The Aare Gorge is a popular tourist attraction near the town of Meiringen in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland. Created by glacier runoff 10,000 years ago, the limestone gorge is a mile long and ranges from just 3 feet, 3 inches wide to nearly 100 feet wide and different points. The surrounding cliffs are as much as 165 feet high. A walkway through the gorge has been open to the public since 1889 and is accessible from either the east or west side. Most of it consists of wooden planks on a metal frame jutting out from the wall of the gorge, with small sections in a tunnel or along gravel or asphalt paths. The most beautiful parts of the gorge are on closer to the West entrance.
Not far from the gorge are the Reichenbach Falls, possibly best known as the place where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle set Sherlock Holmes’ murder.
The main (West) entrance to the Aare Gorge is just to the east of Meiringen and features a parking lot and restaurant. It is accessible from the Aareschlucht West train station. To walk through the gorge to the East entrance takes about 40 minutes. From there, you can follow a hiking trail over the Lammi pass or catch the train back to Meiringen from the Aareschlucht Ost station, about a 5 minute walk from the East entrance. Alternatively, take the train from Meiringen to Aareschlucht Ost and walk back to Meiringen through the gorge.