Switzerland is the paradise on earth for travelers and tourists alike. 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.
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.
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.
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!
Aare Gorge or Aareschlucht Gorge
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.
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.
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.
At one point we could even touch the opposite wall of the canyon. There is also a waterfall and a dried out glacier bed.
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.
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.
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 in Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland and very near to Aare gorge.
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.
We got down at the Reichenbach Falls station. The funicular station was a 10 min walk through the expanse of lush countryside dotted with brown chalets. Once at the station we bought the tickets and waited for the funicular. The funicular is small with a capacity of 12 to 15 people, the Reichenbach funicular ascends the mountain through the dense forest area to the viewing platform with a small room right to the face of the roaring waterfalls. The viewing platform is the place where Sherlock Holmes fought his foe Professor Moriarty in ‘The Final Problem’. Enthusiasts can climb up few more steps and hike the forest for a panoramic view of the falls and the surrounding which we skipped as it had started pouring heavily.
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