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Aare Gorge, Meiringen

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#2 of 15 in Historic Sites in Canton of Bern
Historic Walking Area Tourist Spot
Walk along the footpath at Aare Gorge to see the Aare River up close and experience its power. A product of glaciations many millennia ago, the river carves dramatically through a limestone ridge. Although less than 1.5 km (0.9 mi) in length, the walls of the gorge reach up 50 m (165 ft) on both sides. Visitors have walked the gorge for over 100 years, although the footpath, which clings to the walls, is much safer and more modern today. You can relax afterwards with a coffee and cake at one at one of the entrance restaurants. Wear sensible shoes and a waterproof jacket to shield you from the river's spray. Put Aare Gorge into our Meiringen itinerary builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Meiringen.
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  • We went on a beautiful warm day. The gorge is a gorgeous walk. It took us about one hour to walk one way but we went to very slow and took a lot of pictures. It is much cooler in the gorge than it is ...  more »
  • A beautiful path next to the Aare river. You can feel the nature. There are information boards telling you about history of the path and some interesting things about a power of the nature. It takes y...  more »
  • What a beautiful place. You walk the 1.4 km through the gorge on boardwalk and through tunnels. On the west side there is a great outdoor playground, a kiosk and a restaurant to take a break. With a t...  more »
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  • A beautiful walk along and through the cliffs of the Aare Gorge. The kids loved looking for the Tatselwurm along the way. It's a place we love to take all our visitors to Switzerland.
  • Lovely place. You will see nice view of the water from inside. Travellers with kids buggy will have some problem as on higher entrance you will find staircase which are around 75 to 100 meter long in distance. If you are going by car then its best to park the car on lower entrance and tack the train or vus from otherside to come back.
  • Good place for a walk. Good refreshing near the water.
  • Worth a stroll if you're passing by.
  • Love the place, been there a few times, especially with kids worth a quick visit (usually we walk through and back) and then you still have plenty of time for another hike or event.

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Where to stay in Meiringen

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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