Waterfalls in Switzerland: Switzerland is 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 meters. Switzerland is an ideal destination if you love waterfalls, hiking and nature.
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 favourite 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 favourite 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.
Highest waterfall in Switzerland
It is generally assumed that the Engsligenfälle is the highest waterfall in Switzerland with a total height of 415 meters, on the Internet there are even figures with 600 meters. But according to my personal measurements (with an altitude meter) it really is 415 meters.
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 falling over 3 major stages. At number two Cascade du Gietro is the highest waterfall in Switzerland with a total height of 560 meters and at number three the Laubbachfall with a total height of 540 meters. Other suggestions, which waterfall is the highest waterfall in Switzerland, will be appreciated.
The biggest waterfall in Switzerland by volume
The biggest waterfall in Switzerland by volume is obvious the Rheinfall near Schaffhausen. The Rheinfall, with a height of 23 meters, is also one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe with an average volume of 250m3/sec. In the summer months, the volume can increase to 600m3/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.
Most beautiful waterfall 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 favourite waterfalls in Switzerland. Cascata di Foroglio is located on the border with Italy in the region Ticino.