Discovering the delightful Aare Gorge

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Whilst exploring the town of Meiringen in the Bernese Oberland region (the same region which has Interlaken and nearby Jungfraujoch which is not too far away from Meiringen), I managed to come across the Aare Gorge (Aareschlucht in German). The gorge is a section of the River Aare that carves through a limestone ridge and just had to be explored. Catching the train from Meiringen and watching the world go by (for a short time), I got off at Aareschlucht Ost (Aare Gorge east station) as less visitors get off here (as the train does stop off at Aareschlucht West station and most tourists get off there before the train goes through the mountain before arriving at the east station, 1.6km further along). The east train station is located inside a mountain so when the train comes to an halt, passengers have to wait for a huge steel door to open to walk through to get out of the mountain.

Aareschlucht, Aarge Gorge, Switzerland, Bernese Oberland
A view of Innertkirchen from the Aare Gorge (eastern end)

The view once outside, one word, mind-blowing. Walking across the bridge which goes over the Aare, looking right and I got my first view of the river going through the gorge. The fast flowing blue-creamy water rushes through this beautiful landscape, making a heck of noise in the process. To the left I could tell we were in a valley with mountains overlooking. Impressive and beautifully stunning is probably the best way to describe this scene.

Aareschlucht, Aarge Gorge, Switzerland, Bernese Oberland
The train station in the mountain side at Aareschlucht Ost

It was a short walk up the hillside and along a road to the eastern entrance of the gorge (all signposted) where there is a small ticket office, gift shop, toilets and cafe area. Once all that is done, it’s time to hit the gorge. Walking along wooden walkways on the southern side of the river, it was amazing just walking through this gorge, seeing the water flow by. It took 10,000 years for this gorge to be created via the result of glaciation (which started from the Ice Age) where the water from the melting glaciers eroded a narrow and deep chasm through the limestone. Now (the present day), all this glaciation has seen a one mile (1.6km) gorge with cliffs up to fifty meters height (165ft) on either side.

Aareschlucht, Aarge Gorge, Switzerland, Bernese Oberland
Views from the eastern end of the Aare Gorge
Aareschlucht, Aarge Gorge, Switzerland, Bernese Oberland
Views from the eastern end of the Aare Gorge
Aareschlucht, Aarge Gorge, Switzerland, Bernese Oberland
Views from the eastern end of the Aare Gorge
Aareschlucht, Aarge Gorge, Switzerland, Bernese Oberland
Views from the eastern end of the Aare Gorge
Aareschlucht, Aarge Gorge, Switzerland, Bernese Oberland
Views from the eastern end of the Aare Gorge

The walk itself takes around forty minutes but I am pretty sure I was there longer as I kept stopping either to take photos or just taking in the surroundings. The Aare Gorge is truly a magical place to visit and would highly recommend it to anyone. Also to mention that visitors who come here to also visit the Reichenbach Falls. This waterfall is the famous setting where author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle used as the setting of the murder of Sherlock Holmes by Professor Moriarty.

Aareschlucht, Aarge Gorge, Switzerland, Bernese Oberland
Aare Gorge
Aareschlucht, Aarge Gorge, Switzerland, Bernese Oberland
Aare Gorge
Aareschlucht, Aarge Gorge, Switzerland, Bernese Oberland
Aare Gorge
Aareschlucht, Aarge Gorge, Switzerland, Bernese Oberland
Aare Gorge
Aareschlucht, Aarge Gorge, Switzerland, Bernese Oberland
Aare Gorge
Aareschlucht, Aarge Gorge, Switzerland, Bernese Oberland
Aare Gorge
Aareschlucht, Aarge Gorge, Switzerland, Bernese Oberland
Aare Gorge
Aareschlucht, Aarge Gorge, Switzerland, Bernese Oberland
Aare Gorge
Aareschlucht, Aarge Gorge, Switzerland, Bernese Oberland
Aare Gorge

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27 Responses

  1. What a beautiful area of Switzerland and the walk you took wasn’t too long either – a perfect length to enjoy the scenery without getting too tired. Are there nice cafes in the area to sit and admire the view?

  2. WOW. These photos are stunning. I can only imagine how breathtaking it is in person! I really like that they have built in the walkways – it looks tastefully done and I would imagine allows more people to walk through without damaging the natural habitat of the area. Cool note about the Sherlock Holmes setting! That would be interesting to read before/after visiting here!!

  3. We visited Interlaken when we were in Switzerland but missed Jungfraujoch. And now I see we also missed the Aare Gorge. The rushing river and green meadows look like a fairy tale spot. I love how the clouds just play around the mountains. I know what you mean about the walk taking so much longer when you stop a lot to take pics. Love that the path runs right on the cliff face!

