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Aare Gorge Tours

Aare Gorge
The Aare Gorge (Aareschlucht) 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.
Address: Meiringen, Switzerland
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.
Admission: 8.50 Swiss francs
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4 Tours and Activities to Experience Aare Gorge

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Best of Bernese Oberland Tour from Interlaken

Best of Bernese Oberland Tour from Interlaken

Enjoy a drive around some of the best countryside Switzerland has to offer.  Start your journey in your private and exclusive Mercedes Mini Van. Let Chris drive you along the Brunig Pass, stoppijng off at Lungernsee to reach the spectacular Bernese Oberland.  From there, choose the spectacular sights you want to visit ranging from the fascinating Aare Gorge which is 1’400 metres long and up to 200 metres deep. The Giessbach Falls are breath-taking as is the 150 year old Giessbach hotel for lunch overlooking Lake Brienz. Take a boat trip over to Brienz and stroll along Brungasse, one of Europe`s prettiest streets. Journey onto Interlaken for a souvenir stop and then go along the Lauterbrunnen valley to see the 300metre Staubbach Falls. Drive onto the Trummelbach Falls and witness waterfalls within a mountain and finally drive up to Isenfluh for some awesome views of the big 3 - Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau or go one further and take the cable car to Sulwald for more incredible views.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$686.41
Price varies by group size
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$686.41
Price varies by group size
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Aare River Gorge Walk plus Lake Brienz Cruise - Private Tour from Interlaken

Aare River Gorge Walk plus Lake Brienz Cruise - Private Tour from Interlaken

This private tour takes you along Lake Brienz to Meiringen and to the origin of the Aare river. You walk on the easy-to-walk path through the gorge, passing crystal-clear water. You will receive easily understandable information about the flora and fauna and the origin of the Aare Gorge, the importance of water and the surrounding alpine mountains. Our tourguide accompanies you on this tour from the starting point, shows you the changing landscape and answers your questions about the country and its people. The tour guide knows the way and shows you a few places away from the tourist flow.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$237.40
Price varies by group size
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$237.40
Price varies by group size
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Aare River Gorge Walk Small-Group Tour from Interlaken

Aare River Gorge Walk Small-Group Tour from Interlaken

This tour takes you along Lake Brienz to Meiringen and to the origin of the Aare river. You walk on the easy-to-walk path through the gorge, passing crystal-clear water. You will receive easily understandable information about the flora and fauna and the origin of the Aare Gorge, the importance of water and the surrounding alpine mountains. Our tourguide accompanies you on this tour from the starting point, shows you the changing landscape and answers your questions about the country and its people. The tour guide knows the way and shows you a few places away from the tourist flow.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$106.03
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$106.03
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Aare River Gorge Walk Private Tour from Interlaken

Aare River Gorge Walk Private Tour from Interlaken

This private tour takes you along Lake Brienz to Meiringen and to the origin of the Aare river. You walk on the easy-to-walk path through the gorge, passing crystal-clear water. You will receive easily understandable information about the flora and fauna and the origin of the Aare Gorge, the importance of water and the surrounding alpine mountains. Our tourguide accompanies you on this tour from the starting point, shows you the changing landscape and answers your questions about the country and its people. The tour guide knows the way and shows you a few places away from the tourist flow.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$237.40
Price varies by group size
From
$237.40
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Aare Gorge hours of operation?
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Aare Gorge hours of operation: 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.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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