Brienz Off The Beaten Path

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    Meiringen - Sherlok Holmes & more close to Brienz

    by globetrott Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Meiringen is in just a short distance from Brienz and it is well known for beeing the place, where Sherlok Holmes died next to the Reichenbach-falls.
    In der very centre of Meiringen you may see the world's first authentic replica of the living-room of Sherlock Holmes in Bakerstreet 221b. This replica was made according to the exlanations, given in the books and it includes all the small details beeing mentioned there. This room is shown in a small museum that includes plenty of other interesting Holmes-souvenirs, letters that were sent from all over the world to "Sherlock Holmes, Bakerstreet, London" etc.etc.etc.
    You really might get the feeling, Holmes was a real person, how else could they show his private things there...

    The Sherlock Holmes Museum is open
    May-September : Tue-Sun 01.30-06.00p.m.
    October-April: 04.30-06.00p.m.

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    Aareschlucht Meiringen - 10km from Brienz

    by globetrott Written Jan 5, 2006

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    Aareschlucht Meiringen - 10km from Brienz
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    Aareschlucht might be a great half-day-excursion from Brienz : It is a gorge, where the river Aare flows through a quite narrow valley - at first the rocks on both sides of the gorge are in a distance of 200 meters or more and at the end of the path through the gorge you may touch the rocks on both sides at the same time. 1400 meters of artificial paths, tunnels and bridges are leading you through Aaraschlucht. In my personal opinion Aareschlucht is somehow over-rated and only recommendable, when you have not first seen similar places like Truemmelbach in Lauterbrunnen.
    From Meiringen you may take the train to Aareschlucht West and walk down the gorge - that way you walk from the less interesting part to the highlights at the end. 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 !

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    Iseltwald - 8 km from Brienz

    by globetrott Written Jan 5, 2006

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    Iseltwald - 8 km from Brienz
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    Untill about 15 years ago Iseltwald was a quite remote and unknown village, because the only road leading there was a "cul de sac" from Interlaken and most of the tourists came by boat to Iseltwald. Another quite important obstacle for mass-tourism was the fact, that Iselwald is the only village at the south-coast of Brienzersee and the open sun will never shine on the village before 10.00a.m., because of the high mountains next to the village.
    Today there is the highway also at the south of Brienzersee - most of it through a tunnel - and it became rather easy to get there. Still the village is a lot less touristy than Interlaken or Brienz and during a really hot summer-month it might be a good place to stay for a vacation and avoid the extreme heat.
    Iseltwald has a seperate exit on the highway between Brienz and Interlaken. You may also take a small road with a dead end from Boenigen, in case that you do not have a "highway-vignette" / sticker. And of course you may get there easily by boat from Brienz.

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    The alpine Museum in Soerenbergbahn

    by globetrott Updated Jan 5, 2006

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    Inside the station of the Soerenberg-cable-car on top of Brienzer Rothorn you may see a small exhibition of alpine plants and of wildlife in the Swiss alps. It might most probably be your only chance to see some of these rare and shy animals from a short distance and that exhibition is free of charge and open as long as the cable-car is in operation. That museum is in the same building as the cash for the cable-car and the restaurant/cafe "Gipfelrestaurant Rothorn".
    The mountain-station of Soerenberg-cable-car is very close to the Rothorn Kulm restaurant.

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    Axalp - high above Giessbach & Brienzersee

    by globetrott Written Jan 5, 2006

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    Axalp - high above Giessbach & Brienzersee
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    Axalp is high above Giessbach and it is one of the few places in that area, where skiing is possible for at least 4 months a year. There are 2 hotels up on the mountain and many "chalets" - wooden houses that could be rented also by tourists.
    On my picture you may see the former " Hotel Kurhaus Axalp " / , today it is called Alpengasthof Axalp, and this building was constructed completely of wood. It is a really cosy feeling in such an old building, when it is cold and stormy outside.
    In summer you may take various of hikes from Axalp:
    To Hinterburg-seeli ( a small and cristall-clear lake) - about 2 hours
    To Faulhorn and First (see my Grindelwald-page !)
    Walk down to Giessbach and Brienz
    Walk to Hinterburgseeli - Zuun and finally Meiringen - a fullday-tour.
    This hotel has a special meaning to me, because it was there, where I started my carreer in the hotelbusiness and it is a lot of fun for me today to think back of my first severe struggles with the terrible Swiss-german-dialect and hundreds of young skiers, driving me crazy with their orders....You may take a bus from Brienz station to Axalp, the drivingtime on the narrow road is about 40 minutes !
    driving to Axalp by your own car is possible , but NOT advisable !
    The road is really narrow and has just a few passing-places.
    before driving that road, you better check the timetable of the buses !!

