The Swiss landscape has a huge number of imposing and dreamlike waterfalls, which could not be more beautiful. Many of them are extremely nice after heavy rainfall or during snowmelt. Therefore, it is especially worthwhile to look at the waterfalls in the spring. Glacier-fed waterfalls can be seen in full splendor from spring (March/April) to October.
The 31 Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Switzerland Here is an overview of the 31 most beautiful waterfalls in Switzerland:
- Mürrenbach Fall
- Iffig Fall
- Diesbach Falls
- Waterfall Arena Batöni
- Sieben Brünne
- Öltschibach Fall in Meiringen
- Rhine Falls
- Thurwasser Falls
- Seerenbach Falls
- Murgbach Fall
- Giessbach Falls
- Mettelbach Fall (Muothatal)
- Seebach Fall (Maderanertal)
- Dundelbach Falls (Lungern)
- Staubbach Falls
- Simmen Falls
- Geltenschutz Fall
- Waterfall Sustenpass
- Waterfall Davos Sertig
- Cascata di Foroglio
- Piumogna Waterfall
- Waterfall Santa Petronilla bei Biasca
- Saut du Doubs
- Stäubi Fall
- Waterfall Lauf
- Giessen Waterfall
- Sormatt Fall
The waterfalls in this article are all power places and it’s worth going to one of them after a rigorous week to slow down.
In this report we present you our 31 favorite waterfalls in Switzerland including the best times to visit and how else to combine the trip.
Berglistüber – walk behind the waterfall
The Berglistüber waterfall is considered as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Switzerland. Not many places offer you to go behind the waterfall and inhale the power of the water (at your own risk, can be slippery at some parts). Therefore it’s not a wonder that this splendid specimen is located in a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If you want to visit the Berglistüber, take the car or public bus to the bus stop called Linthal, Bergli. In just 5 minutes you can reach the place of power by foot, where there are often just a few people. The best times to visit is in spring, summer and autumn (April to October), as long as there is no snow.
The excursion can be combined with a visit to the Klausen Pass, where you can take a beautiful hike of about 1.5h to a glacier lake called “Griesslisee”.
Lake Limmern waterfall – a secret tip
The roaring waterfall with its various spurs plunges into the light blue colored Limmernsee. Framed by the barren alpine landscape, you have the feeling that you have landed in a dream.
With the cable car you go from Linthal, Tödi up the mountain and hike about 30 minutes through a tunnel of the Linthal power plants. A real adventure, I can assure you.
Immediately after the exit, Lake Limmern catches the eye, spoiling every hiker with its special color and imposing mountains.
It is particularly spectacular when the snow melts from May to July and when it rains. If you want, you can continue hiking to the Muttseehütte in about two hours, constantly accompanied by the soothing sound of the rushing water.
Another unknown waterfall in the canton of Glarus are the Diesbach Falls. They stand behind an imposing villa, which belonged to the owner of the textile factory nearby. In Linthal, textile factories had their heyday during the industrialization, so you can still see relatively many large buildings.
It’s possible to practically drive directly to the falls, but there are only a few parking spaces available. The Diesbach Falls have water all year round and can be combined with the Berglistüber Waterfall as well as the Klausen Pass.
Thur waterfalls – the most beautiful waterfall in Eastern Switzerland
The Thur waterfalls in the canton of St.Gallen are located in the idyllic Toggenburg near Alt-St.Johann, where you can reach the site by a ten-minutes walk only. Especially in March and April during the snowmelt a visit is worthwhile. In dry summer months – or days – the water is sometimes completely gone, so a visit is then only recommended after heavy rainfall.
Hiking enthusiasts can reach the Säntis, the highest mountain in the Alpstein massif, from Alt-St.Johann in a hike of about six hours.
Those who like it more leisurely will also get their money’s worth on a hike to xy.
Seerenbach Falls – one of the tallest waterfalls in Switzerland
The Seerenbach Falls with its 3 steps is one of the most imposing and beautiful waterfalls in our country. It was once considered as the highest waterfall in Switzerland, but the title goes back to the Lauterbrunnen Valley due to a mismeasurement.
Highest waterfall or not, in any case it is worth visiting during the snowmelt in spring from March to May and after a few rainy days, because then the water is particularly abundant.
