Rhine Falls

Rhine Falls is a spectacular waterfall in central Europe. These falls are located on the upper Rhine River in northern Switzerland. The Rhine River passes through four countries. It flows from the Alps to the North Sea. They are known as the Rheinfall in Switzerland. The total height of this waterfall is 23 meters and the width is 150 meters.

This is estimated to be approximately 15,000 years old as they are believed to have formed in the last ice age due to the tectonic shifts. At that time, Rhine River was forced into a new river bed.


Quick Facts: –

  • There is a large rock formation on the Rhine Falls which is standing right at the center. It is known as Rheinfallfelsen.
  • The flow capacity of this waterfall is approximately 600,000 liters per second in summer and 250,000 liters per second in winter.
  • The Rhine River has been a major trade route since the time of the Roman Empire or possibly much earlier.
  • It is a large river which is actually suitable for fairly large ships, 80 to 120 meters wide.
  • Fishes cannot climb these falls up but eels are an exception. They can climb up over the rocks.
  • These waterfalls have been formed in a sharp bend of the Rhine which is why it offers so many impressive views.
  • There are two castles located near these falls. Laufen Castle is located on the left bank of the river and Worth Castle on the right bank.