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Meiringen

Where Is Meirengen?

Meiringen is a municipality and town in the administrative district of Interlaken-Oberhasli, in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. Outside of Meiringen itself, the municipality includes several settlements, among them Zaun, Wylerli, Unterheidon, Unterbach, Sand, Prasti, Brunigen, Balm, and others. 

The town is noted for Reichenbach Falls, which is located close by. Reichenbach Falls is a gorgeous waterfall that was the setting for the presumed fictional death of the Sherlock Holmes character. Indeed, this beautiful natural sight is one of the most spectacular in all of Switzerland. Meiringen is also famous for its claim to having been the place where the meringue was first concocted.

History 

Meiringen is initially described in 1234 by the name Magiringin. Because of its strategic location  at the base of many alpine passes, the area around it was settled in the Early Middle Ages. Meiringen is a very old village, and that’s what makes it even more interesting when you’re visiting it as a tourist. The first village church there was built sometime in the 800s or 900s. 

Meiringen has always been a place of strategic political importance. It has always served as the capital of the valley that surrounds it. In the late 1200s, it created an alliance with Bern, a nearby city. 

Meiringen used to be the only market town in the whole valley, with the yearly fair beginning in the year 1417. In 1490, the market was opened on a weekly basis. Traders came here to buy and sell cheese, horses, and cattle. Because Meiringen was located at the base of several alpine passes, it was an important trading hub in the lowlands through the passes. The primary occupations outside of the village included cattle farming and agriculture up until the 1800s.

Sights 

There are many sites of national and cultural significance in Meiringen. Visit the Swiss Reformed church, the Reichenbachfall-Bahn, and the Hotel Sauvage. They are all on the list of sites of national and cultural significance in Meiringen. The village of Meiringen itself, as well as the hamlet of Brunigen, are Swiss Heritage Sites. 

Restiturm is a ruined castle, and it is located to the east of the heart of Meiringen, and it was once an important stop on trade routes that passed through the village. 

There is a museum that’s dedicated to Sherlock Holmes, and it is situated in the basement of an old English Church, and it is now located in a place called Conan Doyle Place.

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