A Day Trip to Aare Gorge and Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland

A Day Trip to Aare Gorge and Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland

(Last Updated On: June 13, 2019)

There is no dearth of beautiful places to visit in Switzerland which is aptly known as the paradise on earth. From surreal landscapes to shimmering lakes like Lake Brienz, Lake Thun, Blausee or Lake Geneva, fairytale villages, the Swiss vineyards, and beautiful Swiss cities there is plenty of reasons why Switzerland is a dream trip for many of us. One of the most romantic places in Switzerland is the Bernese Oberland which is the highlands of the Swiss capital Bern, it is teeming with a plenitude of picturesque landscapes and breathtaking locations epitomizing the natural wonders of this fabled land. Aare Gorge is one such non-touristy gem in the cradle of Hasli Valley in the Bernese Oberland region. A day trip to Aare Gorge and Reichenbach Falls was our first ever outing in Switzerland so each of the vistas we saw seemed poetic enough to leave us spellbound.

The Hasley Valley

Aare gorge and Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland

We were based out of Geneva hence it would take us about 4 hours of the train journey to reach Aare Gorge. Our first leg of the journey was from Geneva to Bern, from Bern we changed to a train towards Interlaken. From Interlaken Ost, we boarded a train to the beautiful village of Meiringen. From Meiringen train station a small train took us to the ‘Aareschlucht West’ station. From here it is another 10 minutes walk to the gorge entrance. It may seem a bit hectic but for us, the comfort of the trains and the scenic vistas all along makes up for it.

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But it would make it much easier and convenient if you are based out of Bern or Interlaken. Aare Gorge is one of the many awesome day trips from Interlaken so choosing Interlaken as the base would be the best decision.

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It was raining heavily and we decided to take shelter at the station for some time. The train passed the station leaving us in awe with the postcard-perfect view of the landscape in front of us. The rail tracks were running parallel to the dancing currents of the pastel green Aare river filled to the brim due to the rains.

Aare gorge and Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland

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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 and Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland

We stood there awestruck for several minutes then walked to the back of the station looking for more. It looked like a small village set up with pretty chalets and large backyards. The chalets were overflowing with bright colored flowers washed fresh with the rains. The green carpet of lawns exuded a freshness of rain dews. There were apple trees in the lawn which were overflowing with fresh red apples. The emanating petrichor infused a sense of rejuvenation.

The magic had already begun!

After spending some half an hour exploring the surreal views we finally decided to walk to the 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. There is also a small play area for the kids.

Aare gorge and Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland

We spent some time in 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.

Aare Gorge or Aareschlucht Gorge

Aare Gorge is alpine river gorge that carves through a ridge forming magnificent gorge with towering cliffs in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland. The elevated wooden walkway which spans for about 1.4 km between the two ends of the gorge makes exploring the gorge and the breathtaking vistas it offers easy and convenient. It was very important for us as it ensured that Chhavi does not have to get down from the stroller while we were on the walkway.

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Aare gorge and Reichenbach Falls in 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 and Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland

It is amazing to behold the natural wonderland which was carved by the Aare River over millennia winding its way through the Hasley Valley forming the limestone formations resulting in a gorge which is 1400 meters long and up to 200 meters deep.

Aare gorge and Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland

The gorge was full of spectacular vistas. At one point we could even touch the opposite wall of the canyon. You will also find a waterfall and a dried out glacier bed along the walk in the gorge.

Aare gorge and Reichenbach Falls in 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 and Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland

Most of the times we passed through the dark illuminated tunnels carved out of the mountains.

Aare gorge and Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland

There are benches at frequent intervals just in case you want to take a break for a while and enjoy the view.

There are two entrances to the Aare Gorge, the one we entered through is the west end entrance, the other is on the east end. We started from the West end entrance and exited from the east entrance. There are train stations at both the ends. The train stations are a short walk about 10 minutes walk from the entrances. The west entrance and the walkway is stroller friendly and wheelchair accessible up to half the way where you will start finding a couple of steps here and there, then few steps which you will find at the east entrance. Once you exit, the route to the Innertkirchen station has many more stairs so it may not be recommended if you want to take a wheelchair or a stroller.