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    Dirrengrind - on the way to Rothorn

    by globetrott Updated Jan 5, 2006

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    Dirrengrind & Brienzersee
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    Dirrengrind is an interesting mountain and you will pass by it on the way to Rothorn - it is the massiv mountain in black on my main picture. The Brienzer Rothornbahn has a passing-place there, so you may leave the train in order to go hiking in that area, BUT you better inform the conductor in advance, that you plan to do so. The first train that arrives next to Dirrengrind will stay there waiting for the oncoming train, but the other train will just go through without stopping.

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    Planalp - halfway to Rothorn

    by globetrott Written Jan 5, 2006

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    the view from Planalp to Brienz & Meiringen
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    Planalp is the first station of the Brienzer Rothornbahn, in a height of 1341 meters above sea-level. It is there, where you will have the first possibility to take photographs of the interesting lubrications- and maintainance-works that has to be done during the train-ride of the oldfashioned cog-wheel-trains on their way to Rothorn Kulm. In Planalp the trains of both directions may pass by each other, and water will be refilled as well. You may get out for about 5-8 minutes and watch everything !
    You may walk down from Planalp to Brienz within 1 hour and 50 minutes
    The one-way-ticket to Planalp is 29 sfr / 20 Euros

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    Close Up Look

    by Rhondaj Updated Aug 29, 2004

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    So that's what a thatched roof looks like closeup

    About 100 rural house and other types of buildings that were in danger of being pulled down at their original sites were relocated here. The buildings are spread out over 66 hectares ( whatever the heck that means-but I can tell you this- it's a BIG area).

    The buildings are arranged by region. So you get your guide and wander the paths from region to region. You can go inside most of the buildings, which are furnished. They try to recreate the atmosphere too. I especially enjoyed the farmhouse that smoked sausage. They were really doing it-so it was all smokey inside-and people lived there amongst the smoke! I bet they were easy to pick out of a crowd when they went into the village...

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    Eating

    by Rhondaj Written Aug 27, 2004
    Antipasta in Ticino region

    There are a few eating options:

    You can picnic. Places are available with grills and wood is provided. Nice!

    The Alter Baeren Restaurant- Bernese Midland area- daily menu and self-service snacks.

    The Degan- Central Switzerland area- Swiss specialties and snacks

    We ate at a brand new spot in the Ticino region- don't know the name of it- Construction was still going on in the area.

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    A Little Confusing...

    by Rhondaj Written Aug 27, 2004

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    I was a little thrown off, then I got it.
    Some houses are set up as they would have been lived in.
    Others are not. They are set up with crafters showcasing a skill. So you might go into a farmhouse and see a hatmaker in action. But this was not the hatmaker's house! Get it? Took me awhile...
    Some handicrafts you can see in action:
    baking
    woodcarving
    basket weaving
    cider making
    spinning
    bone grinding

    Commentary is in German!

    Signs are in German and French.

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    A Hands-On Museum

    by Rhondaj Written Aug 27, 2004

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    Children won't get bored going from building to building, because many have hands-on activities. Here, Jenna is talked into trying on a dress-up outfit. (don't tell her it's posted on the internet ; )
    Some of the other things: wood chipping, wood grinding, shadow puppets, weaving, and much more!

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    Freilichtmuseum

    by Rhondaj Written Aug 27, 2004

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    Inside the Apothecary

    I was wondering why you could buy a two day ticket....
    As the day went on I realized why. This place is HUGE!
    13 areas of architectual buildings are represented: Jura, Central Midlands, Bernese Midlands, Ticino,Valais, etc.. A whole day would probably not be enough to see this place. We spent half-a-day here and barely scratched the surface.

    You can get a discount if you have a Swiss Rail Pass-whip it out- if you've got one!

    Very detailed guides in many languages are available. You can also request a guided tour in German, French, Italian, or English, but you have to book in advance.

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    Ballenberg Open Air Museum

    by Rhondaj Written Aug 27, 2004

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    Buses leave beside the Brienz train station every half hour. It is about a 15 minute ride to get to Ballenberg.

    IMPORTANT: There are two entrances into the museum- east and west. We got off at the first bus stop (naturally). That was the west entrance. From west to east you are on an up-hill grade the whole way through this very large place. If you'd rather be spending your day on a downward walk, stay on the bus and get off at the east entrance.

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    Giessbach Falls - Higher up

    by sandysmith Written Oct 14, 2003

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    Giessbach Falls View

    The seven lower falls of Giessbach are altogether 1150ft high and are among the most beautiful in the Alps. The path zig-zags over the falls and the first, third and fith should be inspected at close quarters. Don't skip the second one either -as there is a pathway running behind the fall giving a view of the landscape through a curtain of water - magic.

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    Giessbach Falls

    by sandysmith Written Oct 14, 2003
    Giessbach Falls

    Take a lake steamer on Lake Brienz to the little Giessbach landing station and take the little funicular which goes up to the Giessbach Hotel (very romantic - suitable for honeymooners) or walk up if you are feeling energetic. The lower falls are easily viewed from the lakeside but more spectacular views and thundering sounds of the mighty water can be appreciated higher up.

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