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Meiringen Walking Mountains

Meiringen is the most prominent settlement in the Haslital Valley which stretches from the Grimsel Pass to the peaceful waters of Lake Brienz at the eastern end of the Bernese Oberland.

The valley is ideal for walking holidays exhibiting a rich variety of landscapes with lush pastures dazzling cascades tight gorges and several tributary valleys equally worthy of exploration.

The Haslital Valley has been used as an important route for centuries as no fewer than five passes feed into the valley: the Brunig, Grimsel, Grosse Scheidegg, Susten and Joch pass. These provide easy access to the environs of the towering peaks adorned with snow fields and bright shining glaciers found in a great arc to the south.

Amongst them stand Titlis (3290m) the Sustenhorn (3560m) and the Wetterhorn (3760m). There’s enough here to keep the enthusiastic walker content for many a day! The Haslital also offers the Aare Gorge and the impressive Open Air Folklore Museum at nearby Ballenberg.

The Centre


Meiringen, a typically Swiss market town, lies on the River Aare whose white glacial waters briskly flow into Lake Brienz a few kilometres west. It is well served by banks, shops, hotels and restaurants and as its name might suggest is the birthplace of the meringue. Its people are welcoming, kind and hospitable.

The impressive Reichenbach Falls nearby provided the scene of the fictional death of Sherlock Holmes at the hands of arch enemy Professor Moriarty. A statue of Holmes (complete with deerstalker and pipe) stands in the tree-lined square by the former English church now the Sherlock Holmes Museum.

A special feature of Meiringen as a walking centre is the access afforded to the very extensive and varied walking opportunities both in the locality and further afield. A superb integrated network of cableways, post buses and trains can take you in all directions to reach spectacular locations quickly and easily. Meiringen is a perfect base for walks and excursions both in summer and winter.

The Walking

Meiringen really has something for everyone ranging from gentle alpine meadow strolls to demanding summit ascents. There are leisurely walks through flower strewn meadows of the Hasliberg with the high peaks of the Bernese Oberland as a backdrop.

Take a walk that includes the Rosenlaui Glacier the melting waters of which cascade down the valley in swirling torrents, cutting spectacularly through a deep gorge before reaching the renowned and spectacular Reichenbach Falls. Walk through pretty hamlets whilst enjoying views of the famous Eiger.

This walker’s paradise can be approached on foot directly from Meiringen but most walkers choose to travel part way by post bus to gain height.

Nearby lies the enchanting Engstlenalp at the foot of the Joch Pass giving access to the Marmot Trail (where you might also see wild goat and ibex) and which is the start of the ‘Paradise Way’, a magnificent contour route to Meiringen famed for its flowers and butterflies.

Visit the wild Grimsel Pass giving access to the Grimsel glaciers, including the Rhône Glacier where you can explore the lateral moraines. Here you can make the relatively easy ascent of the Sidelhorn (2745m) in about 2 hours. We could go on and on and on!

The potential for walking is limitless, hence many clients return year after year.

Winter Walking - Our Speciality

See our dedicated page.

Snow, Walking, Meiringen

A White Christmas Or New Year Walking Holiday

Why not flee the stresses and strains of this commercially demanding time of year at home and take a relaxing Christmas and/or New Year break with us?

We offer self guided walking over the New Year and at Christmas. An experience you will not easily forget!

See our dedicated page.

Family Holidays

Walking in Meiringen

This is an excellent area for family walking holidays and includes, especially for the children, the two Muggestutz walks celebrating the local gnome folklore, great for both young and old!

A fascinating crystal trail can be explored on the Grimsel Pass; visit the Gelmer Funicular, the steepest in Europe, and as thrilling as many a theme park ride!

Local bike rental is easily arranged for day cycling on various terrains including the valley floor. Try an exhilarating Trotti ‘scooter’ run down the mountain from Magisalp.

Visit the open air folklore museum at Ballenberg which offers entertainment for children from 5 years upwards. Take a lake steamer trip; travel on a steam railway; try the open air swimming pool with its water slide or one of the many other sporting and recreational activities suitable for children.


Self Guided Walking

Our summer self guided Walk Booklet has a total of 23 walks, many with variations, and they are being added to constantly. They range from 4-5 hours and 60m ascents to 7-8 hours and over 1000m ascents.

Our winter Walk Booklet has a selection of walks suitable for the time of year. They tend to be shorter because of walking on the snow and the shorter day.

Walk Grading

Self Guided - Easy, Moderate & Challenging

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Hotel Adler ** - 2 Star

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The Hotel Adler is situated in a quiet street but is well placed for the station cable car and shops. The owner, Hans Ruedi Zumbrunn, has been welcoming New Experience guests for 19 years, and you will soon feel at home. He is a chef by profession and presides personally over the kitchen. A generous breakfast is taken in the upstairs dining room with its stunning views of the Reichenbach Falls. You may take dinner here or downstairs in the carbon grill, when space allows, which attracts many local diners and is one of the most popular places to eat in Meiringen.