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The east entrance also had a ticket counter for the enthusiasts interested in entering from the Innertkirchen side.

Aare gorge and Reichenbach Falls in 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 and Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland

Aare Gorge is open only in the summer months. The spotlighting is done on specific days in a week in summer. Check for the open times, illumination time and the prices here. If you planning to visit the Reichenbach Falls on the same day it is possible to get a combined ticket to Aare Gorge and Reichenbach Falls.

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Reichenbach Falls

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

Aare gorge and Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland

We got down to 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.

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Interestingly the viewing platform is the place where Sherlock Holmes fought his foe Professor Moriarty in ‘The Final Problem’ before plunging to their deaths in the falls.

Enthusiasts can climb up a 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.

If you are a Sherlock Holmes fan then you cannot miss a visit to the Sherlock Holmes Museum located in the village of Meiringen. The museum was opened in 1991 on the 100th death anniversary of Sherlock Holmes. You can find numerous artifacts and objects related to the famous detective – Sherlock Holmes. You will also find the recreated Victorian home of Sherlock Holmes which is presently located in London.

It was a wonderful day full of breathtaking views and landscapes. Were you amazed at our account of Aare Gorge and Reichenbach falls trip? Share with us your experiences on visiting such wonderlands created by nature in comments.

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60 thoughts on “A Day Trip to Aare Gorge and Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland

  • March 12, 2016 at 2:58 pm
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    Absolutely loved reading this! Amazing photos and learned about a new place today certainly worth a visit! Thanks for documenting your travels!

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    • mm
      March 12, 2016 at 9:39 pm
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      Thank you so much Tania! We are glad you liked the blog 🙂 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 😉

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  • March 17, 2016 at 1:22 pm
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    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?

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  • April 21, 2016 at 11:03 am
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    Gorgeous place. Never heard of it before. The died glacier bed seems to be quite spectacular to see. Thanks for sharing

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    • mm
      April 21, 2016 at 4:22 pm
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      Thanks Argell. The Aare gorge is spectacular indeed 🙂

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  • April 21, 2016 at 11:18 am
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    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.

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    • mm
      April 21, 2016 at 4:26 pm
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      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 🙂

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  • April 21, 2016 at 3:23 pm
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    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!

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    • mm
      April 21, 2016 at 4:28 pm
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      True Ana. Completely agree with you 🙂

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  • April 21, 2016 at 3:46 pm
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    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. 🙂 Great post!

    Anna || A Lily Love Affair

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    • mm
      April 21, 2016 at 4:31 pm
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      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 😉

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  • April 21, 2016 at 3:48 pm
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    Wow! What a great post. It looks like an awesome destination. I’ve never been before. It’s beautiful!

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    • mm
      April 21, 2016 at 4:31 pm
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      Thanks Jenn, it is awesome indeed. Thanks for stopping by.

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  • April 21, 2016 at 4:58 pm
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    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!

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    • mm
      April 22, 2016 at 4:42 pm
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      Thanks Adina. It is a beautiful place indeed. Glad you liked our pictures. 🙂

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  • April 21, 2016 at 5:37 pm
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    This looks like such an amazing adventure, I’d love to visit one day. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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    • mm
      April 22, 2016 at 4:49 pm
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      Sure Charlotte. Glad you liked it.

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  • April 22, 2016 at 2:29 am
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    This was beautiful. I loved how you could go across the bridge in between two different rocks. It was amazing!

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    • mm
      April 22, 2016 at 4:50 pm
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      True Alison it was a great adventure and an awesome experience to cross over those walkways 🙂

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    • mm
      April 22, 2016 at 4:48 pm
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      True Bella its amazing place indeed. Thanks for stopping by.

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  • April 22, 2016 at 3:30 am
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    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!

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    • mm
      April 22, 2016 at 4:47 pm
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      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 🙂

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  • April 22, 2016 at 11:29 am
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    Is there by any chance we have a cafe or small restraunt there. 🙂 that would have been really wonderful along with the lights you mentioned.

