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Although we had walked through the town when we arrived in the evening, walking through in the day was a different experience.
Meiringen is famous as the place where Sherlock Holmes ‘died’ in the story The Final Problem; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was reportedly so impressed with Meiringen and Reichenbach Falls after his visit in 1893 and thus decided to kill his hero there.
Swiss, being Swiss, milk it for all that it’s worth for tourism.
We went to Migros to grab our breakfast for champions: bread and yogurt.
After breakfast we decided to visit the Tourist Information Centre located inside Meiringen train station. There were many brochures on the sights and attractions of the Haslital region which Meiringen is located in.
A friendly girl attended to our questions and suggested that we could visit Aareschlucht, accessible by the Meiringen-Innertkirchen railway. Swiss Pass didn’t cover travel on the railway and we needed to buy a 7.50 CHF ticket which included entrance to Aareschlucht.
Following instructions from the girl at Tourist Information Centre, we got off at Aareschlucht Ost, an unique station located inside the tunnel. When the train stopped, the train door and the tunnel door was opened by the train driver for us to exit. It was so incredible that we forgot to take picture of the exit.
After exiting the station, we would need to cross a suspension bridge before starting our trek through Aareschlucht.
Despite the drizzle, we were in great spirit.
Then we came up with the brilliant idea of posing with our Scrabble set.
The girl inside the building checked our tickets and asked where we came from. I bet that she didn’t get many Singaporeans coming this way.
We came across the warning sign and our first Tatzelwurm.
The walk through the gorge would take approximately 45 minutes according to the brochure; we probably took slightly more due to our stops for photographs.
The gorge narrowed towards the western end and we had to go through caves as well.
There were remnants of the old path from the 19th century. I wouldn’t want to walk on them though.
We exited through the west entrance of Aareschlucht and the next train wouldn’t arrive until quite some time later. We decided to make our way back to town which took probably 30 minutes.
Turned out that our accommodation was located on the way back to town and we cooled our heels back there for a while. After some discussion we decided to ditch visiting Reichenbach Fall and opt for cruise on Brienzersee instead.
It was around lunch time when we headed back out to the train station and we decided to treat ourselves to a proper sit-down meal at a restaurant for the first (and only) time in Switzerland.
While it was chilly outside, the restaurant was rather warm inside.
We opted for the 3-course set menu (soup, salad and main) and a beer to share between ourselves (38,40 CHF).
While filling, Ying wasn’t impressed with the meal and said that the food tasted ‘weird’. Not such problem for me though. It was fuel for our afternoon excursion to Brienz.