Rhine Falls, Rheinfallquai, Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland
24th May 2016
The Terrace Engelberg Switzerland
Pradeep Sinha, Okichi Sinha, Tarun Kumar, Alka Kumar, Pradeep Kumar Srivastava, Usha Srivastava
Canon PowerShot SX610HS
We drove on Autobahn 27 in Germany and as we entered Switzerland it got transformed to Route A 4. It was highly picturesque and we kept gazing across the window glass of our coach with our cameras ready to capture the natural beauty of the countryside.
Switzerland is known for its spectacular mountain scenery, sparkling lakes and folklore traditions.
Our first sightseeing stop was Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen. We took a short round trip boat ride in Rhine River to reach the rock around which the water descends forming the mist filled Rhine Falls.
We climbed up the rock to have a sight of the falls up close. They are Europe's most powerful waterfalls. They are 150 m (450 ft) wide and 23 m (75 ft) high. Castle Schloss Laufen overlooks the mighty falls. There is a legend that the Rhine Falls were formed in the last ice age, approximately 14,000 to 17,000 years ago, by erosion -resistant rocks narrowing the riverbed.
Every year on 31st July at 9.45 pm, the waterfalls are illuminated by magnificent fireworks and stunning state-of-the-art light effects transforming the spectacular natural scenery into a grand, colourful magic world. However, since we visited the falls in the month of May, we missed the fireworks show.
After enjoying the 2 hour break at Rhine Falls, we drove 140 kms to our Hotel situated at Engelberg. The last 15 kms of the road stretch was a sight, the beauty of which we shall not forget in the days to come.
Surrounded by mountains, this refined hotel, The Terrace, in an art-nouveau building, is within 6 kms from snow-capped Mount Titlis, which we could see from the window of our room. The hotel is unique as to the new free 2 tunnels and 2 lifts system runs from the parking lot up to the Hotel Reception.