How to get to Aare Gorge from Lake Brienz cruise

How to get to Aare Gorge from Lake Brienz cruise

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aunverza
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Aug 13, 2016 - 2:15 AM

My husband and I are traveling to Switzerland in September. We will be in Murren for the first part of our trip, but leaving Murren on Thursday, September 15th and heading to Interlaken. We would like to do a Brienz Lake boat tour as well as visit Aare Gorge. We currently have the Jungfrau Travel Pass (which covers the boat tour from my understanding). As a part of the boat tour, can we hop off and get a train to Meiringen to visit the gorge? If so, where should we get off? If not, what is the best way to cruise Lake Briez and visit Aare Gorge?

Thanks for your help!

Arno
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Aug 13, 2016 - 8:08 AM

Welcome to MySwissAlps aunverza!

Which Jungfrau Travel Pass do you have? For how many days?

aunverza
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Aug 15, 2016 - 3:02 PM in reply to Arno

Hi Arno! We have the 6-day Jungfrau Travel Pass for our time in the Bernese Oberland.

Thanks for your help!

Arno
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Aug 15, 2016 - 3:26 PM in reply to aunverza

Hi aunverza,

In that case the boat from Interlaken to Brienz is included, but trains on that leg are not, and trains to Meiringen aren't either. You can find the pass map here: myswissalps.com/ jungfrautravelpass/ validity.

You can reach the gorge by traveling to the train stop "Aareschlucht West". Details are in the timetable.

aunverza
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Aug 15, 2016 - 3:35 PM in reply to Arno

So we would get off the boat at Brienz and take the train to Aareschlucht West, go to the gorge, head back to Brienz by train and get on the boat back to Interlaken? Is that correct?

Do I need to buy any train tickets or tickets to the gorge in advance?

Thanks again!

Arno
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Aug 15, 2016 - 5:00 PM in reply to aunverza

Yes, that's correct. Of course you can also take the train back from Brienz to Interlaken, as it's quicker, but you would need to pay for it. You don't need any tickets in advance.

aunverza
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Aug 15, 2016 - 5:07 PM in reply to Arno

Great! Thank you so much for your help!

aunverza
aunverza
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Aug 15, 2016 - 7:36 PM in reply to Arno

A couple more questions:

1. do we walk from the Aareschlucht West train station do the Gorge? How long is the walk?

2. Is it about 45 minutes to get through the Gorge one way? Would you suggest going back through the Gorge the opposite way to get back?

aunverza
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Aug 16, 2016 - 12:35 AM in reply to aunverza

My husband just purchased a Eurail Two Country Select Pass Flexi (in addition to the Jungfrau Travel Pass). We have this for Germany and Switzerland. Would the trip to Aare Gorge be covered under this Two Country Select pass?

Arno
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Aug 16, 2016 - 12:49 PM in reply to aunverza

Hi aunverza,

1. Yes. It takes 5 minutes or so.

2. 45 minutes sounds about right. You can walk back or take a train at the other end at "Aareschlucht Ost MIB".

Arno
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Aug 16, 2016 - 12:52 PM in reply to aunverza

It covers the train to Meiringen, but not from there to the gorge, so you need to buy tickets for that short leg. A coverage map can be found here: myswissalps.com/ eurailselectpass/ validity.

aunverza
aunverza
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Aug 16, 2016 - 12:55 PM in reply to Arno

Perfect! thanks again for all of your help!

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