Feb 28, 2018 - 7:03 AM
in reply to K0926
Are you travelling within Switzerland with one of the rail passes that are available ? First, there are luggage storage lockers in the Zurich train station (Zürich HB) down one level (Mezzanine Level), so getting your luggage out of the way for your trip to the Rheinfall is simple.
Getting to Lucerne from Zurich is not a problem. The average time for this trip is less than 50 minutes and there are an average of 40 trains making this trip each day. So this should not be a concern for you. Since you want to be in Lucerne before 10 PM you should be back in the Zurich HB before 9 PM.
So the real question is the following: Can one arrive at the Zurich train station at about 2:26 PM, get one's luggage into the locker(s), catch a train to Neuhausen Rheinfall, see the Rheinfall, and then catch another train from Neuhausen Rheinfall back to Zurich, retrieve one's stored luggage, and get back up to the platform to board a train to Lucerne by about 9:00 PM ? From everything I have been able to find, the train trip from Zurich to Neuhausen Rheinfall takes between 50 minutes and an hour, each way. So by my calculations, that leaves you a maximum of four hours to walk around in Neuhausen and see the Rheinfall. I would say that four hours is more than enough and my guess is that you would be heading back to Zurich before this and so making it on to Lucerne should be easy. I would suggest that you take careful note of when the trains leave Neuhausen Rheinfall for Zurich so that you won't waste time.
You may enjoy the following video about the Rheinfall: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsJvzAO-7Ik To really appreciate the sheer power of these falls, take the boat ride out to the rock and climb the stairs to the top. It is not the tallest waterfall but has the greatest flow of any in Switzerland. Its average flow is about 750 cubic metres per second. By way of comparison, if you are American and have been to the Niagara Falls, the average flow over the smaller American Falls is about 240 cubic metres per second