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Hotel Meiringen *** - 3 Star

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Felix and Rosy Tschan have been welcoming New Experience guests for the past 10 years. They speak English and they and their staff pride themselves in giving a high standard of service. There is a generous buffet breakfast and 3 course dinner with excellent vegetarian options for half board guests. The hotel is convenient for buses and the station.


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Hotel Baer *** - 3 Star

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The Hotel Baer is a modern hotel with large rooms each with en suite facilities. Most have baths, TV and telephone. 

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Hotel Victoria ***Superior - 3 Star

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The Victoria is owned and run by Franziska and Simon Anderegg. It has a contemporary style throughout the public rooms and in the bedrooms creating a calming opulent atmosphere. The hotel is located only 100 metres from bus station and 150 metres from the railway station. It is just off of the main street so convenient for shops, banks and a supermarket. 

Simon is responsible for the kitchen and for dinner presents delicious creative dishes for all tastes. There is always a choice on the menu, vegetarians are well catered for. An extensive breakfast buffet is provided. Complimentary entry to Meringen’s nearby wellness and fitness centre is available for New Experience guests. Free wi-fi.

Afternoon pastries are available in the bistro.

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Hotel Alpbach **** - 4 Star

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The Alpbach is owned and run by the Gerber family who offer a warm and cosy atmosphere. The hotel is located in a quiet street convenient for the railway and cable car stations.

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Walking in Meiringen is available most of the year. However it is not recommended from the end of October to the middle of December as this is when fresh snow is common closing the winter paths. All the high paths are generally open from July to the end of September. We offer guided walking in early summer when the flowers are most abundant and also at Christmas, New Year and February for Winter Walking. We have separate Walk Booklets for winter and summer for our self guided guests.





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Flights

Zurich is the closest at 2 hours 40 minutes. From Zurich there is a direct train to Luzern then change on to the narrow gauge Brunig Pass line to Meiringen. Basel and Geneva are a more distant 3 hours 40 minutes away.

Zurich nonstop from Heathrow Gatwick London City Luton Birmingham Manchester Edinburgh and Dublin. Connecting flights from most UK airports.

Geneva nonstop from Heathrow Gatwick London City Luton Stansted Southampton* Bournemouth* Jersey Exeter* Newquay* Bristol Cardiff* Birmingham East Midlands Norwich* Doncaster* Liverpool Manchester* Leeds Newcastle* Glasgow* Edinburgh Aberdeen* Belfast and Dublin. Connecting flights from most UK airports.

Basle nonstop from Heathrow London City Luton, Liverpool, East Midlands and Manchester. Connecting flights from most UK airports.

* Winter only

Train

You can travel by train from London to Meiringen utilizing Eurostar and TGV it takes about 11½ hours

We can book rail travel on Eurostar and onwards on SNCF/TGV to Switzerland. You can reach most resorts on the same day.

Straight there and back

Rail travel on Eurostar, TGV and SNCF and all seat reservations:

2nd class £180 per person supplement on with air prices
1st Class £350 per person supplement on with air prices

With a stop in Strasbourg

You may care to break the journey in each direction in a 3 star hotel, B & B, in Strasbourg. We will book you into a 3 star hotel very close to the station and the historic old town, and you will have time to explore this beautiful and famous city.

Rail travel on Eurostar, TGV and SNCF with 2 nights in a 3 star hotel in Strasbourg, 1 in each direction. Plus all seat reservations:
2nd class £290 per person supplement on with air prices
1st Class £460 per person supplement on with air prices

Prices are a guide and subject to availability.

Self Drive

If you wish to drive to Switzerland we provide advice on where to stay en route if you wish to break the journey as well as driving directions to find the hotel. We also advise on which hotels have car parks. Just use the ‘own travel arrangement’ prices and add a half fare card if required.

To drive on Swiss motorways you will need a motorway pass ‘Vignette’ we can obtain this for £35 which will save the queue at the border.

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Meiringen

Included:

  • 7 Nights accommodation with half board*

  • Our unique walking booklet written by one of our team and local walking map

* Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast

Optional:

  • ‘With flights’ includes typical flight prices* from London to Switzerland. Flights from many local airports are also available (exact price for your dates available on request)

  • With flights prices also includes Rail Transfer Tickets between Switzerland airport and hotel, as well as a Swiss Half Fare Card (50% discount on local travel – valid for a month)

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Not Included:

  • Lunch and drinks with meals

Please note these prices will differ from our current brochure price list and are the current correct prices.

