Interesting facts 

That’s how the Rosenlaui Valley entered into Literature

The extraordinary beauty of the Haslital was not just transmitted out into the world in pictures, but also in words. Many authors described the area in letters, poems and novels.


The famous German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe described in a letter to Charlotte von Stein his hike, which took him from Grindelwald via the Grosse Scheidegg to Innertkirchen, and on to Guttannen on the 12th October 1779:

“We arrived in Schwarzwald at one o'clock. From here you can see the Wellhorn, the Wetterhorn and the Engelhorn on the right side. The weather was cheerful. We ate what we had brought with us at a farmer's. The path into the Haslital is the most agreeable you can walk. From the Grosse Scheidegg to the Aaretal it is downhill for four hours. We visited one of the many cheese storage rooms, which can be found throughout the valley and now are emptied before the winter. The herdsmen had only just driven the cattle down into the valley that same morning. The first glance down into the Hasli valley is striking – the region is incredibly wide and agreeable.” 

The authors were especially impressed by the gushing of the water, which doesn't just gently flow everywhere in the Bernese Oberland, but also falls down into the valley via magnificent waterfalls. The travelling poets found an especially impressive site where the Reichenbach valley meets the Aare valley. The Reichenbach river rushes down into the valley via seven waterfalls. The uppermost is both the largest and the most beautiful. At this point the water falls down 120 m and is up to 40 m wide. This eerie but impressive place has been literarily processed in many ways. Countless readers were captivated by the fascination described in such travel reports. However, the Reichenbach waterfalls gained a special fame as a dramatic location for the (almost) last case of the novel detective Sherlock Holmes.