The Rhine Falls

This dramatic photo of the Rhine Falls near Shaffhausen in Switzerland conveys the power of the largest falls in Europe: 250 cubic metres per second on average goes over the falls in winter, rising to 700 cubic metres of water per second in the summer, as the River Rhine is supplemented by melting snow. The Rhine Falls can be approached by boat trip, but there is no need to go to this expense because there are well-placed viewing platforms on either side of the Rhine. The Swiss railways station ’Neuhausen am Rheinfall’ gives public transport access to the falls and nearby Worth Castle. Mary Shelley, author of ‘Frankenstein’, came here in 1840, and the famous English landscape painter J.M.W. Turner completed several paintings of the falls. These days countless digital photos are taken every single year….
   
 
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