Day 18-19 Road Trip: Tips in Pictures for Visiting the Biggest Waterfalls of Europe+Review of Family Camping Schaffhausen Switzerland

Lessons learned from less than satisfactory performance earned yesterday for back up plans that ended up in a motel because no camping site was available.  So this morning we hit the road early to make sure we have camping  in Switzerland, 5.5 driving  hours away, to get us closer to see the biggest waterfalls in Europe–the Rhine Falls.

Here’s a quick review of Camping Schaffhausen in Switzerland and some tips on how to visit the Rhein Fall (Rhine waterfalls) for… well, almost FREE!

Excuse the typos…. we’re doing this on the road. 😊

Welcome to Rhine Falls– the biggest waterfalls of Europe.  What??? FREE parking spaces in feont of the Schloss???  Yup, and there’s more at an overflow nearby if you get here past 11 in the morning.  In expensive Swittzerland, FREE is KING!
Paid access to visit the Schloss.  Take a paved path to the right of this castle for a FREE 1.5-kilometer, winding downhill walk with scenic viewpoints of the waterfalls.
Playstop for you with kids at the beginning of the walking path on front of the castle/ Schloss.  This playground has other interesting play things and  is a good stop for a family picnic.
Viewpoint near the beginning of the walk.
“Wow, Mama!”
Follow the winding walking path downhill behind the falls towards a bridge alongside a train track.
See the rushing water before they fall from the bridge side.
Make a U-turn to the left at this point.
More walking. This is what the path looks like… easy and relatively safe fir kids… but watch out!
The rock in the middle of the falls.  You can get there on a boat tour and and climb up on steps. 
Quamelius Albatrhyn Grunfus… up my…. some kind of immersive art that marks the chokepoint of the walk… lots of people congregate at this first sign of “civilization”.  Just walk with the waterfalls to your left… and away from people.  You know, with Covid and all!
An old dam at the chokepoint.  Be ready to explain to your kids how it works… and… “Tata,” my 8-yearold asks, “Why do they build dams?”
Follow the path diwn the steps along this watermill next to the old dam/canal.  You’re about midway point. See that big white building in the background?  That’s where you’re heading.
Tip: Take that boat if you wanna get a little wet and climb to the rock in the middle of the falls.  Maybe slipery.  Have ziplock or waterproof bags.
See that castle-looking building?  That’s where you can take the red boat #2 back to the base of Schloss.
Family picnic with a view.  Oh how the boys wished they had brought their football.
Ahhhhh, much deserved ice cream. A positive incentive for the loooooonnng walk.
Beer stop near the end.  After all that long walk, you’d deserve it.  Cool canned Swiss beers (almost like a hefeweizen) for 4 CHFrancs (not bad for Switzerland).
Of course! Swiss Falken and Hulse beers… besides we ran out of water and the water here costs more.
Rheinfall / Rhine Falls:  150 meters wide, 13 meters high, 12 meters at deepest.  Not quite Niagara Falls, but still impressive and even meditative… Notice the blue boat on the left and the red boat on the right.
A mandatory family shot.
Another playground with a serious slidetube for children with minimum height of 125 centimeters.  Watch out! The drop is steep and I banged my elbows and buttocks on the double turns.  Therw goes Karol!
Playground number 2 with a view.  Poor Kaj!  He wanted so much to slide down with Karol.
That’s where you can get on the water-kamikaze boats. Cross the bridge, check out the numerous fishes (as my boys pointed out), turn right ans down the steps. But first buy your tickets to the right of this entrance.
Boat rides and prices. There are 4 other color-coded boat tours with varying lengths of trips and destinations–some would take you at a kissing distance of the falls.  You’ll get wet!
Red #2 for a 3-minute crossing. No, it will not get you wet!
An 8-CHF (about 8 euros) and 6-minute boat ride to return to the base of Scloss.  Not a bad price for 2 adults and 1 kid (kids under 5 are FREE!).  You can also take this one instead of walking. BUT what’s the fun in that? 
Off the boat. Follow the path up and here’s what you’ll see. The viewpoint that you see below and one other are paid entrance. Of xourse, we skipped them.
Take the FREE glass elevator up. Get your cameras ready and poaition yourswlf quickly for the view cauae it’s a short ride. So, this is thw only one we got.
Exit into the castle’s courtyard.
And out the castle you go. Bye! Thanks for reading or scrolling this far down.


And success! (though we arrived with 2 camping spots left, Whew)

NOTE: In case you’re wondering. . . No, we have not received any form of compensation or freebies or anything at all for reviewing or mentioning this or any others on our blog.  We just do it for the fun of it. 

Camping Schaffhausen is the nearest campground to the Rhein Falls.  In a word, this camping site was PERFECTLY family-friendly.

Waterplay with other camp kids

TO DO: What’s to see/do nearby? The biggest waterfalls in Europe–the Rhine Falls–is a mere 12 minutes away.  We’d given it a full day of slow-go family fun.  There’s also the town of Shaffhausen, Stein am Rhein, and a couple of othe charming towns.  OR you may wanna visit the German  exclave (piece of territory) that is completely surrounded by Switzerland which is right next door across the river to the camping site.  Whaaaaaaattttt??

What we like about this place? As mentioned, the cliaw proximity to the Rhine falls and the many things the children can do here. Our boys did not wanna leave! There’s also a freezer for ice packs and fridge for open use and a lending library.

What we don’t like about this camp site? The pitch did not have access to electricity. It’s a little packed with camping vans and seasonal residents locates quite close to each other.

ACCESS. No problem findimg the entrance to the camping site. It was clearly marked from the outside.  Once you pulled into the parking lot with plenty of spaces you’d see the reception with the flags.  The campground is accessible with a card.

Camping Schaffhausen reception. Gated vehicle access on the right.

SHADE. Plenty of shade from fully grown trees all around the camping site.

PITCH. How’s the pitch? Soft pitch with no problem sinking tent pegs. The grassy pitch is a bit tight. It’s big enough only to fit a 3-person tent, a car and a bit more for your eating area.

Our lone tent in the 6-place pitch area in the center of Camping Schaffhausen.

Privacy hedges None in the center area where end-of-day travelers on vehicles seemed to be assigned

Kid-pumped water pool. All camp kids has been pumping it all day.

PLAY. Decent-sizes playground with several playthings. But the play areas are something else… from open fields to small pebble beach access to an excellent waterpark where kids can pump out water to fill a huge pool.

Small beach access at Camping Schaffhausen. They had to try! But it was late and it got cold.

PRICE. Hgher than standard at 43.50 euros (including tax) for a family of 4 (2 kids–1 under 5), 3-person tent WITHOUT electricity during high summer season (August). But the location and the kid-appeoved amenities make it acceptable.

SANITARY FACILITIES. Sufficiently basic, small and very clean with toilet paper. A bit tight foe the huge sizw od the camp with only one entrance to each of the men’s and women’s restroom.

Al fresco dishwashing at Camping Schaffhausen.
Fridge (this is NOT common). Washer. Dryer. Small room that served the puepose.
6 sinks in men’s bathroom. One entry way into the batheoom.

DINE/DRINKS. There’s a bar/restaurant near the reception, with outdoor seating, and a few tables near the water… but we’re too poor to try it.

Restaurant/bar at Camping Schaffhausen.

So, the next time you’re planning your vacation, try somethimg different. GO CAMPING! Your kids would love it.

Next stop: Friends in Bern, Switzerland.

Crossing into Sqitzerland feom Germany. No border controls.

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