Switzerland

Waterfalls in SwitzerlandThere are so many beautiful waterfalls in Switzerland. Although Switzerland is best known for its watches and banks, but what not many people know is that it is great country to visit waterfalls. Switzerland consists almost for 100% out of mountains. Those mountains in Switzerland have the highest peaks of the Alps with approximately 50 mountains higher than 4.000 meter. Switzerland is an ideal destination if you love waterfalls, hiking and nature.


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Map of waterfalls in Switzerland



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Best rated waterfalls in Switzerland


Name Region Locations Height # Rating #
Engstligenfälle Berner Oberland Adelboden 415 m415
4
Cascata di Foroglio Ticino Foroglio, Valle Bavona 80 m80
3.5
Rheinfall (Schaffhausen) Schaffhausen Schaffhausen-Neuhausen am Rheinfall 23 m23
3.5
Schmadribachfall Berner Oberland Stechelberg, Lauterbrunnen 275-325 m275
3.5
Sefinenfall Berner Oberland Stechelberg-Lauterbrunnen 40 m40
3.5
Cascata del Soladino Ticino Someo-Maggia 160 m160
3.5
Staubbachfall Berner Oberland Lauterbrunnen 300 m300
3.5
Stäubifall Uri Aesch-Unterschächen 180 m180
3.5
Tungelschuss Berner Oberland Lauenen 180 m180
3.5
Geltenbachfall Berner Oberland Gasteretal, Kandersteg 70 m70
3.5
Cascata del Botto Ticino Rovio, Melano 70 m70
3.5
Dundelbachfall Obwalden Lungern 150 m150
3
Faulenbachfall Glarus-Ostschweiz Erstfeldertal 160 m160
3
Cascata di Santa Petronilla Ticino Biasca 260 m260
3
Giessbachfälle Berner Oberland Brienz 391 m391
3
Holdrifälle Berner Oberland Stechelberg-Lauterbrunnen 40 m40
3
Iffigfall Berner Oberland Lenk 70-90 m70
3
Oltschibachfall Berner Oberland Unterbach-Meiringen-Brienz 300 m300
3
Pissevache, Cascade de (Vernayaz) Valais Vernayaz 100 m100
3
Reichenbachfall Berner Oberland Meiringen-Haslital 250 m250
3
Wasserfall Rosenlauischlucht Berner Oberland Reichenbachtal-Meiringen 0
3
Alte kirch wasserfall Fribourg Jaun 10 m10
3
Saut du Doubs Neuchâtel Villers le Lac 20 m20
3
Schaftobelfall Graubünden Alvaneu, Chur 60 m60
3
Seerenbachfälle St Gallen Amden, Walensee 585 m585
3
Simmenfälle Berner Oberland Oberried-Lenk 20-40 m20
3
Spüelibachfall Berner Oberland Guggisberg 60 m60
3
Cascata di Ticinetto Ticino Chironico 30 m30
3
Trümmelbachfälle Berner Oberland Lauterbrunnen 140 m140
3
Turtmannfall Valais-Région lémanique Turtmann 30 m30
3
Ägertenbachfalle Berner Oberland Lauterbrunnen 175-250 m175
3
Balmhornfalle Berner Oberland Gasterntal, Kandersteg 300 m300
3
Cascata di Bignasco Ticino Bignasco/Valle Maggia 70 m70
3
Fluhbachfall Berner Oberland Lenk 150 m150
3
Pochtenfall (Suldtal) Berner Oberland Suld, Aeschi bei Spiez 81 m81
3
Berglistüber wasserfall Glarus Sud Linthal-Bergli 44 m44
3
Cascata della Buffalora Graubünden Mesocco 140 m140
3
Cascata del Frott Graubünden Rossa, Val Calanca 70-150 m70
3
Bärentritt Graubünden Wiesen, Landwasserschlucht 30 m30
3
Piltschinabachfall St Gallen Batöni, Weisstannen, Mels 80 m80
3
Sässbachfall St Gallen Batöni, Weisstannen, Mels 86 m86
3
Muttenbachfall St Gallen Batöni, Weisstannen, Mels 45 m45
