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When going from Interlaken to Meiringen it makes sense to take a little walk through the village. Next to the church you will see some of the most beautiful houses with lovely balconies, full of flowers and an interesting museum. Meiringen is not full of tourists like Brienz, Interlaken or Lauterbrunnen, you will rather see hiking-tourists there or skiers in wintertime. Do not expect a fancy nightlife, but at least they have a cinema ! (in the street that leads from the station to the big church.
Directely at Conan-Doyle-Square you may see the tiny English chapel. The church itself is not very special from inside, except for the Sherlock-Holmes-Museum in its cellar and a carved trunk in front of it, showing "Triichlen" - a local custom taking place each year between december 26th and end of the year, it is a parade of people with strange costumes and masks, accompanied with music and dancers.
The church of Meiringen was the very first church in the valley - the big church that you may see today dates back to 1684 but underneath it's wooden floor you will find remains of the very first church that was built at this place. Outside of the church you may enter the vaults under the church - free of charge and without restrictions during the day. Automatic lights will turn on, when you enter !
The campanile / belltower was built seperately - quite unusual for a church in Switzerland !

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  • Written Apr 13, 2006
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