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Rhine Falls Day-Trip from Zurich

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3.003.00 / 5

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Rhine Falls trip from Zurich Airport

Reviewed by: StevenM, 2015/08/27

We had a layover at the Zurich airport and decided to take a quick trip to see the countryside and the Rhine Falls. We found the Regional Bus Station after a bit of looking. It is on the top floor of the Airport Shopping Building. The drive out to the Falls was beautiful with some detours into some small charming farm towns. Our Guide was very knowledgeable and helped us get a feel for the country. Once at the Falls, almost everyone took a boat to the rock at the base of the Falls (cost 8 CHF, 4 for children). We didn't do it as it was raining. We instead enjoyed views of the Falls from the shore. The steps up to the viewing platform were narrow and crowded with people trying to come up and down to get back to the single dock. Overall an impressive sight as the largest waterfall in Europe, but if you've been to Niagara falls, don't expect too much. The falls are not very high but very wide (over 150 meters).

The entire round trip was about 2.5 hours on a large motor coach with about 20 other people. Wish it was a bit longer trip as we had a lot more time to kill. The guide only let us have one hour at the Falls, which seemed a bit short given that most people took the boat to the rock. We didn't do the 30 minute boat trip and we still felt rushed. Guide was 5 minutes late getting back to the bus herself which was not cool as she was very stern in telling everyone not to be late.

Viator advertised 3.5 hours (approx.), so we were a bit disappointed that we didn't use the full time and stay longer at the Falls or make a stop at one of the charming villages we drove through. Not sure why they didn't allocate an additional 30-45 minutes somewhere given that there was no traffic and we were way ahead of schedule. Seemed a bit expensive at over $50 USD / person (comes out to over $20/hour) and it being on a large crowded bus.

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Attended as:Couples
Activity Date:2015/08/24
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Pleasant Tour

Reviewed by: Melissa, 2015/08/26

We had a layover in Zurich so picked this tour because it was one of the only half day tours. It was a pleasant tour but short. We drove through a very cute town in Switzerland to see how towns were before modernization. It was charming but might have been nice if we stopped and walked around and didn't just drive through it. We then went to the falls. They were nice falls but not really a destination. There wasn't much to do besides looking at the falls. We had an hour at the falls which was fine. We then drove through Germany and again it might have been nice if we stopped. Overall, the bus and tour were pleasant but it wasn't much of a destination and we felt like it was just too short. It might have been good if we at least stopped at one other town to walk around or have lunch.

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Attended as:Couples
Activity Date:2015/08/24
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