If the previous posts were about the fabulous mountain lakes in Switzerland, this time the story will be about its famous falls and gorges, namely, Trummelbach Falls, Reichenbach Falls and Aare Gorge. Sense the beauty!
I don’t know any other waterfalls that are completely inside a mountain. The waterfall has carved out the inside of the mountain, producing over a dozen different waterfalls. Inside, the views are amazing, and the sound of rushing water is very loud.
The brook’s seven-tiered waterfall has become world-famous, thanks to the writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The protagonist of one of his novels, Sherlock Holmes, staged his own death on the observation platform above the highest of the seven tiers of the waterfall – the 120 meter high tier. A nostalgic cable car leads to this platform.
The Aare Gorge between Meiringen and Innertkirchen is nearly 200 meter deep and hardly more than a meter wide at its narrowest point. The fascinating, narrow gorge is the result of a limestone rocks, the “Kirchet”, which hindered the flow of the Aare from the Grimsel region. Over the course of millenia, the water has eroded various paths – today’s Aare Ravine is the most recent of those paths.
Since the end of the 19th century, the 1.4 kilometer long adventure gorge can be reached by safe bridges and tunnels. It takes about 40 minutes to hike through to the other entrance/exit, on the opposite side, namely, the Innertkirchen side.