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Rheinfall - Photo by Susanne Stöckli

Rheinfall - Photo by Susanne Stöckli

Rheinfall is one of the most powerful waterfall on the mainland of Europe and was formed in the last ice age, approximately 14,000 to 17,000 years ago, by erosion-resistant rocks narrowing the riverbed. The north side of the falls is a millsite. In the 17th century, a blast furnace for smelting iron ore found in the limestone was built. It was in operation until the first half of the 19th century. There are also viewing platforms with views of the falls built on both sides of the Rhine. These are reached via steep and narrow stairs (there is a fee on the Schloss Laufen side). (Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland)

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