Rhine waterfall in Schaffhausen
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Rhine waterfall in Schaffhausen

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The waterfall in the river Rhine in Schaffhausen (Switzerland) is the largest waterfall in Europe.

This panorama was taken at the south side, at Castle Laufen

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