Meiringen Travel Guide

  • Sumit with Gemsbock
    Sumit with Gemsbock
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    View from top of Sidelhorn
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    View from sumit to west
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Meiringen Things to Do

  • Bakerstreet 221b is in Meiringen

    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...

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  • Bike through the Haslital

    A very easy bike tour (28 km) on the ground of the valley of Hasli. From Meiringen go direction Balm/Unterbach along the canal to Brienz. There you can visit the Living Museum Jobin where you can learn about the traditional wood carving of the village. On the way back you can stop at the Ballenberg museum.

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  • Tälli Klettersteig/ Via Ferrata

    This is the first via ferrata of Switzerland and still one of the longest (600m height difference, about 80m of ladders) and quite a hard one. You have to start at the Tällihut and hike for about an hour to the start of the via ferrata. Then its steep up the cliffs for some awesome views. It will be a long hike back to the hut afterwards. So this...

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  • Sidelhorn Hike

    Nice short hike up to the peak of Sidelhorn (2764 m) Hike difference is about 600m. Its an easy route however it is quite rocky.Starting point is the Grimselpass. Then at the Totensee follow the signs to Sidelhorn. Should take something more than a hour up and the same down.Don't do that hike before July as it might have too much snow.

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  • Trift Hut Hike

    This is a stunning hike (about 8 hours round trip) along the Trift lake and some waterfalls. Highlight is the haning bridge you will have to cross (due to the climate change the glaciers melted and the route needed changes). Some ladders are build in as well. However no mountaineering experience is needed.The fist part of the hike can be done by...

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  • Gelmer Hut Hike

    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....

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  • Hasli museum

    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.

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  • Chapel/Bells

    This chapel was unfortunately closed when I was there. Just behind the chapel you will find two old bells no longer in use. They date back to 1351 and 1480 respectively.

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  • Aareschlucht (Aare gorge)

    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...

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  • Bell Tower

    The church’s bell tower stands entirely separate from the church und has a very special architecture. The front side features a big clock face and a fresco.

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  • Main church

    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.

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  • Sherlock Holmes museum/English chapel

    The Sherlock Holmes museum is situated in the empty English chapel just off Hauptstrasse. In the English chapel there are sometimes art installations to be seen. The museum is in the basement.

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Meiringen Hotels

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  • Hotel Victoria

    Bahnhofplatz 9, Meiringen, Bernese Oberland, 3860, Switzerland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Alpbach

    Kirchgasse 17, Meiringen, Bernese Oberland, 3860, Switzerland

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Rebstock

    Bahnhofstrasse 21, Meiringen, 3860, Switzerland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Meiringen Restaurants

  • dine with a great view before you take...

    Gasthaus Zwirgi is a restaurant, about 100 meters above Reichenbachfall. You may walk there from the upper station - passing by the great waterfalls - within 20 minutes . Afterwards you may walk down again, or you may take one of the monster-scooters to drive down the winding alpine-roads - see my pictures & transportation-tip !During summer...

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  • Meringues again

    As for desserts.....did I mention that meringues are the order of the day in this region.....eat your heart out!This weekend jaunt was soon becoming a feast :-))

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  • Bangers and Mash Swiss Style

    Well we went back to this restaurant again with Judy and Maryan. The kebabs were popular that night, but my choice was Bangers and Mash Swiss Style....frankfuter and rosti...yummy

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  • Hasliberg's Local 2

    The first night we went there, I had alreaady eaten in Lucerne so Rebibi ordered a local platter of cheese and cured meats with various pickles for us to share.....very tasty.

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  • Hasliberg's Local 1

    The local restauant in Reuti-Hasliberg was just a short walk from Rebibi's family home.It was well frequented by the locals, the service was good and friendly, the food plentiful...can't ask for more than that!

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  • Breakfast at Brunig

    The delightful chalet style restaurant is situated at the foot of the Brunig Pass, a short drive from our base in Hasliberg-Reuti.It was a great breakfast stop as we'd left earlyish to go to Engelberg.There's supposed to be a wonderful view here...but I didn't see it that day :-((Anyway the breakfast was scrumptiousCroissants, egg and bacon, danish...

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Meiringen Transportation

  • How to get to the Aareschlucht

    -On foot:It’s only about a 20 minutes hike from Meiringen railway station to the west entrance at Aareschlucht.By train:Depending on the time of the day this one carriage train runs once or twice per hour. The advantage is that if you only want to walk one way through the gorge you can take the train to the “Aareschlucht Ost” stop. You get off the...

