A wonderland carved out by the mighty Aare River!

Bernese Oberland the highlands of the Swiss capital Bern is teeming with a plenitude of picturesque landscapes and fairy tale locations epitomizing the natural wonders of this fabled land. Aare Gorge is one such non-touristy gem in the cradle of Hasli Valley.

Aare Gorge Switzerland

Over millennia, the Aare River winding its way through the Hasley Valley has carved a path through the limestone formations resulting in a gorge which is 1400 meters long and up to 200 meters deep.

After around three hours of journey and couple of train changes, we finally disembarked at the ‘Aareschlucht West’ station. It was raining heavily and we decided to take shelter in the station for some time. The train passed the station leaving us in a state of trance with an awe-inspiring postcard view. The rail tracks were running parallel to the dancing currents of the pastel green Aare river.

Aare Gorge Switzerland

The other side of the river was a surreal panorama of lush green meadows dotted with chalets at the foot of rugged rocky cliffs. Above the cliffs the mist covered verdant forests were playing hide and seek as if in an attempt to rouse us from the reverie.

Aare Gorge Switzerland

The freshness of rain dewed lawns of the chalets adorned by the flowers and apple trees peppered red and the emanating petrichor infused a sense of rejuvenation.

The magic had already begun!

We crossed a bridge over the river to the other side and followed the signs to the Aare Gorge. The entrance has a large parking, a souvenir shop, and a restaurant. We spent some time at the entrance parking to ensure that Chhavi had some time out of the stroller which she utilized happily running around.

Aare Gorge Switzerland

We bought our tickets and a lovely lady pointed us towards the entrance door. The Canon is lined with a wooden walkway and tunnels which make the walk through the gorge easy and comfortable. This was very crucial for us as we could not allow Chhavi to get down off the stroller while we were on the walkway.

Aare Gorge Switzerland

The rocks illuminated with colorful spotlights are stunningly spectacular. The walkway would sometimes cross over the gorge which is scary enough to send chills down your spine but is much more exhilarating to see the river gushing below our feet.

Aare Gorge Switzerland


Aare Gorge Switzerland

At one point we could even touch the opposite wall of the canon. There is also a waterfall and a dried out glacier bed.

Aare Gorge Switzerland

Walking into the gorge is like entering deep into a Wonderland with changing landscapes surrounded by soaring rocky walls which have an abundance of views to sweep the floor off your feet.

Aare Gorge Switzerland

Aare Gorge Switzerland

There are benches at frequent intervals just in case you want to take a break for a while and enjoy the view. The path is wheelchair or stroller accessible due to the flat terrain right up to the few steps before the Innertkirchen entrance.

The 1.4 km long stretch of surprises ended at the Innertkirchen entrance which also had a ticket counter for the enthusiasts interested in entering from the Innertkirchen side.

Aare Gorge Switzerland

From the Innertkirchen entrance, we had to walk downhill to a rope bridge to cross the Aare river to Aareschlucht Ost Station. The distant lowland countryside was breathtaking. We boarded the train to continue our journey to Reichenbach falls also inΒ Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland and very near to Aare gorge.

Aare Gorge Switzerland

The mighty river had managed to sculpt a heart in the middle of the gushing river currents and we were in our hearts taking back these wonderland images to frame memories.

Aare Gorge is open only in summer.
The spotlighting is done on specific days in a week in summer.
Possible to get a combined ticket to Aare Gorge and Reichenbach Falls.

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58 Comment

  1. Absolutely loved reading this! Amazing photos and learned about a new place today certainly worth a visit! Thanks for documenting your travels!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thank you so much Tania! We are glad you liked the blog πŸ™‚ Well, Switzerland is so gorgeous that anyone trying his hand at camera can call himself a pro. So all the credit of amazing photography goes to the surreal country πŸ˜‰

  2. This is a great post! I’d never heard of this place before and it looks like an incredible place to explore! If you don’t mind my asking, what was the cost to walk in the gorge?

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks a lot Brianna. It is a gorgeous place and worth a visit. The cost is around 8.50 CHF per person. You can get the details here http://www.aareschlucht.ch/en/Info/Prices

  3. Gorgeous place. Never heard of it before. The died glacier bed seems to be quite spectacular to see. Thanks for sharing

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Argell. The Aare gorge is spectacular indeed πŸ™‚

  4. Joanna says: Reply

    It looks stunning! The only Gorges I ever visited were Cheddar Gorge in the UK and Vintgar Gorge in Slovenia. They were both stunning. Shame the weather wasn’t great when you were there, I bet in sunshine the scenery gets even more spectacular.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Joanna. It rained when we reached the destination but then it stopped. And if not for rains we could not have been rewarded with stunning views of cloudy mountains and swelled river. It was an awesome experience πŸ™‚

  5. Holy moly the aare river is breathtaking and reminds me of why we need to appreciate how beautiful the natural world is. I think sometimes we forget!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      True Ana. Completely agree with you πŸ™‚

  6. Anna says: Reply

    Oh my goodness, this looks incredible! You’re absolutely right, everything is so green and lush. And I love the rock illumination – so unique. I love adventure, but I think I would have been scared to death of this water beneath. πŸ™‚ Great post!

