About Reichenbach Falls
Available: May-mid Oct.
Half Fare Card: 23 Sfr from Interlaken
Bernese Oberland Regional Pass: FREE to Meiringen and then 5 Sfr to the Reichenbach Falls
Swiss Travel Pass: FREE to Meiringen
Reichenbach funicular is payable locally: 10 Sfr per adult and 8 Sfr per child (6-16 years). Please note that this excursion is not recommended for children under 6 years.
The thundering waters of the Reichenbach Waterfall showed the way for the engineers who laid the funicular tracks in 1899. The ride up in the nostalic wooden wagon, which is an exact replica of the original wagon, will take you up to the base of this impressive 120m high waterfall. Wonderful views of the waterfall and the Hasli Valley await you from the viewing platform. From here you can also see the place where Sherlock Holmes and his arch enemy Moriarty supposedly did battle, which ended with both falling to their deaths.
The funicular runs early May to mid October. Combined tickets with the Aare Gorge are also available. The price includes the entrance to fascinating Aare Gorge and a return trip on the Reichenbach funicular. Tickets are sold at both attractions.
A visit to the falls
A visit to the Reichenbach Falls is a must for Sherlock Holmes fans. There is a 24-seater wooden carriage, once used for the electricity works, which brings visitors to the place of the famous scene of the battle – close to the viewing terrace above the powerful waters.
There are hiking trails that lead back to the Haslital Valley, Aare Gorge or in the direction of Rosenlaui to the historic Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge. Two hiking tips are below:
Hiking tip 1
Start at the Sherlock Holmes Museum at the Casinoplatz in Meiringen, walk via Willigen and Schwendi up to the place where Sherlock Holmes and his arch rival Moriarty fell to their deaths into the thundering Reichenbach waterfall. Continue up via Zwirgi to the top of the Reichenbach funicular station and back down to the valley station (approximately 2.5hrs) or on foot via Geissholz to Willigen and Meiringen (approximately 3.5hrs).
Hiking tip 2
Take the Reichenbach funicular up to the top station then walk up towards Zwirgi to the place at the other side of the waterfall where Sherlock Holmes fell to his death. From there there are two pathways, either a direct descent or via a family trail to Schwendi and Willigen and back to the base station. This takes approximately 2.5hrs.
The base station of the Reichenbach funicular is 15 - 20 minutes walk from Meiringen train station and 5 minutes walk from Alpbach train station.
The local bus connection from the station also stops at the base station.