Travel Guide

General Information About Meiringen

"Many of Meiringen’s attractions are linked to the icy glacier waters of the nearby mountains, such as the Aareschlucht (Aare Gorge), formed by melt water over thousands of years. A well-secured walkway runs through the gorge along the vertical rock face, just above the frothing spray.

A nostalgic funicular transports passengers to the Reichenbach waterfalls, affording picturesque views of smaller waterfalls en route. The viewing platform at the mountain terminus allows a view over the torrent of the 120 metre high Reichenbach waterfall. This is where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictitious detective Sherlock Holmes plunged to his death in «The Final Problem». Conan Doyle spent many holidays in Meiringen, and there is a museum dedicated to him and his famous detective. Readers reacted to the news of Holmes’ death with displeasure, which led the novelist to resurrect him three years later.

Meringues are said to hail from Meiringen and can be enjoyed in one of the many cafes and restaurants.

The Haslital holiday region is geared especially to accommodate families and children and has facilities such as animation programmes, babysitting, a rental service for baby and children’s gear and a toy rental service. The sunny terrace resort of Hasliberg can be reached by cableway or the Brünig Railway and post bus from Meiringen. Hasliberg has wonderful views of Lake Brienz and the glaciers and peaks of the Bernese Oberland.

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Aare Gorge - in Hasli Valley

The power of water is impressively displayed in the Aare Gorge near Meiringen. Through the course of millennia the river has eroded a deep bed in the limestone. The entire ravine can be effortlessly hiked on foot, thanks to bridges and tunnels.
The Aare Gorge between Meiringen and Innertkirchen is nearly 200 meter deep and hardly more than a meter wide at its narrowest point. The fascinating, narrow gorge is the result of a limestone rocks, the ""Kirchet"", which hindered the flow of the Aare from the Grimsel region. Over the course of millenia, the water has eroded various paths - today's Aare Ravine is the most recent of those paths.

Since the end of the 19th century, the 1.4 kilometer long adventure gorge can be reached by safe bridges and tunnels. There is a large parking lot and a restaurant at the main entrance, to the East of Meiringen. It takes about 40 minutes to hike through to the other entrance/exit, on the opposite side, namely, the Innertkirchen side."

Reichenbach falls

"An excursion to this spot is a must for Sherlock Holmes fans. Today a cableway with 24-seater wooden carriages, once used for the electricity works, brings visitors to the place of the scene – close to the viewing terrace above the powerful waters.

And hiking trails lead back to the Haslital valley, Aare Gorge or direction Rosenlaui to the historic hotel and Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge.

Altitude: 843m 
View: Over the Reichenbach Falls and Haslital bei Meiringen 
Attractions: The Sherlock Holmes story, statue and museum in Meiringen "

Aare Route Cycling Tour

8 Days

Zurich, Meiringen, Thun, Bern, Biel, Solothurn, Aarau,