A contender for the most spectacular view which can be seen from a European train window is the vista of the Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen.
So if you have a couple of hours to spare while in Zurich, hop on one of these trains!
Schaffhausen (the RE trains and some of the IC trains)
Stuttgart (the IC trains on route IC 4)
There are also hourly slower S-Bahn trains, on line S9, between Zurich and Schaffhausen, which follow the same route as these trains.
The IC and RE trains depart from gleis (platforms/tracks) in Zurich HB, which are off the main street level concourse.
1 - 2 x trains per hour
Book early and save: No*
Online bookings open: 2 months ahead of the travel date
*SBB does not offer discounted 'Supersaver Tickets' for this journey, so you won't save if you book online.
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S-Bahn Line 24 to Schaffhausen:
Zurich S-Bahn commuter line S24 also links Zurich to Schaffhausen; but it takes an alternative route via Winterthur, that crosses above the falls on a bridge; though only the very top of the falls can be seen.
However, if you're making a day trip to Schaffhausen, an idea is to journey there on this mian route (via Bulach) and then return on line S24.
The videos were all taken from a train travelling in the opposite direction.
The first pleasing view on this journey occurs when the railway bridges the the River Rhine.
The scenic highlight of the journey is the stunning view of the Schaffhausen Falls, which can be seen from the right of the train (when facing the direction of travel) around 5 mins before the train arrives in Schaffhausen.
This wow moment is so wonderful that this journey has been featured on the list of the 2- Most Beautiful Swiss Train Rides.
...the train will travel by the River Rhine as it approaches Schaffhausen station.
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