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ViaBerna - stage 17 Rosenlaui – Hasliberg

Short facts

  • start: Rosenlaui (1,327 m)
  • destination: Hasliberg, Reuti
  • medium
  • 11,00 km
  • 3 hours 45 minutes
  • 520 m
  • 1328 m
  • 602 m
  • 60 / 100
  • 40 / 100

best season

The hike from Rychenbachtal up to Hasliberg passes by mighty mountainsides and gentle meadows. En route you can experience the power of glacier water and the story of Sherlock Holmes.

The hike leads you from the traditional Hotel Rosenlaui at the mouth of the mystical Rosenlauischlucht glacier gorge out of the valley, along Rychenbach over Gschwantenmad. You will soon see why Rychenbachtal enchanted so many artists and poets in the 18th century: The Rosenlaui Glacier is majestic. The mighty mountainsides of the Wellhorn and Wetterhorn form a contrast to the gentle, rich green meadows that the steam meanders through. The wonderful Alpine landscape is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage site Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch and is one of the most spectacular high-mountain landscapes in the world. The trail runs along the Rychenbach Falls (Rychenbachfällen) down to Willigen through Kaltenbrunnensäge and Zwirgi. It’s well worth stopping by the roaring waterfalls of Rychenbach, as is visiting the village of Meiringen. From Willigen, the route passes the western entrance of the Aare Gorge (Aareschlucht) via Wylerli and through Tripfiwald on the high plateau to Hasliberg Reuti.

You can experience the wild power of the glacier water while walking through the Rosenlaui glacier gorge. Wander past powerful waterfalls, romantic grottoes and bizarre rock formations on a well-secured path.

The Rychenbach Falls are a 300-metre high cascade of seven waterfalls. The Upper Rychenbach Fall is the highest. It was made world famous by Conan Doyle’s story "The Final Problem" from 1893, where Sherlock Holmes has a bitter struggle with his arch enemy, Professor Moriarty. The fight ended with a fall into the waterfall. Visitors can walk around the waterfall and it is also accessible via a nostalgia trail.

Meiringen is the largest town in Haslital and provides a starting point for numerous excursions into the surrounding mountain landscape. Italian confectioner Gasparini is supposed to have created a dessert from sugar and stiffly beaten egg white here for the first time in 1600. Gasparini named his sweet invention Meringue after the village of Meiringen.

The Aare Gorge has been formed over millennia by the Aare Glacier. You can walk right through the natural spectacle of the gorge on well-secured paths and bridges.

General information

Directions

Rosenlaui – Zwirgi – Willigen – Aareschlucht – Wylerli - Hasliberg

Safety Guidelines

All or part of this route is on marked trails in the mountain trail category.

Equipment

We recommend the following equipment:

Sturdy mountaineering boots, medium-sized rucksack with hip belt, sun protection, waterproof clothing, walking poles, pocket first-aid kit, picnic, sufficient fluids, mobile phone.

It is also possible to book baggage transport from stage accommodation to stage accommodation at short notice via Eurotrek. Info and conditions at Eurotrek.ch

Tip

Accommodation tip - Rosenlaui:  Hotel Rosenlaui, 3860 Rosenlaui, Tel. + 41 (0) 33 971 29 12, [email protected], www.rosenlaui.ch

Accommodation tip - Hasliberg:  Hotel Reuti, Engi 485, 6086 Hasliberg Reuti, Tel. + 41 (0) 33 972 53 00, [email protected], www.hotelreuti.ch

Shopping: in Meiringen (off the trail) or Hasliberg Reuti (village shop)

Getting there

By private car via Interlaken or Brünig to Meiringen. Return from Hasliberg by cable car to Meiringen.

Parking

Chargeable parking near the valley station of the Meiringen-Hasliberg/Reuti cable car. Then by bus from the Meiringen Alpbach stop towards Rosenlaui.

Public transit

Getting there: by train via Interlaken Ost to Meiringen. Then by bus to Rosenlaui.

Coming back: by cable car from Hasliberg Reuti to Meiringen. 12 minutes’ walk to Meiringen railway station.

Maps

swisstopo Wanderkarten 254T Interlaken und 255T Sustenpass

Additional Information

ViaBerna is a multi-day hike made up of 20 stages that takes you from Bellelay straight through the canton of Bern to Susten Pass. Hikers on the trail get to experience the diversity of the canton of Bern in Jura, Mittelland and in the Bernese Alps. The entire distance is signposted with route number 38.

You can find information about the ViaBerna multi-day hike at viaberna.ch

Pavings

  • Asphalt Coating (28%)
  • Path (53%)
  • Hiking Trail (16%)
  • Street (3%)

Weather

This tour is presented by: Berner Wanderwege, Author: Markus Schluep

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