Aare Gorge Tours

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.

Practical Info

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.
Location
Address: Meiringen, Switzerland
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Hours: West entrance is open April 15-Nov1 8:30am-5:30pm (Jul-Aug Sun-Wed until 6:30pm, Thurs-Sat until 10pm for floodlit illumination). East entrance is open May 5-Oct 16 during the same hours.
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Admission: 8.50 Swiss francs
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Small-Group Swiss Alps Day Trip from Lucerne

Immerse yourself in the natural majesty of the Swiss Alps during a full-day tour of gorges and glaciers from Lucerne. With a small-group and knowledgeable guide, travel by luxury minivan to the Aare Gorge, a dramatic natural landmark, and then marvel at the mesmerizing ice tunnels of the Rhone Glacier. Delve into the rugged wilderness of the Bernese Oberland and capture fascinating photographs of the vast Alpine landscape as you explore. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 16 people.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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Swiss Alps Small Group Day Tour from Zurich

Experience the natural splendor of the Swiss Alps during a full-day high-altitude adventure from Zurich. With an experienced guide and small group, marvel at the beautiful scenery of the Bernese Oberland and cross the lofty Aare Gorge footbridge for sweeping vistas of the dramatic natural landmark. See the shimmering Lake Toten; take the frozen ice tunnel through the Rhône Glacier; and gaze at the colossal Gotthard Massif. Discover the fascinating legends surrounding the Devil’s Bridge on this small-group tour, limited to only 16 people.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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Bernese Oberland Pick and Mix Tour - Take Your Pick from Several Highlights

Enjoy a customized tour of the Bernese Oberland on a full-day tour led by a private guide. By avoiding the limitations of a fixed group itinerary, you'll be free to select one of the region’s spectacular peaks to visit by train or cable car—choose between the Jungfrau, Schlilthorn, or First Mountains—then check out Reichenbach Falls, Giessbach Falls, the Aare Gorge, Brienz, Interlaken, and other top attractions.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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