Photo Michel Azéma September 2000


At Reichenbach, near Meiringen in the Bernese Oberland, is one the greatest waterfall of Switzerland.

In 1891 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the spiritual father of Sherlock Holmes was staying at Meiringen and he was very impressed by the roaring Reichenbach Falls. In his novel " The final Problem " Sherlock Holmes and Prof. Moriarty disappeared into the thundering waters.

Today there is a Sherlock Holmes Museum in the center of Meiringen.

The actual funicular was built in 1891 to make the access to the waterfall easier for the tourists. The cabins have kept their original aspect.

In June 1999, the Reichenbachfallbahn has celebrated its 100th anniversary and for this event two new cabins have replaced the old ones. These two modern cabins have been built in the old time style as the photo above.


video Michel AZEMA August 2010
video Michel AZEMA August 2010




Technical Datas
Start 1899
End ...
Type of funicular
Type of tracks
Energy elec.gif
Bottom station Reichenbach (662 m)
Top station Reichenbachfall (847)
Length 714 m
Difference of levels 244 m
Minimum Gradient 25 %
Maximum Gradient 61,7 %
Time of a ride 10'
Gauge 1 m
Manufacturer Doppelmayr-Von Roll


Company Informations
Postfach 259
CH-3860 Meiringen
Tel. +41 (0) 33 972 90 10
Fax +41 (0) 33 972 90 11



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