Meiringen

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Meiringen

Coat of arms
Meiringen
Location of Meiringen 
Coordinates: 46°43.643′N 8°11.24′E / 46.727383°N 8.18733°E / 46.727383; 8.18733Coordinates: 46°43.643′N 8°11.24′E / 46.727383°N 8.18733°E / 46.727383; 8.18733
Country Switzerland
Canton Bern
District Interlaken-Oberhasli
Area[1]
 • Total 40.59 km2 (15.67 sq mi)
Elevation 595 m (1,952 ft)
Population (Dec 2013[2])
 • Total 4,676
 • Density 120/km2 (300/sq mi)
Postal code 3860
SFOS number 0785
Surrounded by Brienz, Brienzwiler, Grindelwald, Hasliberg, Innertkirchen, Lungern (OW), Schattenhalb
Website www.meiringen.ch
SFSO statistics

Meiringen is a town and municipality in the Interlaken-Oberhasli administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. Besides Meiringen itself, the municipality includes the settlements of Balm, Brünigen, Eisenbolgen, Hausen, Prasti, Sand, Stein, Unterbach, Unterheidon, Wylerli and Zaun.

The town is famous for the nearby Reichenbach Falls, a spectacular waterfall that was the setting for the fictional presumed death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes. The town is also known for its claim to have been the place where the meringue was first created.[3][4]

The blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Or an Eagle displayed Sable crowned, beaked, langued and membered of the first.[5]