Guided tour

From Zürich: Stein am Rhein and Rhine Falls

From Zürich: Stein am Rhein and Rhine Falls

Activity provider: Best of Switzerland Tours
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Spend the afternoon in northern Switzerland on a day trip from Zurich. Travel through charming villages, visit Europe's largest waterfall, and see the Belvedere Trail and Stein am Rhein.

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Duration 5 hours
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English, German


  • Feel the roar of Europe's biggest waterfall at Schloss Laufen
  • Learn the medieval history of Stein am Rhein
  • Drive through a spectacular landscape of farming villages and picturesque vineyards
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Travel out of Zürich for a scenic tour through dramatic natural landscapes and historic landmarks. Come across quaint villages and vast vineyards, and take the lift to the Rhine Falls. Explore Schloss Laufen, the Belvedere Trail, Historama Castle Museum, and the viewing platform at Känzeli.

Depart Zürich and journey towards the Swiss/German border of northern Switzerland. Travel through a beautiful wine-growing region of charming farming villages and picturesque landscapes en route to Laufen. See the splendid medieval castle of Schloss Laufen and the mighty Rhine Falls and experience Europe's biggest waterfall. Get unique views from the panoramic lift and discover what it looks like when an average of 700,000 liters of water per second plunges into the basin below.

Next, take the Belvedere Trail to a viewing platform right above the falls. Feel the rumbling waters beneath you. If you are feeling adventurous, take the optional boat ride and experience the falls from below. Continue via Schaffhausen with its famous Munot Fortress. Soak up the views of the gently rolling vineyards and farming villages en route to Stein am Rhein.

Upon arrival, learn about the well-preserved old town during a stroll. See distinctive medieval buildings such as the church and former monastery of St. George's Abbey.

Look at the half-timber frame townhouses, along with the city gates and towers, the Town Hall, and the Armory. Admire the delicate wooden window frames of many of the buildings and marvel at their exceptional frescoes.

  • Tour
  • Multilingual guide
  • Transportation in air-conditioned bus
  • Entry to Schloss Laufen
  • Entry to the Rhine Falls
  • Access to the Rhine Falls panoramic glass lift
  • Entry to the Belvedere Trail
  • Entry to Historama Castle Museum
  • Entry to the viewing platform at Känzeli
  • Guided walk through Stein am Rhein
  • Food and drinks
  • Optional boat ride from April to October (CHF 10 per adult / CHF 5 per child; payable on the spot and subject to availability)

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Meeting point

Meet at Sihlquai Coach Parking near Zurich's main train station, Zürich Hauptbahnhof. Take the tram 4, 6, or 13 to the Sihlquai stop.

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Food and drinks in the vehicle
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 375 reviews

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It started and ended at the specified time. The bus transport was very good as it is comfortable to seat back, view the natural sceneries before reaching the place of interest. It was well-planned and I had a good time throughout the tour. Especially, for the boat ride, I did not had to queue up for the tickets. The boat ride was the best part of the tour.

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October 22, 2022

I booked an online tour of Switzerland and everything went well. The information was accurate. The tour went to the Rhine Falls and a nearby medieval town, Stein and Hein, two beautiful places in Switzerland not to be missed. The guide that accompanied us gave a lot of information about the places and the country in general. Very enlightening and helpful.

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August 17, 2022

I really enjoyed this tour. It’s a good medium length excursion. While on the bus, you see beautiful countryside, a few different small villages and see and learn about the different types of crops grown in the area. The visit to the falls was an incredible thing to experience. The visit to Stein am Rhein was also really nice. The guide takes you around and tells you about some of the buildings and the history and then you have about 20-30 minutes to wander around and maybe enjoy some gelato as we did.

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July 28, 2022

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