Reichenbach Falls - Bernese Oberland

Catch the spray from these beautiful falls

View from Reichenbach Falls
About Reichenbach Falls

Available: May-mid Oct.

Travel Costs

Half Fare Card: 18 Sfr return from Interlaken via Meiringen

Bernese Oberland Regional Pass and Swiss Travel Pass: FREE to Meiringen

Reichenbach funicular is payable locally: 12 Sfr per adult and 8 Sfr per child (6-16 years). Please note that this excursion is not recommended for children under 6 years. Special price with the Bernese Oberland Regional Pass. 

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 nostalgic wooden wagon, which is an exact replica of the original wagon, will take you 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.

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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 hydro-electricity works, which brings visitors to the place of the famous scene of the battle - close to the viewing terrace above the powerful waters. You can stay at the top station and admire the views of the thundering water and the panorama over the Hasli valley, or you may wish to follow the trail upwards through the woods to the top of the falls. This takes around 15-20 minutes, with a few viewing points along the way. As you cross the bridge at the top you can feel the power of the water and look doen at the sheer drop! 


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 20 minutes' walk from Meiringen train station and 5 minutes' walk from Meiringen-Alpbach train station.

The local bus connection from Meiringen also stops at the funicular: alight at Willigen-Reichenbach.

Please check before travel for maintenance closures. 


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Reichenbach funicular

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