This is a must for all fans of Sherlock Holmes : 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.
The village of Meiringen has still plenty of old wooden houses and so it makes sense to take a little walk. Next to the church you will see some of the most beautiful houses with lovely balconies, full of flowers. Meiringen is not full of tourists like Brienz, Interlaken or Lauterbrunnen, you will rather see hiking-tourists there or skiers in wintertime. Do not expect a fancy nightlife, but at least they have a cinema ! (in the street that leads from the station to the big church.
Sherlok Holmes did never live in reality, BUT in Meiringen you may see the place, where he died and you may see his monument at the main-square of Meiringen, that is also called Conan-Doyle-Place. The monument was made by John Doubleday in 1988 and at many places on the monument you may find engravings and marks, giving 60 hints, that may help you to solve 60 Sherlock-Holmes-cases...
It is ment for the members of the more than 200 Sherlock-Holmes-societies, who meet quite often in Meiringen - you may see pics of them at Reichenbachfall and other places.
Haslital is the local name of the valley around Meiringen and inside a beautiful old wooden building next to the church you may see the Hasli- & Naturmuseum Meiringen with plenty of exhibits about the life in the valley and in the alps high above it. There are also 150 different birds shown in the museum - a good chance to see rare birds from a short distance !
The museum is open daily 03.00-06.00p.m.
July&August also Monday-Friday 07.00-09.00p.m.
FREE entrance, But donations are welcome !!
The church of Meiringen was the very first church in the valley - the big church that you may see today dates back to 1684 but underneath it's wooden floor you will find remains of the very first church that was built at this place. Outside of the church you may enter the vaults under the church - free of charge and without restrictions during the day. Automatic lights will turn on, when you enter !
The campanile / belltower was built seperately - quite unusual for a church in Switzerland !
next to the campanile in Meiringen you may see the tiny chapel of 1486 - it was first used as a bone-house and includes a small chapel on 1st floor.
take a look inside, it looks really nice and is open for visitors without restrictions during the day. Something special there is the old harmonium and the great frescos around the windows - see my pictures !
The Aareschlucht was a very alien place in the old times. No-one dared to brave it. In 1888 the paths were started to be built and in 1898 they were finished all the way through the gorge. In 1912 the evening lights were installed.
The length of the gorge is 1400 meters, the highest rock face is 180 m and the narrowest spot between the rock faces is only one meter.
I have visited the Aareschlucht for the third time in my life. The entry fee for adults is CHF 7.50. Make sure you grab the free leaflet at the cashiers.
The opening times are:
Beginning of April until 1st November daily (please check the first opening of the season on their website as it changes every year). The daily opening hours depend on the season but start at 9 am till 5 pm.
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.
Directely at Conan-Doyle-Square you may see the tiny English chapel. The church itself is not very special from inside, except for the Sherlock-Holmes-Museum in its cellar and a carved trunk in front of it, showing "Triichlen" - a local custom taking place each year between december 26th and end of the year, it is a parade of people with strange costumes and masks, accompanied with music and dancers.
Reichenbachfall is the big waterfall opposite of Meiringen, about 2 km to the south from the Sherlok-Holmes-museum. Conan Doyle - the author of Sherlok Holmes - was a regular guest in Meiringen and he was so very much impressed of the scenery of Reichenbachfall, that he thought, this would be the perfect place to die for his famous dedective. When you get out of the funicular you may see a yellow star at the other side of the waterfall and this indicates the place, where Sherlok Holmes had a fight with his arch-enemy Prof. Moriarty and both of them finally fell down and died.
Reichenbachfall is a perfect place to start hikes to Rosenlaui, Grosse Scheidegg and other scenic places.
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 Hasli museum is a local lore museum. It is next to the last old wooden houses which weren't destroyed in the various "Foehn" storms.
The "Foehn" is a very warm wind that is created coming from the south over the alps which makes views crystal clear but it can also light fires and give people headaches.
The evangelic-reformed church was first mentioned in 1231 but there are earlier traces. Visit the digging section below the church. Access is a staircase down outside the main entrance of the church. The church is consecrated to the holy Michael. Until 1476 it was the only church in the valley.
The current church was built in 1684.
Located in the Hasliberg Valley between Meiringen and Willigen lies the Aare River gorge. The towering rocks are very close together with the rushing river at the bottom. Footpaths of wood and tunnels through the rock provide an hour of walking through this natural wonder.
This is a nice 3 to 4 hour round trip to the Gelmer Hut along a little mountain lake and some waterfalls.
First you take a exciting cable car trip. It's the steepest one arround!
If you plan this trip on a weekend you will have to be there very early as only a certain amount of people will be transported up. You will also have to book your trip down. Of course you can as well walk up and down but then you would miss the fun of this ride.
Check out the homepage: www.grimselwelt.ch
It will give you the time schedule.