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Reichenbach Falls

Meiringen, Switzerland
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Ranked #2 of 7 Attractions in Meiringen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Waterfalls, Historic Sites
Description: This 656-foot waterfall is best known for its fictional significance as the place of Sherlock Holmes's death.
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Great Falls, Virginia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

You can get very close to this impressive, noisy falls, though it is hard to get a good picture when you are so close. It is well worth the time to visit.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Frankly there are many waterfalls like this. If it hadn't been for Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes, this would just have been another of them. It doesn't even match up with Watson's description. There is no gorge or cauldron of water to swallow up bodies; if Sherlock or Morriarty had really fallen here, their broken bodies would have been instantly... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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152 reviews 152 reviews
101 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We joined in the spirit of Sherlock Holmes but the spray from the falls and low cloud made it rather a damp experience. Worth doing once [ or may be twice in good weather!]

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Harpenden, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I will try to be objective as much as possible here. Clearly the main reason most people visit these falls is because of the Sherlock Holmes association and, as a big fan, I am pleased I visited. But as an objective review - if it wasn't for the connection I wouldn't necessarily bother going as there are many far more... More

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Sausalito
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16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

visiting Reichenbachfalle is certainly worth the effort if you are in the neighbouring area. It only takes an hour including taking the funicular up to/down from the falls. The falls throw off a lot of mist so good walking shoes and a waterproof are a good idea, especially if you want to walk higher up and over the falls to... More

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We went to Aare Gorge first & got Reichenbach Falls entry for a reduced price of 15 frans each (combi-ticket). You walk along the road for about a mile from Aare Gorge & board the Reichenbach pulled rail cart. This fun but steep ascent takes you into the wet cloud of waterfall heaven! This wet breeze is from the powerful... More

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London, United Kingdom
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124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

What a beautiful if a little scary natural beauty spot. We took the little train thingamejig up the mountain and then walked around once up there. The spray is pretty intense so you certainly need a waterproof. Be aware that the paths marked are generally pretty safe, however if you want to get to the star which is the place... More

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Tempe, Arizona
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17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We were staying in Interlaken, but I insisted on spending a day in Meiringen bc, well, I'm a big Sherlock Holmes fan. As soon as we arrived by train, we asked for a city map and paid for a combo ticket (Aare Gorge entrance and Reichenbach Falls funicular). This was 15 CHF pp. We had no trouble finding the funicular... More

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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We are fans of Sherlock Holmes (in the many incarnations of the character, too.) So, going out of our way to see these falls was on our list. At the bottom of the falls, it's not at all obvious where to go. We were finally able to find a parking space and figure out how to get a ticket. Then... More

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We only stayed in Meiringen for one night - a fairly wet one at that. In the morning we decided to take the funiculair up to the falls and were surprised by the size of the many falls and the volume of water after a good rain. From the top station there is a walk up next to the Falls... More

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