3
Berschnerfall St Gallen Berschis, Flums, Walenstadt 30-46 m30
3
Isengrindfall St Gallen Weisstannen, Mels 230 m230
3
Salto, Cascata del Ticino Maggia 60 m60
3
Cascata della Froda Ticino Sonogno, Valle Verzasca 70 m70
3
Stüber wasserfall (Isenthal) Uri Isenthal - St Jakob 180 m180
3
Fellbachfall Valais Saas-Balen 150 m150
3
Schreyenbachfall Glarus Linthal 150-300 m150
3
Siebenbrunnen Berner Oberland Lenk 8 m8
3
Abbachfall Berner Oberland Grindelwald 30 m30
2.5
Cascata da Bernina Graubünden Pontresina 30-50 m30
2.5
Bunderfälle Berner Oberland Adelboden 150 m150
2.5
Cascade du Dar Vaud-Région lémanique Ormont-Dessus 250 m250
2.5
Diesbachfall Glarus Diesbach 120 m120
2.5
Geltenschuss Berner Oberland Lauenen 100 m100
2.5
Cascade du Gietro Valais Lac du Mauvoison, Fionnay 15-560 m15
2.5
Gwindlibachfall Berner Oberland Tschingelsee-Kiental 70 m70
2.5
Handeggfall Berner Oberland Innertkirchen, Grimselpass-Haslital 45 m45
2.5
Hexenkessel Berner Oberland Kiental-Reichenbach 8 m8
2.5
Languard wasserfall Graubünden Pontresina 250 m250
2.5
Laubbachfall Berner Oberland Lenk 540 m540
2.5
Cascata di Mondada Ticino Mondada-Valle Bavona 200 m200
2.5
Mürrenbachfall Berner Oberland Mürren, Lauterbrunnen 250 m250
2.5
Cascata della Piumogna Ticino Faido 20 m20
2.5
Pochtenfall Berner Oberland Tschingel - Griesalp/Kiental 70 m70
2.5
Cascata della Crosa Ticino Lavizarro 120 m120
2.5
Saarfall St Gallen Vilters-Wangs 15 m15
2.5
Wasserfall von Sanaspans Graubünden Lenzerheide, Vaz/Obervaz 40-80 m40
2.5
Saut du Day Vaud Ballaigues 55 m55
2.5
Schwarzsee wasserfall Fribourg Plaffeien-Schwarzsee 30 m30
2.5
Stäuber (Engelberg) Uri Engelberg 100 m100
2.5
Stäuber (Silenen) Uri Silenen 130 m130
2.5
Talbachfall Berner Oberland Stechelberg-Lauterbrunnen 15 m15
2.5
Cascade de la Tâna Fribourg Grandvillard 25 m25
2.5
Tätschbachfall Obwalden Engelberg 300 m300
2.5
Wandelbachfälle Berner Oberland Meiringen 300 m300
2.5
Arbenbachfall Valais Zermatt 60 m60
2.5
Almenbachfall Berner Oberland Kandersteg 120-200 m120
2.5
Schwarzbachfall Berner Oberland Kandersteg 22 m22
2.5
Alpbachfall Berner Oberland Meiringen 80 m80
2.5
Brummbachfall Glarus Linthal 50 m50
2.5
Zillibachfall Glarus Süd Linthal 160 m160
2.5
Aua dil Mer wasserfall Graubünden Pigniu 30-100 m30
2.5
Aua da Fluaz Graubünden Panixersee-Pigniu-Rueun 80 m80
2.5
Cascata del Groven Graubünden Cabbiolo, Lostallo 60-400 m60
2.5
Lauifall Obwald Lungern 150 m150
2.5
Mattbachfall (Mels) St Gallen Weisstannen, Mels 30 and.... m30
2.5
Murgbachfall St Gallen Murgsee, Walensee, Quarten 57 m57
2.5
Märenfall Schwyz Muotathal 240 m240
2.5
Richitobelfall Schwyz Muotathal 60-130 m60
2.5
Bettbachfall Schwyz Ried,Muotathal 160 m160
2.5
Cascata di Val Mött Ticino Gerra-Brione 50 m50
2.5
Cascata di Giumaglio Ticino Giumaglio 40 m40
2.5
Cascata delle Sponde Ticino Riceo, Someo, Valle di Maggia 260 m260
2.5
Cascata del Boschetto Ticino Cevio 30-250 m30
2.5
Lämmerbachfall Uri Silenen 300 m300
2.5
Hüfibachfall Uri Silenen 100 m100
2.5
Sidensackfall Uri Silenen 100 m100
2.5
Alpjerfall Valais Simplon, Zwischbergen 80-100 m80
2.5
Thurfälle St Gallen Unterwasser, Wildhaus 23 m23