  4. The mountains and gorges of the Bernese Oberland region are absolutely stunning. I visited Interlaken and the Jungfraujoch but wished I had spent more time exploring the surrounding area. Aare Gorge looks amazing.

  5. I haven’t been to Switzerland yet, and I so want to go. I love hikes and nature trips so visiting Aare Gorge is my kind of sightseeing. So beautiful!

  6. I remember Sherlock Holmes getting murdered at the falls in literature and the movies. Somehow, I never connected that to a real place. It was always just other there somewhere. Aare Gorge looks gorgeous. Someday, we are going to have to slow travel across Switzerland and take the time to enjoy all of the places like Aare Gorge.

  7. I’ve never heard of the Aare Gorge before, but I definitely won’t be forgetting it anytime soon! It looks so beautiful there, and iconic of Switzerland too. I’m not much of a hiker, but would like to visit still!

  8. What lovely views especially those from the eastern end of the Aare Gorge. I love how green the field is! I’d be pausing one in a while to take photos myself if I’d visit. It looks too irresistible no too. 😀

  9. Danik these pictures are mind-blowing! Quite eye-popping to me because each reminds me of some beautiful places I visited recently. Especially New Zealand. Switzerland is gorgeous and the quality of life ranks as #1 or #2 most years, in the world. I see why. Brilliant.

    Ryan

  10. In Germany, I’ve only been to Düsseldorf and Berlin. I would love to see more of the countryside like the Aare Gorge. It always amazes me how long it took for things like gorges and canyons to be made. 10,000 years? Holy cow! I love the glacial blue color of the waters…that milky-blue-white color is just so unique and beautiful!

  11. Wow! This trip must of been so beautiful to see and I would have been the same as you, constantly stopping for photos on the way! It is amazing that it took 10,000 years to creat this gorge, what happens in nature is so interesting.

  12. I have not been to Switzerland except to attend a conference in Geneva. Your photos of Aare Gorge are stunning. I should go!

  13. Aare Gorge seems stunning and I am glad it can be covered as a day trip from Meiringen. The photographs seem like just taken out of a postcard. Having watched Sherlock so many times, I would also love to visit Reichenbach Falls whenever I get a chance.

  14. Oh, I love Switzerland, and it’s been FAR too long since I visited! I loved your photograph of Innertkirchen with the rainbow in the valley. Beautiful shot. Aare Gorge is stunning — and I’m sure the noise from the water is really loud in such a confined space.

  15. I love the Bernese Oberland area, just love it. I did not know about the Aare Gorge. Seems really interesting and a fun adventure for the entire family. Those wooden walkways give you such good views of the Gorge all around.

  16. I knew the nature in Switzerland was really amazing, but Aare Gorge looks even better. WIth this gloomy weather and covered in mist, it looks even more magical.

  17. The Aare Gorge looks spectacular. Sad we missed visiting during our two trips to Switzerland. Hope to make amends next time there. Also being a Sherlock Holmes fan, would want to visit the Reichenbach falls and feel the fictional aura of Holmes and Moriarty.

  18. WOW! The Aare Gorge looks even more spectacular through your pictures than I imagined from hearing about it long ago. It is on our list to visit, and even more so after reading this. LOVE the look of the wooden walkway through the gorge itself. So cool.

  19. I haven’t been to Switzerland yet but this looks like an amazing area to visit, I’ll definitely add it to my list of places to see. Thank you!

  20. The gorge looks so amazing. It is so picturesque. The river itself has so many colors. I definitely would be up for this hike. With those misty mountains and green valleys, I am sure I will have a great time.

  21. What a beautiful setting. We love hiking in nature, no matter what country we visit. I’ve never been to Switzerland, but I’ll definitely make note of the Aare Gorge if we do visit there.

  22. You’re right, the view is totally mind blowing. I bet it’s even more mind blowing in person but I’ll have to deal with just reading about it for now!! Adding Aare Gorge to my growing travel list now:)

  23. Those landscapes are absolutely dreamy. The dramatic cliffsides, the turquoise lakes…. I’ve been hoping to go back to explore more of Switzerland and you’ve definitely given me some information here!

  24. Wow this looks simply breathtaking. When’s the best time of year to visit?

  25. Wow! Aare Gorge looks so mesmerizing and astonishing, Danik. Your post caused the travel bug to itch me and I really hope to visit this place soon!

  26. Wow! Very beautiful place, All the images are very useful and eye-catching

  27. This look Incredible!, I would love to visit this place

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