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Rheinfall-Rundweg

Dachsen–Dachsen

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The mighty Rhine Falls delight every nature lover with a powerful interplay of water. This circular route leads through the attractive region, past Schloss Laufen (castle) and along the idyllic banks of the Rhine.
The starting point is the village of Dachsen, from where you soon reach the natural world. The path runs between lush green meadows and open fields to Laufen. You catch wonderul views of the surroundings and enjoy blissful silence until you approach the roar of the biggest waterfall in Europe.

Schloss Laufen makes a stunning scene. The castle appears to hover majestically above the Rhine Falls, impervious to the overwhelming power of the raging waters at its feet. An excellent opportunity to take a break and admire this unique natural spectacle. The pitching boats that periodically approach the roaring falls appear almost surreal.

The route continues along the magnificent banks of the Rhine though a stretch of light forest. You are always accompanied by the river, now gently flowing now foaming as it surges over boulders. Along the way you constantly see the imposing waterfall from a new angle, views that cast a spell on every observer. After Neuhausen and Nohl you cross a bridge towards Dachsen.
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Length:
8 km
Hiking time:
Dachsen–Dachsen: 1 h 45 min
 
Dachsen–Dachsen: 1 h 45 min
Requirements:
difficult (for wheelchair users)
Conditions:
difficult (for wheelchair users)
Height difference:
Dachsen–Dachsen: 140 m
Dachsen–Dachsen: 140 m

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Arrival / return travel Dachsen
 
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The sightseeing attractions and overnight accommodation suggested by Switzerland Mobility in the right-hand column are not necessarily wheelchair accessible. More information on accessibility is found at www.mis-ch.ch or www.rollihotel.ch.

Obstacle-free routes, grade of difficulty see PDF.
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Barrier-free arrival / public transport
 
Dachsen is reached by S-Bahn (S33) from the support railway stations at Schaffhausen and Winterthur. The platforms at all 3 stations have been adapted; however, there is an approx. 15cm gap between platform and train. If you notify a member of the train crew, you'll be helped board and alight using a mobile folding ramp. Low-floor trains are mostly in operation except at peak periods. No low-floor trains are in operation at these times: from Winterthur: 06.06 h, 16.06 h, 17.42 h & 19.06 h / from Schaffhausen: 05.21 h, 16.46 h & 18.21 h.
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Wheelchair-suitable parking spaces
 
Dachsen railway station has a parking space for wheelchair users. As an alternative, 2 more parking spaces for wheelchair users are located in front of Schloss Laufen (castle) with another 5 reserved parking spaces on the opposite side of the Rhine in front of Schloss Wörth (castle).
Eurokey toilets at Dachsen station
Eurokey toilets at Dachsen station
 
Dachsen railway station has a Eurokey WC. WC info: door width 79cm; movement area (DxB) 190x100cm; seat height 45cm; hand grips left moveable, right none; access left; mirror height 100cm; washbasin underside clearance 70cm.
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km0 - km1.33
km0 - km1.33
 
The route through Dachsen is on asphalt until you leave the village at km0.4. From here a gravel path leads to Laufen, where you reach a 200m-long asphalt stretch to Schloss Laufen. This stretch has no significant uphill or downhill gradients however a rain channel cuts right across the path at km0.8.
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Eurokey toilet at kiosk at Schloss Laufen (castle)
Eurokey toilet at kiosk at Schloss Laufen (castle)
 
In front of Schloss Laufen is a Tourism Infopoint, with a kiosk and Eurokey toilet. The Eurokey WC is with the other WCs at the back of the building. WC Info: door width 95cm; movement area (DxB) 130x130cm; seat height 45cm; hand grips left fixed, right moveable; access right; mirror height 100cm; washbasin underside clearance 60cm.
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Kiosk und Tourismus Infopoint
Lauferstrasse
8248 Laufen-Uhwiesen
km1.3 - km2.5
km1.3 - km2.5
 
