The beauty of waterfalls is indescribable, especially when they are big and powerful. Switzerland has numerous waterfalls that can be seen practically everywhere in the country. Listed below are those we consider the most beautiful waterfalls in Switzerland.
In general, it is best to visit waterfalls in spring, after the snow on the mountains has melted. In addition, it is a wonderful destination directly after a couple of days of rain, when they fall exceptionally hard.
Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Switzerland
In no particular order, here is a list of some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Switzerland.
Mürrenbachfall (Mürrenbach Waterfall)
Mürrenbachfall is the tallest of all the waterfalls in Lauterbrunnen Valley, an area bursting with them (72 in total!). This is one of the most famous and beautiful waterfalls in Lauterbrunnen Valley, along with Staubbachfall and Trümmelbachfalls. To be precise, it is located at Stechelberg Bern.
Mürrenbachfall plummets 417 meters. It is regarded as the tallest waterfall in Switzerland.
The Mürren stream has several other waterfalls, and so they are sometimes called the Mürrenbachfalls. But the tallest one, the one that falls 417 meters, is found near the valley station of Stechelberg. One can see it from the cable car that travels between Stechelberg and Gimmelwald. It is a lovely sight.
Rheinfall (Rhine Falls)
Europe’s most powerful waterfall is Rheinfall (or Rhine Falls). Rhine Falls is located in Neuhausen in the canton of Schaffhausen. Not only is it beautiful and powerful, but it is also considered the largest in Europe.
Rheinfall has a width of 150 meters and a height of 23 meters. In the summer, 600 m3 (21,189 cubic feet) of water pours over the falls.
Rheinfall is Switzerland’s and Europe’s largest waterfall – and it is definitely worth a visit.
By taking a boat trip up to the Rheinfall rock, you can see this waterfall quite close. Although it can get quite loud, it is a great experience (I have done it and thoroughly enjoyed it). This rock is accessible via stairs.
Rheinfall is easily accessible by public transportation.
Seerenbachfalls (Seerenbach Waterfalls)
Located near Betlis, a village in Amden, St. Gallen, are the Seerenbach waterfalls. These are a set of three cascading waterfalls. The upper cascade has a height of 50 meters. In the middle stands the tallest one, with a height of 305 meters. Lowest cascade measures 190 meters.
One of the highest waterfalls in Switzerland, Seerenbachfalls is also one of Europe’s highest waterfalls. The middle cascade, at 305 meters high, is one of the highest free-falling waterfalls in the world.
This waterfall flows into Lake Walen through a gorge at the foot of a steep cliff.
Check out our article and experience here for more detailed information: Among Switzerland’s Tallest Waterfalls – Seerenbach.
Giessbachfälle (Giessbach Falls)
Giessbach Falls are located near Brienz, just above Lake Brienz. The 14 tiers cascade down to the turquoise waters of Lake Brienz. You can walk under these beautiful waterfalls safely due to the prepared path.
From Grandhotel Giessbach, you can walk quickly to the Giessbach Falls.
If you would like to read more about Giessbach Falls, check out our article Giessbach Falls Near Interlaken, Switzerland.
Rofflaschlucht (Roffla Gorge)
The Roffla Waterfall is located in the Roffla Gorge. Similar to Giesbachfalls, you can safely walk under it. Located in Andeer, in the canton of Grisons (Graubünden), it is not that well-known.
There’s no difficulty reaching Roffla Waterfall. There is something soothing about this place and its soothing emerald green or light blue waters, quite reminiscent of the Verzasca waters.
Check out our article and experience here: Rofflaschlucht – Little-known Gem In Andeer.
Cascata di Foroglio (Foroglio Waterfalls)
Set in the romantic place of Val Bavona, Foroglio Waterfalls has been made popular in recent years by social media. The Bavona Valley is actually part of the enchanting Maggia Valley. It is as picturesque as portrayed is definitely worth visiting.