All prices valid for 2017/18

Prices are per person in GBP / UK £ and are based on 7 nights half board* in a shared twin/double standard room. 

**Adler  

Dates

7 nights half board

With Flights (includes Rail Transfer Tickets & Half Fare Card)

7 nights Half Board

Own International Flights

Extra Night per person

Single Supplement per night

All year

871

494

60

5

Supplements (per person per night):

  • Superior room £5

    ***Meiringen

    Dates

    7 nights half board

    With Flights (includes Rail Transfer Tickets & Half Fare Card)

    7 nights Half Board

    Own International Flights

    Extra Night per person

    Single Supplement per night

    25 Dec – 07 Jan

    08 Jan – 31 Jan

    11 Mar – 27 Mar

    28 May  -26 Jun

    31 Aug – 26 Sep

    936

    559

    75

    14

    28 Mar – 27 May

    27 Sep – 26 Nov

    876

    499

    75

    14

    01 Feb – 10 Mar

    27 Jun – 30 Aug

    27 Nov – 20 Dec

    966

    589

    80

    14

     ***Superior Victoria

    Dates

    7 nights half board

    With Flights 
    (includes Rail Transfer Tickets & Half Fare Card)    

    7 nights Half Board

    Own International Flights

    Extra Night per person

    Single Supplement per night

    11 Oct – 18 Dec

    04 Jan – 23 Jan

    15 Mar – 19 Jun

    1242

    865

    128

    31

    19 Dec – 03 Jan

    24 Jan – 14 Mar

    20 Jun – 10 Oct

    1296

    919

    136

    31

    Supplements (per person per night):

    ·         Medium size room £10

    ·         Superior room £25

    ·         Christmas Day £45

    ·         New Year Gala Dinner £55

    *** Superior Alpbach

    Dates

    7 nights half board    

    With Flights 
    (includes Rail Transfer Tickets & Half Fare Card)

    7 nights Half Board

    Own International Flights

    Extra Night per   person

    Single Supplement per night

    26 Sep – 30 Oct

    06 Jan – 12 Jan

    1026

    649

    84

    25

    12 Jan – 05 Jun

    29 Aug – 25 Sep

    1096

    719

    89

    25

    06 Jun – 28 Aug

    15 Dec – 05 Jan

    1146

    769

    99

    25

    Supplements (per person per night):

    • Superior room - £15

    • Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve Gala dinners £22

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      Fly – Rail Luggage

      Take advantage of the unique fly/rail baggage system which allows you to travel light between airport and your centre. When your cases arrive your hotelier will collect them for you. On your return deposit your luggage at the railway station (not available from all stations) and the next time you see it is at your UK airport carousel. £16** per back per direction.

      Getting about

      The Swiss transport system has a well earned reputation for being the best in the world. The trains are modern clean and run to schedule (late trains make the news in Switzerland!). We provide a personal timetable for all customers showing the relevant train times (including platforms) for transfers between airport/international rail gateway and the hotel for both arrivals and departures. We help to make the journey very much part of your holiday by providing helpful notes offering advice on changing trains and selecting the best seats to enjoy the stunning panoramic views. During your stay you will have the opportunity to experience travelling on the distinctive yellow post buses the lake steamers and many cable cars and funicular railways which will whisk you to high alpine meadows and mountain tops.

      Swiss Transfer Card


      This is included with all of our Swiss holidays if you purchase flights with us. Gives free transfers between airport/international rail gateway and the hotel. Any reasonable route is permitted. Useful for very short stays and on hotel to hotel treks where you plan to walk all the way. If you are not purchasing flights with us, we can still provide you with a Swiss Transfer Card for £120 per person (prices subject to change).

      Swiss Half Fare Card

      This is included on a couple of our Swiss holiday if you purchase flights with us. Gives 50% discount during your stay for all rail and post bus services plus discounts on most funicular railways, chair lifts, gondolas and cable cars. Useful for those arriving by car. If you are not purchasing flights with us, we can still provide you with a Swiss Half Fare Card for £105 per person (prices subject to change).

      Family Card

      Free travel on most transport for all children under 16 years traveling with their parents; provided free of charge with any of the travel cards listed above.

      Two & Multi Centre Holidays - Switzerland

      Clients often want to enjoy more than one area and find that traveling even a couple of hours on the train leads to a totally different walking experience. We are extremely happy to put these together for you. We will make all hotel reservations and provide the rail ticket between the centres free of charge** if the total stay is over 11 nights. For holidays over 13 nights we upgrade the rail travel between centres to First Class free of charge**. For example why not combine Zermatt with Davos having 7 nights in each resort in 4* hotels and journey between the two on the ‘Glacier Express’?

      ** As long as a Swiss Half Fare has been purchased



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