The hike begins in Meiringen in spectacular fashion with a ride on the nostalgic funicular, featuring a view of the Reichenbach waterfall. Not far from the mountain station, three viewing platforms offer fantastic views of the waterfall and Haslital. There is also a must-see for fans of Sherlock Holmes here: this is the very waterfall where the epic struggle between the famous detective Holmes and his arch enemy Moriarty took place, ending with a fall into the abyss! When you leave the Zwirgi viewing platform, the trail will lead you on a gentle ascent through Alpine meadows and mountain forest. At Gschwantenmad, you will be greeted by a natural masterpiece – the Rosenlaui Glacier and the Wellhorn Massif. At the end of the hike lies the village of Rosenlaui with its historic hotel, which has been preserved largely in its original condition, with furnishings and amenities from 1861 and 1905, without running water.
As an alternative route, you can take the ascent from Willigen via the Sherlock Holmes trail on the east side of the Reichenbach waterfall to Zwirgi.