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  • By postbus

    -The whole region and its more off the beaten path destinations are accessible by the yellow postbuses. In summer you can take a postbus from Meiringen to Grindelwald (no discounts) over the Grosse Scheidegg. Some years ago I did that the other way round.There is a postbus station right in front of the Aareschlucht "ost" entrance, too.

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  • By train to Meiringen

    -From Lucerne it take 1,25 hours by zb train to Meiringen. Zb means Zentralbahn which used to be called “Bruenigbahn”. This train continues to Interlaken Ost. From Lucerne you travel along parts of Lake Lucerne, Lake Sarnen, Lake Lungern and up Bruenig mountain pass and back down to Meiringen. I advise you to sit on the “right” side coming from...

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Meiringen Shopping

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    by yumyum Written Sep 30, 2007

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    You will find postcards and other souvenirs in shops along the main street through Meiringen. Keep in mind that postcards at the railway station cost CHF 1.20, whereas for instance at the Aareschlucht they are only CHF 1.00 (in 2007).

    Meiringen also has the usual supermarkets with a Coop and a Migros, both in the main street.

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Meiringen Local Customs

  • Cows with bells

    All over the Hasli valley you will find cattle in the pastures. This is picture book Switzerland. Usually the cows wear a bell which comes in various sizes. If you have accommodation next to a cattle pasture you may have trouble sleeping if you are unused to the bell concert. So come prepared and bring some ear plugs.

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  • Merengue

    This crispy blown up dessert (egg whites and sugar) was invented here in Meiringen in the 17th century. Meanwhile, they baked the biggest one for the world record. You can buy them to take away with you, either plain ones or with added flavours like chocolate. If you get a chance you should eat them in a café or restaurant best with ice cream and...

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  • lots of activities for...

    There are lots of activities for Sherlock-Holmes-Fans in and around Meiringen. Every year there are "pilgrimages" of Sherlock-Holmes-societies from places all over the world and they come to Meiringen in their costumes, visiting all the important places in that area.See the pics, that I saw in a window at the station of Reichbachfall-funicular.In...

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Meiringen Off The Beaten Path

  • Ballenberg - 10 km west of Meiringen

    Ballenberg is a great open-air-museum 10 km west of Meiringen. Plenty of houses of all over Switzerland had been rebuilt there.It was amazing for me to see the differences in style and details and all of the 90 farmhouses still have cows, pigs, horses, geese etc. as well and during the day most of the buildings are open for the visitors and you may...

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  • THE VIEW OF THE HASLIBERG-REUTI...

    THIS WAS A VIEW I DID NOT GET TO SEE, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS NEAR OUR APARTMENT. THE WEATHER WAS CLOUDY. THE PICTURE WAS TAKEN BY A SWISS FRIEND. THERE ARE SEVERAL HIKING TRAILS AND MOUNTAIN CLIMBING DONE IN THE AREA.

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  • HOME FOR A WEEK

    HERE WE ARE IN OUR APARTMENT ON THE MOUNTAIN ABOVE MEIRINGEN AT HASLIBERG REUTI. THANKS TO REBIBI AND REMOS WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO STAY IN THIS WONDERFUL HOUSE. IT WAS SO NICE TO STAY IN ONE PLACE FOR A WEEK INSTEAD OF DIFFERENT HOTELS EACH NIGHT. IT WAS SEPT. 23RD AND THE SNOW CAME DOWN. I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE IN SWITZERLAND WHEN IT SNOWED....

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Meiringen Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking

    There are many short and long hikes available from Meiringen. They take you up on both sides of the Hasli valley. Some of them you can combine with ropeway rides. .I recommend that you bring hiking boots of some sort or other, a day pack, water, sun and rain protection and an apple. There are plenty of restaurants all over the place but of course...

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  • 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...

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  • Skiing at Meiringen-Hasliberg

    Meiringen-Hasliberg, lies on a sunny terrace above Meiringen. The gondola "Meiringen-Hasliberg-Bahn" takes you in only 5 minutes to Reuti, another gondola to Mägisalp, where you have a choice of other lifts.

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Meiringen Favorites

  • Hasliberg Reuti

    From Hasliberg Reuti you get a different aspect of the Wetterhorn - so different from the angle I've usually seen from Grindelwald.This view was just a few steps from my idyllic apartment.

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  • Mobil Pass

    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.

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  • Hasliberg Hiking

    Hiking across to Kasserstatt (1840m) on the "High Trail"...had to walk off that meringue ;-)More pics can be seen in the travelogues.

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