Aareschlucht, Meiringen
© David Birri

Aare Gorge

In the Hasli Valley near Meiringen, the Aare river passes through an impressive gorge. The sight of the river gushing out at speeds of up to 12 kilometres per hour is simply unmissable.

Over tens of thousands of years, the Aare has carved a path through the limestone in the Hasli Valley, creating a gorge. Accessible since 1888, the Aare Gorge is 1,400 metres long and takes 45 minutes to walk through. Visitors can experience the unique atmosphere from the start of April until early November. Once they’ve left the limestone walls formed by glacial meltwater behind, the bistro and restaurant offer tasty treats and relaxation. They can walk back to the start on a public hiking trail via Lammi or take the Meiringen-Innertkirchen Railway that runs alongside the gorge.


The power of water

Follow the Aare river and it won’t take long to reach the Grimsel Pass. This has become a centre for waterworks, where visitors are welcome. Afterwards, guests can relax at the Grimsel Hospiz, whose rock cellar exudes authentic charm and also has more than 300 different wines in store. Another gem at the Grimsel Pass is the Totensee (“Lake of the Dead”), an idyllic sight despite its name.


A journey into the past

Those who know the Aare Gorge inside and out are inspired by the region’s possibilities. In the Hasli Valley, they can watch the “Trycheln”, a traditional procession to ward off evil spirits. Meiringen offers a fascinating attraction in the shape of the Reichenbach Falls. There is also a persistent rumour around the village that the first meringues were created here many centuries ago.