A Bit Of A “Reinfall”, The Rhine Falls

Rheinfall SchaffhausenMaybe the influence of not so sunny weather was having an effect on me, maybe I was just too busy looking after the kids, or many other maybes… but the Rhine Falls, the supposedly impressive and great falls near Schaffhausen in Switzerland, were a definite “Reinfall” (bummer, flop) for me.

The numbers are impressive indeed, and they make the Rhine Falls the biggest falls in Europe (by water volume):

Width of the Rhine Falls:  150 metres
Height of the Rhine Falls:  23 metres
Depth of basin:  13 metres
Age of the Rhine Falls:  app. 15.000 years
Capacity of flow in summer:  app. 600.000 litres per second
Capacity of flow in winter:  app. 250.000 litres per second.

However, numbers only don’t really impress me that much, I need to see for myself. While spending a family holiday at a great campsite near Lake Constance we drove all the way to Schaffhausen, Switzerland, to have  a closer look at those falls. The result was rather disillusioning, or more in the direction of something like really disappointing.

Let’s blame it on the very, very, very dry summer, the never ever present rain (apart from the day when actually going to see the Rhine Falls), and hence the lack of attractiveness or drama with all that water. But hey: These are the “greatest” falls in Europe. Supposedly. And one of my very first thoughts when I actually saw the falls kept coming back all day long: This must be a pre-fall only, where are the real ones?

There is hardly anything else worth talking about for that day. Just a quote from one of my kids before falling asleep in our tent: “Dad, this was the most boring day of our holidays.” I could not find any proper reasons to oppose that statement. Sometimes days are just like this.

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