Holidays to Switzerland travel podcast episode 95 - Add these 5 stunning waterfalls to your Switzerland itinerary
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Episode 95: Add these 5 stunning waterfalls to your Switzerland itinerary

April 3, 2024

I know you’re going to love this episode because, well, everyone loves a waterfall, and that’s what we’re chatting about today – five of Switzerland’s most breathtaking waterfalls.

I’m joined today by Melinda Schoutens, whose love of the Swiss outdoors has led to her co-authoring four books about Switzerland.  You may remember Melinda from episode 74 when she shared some of her favourite hikes to Swiss lakes and castles with us.

Today she’s got some equally stunning locations to tell us about – five waterfalls in Switzerland that are easy to get to and will take your breath away with their beauty.

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Show Notes

In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • Rhine Falls
  • Trümmelbach Falls
  • Giessbach Falls
  • Reichenbach Falls
  • Engstligen Falls
  • Essential information about hiking in Switzerland

Our Guest

Melinda Schoutens

Melinda is an American who moved to Switzerland over 15 years ago. She and her husband moved for work and quickly fell in love with the Swiss Alps.

Their love of hiking and exploring was too strong to abandon once they welcomed their first child into their lives. Once he was born, they strapped him into a backpack and continued to hit the trails. Now as a family of four, the outdoors have become an extension of their parenting.

Melinda is a writer, educator and loves the natural world.

Melinda and her husband Robert are the authors of three travel guides:

  • Fresh Air Kids Switzerland – 52 Inspiring Hikes that will make kids and parents happy
  • Fresh Air Kids – Hikes to Huts
  • Winter Kids Switzerland

And their newest book, Fresh Air Advenutres Switzeralnd, which will be released in April 2024. All the books are available through Helvetiq or from the Fresh Air Kids website.

Waterfalls in Switzerland mentioned in this episode

>> Rhine Falls – Europe’s largest waterfall is located near Schaffhausen in the north of Switzerland. Read more about the Rhine Falls here.

>> Trümmelbach Falls – Europe’s largest underground waterfalls are situated in Stechelberg in the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Read more about Trümmelbach Falls here.

Couple overlooking Rhine Falls, Switzerland
Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen.
People standing on a viewing platform inside a glacier cave to see the Trümmelbach Falls near Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland.
Trümmelbach Falls near Lauterbrunnen. © Fresh Air Kids

>> Giessbach Falls – spectacularly cascading in 14 stages down the mountain side and into Lake Brienz, the falls can be reached on foot or by an historic funicular. Read more about Giessbach Falls here.

>> Reichenbach Falls – located in Meiringen, Reichenbach Falls are well known to Sherlock Holmes fans as the location of his duel to the death with Professor Moriarty. Read more about Reichenbach Falls here.

>> Engstligen Falls – Switzerland’s second longest waterfall is located near Adelboden in the Berner Oberland.

Giessbach Falls near Interlaken, Switzerland
Giessbach Falls near Interlaken.
Reichenbach Falls near Meiringen in Switzerland
Reichenbach Falls near Meiringen.

Useful resources

Read our full guide to five of the best waterfalls in Switzerland (a modified transcript of this podcast episode).

Visit Melinda’s website for lots of hiking in Switzerland inspiration and tips and to purchase the Fresh Air Kids books.

Engstligen Falls near Adelboden in Switzerland
Engstligen Falls near Adelboden © Fresh Air Kids

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