2.5
Cascata Calonico Ticino Chiggiogna, Faido 40 m40
2.5
Cascata del Pozzón Ticino Osogna 4-50 m4
2.5
Alteiner Wasserfall Graubünden Arosa 60-240 m60
2
Chute du Dard Vaud-Région lémanique Croy 10 m10
2
Ducanfall Graubünden Sertig, Davos 60 m60
2
Dündenfall Berner Oberland Kiental-Reichenbach 250 m250
2
Dunggellauifall Glarus Glarus 70 m70
2
Falcherenbachfall Berner Oberland Meiringen 125 m125
2
Fäldbacherfall Wallis Fäldbachtals-Binntal 30 m30
2
Fallenbachfalle Obwalden Wolfenschiessen,Engelberg 160 m160
2
Fontaine Blanche Valais Monthey-Morgins-Troistorrents 0
2
Gürbefall Berner Oberland Rüeggisberg 60 m60
2
Innfall Graubünden Maloja, Silsersee, St Moritz 120 m120
2
Leuenfall Appenzell Innerrhoden-Ostschweiz Schwende 30 m30
2
Mattenbachfall Berner Oberland Lauterbrunnen 300 m300
2
Mülibachfall Berner Oberland Brienz (BE) 150 m150
2
Sanetschfall Berner Oberland Gsteig 30 m30
2
Spissbachfall Berner Oberland Lauterbrunnen 280 m280
2
Doldenhornfall Berner Oberland Kandersteg 200 m200
2
Silleregrabefall Berner Oberland Gasteretal, Kandersteg 300 m300
2
Staldenbachfall Berner Oberland Lauterbrunnen 300 m300
2
Färrichbachfall Berner Oberland Kiental 75 m75
2
Hohkienfall Berner Oberland Kiental 300 m300
2
Oberer fall Berner Oberland Kiental 150 m150
2
Bärglifall Berner Oberland Oeschinensee, Kandersteg 50 m50
2
Trueebachfall Berner Oberland 100 m100
2
Darlibachfall Glarus Klöntalersee-Glarus 100 m100
2
Laubenfälle Glarus Elm, Glarus Süd 390 m390
2
Mattbachfall (Wichlen) Glarus Süd Wichlen-Elm 100 m100
2
Wannenbachfall Glarus Wichlen, Elm, Glarus Süd 110 m110
2
Cascata da Schinellas Graubünden Silvaplanersee-Ova da Schinnelas 0
2
Cascada da Pisch Graubünden Il Rom-Munster 0
2
Cascata del Rizeu Graubünden Mesocco 107 m107
2
Gsponbachfall St Gallen Quarten 0
2
Hohbachfall St Gallen Weisstannen, Mels 140 m140
2
Grassenbachfall Obwalden Engelberg 220 m220
2
Milchbachfäll Uri Silenen 100 m100
2
Lägerenbachfall Uri Engelberg 250 m250
2
Cascade de Bonavau Valais La Saufla-Champery 70 m70
2
Lagginafälle Valais Simplon 140 m140
2
Dalaschlucht wasserfall Wallis Leukerbad-Dalaschlucht 35 m35
2
Cholerenschlucht (Adelboden) Berner Oberland Adelboden 20 m20
2
Altwiser Tobel Luzern-Zentralschweiz Altwis 17 m17
1.5
Bergfall Berner Oberland Gsteig 20-150 m20
1.5
Giessenfall St Gallen Nesslau 3 m3
1.5
Kemptnertobel Zürich Wetzikon 8 m8
1.5
Jetzbachfall Glarus Wichlen, Elm, Glarus Sus ... and 120 m0
1.5
Tscholbodenfall Glarus Klöntalersee-Glarus 100 m100
1.5
Rofflafall Graubünden Andeer-Roffalschlucht 10 m10
1.5
Aareschlucht wasserfall Berner Oberland Meiringen 15 m15
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Switzerland is divided into regions, called cantons. Especially the Berner Oberland is known for its mountains and its many large waterfalls and the most beautiful waterfalls in Switzerland. Ticino is also a region that could tempt me a lot. Besides all the charisma, its picturesque villages and beautiful waterfalls there is always a perfect spot where you can swim. Ticino is located on the border with Italy and nice to know, the weather there is always sunnier and warmer.