If you like hiking, you can park your car in Weesen and hike from there to the destination in about 1 hour. You can’t drive to the waterfall directly by car, but you can save some time. Please be aware that the one-way street is very narrow and not for the faint of heart. Every xx.00 and xx.30 you drive from Weesen towards the parking lot Betlis, xx.15 and xx.45 from Betlis to Weesen.
There are also two farm restaurants in the area, which serve traditional food.
Rinquelle – the waterfall next to the Seerenbach Falls
When you walk to the Seerenbach Falls, you automatically visit the Rinquelle. The neighboring waterfall of the Seerenbach Falls is in my opinion almost more impressive and carries up to 30,000 m3 of water per second in spring.
It is also exciting to see that the water of the Rin Spring comes from a cave. This is because the Churfirsten area includes a huge underground cave system, with the Seerenbach Falls carrying almost only surface water.
Murgbachfall in the Murg Valley
What could be more beautiful and powerful than a wild waterfall surrounded by peaceful nature? In the Murgtal you will find the Murgbachfall, which is surrounded by ancient Swiss stone pines. Anyway, the Murg Valley is a highlight near Zurich, because the hike has a lot to offer with streams, waterfalls, alpine landscape and gorgeous lakes.
A tip is the approximately six-hour round hike to the Murg lakes in June after the snow melts, where you can see various other waterfalls. But it’s also possible to do in other summer and autumn months.
Lake Wägital waterfall
Just an hour from Zurich, in spring will find a beautiful waterfall at the Lake Wägital. And best of all, with just a 180 degree turn, you’re standing in front of a gorgeous backdrop, in my opinion one of the most beautiful near Zurich.
In summer there is also a lot to do in the region, but the waterfall is then often dried up. Waterfall lovers get their money’s worth most during the snowmelt.
Waterfall arena Batöni – a waterfall arena in Switzerland
Wow! If you had to choose the most beautiful waterfall in Switzerland, then the Batöni waterfall arena is probably on the top, right?. Where else can you see three waterfalls in one place?
With a challenging hike of about 1.5 hours, the Weisstannental valley leads to the waterfall arena Batöni. Although still an insider tip, the hiking trail is quite filled with locals on beautiful mountain spring weekends.
When is the best time to visit depends very much on the snowmelt, but basically May and June are great. During prolonged heavy precipitation, the hike is very dangerous due to rock falls.
Mettelbach Falls in the Muotha Valley
The canton of Schwyz also has a dream waterfall. Just before entering Muothatal, the water masses impress the inhabitants and hikers in April, May and after precipitation. Although the fall is right by the road, it is one of the insider tips.
There are no parking spaces, so you have to park a little bit away.
A trip to the Muotha valley is worthwhile in combination with the Stoosbahn, the steepest funicular in the world which takes you to the mountain village Stoos. From there, you can continue to the Fronalpstock in summer and enjoy a breathtaking ridge walk.
Seebach Fall in the Maderaner valley
The wild Maderanertal is one of my favorite places in the canton of Uri and the Seebach is one of them. Because when you see the waterfall, you have the feeling that it is endless.
It can be reached very easily by driving to the Golzern cable car station and then hiking in the direction of Alp Stössi.
Another insider tip is to take the cable car to the Golzernsee and from there hike on to the Windgällenhütte.
Like all other waterfalls in Switzerland, the Seebach Fall is a highlight during the Swiss mountain spring (May and June).
Dundelbach Falls (Lungern)
The region around Lake Lungern is now often seen on social media channels such as Instagram and has people all over the world raving about it.
So far, the insider tip “Dündelbach Falls”, which is located near the Lunger-Turren cable car, has no great presence. Thus, you can also almost go there.
The waterfall is visible in its full beauty only during snowmelt in spring and after heavy rains.
Staubbach Falls – the famous waterfall in Lauterbrunnen
There are no statistics about the most photographed waterfalls in Switzerland, but the Staubbach Falls in Lauterbrunnen is certainly on the pedestal. Because if you’re on Instagram, you’ve seen hundreds of pictures from every angle.
Especially beautiful is the viewpoint with a view of the whole valley, the church and the waterfall.
