Local History

Meiringen, Sherlock Holmes Museum. Photo/Foto: TES.

Sherlock Holmes in Meiringen

Sherlock Holmes is a private detective created by the British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930).

Holmes is known for his proficiency with observation, forensic science, and logical reasoning that borders on the fantastic, which he employs when investigating cases for a wide variety of clients, including Scotland Yard.

His methods were not just fiction, but practical, visionary and effective as well and paved the way of modern investigation techniques and methods.

Meiringen is the village of the famous and deadly fight between Sherlock Holmes and his biggest adversary Professor James Moriarty in 1891, although more deadly for Moriarty.

Three years after the fight at the Reichenbach Fall, when all believed both had died, Holmes made his return in his fictional life.

The public was so disappointed, upset and angry about his death, that Conan Doyle wrote him back to life in 1894, presuming that he had survived, but that he had taken the opportunity to travel and to think about his future.

Holmes and Dr. Watson resumed their adventures on Bakerstraat 221 B in Londen soon afterwards.

Conan Doyle chose Meiringen because the village was well known to the British readers (mainy because of tourism) and the landscape, mountains and waterfalls offered the ideal setting.

Meiringen had Grand Hotels and the village was among the first to build an English Church in Switzerland in 1867.

The church was renovated in 1990 and houses the Sherlock Holmes Museum nowadays.

(Source and further information: www.sherlockholmes.ch).