Useful Information

Location: Between Innertkirchen and Meiringen.
Open: West: 09-APR to JUN daily 9-17. JUL to AUG daily 8-18, Wed, Fri 21-23 with electric light. SEP to 01-NOV daily 9-17.
East: 15-MAY to JUN daily 9-17. JUL to AUG daily 8-18, Wed, Fri 21-23 with electric light. SEP to 15-OCT daily 9-17.
Fee: Gorge: Adults CHF 7, Children CHF 3.50. Groups (6+): Adults CHF 6.
Gorge with train ride Meiringen-Innertkirchen Bahn: Adults CHF 9, Children CHF 5. Groups (6+): Adults CHF 8.
Classification: GorgeGorge
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: L=1,400 m.
Guided tours: self guided, L=1,650 m (noe way), D=45 min (one way).
Bibliography: René Hantke, A. E. Scheidegger (1993): Zur Genese der Aareschlucht, Geographica Helvetica 1993, Nr. 3
Franz Müller (1938): Geologie der Engelhörner, der Aareschlucht und der Kalkkeile bei Innertkirchen,
Address: Aareschlucht AG, 3860 Meiringen, Tel: +41-33-9714048, Fax: +41-33-9710349,
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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1779 visited by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
28-SEP-1887 the village Willigen gets the concession to built a path through the gorge.
1888 path opened to the public.
1889 additional galleries to the Finsterer Schlauch and Lammi completed, entrance building with ticket office added.
1895 Grimsel Paß road completed and opend, which results in an increase of visitors.
1898 gallery to eastern entrance built.
1912 electric light for the night installed, tram Meiringen - Reichenbach - Aareschlucht opened.
1928 new restaurant.
1942 flood destroys most of the paths.
1947 Susten road opoened, enormous visitor increase.
1957 tram closed.


The Aareschlucht (Aare river gorge) is the only way into the upper Aare valley, called Haslital. It is the original connection between the two villages Innertkirchen and Meiringen. Today there is a road across the Kirchet-Querriegel, the mountain ridge around the gorge.

The gorge is cut by the river into hard Cretaceous limestones, which are extremely low folded and thus resistant against erosion. The gorge is about 1,400 m long, up to 180 m deep and the narrowes sections are only 1 m wide. There rae 1,650 m of path through the gorge, only 250 m are normal paths. About 400 m are cut out of the rock, either as galleries or as tunnels, about 1,000 m are bridges built of steel with wooden floor.

Probably the strangest thing with the Aareschlucht is the train station Aareschlucht Ost. In the rock is a elevator door, which opens for train passengers. They are transported down to the underground train station inside the tunnel which allows the train to cross the Kirchet-Querriegel. The local train stops only, if someone on the train or in the train station requests this by pressing a button. There are train stations on both ends of the gorge, so it is easy to combine the visit with train ride, or to return by train to the car.

Many people know the Aareschlucht, or better the Reichenbachfall, which is reached by a funicular. This waterfall was the location of a famous Sherlock Holmes movie, where the great private investigator is killed by Dr. Moriarty, after a fight in the gorge.