If you arrive in a dry summer, then you should not be frightened if you do not see anything of the waterfall. Many of the waterfalls are dried out then, so a visit in the months of May and June is highly recommended regarding the Staubbach Falls and the Lauterbrunnen Valley.
If you are in Lauterbrunnen, you have many different excursion and day trip options. One is to visit the Trümmelbach Falls, another destination the traditional village of Mürren.
Mürrenbach Falls – the tallest waterfall in Switzerland
Which is the tallest waterfall in Switzerland? For a long time it was the Seerenbach Falls, but a measuring error was noticed and now the trophy goes into the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Because the Mürrenbach Falls counts over 300 meters or almost 1000 feet in free fall.
If you want to see the waterfall in all its beauty, take the cable car up to Gimmelwald. It is almost frightening to observe wingsuiters plummeting down into the valley to the right of the cable car mast. They are in freefall for around seven seconds before the parachute is opening.
Giessbach Falls – another «walk behind the waterfall»
If I had to name a hotel with a dreamlike view of a waterfall, it would be the Giessbach Falls. With a total of 14 steps, the Giessbach Falls plunge down from Axalp into Lake Brienz and have become a well-known tourist attraction in the Interlaken region.
A highlight is the approximately 20-minute walk around the falls. This means you can walk behind the waterfall just like at the Berglistüber. But the best photo of the Giessbach Falls is from a distance at the Grandhotel Giessbach.
Giessbach Falls has gained popularity not only thanks to Instagram, but also due to the Korean Netflix drama Crash Landing on You, which used the place as a movie location. Also an advantage is that the water runs all year round, but most during the snowmelt.
If you want more tips about the region, it’s worth reading the report about the 15 most beautiful destinations from Interlaken.
Sieben Brünne – one of the most special waterfalls in Switzerland
Dominated by limestone, there are various karst waterfalls in the Swiss Alps. But one of the most beautiful you can find in the Bernese Oberland near Lenk – the so-called Siebenbrünnen. Almost 3000 liters of water per second flow from seven springs in summer.
In a hike of about 1.5 hours, you walk along the Simmen Falls up to the Siebenbrünnen. These is a very special place of power, where it is worth planning enough time. Especially after 4 p.m. the number of visitors decreases again and you have the waterfalls partly to yourself.
If you are a good hiker, then the around 4-hour waterfall hike is recommended to the Iffigalp.
The Simmen Falls can be reached in about 10 minutes from Restaurant Simmenfälle and attract visitors with an enormous water force and a height of around 200 metres. Due to the better accessibility, the Simmen Falls are more crowded than the Sieben Brünne and are among the most beautiful waterfalls in Switzerland.
The power of the Iffig Falls near Lenk is incredible. While other waterfalls have already dried up, the Iffigfall shines in its full beauty from spring to autumn due to the glacial ice melt – therefore it’s one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Switzerland and quite easy to reach. In total the height of the impressive fall is more than 100 metres.
The trip can be easily combined with an excursion to the Sieben Brünnen and Simmen Falls. The whole hike takes around 4 hours.
Oltschibach Fall – the most viral waterfall in Switzerland
The Oltschibach waterfall right by the Meiringen military airport has gone viral hundreds of times on Instagram. Nevertheless, it is still an insider tip, because the place is not known. For the perfect spot, it’s best to park directly at the parking lot in front of the military airport. With a little luck, you even observe the military planes of the Swiss army take off.
The waterfall can be seen in all its glory from spring to autumn and is therefore also a highlight in summer. If you are in the region, you can combine the place well with the Giessbach Falls.
Geltenschutz waterfall Gstaad Lauenen
Gstaad is one of the most famous ski resorts in winter. But also from spring to autumn the region has a lot to offer. One of the most beautiful highlights is certainly the Lauenen lake and the Geltenschutz waterfall, which is spearheaded by the Gelten glacier and is therefore also a nice destination in summer.
Susten Pass waterfall
The waterfall next to the pass road cascades down breathtakingly. What you almost don’t see as a driver, you can observe beautifully from the Steingletscher below.
Also this waterfall you can watch in summer without problems. Anyway, a trip to the region and a detour to the Aare Gorge and Lake Stein is worthwhile. Here you can get really close to glaciers.
