Ein einzigartiges Spektakel der Natur: Der Rheinfall (Englisch)
The Rhine Falls, Rheinfall in German and Chutes du Rhin in French, are amongst the three largest waterfalls in Europe and are located on the High Rhine in northern Switzerland’s cantons Schaffhausen und Zurich, right next to the German border. Coming from Lake Constance, the Rhine crashes 23 meters into the depths. The waterfall, which is 150 meters wide, formed approximately 14000 to 17000 years ago during the last ice age. The view of the impressive water masses and foaming spray is simply spectacular to watch. For this purpose, observation platforms have been built at both banks of the river. For visitors who like to remain close to the action there is another attractive option: several shipping companies offer rides in the river basin below the cascade or to the rock in the middle of the waterfall. The rock can be climbed safely to experience the power of the water, the noise of the thunderous floods and the vibration that can be felt throughout the body first hand. Each July 31st visitors can witness a sensational event: at 9:45 p.m., the Rhine Falls are lit by fireworks.
Right next to the Rhine Falls, Laufen Castle can be explored. Today owned by the city of Zurich, the first references to the castle in historic documents can be dated back to 858. The castle hosts a restaurant and a youth hostel; guided tours are available in several languages. In 2010, the “Historama”, an interactive exhibition focusing on the Rhine Falls, was opened. Just opposite from Laufen Castle, a small water castle is built on a tiny island in the Rhine: Wörth Castle. According to archaeological finds, it was built in 1348. Today, it has been transformed into a restaurant which also accommodates events like weddings.
The river generating the stunning natural phenomenon of the Rhine Falls is impressive itself. The Rhine, scene of many German myths and legends, has its source in the Swiss Alps and flows into the North Sea near the Dutch city of Leiden. The mighty river, nearly 1000 meters wide at its broadest point, crosses six countries in total: Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, France and the Netherlands. It also forms parts of the Swiss-Austrian, Swiss-Liechtenstein, Swiss-German and Franco-German border. It has been an important waterway since the early Middle Ages. The Rhine also flows through Basel, Switzerland’s third largest city and home to Baselworld Watch and Jewellry Show. The trade fair is considered the most important meeting point for the jewelry and watchmaking industry and regularly includes up to 2100 exhibitors from 45 countries. Baselworld takes place each spring.
The Rhine Falls are a popular destination for a one-day-excursion from the Black Forest. This German low mountain range – the country’s biggest and highest – is known for being a center of watchmaking. Due to the not readily accessible, often remote valleys and villages industrialization did not arrive in the Black Forest until late. But it was customary for many farmers to produce the now world-famous cuckoo clocks in their winterly downtime to supplement their household income. During the 19th century, this craft turned into an industry of precision engineering and watchmaking, and the former disadvantage of being somewhat secluded turned into an advantage for having access to vast amounts of raw materials. The first clockmaking school was established in Furtwangen in 1850. Up to this day, the Black Forest remains a center for the metal industry with Pforzheim being the center of jewelry manufacturing and watchmaking, which led to the nickname “Goldstadt” or “Golden City”.
Als Marke aus dem Schwarzwald, lieben wir den dichten Nadelwald und die Natur. Durch die Gesamtfläche des Schwarzwaldes kann entstandener Kohlenstoffdioxid durch Pflanzen wieder in Sauerstoff umgewandelt werden. Leider ist dies nicht der Fall in vielen anderen Regionen der Welt. Dort herrscht rücksichtslose Abholzung oder keine Förderung der Wiederaufforstung. In der heutigen Zeit haben wir durch die starke Luftverschmutzung einige Schwierigkeiten, dabei müssten wir doch nur mehr Bäume pflanzen, denn Platz haben wir genug.
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