Check out our article and experience here: The Scenic Village of Foroglio, Switzerland
Sibe Brünne (Seven Springs)
Simmenfall is normally the starting point for the hike to Siebenbrunnen waterfalls (Sibe Brünne). It is located in the midst of a beautiful place called Lenk im Simmental. The hike from Simmenfall to Siebenbrunnen takes approximately one hour – a bit longer if you go at a slower pace. Walking from Simenfall to Siebenbrunnen is an uphill journey.
As the waterfall shoots out of several rocks at the foot of the mountain, it truly is a special sight. The Siebenbrunnen is the source of the River Simme. Although the name implies seven streams, there aren’t precisely seven.
It is nonetheless such a very beautiful waterfall. Because it is not as accessible as the other commercial waterfalls on this list, fewer people visit it. Overcrowding is not an issue (at least when we were there).
While visiting Siebenbrunnen waterfalls, you will definitely enjoy the tranquility of Simmen Valley.
If you would like to learn more about Sibe Brünne, check out our article Sibe Brünne Springs: Everything You Need to Know.
Staubbachfälle (Staubbach Waterfalls)
Staubbachfalls is another waterfall that is very popular on social media similar to Foroglio Waterfalls. It just falls directly into Lauterbrunnen village in the valley of the same name.
As a matter of fact, Staubbach Waterfalls is Switzerland’s third largest waterfall after Mürrenbachfall and Seerenbachfalls.
In summer, the wind swirls the water so that it shoots like dust in all directions. Staub (the German word for dust) is what gives it its name.
A landmark of Lauterbrunnen, it is quite difficult to miss. It will be visible to you immediately upon arrival in the village. At the foot of the waterfall is a path that leads up to the Staubbach gallery where you can see the waterfall up close.
Two Stunning Valleys with Waterfalls
And if you love waterfalls very much, then you will particularly enjoy two valleys in Switzerland where there are several beautiful waterfalls. Even though most valleys in Switzerland have their waterfalls, these two are particularly noteworthy. These are Lauterbrunnen Valley and Maggia Valley.
Firstly, in Bernese Oberland there is Lauterbrunnen Valley. There are 72 waterfalls in this valley, with the tallest standing more than 400 meters tall. Its name already implies its numerous loud waters. Laut means loud in German, and Brunnen means fountain, spring, or well.
Lauterbrunnen Valley is famous for its tourist attractions such as Jungfraujoch, Männlichen, Kleine Scheidegg, Trümmelbach Falls, Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau.
The second is a valley in Ticino called Maggia Valley. There are many well-loved waterfalls in the Maggia Valley, including Cascata del Salto, Cascata del Soladino, Cascata Grande, and Cascata di Foroglio.
A visit to this valley would be a treat if you are visiting either Locarno or Ascona for a couple of days.
Switzerland has a number of stunning waterfalls to choose from. Making a list or choosing from them is definitely challenging. Nevertheless, the waterfalls above are some of my favorites out of all the ones I’ve seen so far.
From all of the above, my favorite would be without a doubt the hike from Simmenfall to Siebenbrunnen Waterfalls. The second place I like best is Foroglio because the whole place, including the village, is also unique and serene.
Below is a summary of Switzerland’s most beautiful waterfalls.
|Mürrenbachfall||Lauterbrunnen, Bern||Highest waterfall in Switzerland|
|Rheinfall||Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Schaffhausen||Most powerful waterfall in Europe, the Largest waterfall in Europe 150 m wide, 23 m high|
|Seerenbachfalls||Amden, St. Gallen||Has three cascades, with the middle one the second tallest in Switzerland|
|Giessbachfälle||Brienz, Bern||Very beautiful with 14 tiers cascading down to Lake Brienz|
|Roffla Gorge||Andeer, Grisons||Beautiful, soothing light blue to emerald green waters, little known and easy to access|
|Cascata di Foroglio||Foroglio, Ticino||Romantic, picturesque setting surrounded by typical stone houses|
|Sibe Brünne||Lenk, Bern||Beautiful springs that feed the Simme River|
|Staubbachfalls||Lauterbrunnen, Bern||Third-largest waterfall in Switzerland, well-known landmark of Lauterbrunnen village|