course, all with Rhine Falls just a few hundred meters away.
So which one of these amazing sights catches your eye?
Updated: August 23, 2017