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Dinner in a lift made of glass.

The round tower.

The Schloss Laufen from above.

Natural spectacle meets fine cuisine Schloss Laufen on the Rhine Falls is a combined experience of natural spectacle, cultural heritage and fine cuisine. A stylish castle with the perfect ambiance for both professional and private events. TEXT: INA FRANK  I  PHOTOS: SCHLOSS LAUFEN AM RHEINFALL

A conference, a celebration or simply dining in an elegant setting, while almost next to you, thundering water masses tumble downwards – this is what makes Schloss Laufen on the Rhine Falls so special. For more than 1,100 years, it has been enthroned above Europe’s highest waterfall. Nowadays, it offers creative cuisine, various types of rooms for events, and it recently received an award recognising it as one of the best wedding locations in Switzerland.

Sitting next to a comfortable open fire, guests can enjoy the classics, or seasonal dishes, from the ‘culinary calendar’. In the evening, guests are spoiled with a seasonal menu in the ‘Bleuersaal’. Each course includes the corresponding wine from the wine cellar. More restaurant specials are offered, inviting guests to simply relax and enjoy: fondues on Friday and Saturday nights, a romantic dinner right next to the Rhine Falls in a lift made of glass and the sumptuous breakfast on Sundays.

The restaurant Schloss Laufen, with a kitchen that is open until 10pm, offers a multifaceted cuisine. The kitchen sets great store by regional and seasonal products, and from noon, the ‘Castello’ is open.

Having its own rail station, Schloss Laufen is located only 40 minutes away from Zurich and ten minutes away from Schaffhausen, which makes it an attractive place for conferences and celebra-

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tions. “Anyone who is looking for the perfect place for a wedding, a birthday party or a company event, will find a unique event venue in Schloss Laufen,” Elsbeth Geiger, marketing director, says. Five different rooms offer space for up to 200 guests. For example, the ‘knights’ hall’, the showpiece of the castle, is an excellent place for Christmas parties or jubilees. While inside the round tower, up to 17 guests can exclusively dine or hold a conference. And the wine cellar is the perfect place to enjoy an aperitif and canapés. In the coming months, there are many special things to discover around Schloss Laufen. From the middle of November until the end of January, the castle is part of a magical illumination. The middle rock of the Rhine Falls will also be illuminated, enchanting visitors in the evening hours. www.schlosslaufen.ch/en

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