Glarus – Alpine idyll and tradition

Eastern Switzerland

Glarus, the smallest cantonal capital in Switzerland, is idyllically nestled between majestic mountains at the foot of the imposing Glärnisch. Hikers, mountaineers, cyclists and passionate geologists will find Glarus a versatile vacation and excursion region that delights with its natural beauty and numerous leisure activities.

Glarus with Glärnisch

Glarus with Glärnisch

Lake Klöntal © VISIT Glarnerland / Maya Rhyner

Lake Klöntal © VISIT Glarnerland / Maya Rhyner

Glarus: A Haven for Outdoor Enthusiasts and Nature Lovers

The enchanting Klöntal hiking region with the picturesque Klöntalersee lake is located in the immediate vicinity of the main town. Surrounded by mountains, the valley is a true natural oasis of beauty.

The Pragel Pass takes you to Muotathal in the canton of Schwyz, from where General Suvorov’s army fled to Glarus in 1799.

Hikes to the Lake Klöntal

Glarnerland - Hiking Country © VISIT Glarnerland / Maya Rhyner

Glarnerland – Hiking Country © VISIT Glarnerland / Maya Rhyner

Lake Klöntal, situated at an altitude of 848 meters above sea level, is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque lakes in Glarus. At a distance of only around six kilometers from the center of Glarus, it is an ideal excursion destination for hikes or bike tours. In the warmer months, the lake also provides a wonderful backdrop for a relaxed picnic surrounded by nature.

Rumor has it that the Russians sank their war chest in the Klöntalersee, which led to diving attempts – but so far without a find.

Glarnerland is home to an impressive variety of geological and mining-historical sights and is part of the cross-border GeoPark, which also includes the Sarganserland and Walensee regions. The Landesplattenberg near Engi and the slate factory in Elm, fossilized sea creatures on the Kerenzerberg and dinosaur tracks on the Tödi are just a few examples.

Discover the fascinating world of geology and mining history in Glarnerland.

UNESCO World Heritage Tectonic Arena Sardona with Martinsloch and Tschingelhörner © VISIT Glarnerland / Maya Rhyner

UNESCO World Heritage Tectonic Arena Sardona with Martinsloch and Tschingelhörner © VISIT Glarnerland / Maya Rhyner

Sardona Geopark – UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Sardona Geopark has set itself the goal of bringing the history of the earth to life in a contiguous area of the Swiss cantons of St. Gallen, Glarus and Graubünden. The heart of the Geopark is the Tectonic Arena Sardona, which encompasses the Glarus Thrust.

In 2008, this impressive geological formation was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Under the name “Tectonic Arena Sardona”, the area was added to the World Heritage List in July 2008 with an area of 32,850 hectares.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site Tectonic Arena Sardona captivates visitors in Elm with the majestic Tschingelhörner and Martinsloch. It is the main overthrust in Glarus.

Video UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sardona

The UNESCO World Natural Heritage TektonikArena Sardona is a geological wonder in the heart of Switzerland. See as well https://www.switzerland-highlights.co…

The TektonikArena Sardona covers an area of approximately 320 square kilometers and encompasses the Alpine regions of Glarus, Graubünden, and St. Gallen. This unique natural heritage consists of a fascinating combination of rock layers that have been shaped over millions of years.

Here, the European Plate and the African Plate converge. This complex tectonic collision began around 35 million years ago and has, over time, led to the impressive geological formations in the region. Ancient rocks, some as old as 250-300 million years, have shifted against much younger ones, ranging from 35 to 50 million years old.

UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sardona

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Video City of Glarus, Switzerland

Glarus is known for the Landsgemeinde – a political assembly and an example for swiss direct democracy. It takes place on Zaunplatz every year on the first Sunday in May…

City of Glarus, Switzerland

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Video Glarus Landsgemeinde | Cantonal assembly | Glarus Switzerland

The Landsgemeinde or is a public, non-secret ballot voting system operating by majority rule, which constitutes one of the oldest forms of direct democracy.

Glarus Landsgemeinde | Cantonal assembly | Glarus Switzerland

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