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    • mm
      April 22, 2016 at 3:15 pm
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      Unfortunately not in the illumination area; but once you are done with the gorge you have restaurants at either end of the gorge. 🙂

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  • April 22, 2016 at 12:08 pm
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    Lovely photos! Absolutely loved reading this! It looks like an awesome destination.

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    • mm
      April 22, 2016 at 4:43 pm
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      Thanks for stopping by. Glad you liked it!

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  • April 22, 2016 at 1:24 pm
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    You’re so lucky! What a gorgeous natural landscape that is there. I would love this!

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    • mm
      April 22, 2016 at 4:44 pm
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      Thanks Liz. The gorge is gorgeous indeed

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  • April 22, 2016 at 3:11 pm
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    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 🙂

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    • mm
      April 22, 2016 at 4:45 pm
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      True Laura it was an incredible experience and awesome place to be. Thanks for stopping by.

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  • April 22, 2016 at 4:41 pm
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    I love finding places of incredible natural beauty- this is definitely such a place.

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    • mm
      May 4, 2016 at 10:55 am
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      Same Here Katie… Nothing can beat the beauty of Nature 😉

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  • April 23, 2016 at 12:38 am
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    Absolutely breathtaking. It truly looks like such a magical place to visit. So lucky!!

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    • mm
      May 4, 2016 at 10:56 am
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      Thanks Sandra. It is magical indeed 🙂

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  • April 23, 2016 at 9:45 am
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    Absolutely! The cannon and the rocks illuminated with colorful spotlights are simply magical! Another beautiful place that I need to experience!

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    • mm
      May 4, 2016 at 10:57 am
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      True Eugenia. The rocks illuminated with colorful spotlights was an amazing experience.

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  • April 24, 2016 at 3:59 pm
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    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.

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    • mm
      May 4, 2016 at 10:58 am
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      True Fatima, we lucky enough to stumble upon such a beautiful place 😉

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  • May 12, 2016 at 8:46 am
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    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!

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  • May 13, 2016 at 9:16 am
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    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.

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  • May 13, 2016 at 9:57 am
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    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.

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  • May 13, 2016 at 10:28 am
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    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.

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  • May 13, 2016 at 5:26 pm
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    The Aare River is so mesmerizing and your photos are stunning, truly nature at its best. Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience with us.

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  • May 14, 2016 at 11:34 am
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    I love how remote you found it- nothing worse than hoards of tourists everywhere. The world can be such a beautiful, tranquil place!

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  • May 14, 2016 at 5:16 pm
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    I think you have uncovered a hidden gem. I have not heard of this place before, and would definitely check this out. Thanks.

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  • May 15, 2016 at 12:19 am
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    Take me back to Switzerland! This is so cool! Sounds like an amazing adventure; I’d love to go!

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  • May 15, 2016 at 12:47 pm
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    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?

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    • mm
      May 15, 2016 at 4:56 pm
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      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

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  • May 15, 2016 at 1:14 pm
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    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!

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  • May 15, 2016 at 2:11 pm
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    I never heard of this place before its a hidden beauty and you took stunning pictures.This place is really beautiful

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  • May 15, 2016 at 2:17 pm
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    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

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  • May 15, 2016 at 3:02 pm
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    Wow, I love this place. The wild little river looks stunning. Keep up posting your stories and the great images. 🙂

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  • August 8, 2016 at 2:53 pm
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    What a fun place to explore! I had no idea there was a gorge in Switzerland! The canyon photos are amazing.

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  • August 8, 2016 at 7:29 pm
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    Wow. Your pictures are amazing and this looks like a fun thing to do. Thanks for sparking my Switzerland wanderlust!

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  • August 8, 2016 at 10:17 pm
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    Wow, the views look amazing! I would want to visit with my little ones too.

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  • August 11, 2016 at 3:59 pm
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    Wow what a gorgeous place! I would love to check out the gorge and caves with my little guys!

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  • April 6, 2018 at 8:46 am
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    hi
    it looks amazingly beautiful. i just need to ask is it open in april?

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    • mm
      April 6, 2018 at 12:51 pm
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      Of course, it is open in April 🙂

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