Meiringen has a very interesting geographical position. Situated just along the Hasli Valley from Brienz, Meiringen sits on a sunny plateau between several mountain passes: the Brünig Pass which leads to Lucerne, the Susten Pass towards Wassen and the Grimsel Pass to Gletsch. There is so much to explore, with the variety of natural wonders characterised by water: ancient glaciers, glistening lakes, roaring waterfalls and bubbling streams. Meiringen offers a large range of hiking trails to suit all levels, with wonderful views of the Engelhorn, Wetterhorn, Eiger and Mönch mountains. You could start from the village or take the Hasliberg cable car to the Alpen Tower which has spectacular views and serves as the departure point for many hikes.
Meiringen also has a close association with Sherlock Holmes; the town even has a Holmes museum dedicated to the famous sleuth. Arthur Conan Doyle chose the impressive Reichenbach Falls for the setting of the final struggle between Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriaty. A traditional funicular will transport you to the viewing platform at the Falls - an experience not to be missed.
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Where to stay
Our handpicked Meiringen hotel
What to see and do
The Reichenbach Falls funicular was built in 1899 and transports visitors to the platform close to the thundering waters where the last Holmes battle took place. There are views over the Hasli Valley and this is the starting point for hikes into the Rosenlaui Valley. The Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge (Gletscherschlucht) is worth the visit for its thundering water, romantic grottos and bizarre cliff formations, as is the 200m deep Aare Gorge (Aareschlucht) where you can walk on platforms as the glacial waters of the Aare River rush beneath you.
One of the most scenic trips is the Brienzer Rothorn, the oldest steam-cog railway in Switzerland. At the 1,678m summit, you will be rewarded with fantastic panoramic views over Lake Brienz. Why not also try a lake cruise on the sparkling waters, or the Central Alps Passes Tour day tour on the comfortable PostBus. Ballenberg is a rural open air museum where you can enjoy traditional Swiss houses, gardens and craft demonstrations. For scenic mountains, lunch with a view and wonderful alpine walks, try the steep funicular up to the picturesque Gelmer Lake or the cable cars at Tälli and Trift. Please click here for more that the region has to offer.
Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Take a day to visit the amazing Jungfrau-Aletsch Glacier with a stunning mountain rail journey to the Jungfraujoch and awesome views across the glacier from the summit. You can also reach the beautifully historic Old Town of Bern from Meiringen. Find more Swiss World Heritage Sites here.
Luggage free walking holidays
Spectacular views on this independent walking holiday, following the 'Bear Trail' across two mountain passes. You'll stay in Wengen, Grindelwald and Meiringen and your luggage will be transported ahead for you. More details...
Explore the region with our great value travel passes
Our holidays include the Half Fare Card, which entitles you to a 50% discount on most rail, mountain railways, cable cars, boats and PostBuses across Switzerland.
If you are planning daily outings, it can be well worth pre-booking the Bernese Oberland Regional Pass, as it saves you a great deal of money - and helps you avoid the queues at the ticket office! Other passes such as the Swiss Travel Pass and the Jungfrau Travel Pass are also available. We will be delighted to help you choose the one that's right for you. Call us on 0800 619 1200 for more advice.
Scenic rail holidays from Meiringen
Enjoy a fantastic two or multi centre holiday, with a scenic rail journey connecting your resorts.
Take the short transfer to Interlaken, to join the GoldenPass Line (for Montreux). Meiringen is on the route of the Luzern-Interlaken Express. On arrival in Lucerne, you can also join the scenic boat and rail Gotthard Panorama Express journey to Lugano.
If you prefer to be based solely in Meiringen, there are many lakes and mountains journeys to be enjoyed locally. We can tailor make any itinerary you choose, please contact us for details on 0800 619 1200.