    Anna || A Lily Love Affair

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      True Anna, the illumination, the gorge everything is incredibly beautiful. I know the river gushing below your feet seems scary but then you can call yourself adventurous isn’t it πŸ˜‰

  7. Jenn M says: Reply

    Wow! What a great post. It looks like an awesome destination. I’ve never been before. It’s beautiful!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Jenn, it is awesome indeed. Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Wow your photos are simply breathtaking especially of the cannon. I’d love to visit one day as it looks so picturesque and beautiful! Thanks for sharing your adventures!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Adina. It is a beautiful place indeed. Glad you liked our pictures. πŸ™‚

  9. This looks like such an amazing adventure, I’d love to visit one day. Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Sure Charlotte. Glad you liked it.

  10. Alison says: Reply

    This was beautiful. I loved how you could go across the bridge in between two different rocks. It was amazing!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      True Alison it was a great adventure and an awesome experience to cross over those walkways πŸ™‚

  11. What amazing scenery! I love visiting places like this in my travels.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      True Bella its amazing place indeed. Thanks for stopping by.

  12. Mollie says: Reply

    This place looks incredible! Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. Just after looking at your pictures, I can’t imagine seeing this river in gorge. I’m sure the pictures cannot do it justice!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      True Mollie its is an incredible place indeed. Yes we agree with you, for a real adventurous experience you would want to visit it yourself πŸ™‚

  13. Varun says: Reply

    Is there by any chance we have a cafe or small restraunt there. πŸ™‚ that would have been really wonderful along with the lights you mentioned.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Unfortunately not in the illumination area; but once you are done with the gorge you have restaurants at either end of the gorge. πŸ™‚

  14. Lovely photos! Absolutely loved reading this! It looks like an awesome destination.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks for stopping by. Glad you liked it!

  15. You’re so lucky! What a gorgeous natural landscape that is there. I would love this!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Liz. The gorge is gorgeous indeed

  16. Wow the canon looks absolutely incredible! I hadn’t heard of this experience before but it looks like a beautiful place I would like to visit one day πŸ™‚

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      True Laura it was an incredible experience and awesome place to be. Thanks for stopping by.

  17. Katie says: Reply

    I love finding places of incredible natural beauty- this is definitely such a place.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Same Here Katie… Nothing can beat the beauty of Nature πŸ˜‰

  18. Sandra says: Reply

    Absolutely breathtaking. It truly looks like such a magical place to visit. So lucky!!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Sandra. It is magical indeed πŸ™‚

  19. Absolutely! The cannon and the rocks illuminated with colorful spotlights are simply magical! Another beautiful place that I need to experience!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      True Eugenia. The rocks illuminated with colorful spotlights was an amazing experience.

  20. Fatima says: Reply

    The place looks amazingly gorgeous. I would love to go there someday! You guys are lucky you got a chance to be there. The canon looks awesome.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      True Fatima, we lucky enough to stumble upon such a beautiful place πŸ˜‰

  21. Tina says: Reply

    Wow … lovely pictures that you have got there! The water looks so unreal light blue … I can’t remember a place where I saw a colour like this!

  22. So gorgeous! This is the first time I hear about the Aare river, and that walk through the canyon is so amazing, loved your photos.

  23. Ann says: Reply

    I have never been to the Aare gorge, but I do have a not-so-secret obsession with gorges. This kind of makes me want to rethink my weekend plans and head to the one closest to me.

  24. Sheri says: Reply

    This is so gorgeous, and mother nature is reminding us again as to what we have in this world and all the beauty there is to see. The water between the rocky walls is fantastic! What a sight to see. You are lucky to have been able to experience this.

  25. Kirnay says: Reply

    The Aare River is so mesmerizing and your photos are stunning, truly nature at its best. Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience with us.

  26. Sarah says: Reply

    I love how remote you found it- nothing worse than hoards of tourists everywhere. The world can be such a beautiful, tranquil place!

  27. I think you have uncovered a hidden gem. I have not heard of this place before, and would definitely check this out. Thanks.

  28. Evanne says: Reply

    Take me back to Switzerland! This is so cool! Sounds like an amazing adventure; I’d love to go!

  29. Stacy says: Reply

    Wow, your photos are simply amazing! How did you ever discover this gorge? I’ve been to Bern and never knew this existed! This will definitely be on my list for next time we go back to Switzerland! My kids are 4 and 6–would it be safe for them or would you recommend I wait until they’re older?

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      We had been when our daughter was 1 year old. We made her sit in stroller most of the time except couple of times when we were in tunnel. Its safe

  30. What amazing rock formations! (Sorry I’m a bit of a geography geek!) We recently visited something similar in South France – Grotto Pech Merle, its the only place I’ve seen real cave paintings!

  31. I never heard of this place before its a hidden beauty and you took stunning pictures.This place is really beautiful

  32. Kusum says: Reply

    Bernese Oberland sure was one of our favorites in Switzerland. Never heard of Aare gorge, such a beautiful place and the experience of going there sure seems to be magical, you guys seem to have had so much fun exploring that area, beautiful photos.
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

  33. Wow, I love this place. The wild little river looks stunning. Keep up posting your stories and the great images. πŸ™‚

  34. What a fun place to explore! I had no idea there was a gorge in Switzerland! The canyon photos are amazing.

  35. Naomi says: Reply

    Wow. Your pictures are amazing and this looks like a fun thing to do. Thanks for sparking my Switzerland wanderlust!

  36. Betty says: Reply

    Wow, the views look amazing! I would want to visit with my little ones too.

  37. Wow what a gorgeous place! I would love to check out the gorge and caves with my little guys!

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