Aareschlucht - Bernese Oberland
Take a slow walk through this awesome gorge
From Interlaken 33 Sfr or 17 Sfr with your Half Fare Card. FREE travel to Meiringen with the Bernese Oberland Regional Pass, then 4 Sfr to Aareschlucht. FREE travel to Aareschlucht with the Swiss Travel Pass.
Entrance payable locally: 8.50 Sfr per adult and 5 Sfr per child (6-16 years)
The Aare Gorge 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 for 15 Sfr per adult and 11 Sfr per child (7-16 years). 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.
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 walk from Aareschlucht West train takes approximately 10 minutes and from Aareschlucht East approximately 5 minutes (not suitable for wheelchairs). Please click here for a map of the area.
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 and the east entrance (near Innertkirchen) is open from May to October from 08.30-17.30 (08.30-18.30 in July and August and 08.30-22.00 during Floodlit illumination). Floodlit illumination from the west entrance is open in July and August on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 18.30-22.00.
The closest town to the Aareschlucht is Meiringen. From Meiringen there are direct rail connections to either the west or east entrance. The Aareschlucht is easily accessible from resorts such as Brienz, Interlaken and Thun and it's also possible to travel from Wengen, Mürren and Grindelwald. If you are travelling by car there are plenty of free parking spaces at the west entrance.
More things to see and do in the Bernese Oberland
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 and hotels in the Bernese Oberland
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