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Bezirk Andelfingen

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  • Day1218

    The Rheinfall & Trülikon woods

    October 27, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Martha is tucked away at the side of a forest track, drips from the denuded tree branches tap tapping on her roof and pitter pattering on the wet carpet of yellow, orange and brown leaves. If things go to plan, this is as far north as we'll be between now and April!

    Today we completed the last leg of our journey to Schaffhausen, northern Switzerland, where we visited the most powerful waterfall in Europe; the Rhine Falls. Although the water only drops 23m, the channel is 150m wide and the volume of water is impressive, even at this time of year!

    Pulling up in a dedicated motorhome bay within the closest of many large car parks, we approached Schloss Laufen; the castle overlooking this famous cataract. Being a sunny Sunday, places were filling up fast. Registration plates showed vehicles from Austria and Germany as well as Switzerland, but we heard families speaking Italian and American English too. There was a 5Sfr entry fee to footpaths and viewing platforms on the south side, but we chose to cross the arched rail bridge to the north bank and follow the current downstream on the outside of the river meander.

    From here we caught our first sight of the Rheinfallfelsen (Rhine Falls Rock), a remnant of the original limestone cliff, standing firm in the middle of the channel. The falls are fed by Lake Constance so despite its huge power, the water doesn't contain much erosive debris. To our fascination, tourist boats were powering up to a docking platform and passengers scaling steps to a viewing podium on top of the rock!

    Following the busy path we stopped for photos at a hub of cafés and stands selling gelato, crêpes and heisse maroni (hot chestnuts). From here we watched the long, brightly coloured tour boats being thrown from side to side by the white water; we wonder if they have ever capsized? The limestone rocks were a brilliant feature, with the rapids gushing around them, projecting a powerful cloud of spray in the lee.

    Temperatures had risen to above 20°C so it was hot work on the way back up the series of steps and slopes but we were very glad we'd visited this fantastic site.

    The plan had been to stay in the nearby town of Schaffhausen. According to the Lonely Planet it was a really pretty settlement, but we didn't get that impression as we drove through its streets. As sometimes happens, our intended overnight spot had been taken over by a large marquee. The herbstmesse (Autumn Fair) was in full swing and the roads lined with cars. After the crowds at the Rheinfall we didn't fancy hanging around, so escaped to a far quieter countryside car park not too many kilometres away. There was a 15 hour restriction so we couldn't stay overnight, but Will took a walk to Husemer Lake a mile away for a refreshing swim, before we drove on to our woodland parkup.

    After a day exploring the falls we should have slept well, but the hot weather had spawned a resurgence of mosquitos which managed somehow to find their way inside.

    With a Brexit extension looking likely, we are hoping to travel south from now, taking in some more sights in Eastern Switzerland, before journeying through Italy and hopping on the ferry to Greece for the winter. Let's hope we can make it!
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  • Day3

    Day 3: Rhine Falls

    July 11, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Nos levantamos en Friburgo a las 6:15, para rápidamente ir a la estación. Desafortunadamente perdemos de una forma estúpida el tren en Basilea y tenemos que esperar 1h en esta ciudad suiza que tampoco nos interesa. !Pero estamos de vacaciones hombre! Así que tampoco nos preocupa. Además un señor trajeado nos dice hola 😆, ya estamos contentos (no necesitamos tanto).

    Las cataratas del Rin no son las del Niágara (para no ofender a una verdadera canadiense que desayuna come y cena sirope de arce, y por cierto, en este viaje estoy aprendiendo lo que son los arces) pero son increíbles.

    Evitamos la cola y los 5 francos que sufren los guiris y subimos a una colina donde hay una especie de castillo que domina las imponentes cascadas. Pasamos un puente ferroviario que también es peatonal y conseguimos una vista clara del meollo. Después de disfrutar de las vistas, la escasez de gente (será la hora) y del clima fresco, nos cogemos un tren que nos llevará a la Constanza de nuestros amigos. Hablando de amigos, en el tren hacemos una genial de como 7 años que nos regala caramelos 😊.
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  • Day4

    Rheinfall in Schaffhausen & Zürich

    April 16, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    War das eine Nacht, erst kam kurz vorm einschlafen der Platzwart um 23 Uhr und meinte das wir mit dem Auto da nicht stehen dürfen, war aber so vereinbart! Dann um 1 Uhr lautes Gebrüll von einem Obdachlosen, der wohl leicht gestört war....Und gegen den morgengrauen machten sich irgendwelche Tiere über unseren Müll her, ok selbst schuld. Zudem angenehme 3 Grad. ;-)
    Nach dem Frühstück bauten wir dann alles in Ruhe zusammen und fuhren über die Schweizer Grenze. In Schaffhausen machten wir stopp und schauten uns den Rheinfall an, was für ein "rhein fall". Nee Spaß... Wirklich sehr sehr schön wie die gigantischen Wassermassen dort runterknallen....
    Anschließend ging es weiter nach Zürich, wo wir kurzer Hand ein Hostel für eine Nacht gebucht haben. Beim Hostel angekommen ging es dann mit dem Fahrrad in die 5km entfernte Innenstadt und zum Zürichsee....Zürich hat paar nette Ecken, ist aber irgendwie nicht so schön wie erwartet. Nachdem wir durch die Gassen und vorbei an den Kirchtürmen geschlendert sind, gab das "All you can eat Raclette" in der Raclette factory. Sehr lecker, aber eindeutig zu viel Käse, also Käse-satt lohnt sich nicht, soviel kann man gar nicht essen.
    Jetzt ist es 22.30 Uhr und wir sind gerade im Hostel angekommen und gehen ins Betti.
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  • Day2

    Rýnské vodopády

    April 19, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    V pátek jsme se vypravili k největšímu evropskému vodopádu, který je 23 metrů vysoký a 150 metrů široký a jako správní turisté jsme se pod ním projeli na lodičce. 😀

  • Day1

    Nein, kein R(h)einfall

    October 3, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    23 Meter hoch, 150 Meter breit, 600.000 Liter pro Sekunde, Europas größter Wasserfall. Das sind die harten Fakten. Abgesehen davon ist ein Stopp am Rheinfall bei der Durchreise tatsächlich lohnenswert. Generell ist der Rhein ein sehenswertes, äußerst klares, und wie ich später feststelle, fischreiches Gewässer. Kapitale Forellen stehen in Ufernähe... ideale Bedingungen zum Fliegenfischen...ich schweife ab.
    Jedenfalls eine schöne Pause um die Beine zu vertreten. Es geht weiter Richtung Luzern!
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  • Day14

    Flaach (CH)

    July 21, 2017 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Some big mountains beginning to loom now on the horizon. Scary stuff ! Today was the first day with a few small climbs. Gravity sure slows you down when the combined weight of bike plus kit is 40 kg.

    The route today took me past one of Europe's most powerful and impressive waterfalls just downstream from Schaffhausen. Also had the privilege of some fresh snacks alongside the cycle path today, raspberries, apples, and plums.Read more

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