Aare Gorge is long alpine river gorge with icy blue water and interesting curved formations on the bordering rock walls. Kids can look for the gorge’s mascot, a “tunnel” worm, and his family hidden in the walls along the river. It’s an easy walk on the elevated walkway through the gorge, but only the west half is open to strollers and wheelchairs. There’s a fun playground outside the west entrance, a nice reward for kids after the walk.
|Address:||Aareschluchtstrasse, 3860 Schattenhalb
GPS: 46.720043, 8.204332
|Car:||1hr25 from Zurich HB|
|Train:||2hr40 from Zurich HB|
|Trail:||1.6 km one way, about 1 hour|
|Condition:||narrow elevated walkway, partially stroller and wheelchair accessible|
|Open:||mid April thru October|
There are two entrances to the Aareschlucht, one on the west end and one on the east. So you can simply walk there and back, staying inside the gorge. Or you can walk one way and take the train back. The train stations are a short walk (500m on the west, 250m on the east) from the entrances. The train runs once an hour and the ride takes 3 minutes.
I recommend the west entrance, which is stroller and wheelchair accessible and has a big playground. The path is an elevated walkway built into the cliff walls. The first half is stroller and wheelchair accessible but not the second half.
To reach the west entrance, drive towards Meiringen, following signs to the Aareschlucht, just east of the Meiringen on the south side of the river. The address is Aareschluchtstrasse, 3860 Schattenhalb.
To access the east entrance, keep driving on Route 5 toward Innerkirchen. The east entrance is on the side of this road on one of the curves. There is ample parking in both locations.
By public transport: take a train to Meiringen, then a bus or regional train to the Aareschlucht West or Ost stops and walk to the park entrance.
Tickets & Opening Times
In 2016, it cost 8.50 CHF/adult, 5.00 CHF/child 6-16, under 6 free.
It is generally open from mid April through end of October, every day from 08.30 – 17.30, until 18:30 in July and August. They also do a special evening illumination until 22:00 on Thurs, Fri, and Sat evenings in July and August. You must enter through the west entrance during this time.
Full and current details on the Aareschlucht website.
Here is the playground outside the west entrance of the Aareschlucht. Try to save this for after the walk.
Children are encouraged to find this “Tatzel” worm and his family hidden in the rock walls. You can see one below.
Sometimes a narrow canyon, sometimes wider open.
Sometimes you are in tunnels, some partly lit, other a bit dark.
Sometimes the path is wet and slippery.
Sometimes you can see quite far down the canyon.
This is the river flowing west out of the gorge, toward Brienz.
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