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Rheinfall and Fondue in Switzerland

It was a misty August day when my sister-in-law Kendra, our friend Amy and I set out on a grand road trip from Kendra’s home in Boblingen, Germany. We had some guide books, a large bag of candy and snacks, and a rather finicky GPS system that liked to randomly send us off into the hills or meandering through strange neighborhoods.

Through much confusion, hilarity and sheer nerve, we managed to find a guest houseΒ  just over the border in Switzerland, then decided to take a drive down to Zurich, stopping wherever we liked along the way.

For a while road construction and detours thwarted our initial searches for interesting stops, but finally we spotted a simple brown sign featuring a waterfall and off the highway we went. You really can’t go wrong with a waterfall!

It was raining in earnest now, but that didn’t stop us. Out came Amy’s umbrella – I ALWAYS forget an umbrella! – and we climbed down stone steps to the river’s edge.

We were greeted by the thunderous boom of cascading water and bursts of mist shrouding the nearby hills. Not only had we found a waterfall, we had inadvertently found Europe’s LARGEST waterfall: the Rheinfall in Neuhausen, Switzerland.

I have since heard warnings of large crowds and hordes of tourists shoving and clamoring for a good view, but that was not our experience. Perhaps the rain kept most folks away, because we nearly had the place to ourselves.

Although we were content to amble along the shore, stopping by damp stone walls to take it all in, you can also take boat cruises, and clamber around at Schloss Laufen on the other shore.

It was a gorgeous, awe-inspiring sight, but after a while we were cold, wet and hungry and off we went to Zurich in search of sustenance. We happily wandered the riverfront, then found a marvelous fondue restaurant where we warmed up quickly with good beer and savory fondue.

What is your favorite thing to eat after a rainy day of exploring?

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Katherina - Hi! I’m glad you enjoyed Switzerland (besides from the weather!). I’m originally from Spain but have moved to the french part of Switzerland for work (as you can imagine, the weather is difficult to get used to!). But you got it right – fondues (and raclettes!!!!) are probably the best meal you can have on a rainy / misty / snowy day !!

Katie@Cozydelicious - That is such an adorable shot – you look so happy with your fondue! But how could you be unhappy with creamy cheese and bread?

Andi - Oh drool, fondue in Switzerland, does it get better than that??? Chocolate is always my go to food. πŸ™‚

Tuula - What a wonderful day! I just love the natural beauty of Europe, you never know what you’ll find around the corner…a beautiful mountain, or even the biggest waterfall in Europe πŸ™‚
I’m the same as you…love to have a great meal after a rainy-day of exploring. Fondue being high on my list too πŸ™‚ xo

Barbara - There are some (not many) advantages to sightseeing in the rain…no crowds is definitely one of them. When I spend a day like this, I usually come down with a cold. πŸ™
Love your photos! And you certainly chose a yummy meal to warm up with.

Mary - It sounds like a marvelous day. You can’t go wrong with gorgeous scenery, good friends and great beer :-). I love soup after being out in the rain. I’ve also been known to have a hot bettered rum. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

Anna Johnston - Aaahhhh Geeez, I bet you’ve got the same GPS as we do…., sends you to the most hilarious places right!!!
Loved the amazing waterfalls Krista…, if you’ve gotta get lost…, at least let it be somewhere there’s a cool view like this.
I’ve been thinking lots lately about making a Swiss Cheese Fondue…, haven’t had one for such a long time…, you’ve just sent me over the edge with this pic, you guys look so happy, having such fun. A W E S O M E

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella - You gals look so great in your Swiss colours! πŸ˜€ And lol we have the same GPS System I’m convinced! πŸ˜›

RamblingTart - Thank you, Elina! It’s great to meet you. πŸ™‚ I love for those things too. They make life so beautiful!

Elina (Russian Bites) - Gorgeous pictures. I live for travel… and food πŸ˜‰

RamblingTart - Oh, I love grilled cheese too, Val. πŸ™‚ It is pure comfort food for me. In fact, I think I now need to have it for dinner tonight. πŸ™‚

bellini - Grilled cheese sandwich is my favourite thing to eat on a raint day. If I happen to have some soup on hand I will throw that in too. By the wall the falls are stunning.

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