Aug 2, 2015 - 5:49 PM
Hi Jroe2008, welcome to MySwissAlps!
As mentioned, it might be a bit too tight to visit the Rhine Falls and arrive in Stuttgart the same afternoon. It all depends on how late exactly you can start traveling and how late you can afford to be in Stuttgart. Theoretically, you can first get to Schaffhausen and store your luggage there, either in lockers or at the luggage department. Then get on the regional train/tram to "Schloss Laufen am Rhein" as explained at our Rhine Falls page (www.myswissalps.com/rh inefalls/gettingthere), do a short tour (www.myswissalps.com/rh inefalls) and get back to Schaffhausen to collect your luggage. There you can continue your journey to Stuttgart. Direct connections are available.
A direct trip Zurich-Schaffhausen-Schloss Laufen am Rhein-Schaffhausen-Stuttgart takes about 4h30. Add the time you'd spend at the Rhine Falls (I'd say 1 to 2 hours) and you should be able to decide whether or not this fit your plans.
Some direct international trains from Switzerland to Germany require seat reservations. That doesn't apply to most trains running between Schaffhausen and Stuttgart though. Please see www.myswissalps.com/se atreservations for further information. If you don't have rail pass, you need regular full fare tickets for this trip. You can buy them at the rail station before boarding. You can get your tickets from ticketing machines, but since this trip would be a bit more complicated (getting back halfway from Schloss Laufen am Rhein), I suggest you get to a manned counter and explain what you need. Alternatively, you can pre-book through www.myswissalps.com/tr aintickets/germany.
Last modified on Aug 2, 2015 - 5:50 PM by Annika