The most impressive gorges
Where there are high mountains, deep gorges tear through the gigantic masses every now and then. Also in the Jungfrau Region. This one is a must-see.
The Aare has carved its course through the limestone rock between Meiringen and Innertkirchen over tens of thousands of years. In doing so, it has created a gorge 1.4 km long, up to 200 metres deep, and only 1 to 2 metres wide in places. You can walk the whole of the Aare Gorge starting from Meiringen or Innertkirchen. Tip: it is open and lit until 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays in July and August.
Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge
This narrow gorge below the Rosenlaui Glacier is part of the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, a secured 573-metre-long path, with several tunnels and a height difference of 155 metres, has been blasted into the rock. It will take you past mighty waterfalls, romantic grottos and bizarre rock formations. You can only walk through the gorge upwards. On the way back to the starting point, you will walk through a pristine mountain forest.
Grindelwald Glacier Gorge
Walk through the gorge of the Lower Grindelwald Glacier, which was once covered by glacial ice, passing through rock galleries and tunnels. If you are looking for something even more thrilling, venture out onto the net that extends across the gorge at around the half-way point. It's an opportunity to test your courage and walk over the thundering Lütschine river. Another way to get your kicks is to leap from a platform into the gorge while attached to a cable and then swing through it like an oversized pendulum. An injection of pure adrenaline! Every Friday, the Grindelwald glacier gorge stays open until 10 pm.
To venture into the Alpbach Gorge between Meiringen and Hasliberg requires a good head for heights and steady feet. This via ferrata-like path embedded in the rock walls above the rushing stream is not for the faint of heart. The starting point is the Bergbahnen Meiringen-Hasliberg bottom station. You can only walk through the gorge from the bottom upwards. A normal hiking trail takes you back to Meiringen.