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Meiringen

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Meiringen is a municipality in the Interlaken-Oberhasli administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. Besides the village of Meiringen, the municipality includes the settlements of Balm, Brünigen, Eisenbolgen, Hausen, Prasti, Sand, Stein, Unterbach, Unterheidon, Wylerli and Zaun.Meiringen is famous for the nearby Reichenbach Falls, a spectacular waterfall that was the setting for the final showdown between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective Sherlock Holmes and his nemesis Professor Moriarty. The village is also known for its claim to have been the place where the meringue was first created.The blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Or an Eagle displayed Sable crowned, beaked, langued and membered of the first. In it, the closing words "the first" refer to the first tincture mentioned (that of the shield-like figure's background), namely "or", meaning . It further implies, for each of the "ed"-suffixed nouns that precede the word "of", that whichever feature (of the heraldic animal) is specified by that noun shares that first-mentioned tincture.
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Quaint Meiringen offers an authentic impression of Swiss life, complete with its chalets and pristine mountain hiking trails. On the main street at the east end of the municipality lie several mid-range hotels close to a collection of boutique shops and bakeries. This proximity will come in handy for picking up meringue treats--the town's reputed claim-to-fame and namesake. If you're working with a tighter budget, look to the neighboring town of Hasliberg, home to a cluster of guesthouses and only a short cable-car ride away.
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