5 Things to Do in Meiringen, Switzerland
In this post, you’ll find out the 5-things to do in Meiringen, Switzerland that you should not miss. Meiringen is a great day trip where you can discover special sights. The most popular attractions are the Aare Gorge and the Rosenlaui Glacier. Other famous places in the region include the Sherlock Holmes Museum and the Reichenbach Falls, where the fictitious detective defeated Professor James Moriarty. These attractions you can combine with a visit to the Gelmerbahn and the Handeckfall bridge.
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How to get to Meiringen?
The nearest airport to Meiringen is Bern. You can easily reach Meiringen by train from Interlaken, Lucerne, or Zurich. The train from Zurich to Meiringen takes about 3 hours. Interlaken is just a 25-minute drive away, and Lucerne is 1 hour away.
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Where can I stay in Meiringen?
Meiringen is located halfway between Lucerne and Interlaken in the Berner Oberland region of Switzerland. Meiringen and nearby places have a different of accommodation from low-budget campsites to luxury hotels. Meiringen is a great day trip, but we recommend you take more time to explore the region and see these 5-things to do in Meiringen.
1. Aare Gorge
Over tens of thousands of years, the Aare has carved its way through the limestone cliffs to form the Aare Gorge, which is only 1-2 m wide in places. Aare Gorge is around 1.4 kilometers long walkway and 200 meters deep. A beautiful, easy walk that is accessible to all ages and a truly refreshing experience in summer.
It takes around 45 minutes to walk through the imposing gorge. You can walk back to the start on a public hiking trail via Lammi or take the Meiringen-Innertkirchen railway that runs alongside the gorge.
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How to get to Aare Gorge?
Take a train to Meiringen, then change to the regional train to either the Aareschlucht West or Aareschlucht Ost stop and walk to the park entrance.
If you’re coming from Innertkirchen, use the eastern entrance. The Aare Gorge is accessible by wheelchair and stroller from the west entry point to the middle of the gorge.
Entrance fee: Adults CHF 10, children (6-16 years) CHF 6. Dogs can visit the Aare Gorge free of charge, but it is important to use a leash.
The Aare Gorge is open daily from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Free parking is available on both sides.
2. Reichenbach Falls
Reichenbach Falls is the place where the famous Sherlock Holmes fought Professor James Moriarty. This beautiful, imposing waterfall is 120 meters high and is easily accessible using the Reichenbachfall-Bahn.
The hike takes about 1-hour. The waterfall’s a must-do stop for Sherlock Holmes fans. Dogs are allowed on the Reichenbachfall-Bahn. Small dogs can travel free of charge, but larger dogs must buy a ticket.
Adult return CHF 12 / one-way CHF 8, children (6-15 years) return CHF 8 / one-way CHF 6.
Combined tickets available for purchase:
– Reichenbachfall-Bahn + Aare Gorge: Adults CHF 18, children (6-15 years) CHF 13.
– Reichenbachfall-Bahn + Sherlock Holmes Museum: Adults CHF 13, children (6-15 years) CHF 8.
Opening times daily from 9 AM to 5:30 PM.
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3. Rosenlaui Gorge
Honestly, after the Aare Gorge, we didn’t think it would be worth visiting another gorge. Now that we’ve been to both, we can say that they are totally different, each offered a unique experience and should not be missed during a visit to Meiringen. Visit the Aare Gorge first and then explore the Rosenlaui Gorge and Glacier area.
Opening hours: daily from 9 AM to 6 PM. Summer season in 2021: 22nd of May until 24th of October.
The path through the gorge is well-constructed, and the hike takes about 45 minutes. You pass along waterfalls, natural whirlpools, and fantastically shaped rocks. At the end of the gorge, a forest trail leads you down back to the entry point.
You can visit in rainy weather, but wear good shoes and a raincoat. It will be much colder than outside so bring a sweater or jacket. The hiking trail is not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.
How to get to Rosenlaui Glacier?
– Journey by car: By private car, the gorge you can reach from Meiringen. There are plenty of parking spaces. A parking ticket is required to visit the Rosenlaui, Schwarzwaldalp area. Day ticket CHF 8, afternoon ticket (from noon) CHF 4.
– Public transport: To Meiringen or Grindelwald by train, then change to the Post auto and travel to the bus stop at the glacier entrance. The post bus runs from June 6th to October 25th.
Entrance fee: Adults CHF 10, children (6-16 years) CHF 5.
This is one of the best things to do in Meiringen. The Gelmerbahn was originally built to transport heavy building materials for the Gelmer dam. With a gradient of 106%, it’s one of the steepest passenger cableways in Europe. Most people just come to ride the Gelmerbahn and quickly see the lake, but hiking around lake Gelmersee is one of the most beautiful hikes in Switzerland.
If you plan to hikes around the lake, we recommend 3 to 4 hours. If you are doing a short walk and picnic, 2-3 hours is probably enough.
Read the full post here → Gelmerbahn Day Trip from Berner Oberland
5. Sherlock Holmes Museum
If you want to know more about Sherlock Holmes, don’t miss a visit to the museum in Meiringen. It can also be a thrilling experience for those who are not Sherlock Holmes fans. There is a lot of information about the famous detective of the novel in the Meiringen museum. You can see the reconstructed salon of his house at 221b Baker Street in London.
Entrance fee: Adults CHF 5, children (6-15 years) CHF 3.
Opening hours: Daily from 1.30 PM to 5 PM.