Switzerland is multilingual. In the eastern part of Switzerland they speak French, in the south of Switzerland they speak Italian and in the rest of Switzerland they speak German. Waterfalls in Switzerland are named with “cascata” or “cascate” (Italian), with “wasserfall” or ” wasserfälle” (German) and “cascade” or “chute” (French). At this moment I have registered more than 150 waterfalls in Switzerland, but the coming years this certainly will be expanded.

There is one big disadvantage to Switzerland and that’s the price. Unfortunately since the beginning of 2015 Switzerland became very expensive after the Swiss government let go a fixed exchange rate with the euro. I was in Switzerland for 1 night, on my way to Italy, and eating or a hotel was really expensive.

This doesn’t mean you mustn’t visit Switzerland. There are so many beautiful waterfalls in Switzerland worthwhile visiting. If you bring part of your own food with you and you stay on camping sites it is affordable to stay in Switzerland. Maybe I exaggerate a little bit, but prices are over 50% more expensive then other western European countries. Still I want to visit Switzerland chasing waterfalls.

Because of the high mountains there are still a few big glaciers in Switzerland. The biggest of all is the Aletsch Glacier that covers over 120 km2. A nice thing about glaciers is that they melt in summertime creating awesome waterfalls in Switzerland.

The last time I was in Switzerland (in summertime) was in 2005 with an analogue photo camera. The beauty and the amount of waterfalls to be found in Switzerland surprised me. I couldn’t enjoy long because we had to return home earlier then planned. But in a few days we had visited some very beautiful valleys with lots of waterfalls: Lauterbrunnen, Kiental, Kanderstegtal, Engstligental, Simmental, Engelbergertal.

I have two favorite valleys in Switzerland that are famous because of the amount of waterfalls that can be found. Lauterbrunnental is obviously my number one with more than 10 waterfalls of exceptional beauty. There aren’t many valleys in Europe with that many waterfalls!
My number two as favorite valley with waterfalls is the Engstligental with the most beautiful waterfall in Switzerland, the Engstligenfall. The Engstligenfall is also one of the highest waterfalls in Switzerland and one of the most powerful waterfall in Switzerland.

There are so many ordinary and diverse waterfalls to be found in Switzerland: karstic waterfalls (Geltenbachfall), one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe (Rheinfall / Schaffhausen) and a waterfall in a cave (Trümmelbachfälle). I have really enjoyed my short stay in Switzerland, particularly the region Berner Oberland.


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Biggest waterfalls by volume in Switzerland


The biggest waterfall in Switzerland by volume is obvious the Rheinfall near Schaffhausen. The Rheinfall, with a height of 23 meter, is also one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe with an average volume of 250 m³/sec. In the summer months, the volume can increase to 600 m³/sec!
To be sure which waterfall is the number two and three of the most powerful waterfall in Switzerland is trickier. The Engstligenfall, Giessbachfälle and Schmadribachfall are certainly powerful enough to be among the top 5 biggest waterfalls in Switzerland by volume.

  1. Rheinfall (Rhine falls) 
  2. Engstligenfall
  3. Giessbachfälle
  4. Schmadribachfall

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Highest waterfalls in Switzerland

It is generally assumed that the Engstligenfälle is the highest waterfall in Switzerland with a total height of 415 meter, on the Internet there are even figures with 600 meter. But according to my personal measurements (with an altitude meter) it really is 415 meter.

But there are three waterfalls that have an even greater total height. The number 1 highest waterfall in Switzerland is the Seerenbachfälle with a height of 585 meter, falling over 3 major stages. At number two Cascade du Gietro is the highest waterfall in Switzerland with a total height of 560 meter and the third highest waterfall in Switzerland is the Laubbachfall with a total height of 540 meter. Other suggestions, which waterfall is the highest waterfall in Switzerland, will be appreciated.

  1. Seerenbachfälle (585 meter)
  2. Cascade du Gietro (560 meter)
  3. Laubbachfall (540 meter)
  4. Engstligenfälle (415 meter)
  5. Giessbachfälle (391 meter)

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Most beautiful waterfalls in Switzerland

A difficult question to answer, because I haven’t visited many waterfalls in Switzerland yet. But compared to the other hundreds of waterfalls that I’ve visited, there is one waterfall in the outer category, the Engstligenfall, also one of the highest waterfalls in Switzerland. There is a trail following the river with many beautiful viewpoints, very impressive to see and there is cable going up to the top of the Engstligenalp.

Maybe a good number two is the Schmadribachfall, at the end of the Lauterbrunnental, a beautiful and powerful waterfall that you can reach after a nice walk.

Finally, a small but very beautiful waterfall called Cascata di Foroglio is one of my favorite waterfalls in Switzerland. Cascata di Foroglio is located on the border with Italy in the region Ticino.

  1. Engstligenfall
  2. Schmadribachfall
  3. Cascata di Foroglio
  4. Trümmelbachfälle
  5. Giessbachfälle

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