The alarm of my mobile phone was set wrongly, we woke up at 6AM thinking it was 8AM! We only noticed our mistake after getting dressed….
So…. at 7AM we went to have breakfast at the hotel. We found the breakfast at our Zurich’s hotel absolutely great! Lots of marvelous cheeses, many kinds of jambon, jelly, honey, corn flakes, fresh orange juice (squeezed in front of us), expresso, hot chocolate, and several kinds of breads, one better than the other! Everything really d.e.l.i.c.i.o.u.s! I don’t need to say we ate like tigers! 🙂
After breakfast we drove to Laufen to visit the Rhine Falls. It’s a great place to go! The falls are not as huge as Niagara Falls and although smaller, they are located in a very scenic region with a fairytale castle overlooking them.
We bought tickets (CHF 5.00 each) to visit the Castle and the Panorama.
We started walking towards a small and lovely town on the opposite direction of the falls, in order to watch the Rhine before its waters get “violent”. It is awesome! We walked along a 3 km long trail in the middle of a dense forest with the Rhine river flowing at our left. After crossing a small bridge we walked back to the dropping point of the Rhine (another 3km). This route should not be missed. There are lovely houses, manicured gardens and transparent green waters.
We went to the main view-point of the Rhine Falls in order to take pictures that were instantly sent to our family members throughout the internet.
After crossing the main bridge we entered the Schloss (= castle).
Schloss Laufen is a “must see attraction” when visiting Rhine Falls! There’s is a small museum,at the same time interesting and funny. There are many objects in motion (including the eyes of some portraits!) and also the dishes and bottles that are placed over a table.
The table is set in order to show how was dinner service at the time of Sissi, the Emperor’s wife.
During the last part of our visit to the Falls it started pouring. Fortunately we were carrying our plastic rain coats in our backpacks (rain coats we got when visiting Niagara Falls! Haha that was a coincidence, he? Falls in Canada… Falls in Switzerland…). It was good we didn’t get wet! 🙂
PRICES in Switzerland (this is always a concern, he?): One bottle (500ml) of mineral water at Rhine Falls cost 4 Swiss Francs! Next time we will carry water with us, as it cost ,80 CHF at the supermarket for the same size and brand!
The Rhine Falls are located approximately 90 km away from Zurich, making it a very interesting option for a day trip. The road is very pretty and we were able to see many sunflower fields along the way.
Returning to Zurich was tricky because to enter the city it;s necessary to cross a long tunnel. The GPS got lost, instructed us to make some turns when we exit the tunnel and when we noticed we were crossing the tunnel again on the opposite direction! Argh… So… after crossing the same tunnel three times we were able to find our way back to the hotel! 🙂
As soon as we got to our hotel, we got our bikes that were parked in the secure underground deposit and went cycling to the opposite side of the lake! Cool! Between the many attractions, Centre Le Corbusier was the cherry on top of the cake! It’s super beautiful!
We returned to the hotel at 8PM and once again…. we were “done”!
It was a very busy _ and great _ day!!! 🙂
Look to our pictures taken in Zurich and at the Rhine Falls clicking here !