Waterfall Davos Sertig
The waterfall at Davos Sertig is definitely worth an afternoon excursion if you are in the region. From Sertig Dörfli you walk about 20-25 minutes towards the end of the valley and admire the dreamlike landscape. Even families with strollers can almost get to the waterfall and see it in its full glory from a short distance.
Hikers can walk next to the waterfalls to reach the idyllic and very unknown mountain lakes Lai da Ravais-ch. However, this is a day trip.
Foroglio waterfall – the highlight of Ticino
Arriving in Foroglio, you might think you are in the middle of a scene from Lord of the Rings. The ancient stone houses in combination with the mass of water make «Cascata di Foroglio» one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Switzerland.
What could be better than enjoying a delicious Ticino minestrone in front of such a backdrop? If you want, you can hike 40 minutes along the waterfall to Puntid, and marvel at a beautiful insider tip.
Even though I am a proponent of public transport, Foroglio is difficult to reach and impossible in winter. Therefore it is worth arriving by car, although parking is limited.
Another dream waterfall of Switzerland can be found after the Gotthard tunnel near Faido. Unlike many natural beauties, the Piumogna waterfall can be reached comfortably in a 5-minute walk.
Nearby is the stunning hiking area of Lake Ritom. Here you can make day trips as well as trips of several days.
Waterfall Santa Petronilla
The waterfall Santa Petronilla in Biasca is one of the most special waterfalls in Switzerland due to the constellation of two crossing water streams. It is very easy to reach, because you can go there directly by car.
If you’re in the region, it’s worth taking a detour to the waterfall in Faido. There are also many great hiking opportunities.
Rhine Falls – the biggest waterfall in Europe
The Rhine Falls is the largest waterfall in Europe and accordingly one of the most impressive in Switzerland. With 600’000 litres of water per second, the water plunges down the falls during the spring and attracts tourists and locals to this dream place.
In case you want to get really close to the Rhine Falls, you should visit the platform from Schloss Laufen. The entrance fee is recently 5 CHF, which is very well invested money.
If you are already in the vicinity, then other excursion destinations are the city of Schaffhausen and Stein am Rhein. If you want, you can even take a boat from Stein am Rhein to Schaffhausen.
Saut du Doubs – the most famous waterfall in western Switzerland
The Saut du Doubs is by far the most famous waterfall in western Switzerland and named after the river “Doubs”, which forms the border between Switzerland and France in this region.
In summer, a boat goes from Les Brenets to Le Saut du Doubs, where you can comfortably reach various viewpoints in a 10-minute walk. In the off-season or if you like hiking, you get to the Saut du Doubs in about 1h and 30 minutes.
Especially beautiful are the various viewpoints of the Doubs with its meandering river course.
Stäubifall – the most beautiful waterfall in Switzerland
The Stäubifall in the canton of Uri is my absolute favorite. The community on Facebook and Instagram also thinks so, because the waterfall at the foot of the Klausen Pass attracts more and more people.
From the parking lot in Unterschächen you have about 1h 15 minutes to the waterfall. The path is comfortable and mostly flat and can even be done with a stroller. Only about 15 minutes it goes even steeper up the mountain.
Waterfall Buri (Tösstal)
The Zurich Oberland also has its beautiful waterfalls, which are worth seeing when the snow melts and after rainy days. One of my favorite waterfalls is the Buri waterfall in the Tösstal.
The hiking trail from Alp Scheidegg to Tösstalscheide and on to Steg im Tösstal is fantastic.
If you want, you can even go down to the waterfall.
Baselbiet is not known for big waterfalls, but the next two insider tips are all the more worth visiting.
The Giessen waterfall near Kilchberg BL is a hiking highlight in spring, when the snow melts in the higher levels. The waterfall is also accessible in winter, but then you will find huge icicles instead of water.
Sormattfall in Bubendorf, Baselland
Hidden under one of the most famous castles in Baselland, the Sormattfall is a nice insider tip. Note that it’s only worth it in spring and when there’s a lot of rain. But the region is also beautiful, with Wildenstein Castle and one of the oldest oak forests in Switzerland, there is much to discover.