We had dressed appropriately for the gorge which mean we were too warm by mid-day, so we first headed back to the hotel before seeing the falls. We had a quick early lunch, then headed to the funicular for the falls.
There are 3 ways to get to the Reichenbach falls. A bus which will take you from the town to the funicular train which takes you up to the observation deck of the falls. Second option is the local train, the same train you take to the gorge. The train takes you about halfway there. You get off at the first stop and then it’s a 10-minute walk to the funicular. Third is to walk about 20 minutes from the main train station in Meiringen to the base of the funicular.
The Reichenbach Falls are not only a breathtaking beautiful waterfall it’s also famous for being a backdrop for one of Sherlock Holmes’ most famous stories. The waterfall is where Sherlock Holmes supposedly was pushed off by his arch enemy Professor Moriarty, who also fell. The exact location is marked by a star on the edge of the rock visible from across the observation deck. The falls are absolutely magnificent and a true natural wonder!
From the observation deck it is possible to get some amazing photos. I would recommend making the hike to the star, at least part of the way. However, note that it is a bit of a hike and near impossible if you have a stroller or limited mobility to make it all the way to the star. If you’re up to the challenge, though, I definitely recommended doing the hike. Not only will you see the star, the famous place where Sherlock supposedly died, but the views are really impressive. The hiking path takes you up and over the waterfall therefore you also get the thrilling feeling and view of standing over the waterfall. It’s incredible to stand over the waterfall and have the strong rush of the water underneath.
If you are a hiker, it’s worth noting there are a lot of other hiking options in the area. Some start from the observation deck. There is also the option to hike up the waterfall.