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
Schmadribachfall Berner Oberland Stechelberg, Lauterbrunnen 275-325 m275
3.5
Sefinenfall Berner Oberland Stechelberg-Lauterbrunnen 40 m40
3.5
Staubbachfall Berner Oberland Lauterbrunnen 300 m300
3.5
Tungelschuss Berner Oberland Lauenen 180 m180
3.5
Geltenbachfall Berner Oberland Gasteretal, Kandersteg 70 m70
3.5
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
Reichenbachfall Berner Oberland Meiringen-Haslital 250 m250
3
Wasserfall Rosenlauischlucht Berner Oberland Reichenbachtal-Meiringen 0
3
Simmenfälle Berner Oberland Oberried-Lenk 20-40 m20
3
Spüelibachfall Berner Oberland Guggisberg 60 m60
3
Trümmelbachfälle Berner Oberland Lauterbrunnen 140 m140
3
Ägertenbachfalle Berner Oberland Lauterbrunnen 175-250 m175
3
Balmhornfalle Berner Oberland Gasterntal, Kandersteg 300 m300
3
Fluhbachfall Berner Oberland Lenk 150 m150
3
Pochtenfall (Suldtal) Berner Oberland Suld, Aeschi bei Spiez 81 m81
3
Siebenbrunnen Berner Oberland Lenk 8 m8
3
Abbachfall Berner Oberland Grindelwald 30 m30
2.5
Bunderfälle Berner Oberland Adelboden 150 m150
2.5
Geltenschuss Berner Oberland Lauenen 100 m100
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
Laubbachfall Berner Oberland Lenk 540 m540
2.5
Mürrenbachfall Berner Oberland Mürren, Lauterbrunnen 250 m250
2.5
Pochtenfall Berner Oberland Tschingel - Griesalp/Kiental 70 m70
2.5
Talbachfall Berner Oberland Stechelberg-Lauterbrunnen 15 m15
2.5
Wandelbachfälle Berner Oberland Meiringen 300 m300
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
Dündenfall Berner Oberland Kiental-Reichenbach 250 m250
2
Falcherenbachfall Berner Oberland Meiringen 125 m125
2
Gürbefall Berner Oberland Rüeggisberg 60 m60
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
Cholerenschlucht (Adelboden) Berner Oberland Adelboden 20 m20
2
Bergfall Berner Oberland Gsteig 20-150 m20
1.5
Aareschlucht wasserfall Berner Oberland Meiringen 15 m15
1

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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