From Schloss Laufen along banks of the Rhine, the trail leads through a 1.2km long forest section with a floor that can be washed away and uneven in places because of bad weather. This section is dominated by one long and one short descent and a few other short ascents. The first 200m has a descent with a maximum 20% gradient followed by a 20m ascent with a 7% gradient. At km1.8 is a 20m ascent with an 8% gradient. At km2.2 is a 10m ascent with a 10% gradient, followed by a 15m ascent, gradient 8%. There is a 30m downhill section with a 20% gradient at km2.4.
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km2.5 - km4.7
km2.5 - km4.7
 
This section is completely asphalted and mainly flat. At km2.5, a 40m ascent with an 8% gradient has to be mastered. After the bridge over the Rhine at km3.1, the route has a 20m descent with a 9% gradient and at km4.3 a 20m ascent with a 13% gradient.
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Public toilet at the ARA
Public toilet at the ARA
 
At km3.9, the path leads directly past a public WC. To access the WC, you must negotiate between a washbasin and waste bin with only 74cm between them. WC info: door width 83cm; movement area (DxB): 200x74cm; seat height 54cm; hand grips left none, right fixed; access left; mirror height 135cm; washbasin underside clearance 70cm.
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Locale at Rhine Falls
Locale at Rhine Falls
 
At the Rhine Falls at km4.6 is a wheelchair-accessible locale with a wheelchair-accessible public toilet. WC info: door width 88cm; movement area (DxB) 210x140cm; seat height 47cm; hand grips left fixed, right moveable; access right; mirror height 100cm; washbasin underside clearance 60cm.
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Laufengasse 7
8212 Neuhausen am Rheinfall
km4.7 - km7.2
km4.7 - km7.2
 
This section is almost totally asphalted with only a 200m long gravel car park to be crossed at km5.7. From km4.7 to the lower end of the Rhine Falls, the route has a 50m-long descent with a 9% gradient and then a 40m-long descent with a 13% gradient. After Schloss Wörth at km5.3 comes an 80m ascent with an 8% gradient, followed at km5.5 by a 50m ascent with a 10% gradient. From Nohl at km6.2 to the bridge over the Rhine, the route leads downhill for 200m with a gradient of 13% and on the other side of the Rhine up a 250m ascent with an 11% gradient back to Dachsen.
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Restaurant Park at Rhine Falls
Restaurant Park at Rhine Falls
 
At km5.0, the Restaurant Park below the Rhine Falls is accessible and has a wheelchair-accessible toilet. WC info: door width 90cm; movement area (DxB) 100x220cm; seat height 50cm; hand grips left moveable, right none; access left; mirror height 125cm (folding mirror); washbasin underside clearance 70cm.
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Restaurant Park am Rheinfall
Rheinfallquai 5
8212 Neuhausen am Rheinfall
Tel. +41 (0)52 672 18 21
http://www.park-rheinfall.ch/
Public wheelchair accessible toilet opposite Schloss Wörth (castle)
Public wheelchair accessible toilet opposite Schloss Wörth (castle)
 
There is a wheelchair-accessible public toilet opposite Schloss Wörth at km5.2. WC info: door width 98cm; movement area (DxB) 170x150cm; seat height 44cm; hand grips left fixed, right moveable; access right; mirror height 130cm (folding mirror); washbasin underside clearance 70cm.
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Public wheelchair-accessible toilet, car park at Nohl
Public wheelchair-accessible toilet, car park at Nohl
 
At km5.8. there is a wheelchair-accessible public toilet at the eastern end of the car park before Nohl. WC info: door width 85cm; movement area (DxB) 110x170cm; seat height 44cm; hand grips left fixed, right moveable; access right; mirror height 130cm (folding mirror); washbasin underside clearance 70cm.
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Barrier-free return journey / public transport
 
The support railway stations at Schaffhausen and Winterthur are reached from Dachsen by S-Bahn (S33). The platforms at all 3 stations have been adapted, however there is an approx. 15cm gap between platform and train. If you notify the train crew, you'll be helped board and disembark with a mobile folding ramp. Low-floor trains are mostly in operation except at peak periods. No low-floor trains are in operation at these times: from Winterthur: 06.06 h, 16.06 h, 17.42 h & 19.06 h / from Schaffhausen: 05.21 h, 16.46 h & 18.21 h.
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Arrival / return travel Dachsen
 
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