Bahnhofplatz 1, Meiringen, 3860, Switzerland
More about Meiringen
The gorge gets narrower, the river faster.
Across the canyon at the base of the ride
Sumit with Gemsbock
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Travel Tips for Meiringen
If using the transport for a few days in the Alpen Region then get a 3 day "Mobil Pass" which gives unlimited access to all the cable-cars, post buses, Reichenbach funicular. For the other 4 days 50% reduction is available. At 95 SFr (price in 2002) this is good value as the trip to Planplatten and return from Meiringen costs 39 SFr alone.
ride a monster-scooter
Meiringen is a perfect place to try out this monster-scooter : You may rent it for 13 sfr at Gasthaus Zwirgi and go down one of the many asphalted mountain-roads. That price includes the rent of the compulsory helmet and you may give back the scooter at the ground-station of the Reichenbachfall-funicular.
When going up Reichenbach-funicular you may get a ticket that includes the ride in the Monster !! Don't worry, the helmet is included in the rental-price, you just have to give a deposit as well or register with a passport etc.
Aareschlucht is a gorge, where the river Aare flows through a rather narrow valley - at first the rocks on both sides of the gorge are in a distance of 200 meters and at the end you may touch the rocks on both sides at the same time. 1400 meters of artificial paths, tunnels and bridges are leading you through the gorge. In my personal opinion Aareschlucht is somehow over-rated and only recommendable, when you have not seen similar places like Truemmelbach in Lauterbrunnen first.
From Meiringen you may take the train to Aareschlucht West and walk down the gorge, or you may park your car at the Aareschlucht-Westeingang, walk up the valley - and start with the most spectacular part and end finally at the east-entrance, where you may just walk back again.
Aareschlucht is open April-November 1st
In July&August there will be light-effects each Wed&Fri 09.00-11.00p.m.!
2/3 of the path, beginning at the West-gate - are adapted for wheelchairs
Parking for guests is free of charge at the West-gate
There is a restaurant, a self-service and a kiosk there !
the Sherlock-Holmes-museum in Meiringen
The Sherlock-Holmes-Museum is a lot more than just the living-room of the famous dedective. Unfortunately you may not enter that living-room , but see it only through a glass-wall. Everything ther is arranged exactely like described in the book " Study in Scarlet" and it even includes the precious Stradivari, that Holmes bought for 45 Shillings at a flea-market in London... You may see his famous cap there, the medall that Dr.Watson got, because he participated in the 2nd war in Afgahanistan, a lot of letters that had been sent from people all over the world to Bakerstreet 221b.
You may also see exhibits about Conan Doyle, a doctor who had to give up his profession for health-reasons and started to write about Sherlock Holmes in order to survive.
Meiringen was his favorite place to go on vacation in Switzerland.
Meiringen - Sherlock Holmes Town
A small market town in the Hasli valley with plenty of facilities, yet unspoilt and very Swiss.
You cannot miss the significance of Sherlock Holmes in theis place - his name is everywhere!
Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle loved Meiringen and chose it for the location of Sherlock Holmes's final conflict at the local Reichenbach Falls.
This place makes a good base for sightseeing in the Bernese Obeland being at the convergence of three of Switzerland's major passes, Grimsel, Susten and Brunig.
A superb integrated network of Cable Cars, Post Buses and Trains take you in all directions reaching spectacular locations quickly and easily.
"Map of Area"
The cable-car system soon wisks you up to the mountains for some wonderful hiking and panoramic views. Pick up a little leaflet like this one which gives an overview of the hiking paths and their lenghts and an idea of the terrain.
"Cheers to the friends I met in Hasliberg"
Many thanks to Elisabet (Rebibi) who allowed me to stay in her family home in Hasliberg. It was a cause for celebration before the VT meeting in Thun itself, to meet up with Elisabeth and her husband, Judy (JudyinPA) and Maryann a friend of hers. Cheers everyone...I enjoyed the champagne!
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