Aare Gorge - Bernese Oberland

Take a slow walk through this awesome gorge

 
About Aare Gorge

Available: May-October

Costs

Half Fare Card: 17 Sfr from Interlaken 

Bernese Oberland Regional Pass : FREE travel to Meiringen, then 4 Sfr per person to the Aareschlucht 

Swiss Travel Pass: FREE travel to Aareschlucht

Entrance payable locally: 8.50 Sfr per adult and 5 Sfr per child (6-16 years) 

The Aare Gorge (Aareschlucht in German) is situated in the Haslital Valley in the Central Alps, which streches from the Grimsel Pass to Lake Brienz. The valley of the lower Haslital is separated from the upper valley by a rock formation and over thousands of years, the River Aare eroded a path through this rock formation resulting in a gorge which is 1,400 metres long and up to 200 metres deep. The gorge is a wondferful way to experience nature with many paths and tunnels to walk through.

Combined tickets with the Reichenbach Falls funicular are also available. The price includes the entrance to Aareschlucht and a return trip on the Reichenbach Falls funicular. Tickets are available at the counters at both the Aare Gorge and at the Reichenbach Falls.


Highlights

Hiking

Hiking through the Aare Gorge from either the west or east entrances takes approximately 40 minutes. The return journey can be made via a hiking trail over the 'Lammi' Pass and takes around one hour. The Meiringen Innertkirchen train also enables you to do one part of the round trip by train.

The Path

The Path through the Aare Gorge is an easy walk which is constructed of 1km of wooden paths built on steel girders which are anchored into the cliff walls. There are also 400m of tunnels or galleries and 250m of gravel or asphalt paths. The most beautiful parts of the gorge are accessible by wheelchair from the west entrance until the middle. 

Restaurant

The Aareschlucht Restaurant is situated at the west entrance (near Meiringen) serving snacks and hearty meals as well as daily specials. There is also a snack bar and kiosk located at the east entrance.

Opening times

The west entrance (near Meiringen) is open from April until October from 08.30-17.30. Floodlit illumination is available in July and August on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 18.30-22.00. 

The east entrance (near Innertkirchen) is open from May to October from 08.30-17.30. This extends to 08.30-22.00 during Floodlit illumination in July and August.


Directions

The closest town to the Aare Gorge is Meiringen. From Meiringen there are direct rail connections to either the west or east entrance.

The gorge is also easily accessible from resorts such as Interlaken and Thun and it's also possible to travel from Wengen, Mürren and Grindelwald. 

More excursions in the region

There are so many wonderful days out to enjoy in this beautiful area. There are incomparable mountain vistas to enjoy, leisurely cruises on a nostalgic paddle steamer, walks through stunning scenery and a whole host of fabulous journeys on mountain railways, cable cars and funiculars.

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Your choice of resorts

Dominated by the Jungfrau mountains and the lakes of Thun and Brienz, this region offers everything you could wish for on a classic Swiss holiday. You can choose to stay in a mountain village, a lakeside resort - or try Interlaken at the heart of it all.

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