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Waterfalls and Gorges

Hi, My daughter and I will be in Wengen for 7 days. We would like to spend one day exploring around either Lake Brienz or Lake Thun area but we are having a hard time deciding what to do. One option is to visit Reichenbach Falls, Aare Gorge and then a boat rip to Geissbach Falls. We will have already explored the waterfalls around Lauterbrunnen and the Grindlewald Glacier Gorge. Are Reichenbach Falls and Aare Gorge much different than what we will have already seen around Lauterbrunnen and Grindlewald? Would it be that much of a new experience to be worth the trip. My second option would be a boat trip on Thun to see St. Beautes Caves and possible the castle. I would appreciate your advice!

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Yes quite different.

I take a boat ride on Brienzersee every time I am in the area, it is a beautiful experience. You can get off at Giessbach and either walk up the steep hill or take an ancient funicular to the hotel and then walk around through the woods and behind the waterfall.

I've only ridden on Thunersee once or twice, I don't feel the appeal nearly as much.

At Reichenbach falls you can either ride an ancient funicular about half way up or walk up the very steep but safe path, and you can walk up all the way to the top of the falls. I like both very much.

I've never done the Aareschlucht but I understand that it is a good experience. The Partnachklamm in Garmish Partenkirchen is a more intense experience from what I understand. That one I have done and it well worth the time and money. If I had a little more time I would have done the Aareschlucht by now.....

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I recommend the Aareschlucht (Aare gorge). Website:
You take a train to Meiringen, then either walk, or I think there is a shuttle bus. If you don't want to walk, there is a train back (goes through a tunnel).

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The little train goes from a third platform at Meiringen in conjunction with the arrival of ZB trains from Interlaken Ost and Luzern. It takes just a few minutes for its entire journey with stops at both ends of the gorge and the train does connect the two in a tunnel with no view. Convenient for walking through the gorge though...

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Thank you for the information. There is just so much to see and do it is hard to decide!