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Interlaken to Aare Gorge

We will be staying in Interlaken for 5 nights and we will visit some villages and Jungfrau of course. Also we would like to visit Arre Gorge. Is it a worthwhile day trip to go there? Is the transportation easy? Thanks.

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I've never been to the Aare Gorge, but it should be an easy day trip from Interlaken. The Gorge is a tourist attraction with an admission charge, and it's serviced by the Meiringen-Innertkirchen railway. I believe the access stations are Aareschlucht West and Aareschlucht Ost. The trip from Interlaken Ost to Aareschlucht West is an easy 43 minutes, with one change at Meiringen, so that would make a very easy day trip.

The website provides a good diagram of the hiking routes, which are apparently very easy. I believe there's also a Funicular in that area that goes to Reichenbach Falls, of Sherlock Holmes fame.

You may find it helpful to have a look at the official Aare Gorge website for more information.

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The railway goes behind the gorge and there is no view of the gorge from the little train. You can leave the train at one of the entrances - the West is much busier than the Ost - walk through the gorge and then take the train back from the other. It is much steeper at the Ost entrance up to the station.

Note, when searching for information, it is two "a"s and one "r". It is the same river that flows eventually through Bern.

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I haven't been to Aare Gorge but Reichenbach Falls is in the same general area. This is where Sherlock Holmes vanquished Professor Moriarty, if you are in to Sherlock Holmes. It is located across the Aare River. If exiting at Meiringen Alpbach, walk south across the river Aare. Past the roundabout take the first right to get to the base of the Reichenbach Funicular. It is also a very scenic falls.

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Also the Trift Bridge is in the same area so yes you could spend a full day in the GRimslwelt area. I may add this to my agenda when I'm in Lauterbrunnen in May. Google Grimslwelt for more informatin on this area.
See http://www.grimselwelt.ch/home-en/ and click on 'Map'

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madebbie1,
You need to catch a train to Meiringen, then it is about a 30 minute walk to the start of the gorge.
The gorge is a nice walk, on a walkway which at times is attached to the side of the cliff. When you get to the other end, you can either walk back, or carry on to the village of Innertkirchen, where you can get a small train back to Meiringen. The train runs in a tunnel, you don't see anything.

The river is called Aare, and the gorge is called Aareschlucht in German.

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Thank you for all your advices and I have corrected my typo. Nigel, when you said "It is much steeper at the Ost entrance up to the station", do you mean if I enter from the Ost entrance from the train station, it will be downhill? Then I should enter from the Ost entrance because I don't like uphill if I have a choice. Thanks.

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No, the walk through the gorge is pretty much flat. It is just that the approach to west entrance from Meiringen and the West staton is practically flat, and the train has climbed so that there is somewhat upness from the exit of the gorge to the station at Ost.

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Just curious, how long is the walk and how long does it take to get from West to East (or vice versa)? I may add this to a future trip.