Nov 14, 2016 - 8:13 PM
When you arrive in Zurich you may have time to do the free walking tour of Zurich see the link below
www.freewalk.ch/zurich /tours.php they are various tours all are free but a tip is advisable give what you think it is worth)
The train from Zurich to the Rhinefalls is relatively short I haven't visited but if you have time bearing in mind that although you arrive at 1pm you have not accounted for baggage clearance etc and getting into Zurich from the airport
Whilst visiting the Rhinefalls it is a shame to miss the area and try to get to Schaffhausen You can take a train from the Zurich main station towards Schaffhausen (about a 20 minute ride). At Schaffhausen, switch to the train to Winterthur. Get off the train at Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall (2nd stop). The whole train ride takes about 30 minutes including changing trains and everything is clearly marked. The cost of the entire train ride is covered if you purchase a Zurich Card.
At the falls, follow the footpath to the ticket office. There are stairs to climb on the footpath and also once you enter the viewing area. There is a lift that you can use to get to one part of the viewing area. You will need to buy a ticket to access the falls. It costs CHF 5 per person (about $5). Walk through the visitor center (shops and restaurant) and scan your ticket at the turnstile. You can only scan it once so make sure you enter right as you scan it.
The views are well worth the $5 charge. If you don't want to pay you can get off the Winterthur train at Neuhausen (1st stop). You will then cross over the bridge in front of the station, and follow the signs to the falls (20 minute walk). I didn't go this way so I can't comment on the walk and if there are stairs.
I haven't done but plan this in my trip next year to do a boat trip out to the rock on the Rhine Falls, type Rheinfalls into google and you will find the website with all the info. TripAdvisor is also good for things in the area. Try to get to Munot (Schaffhausen) which is free (small castle) which is free and gives a fantastic view of the area ( haven't done myself) but info
2. Travelling from Luzern to Interlaken Ost I'm not sure if you are going to do the Golden Panorama Train if so bear in mind this is a lovely train journey but takes a while.
if yo give me some more idea on your plans - ie is your accommodation definitely booked are you restricted to those areas I can help more
Hope this helps a little