Geography

The canton of Glarus is 685 square kilometres in size and packed with diversity. Many green, open hills fill the landscape from the hinterland of the Linth to the Walensee and west of the Linth to Bilten. Glarnerland is all ups and downs: from the valley floor (414 metres above sea level) to the top of the Tödi (3614 metres above sea level), the altitude difference is greater than from Zermatt to the top of the Matterhorn. These contrasts are reflected in the climate. When it's mild at the Walensee, it can be cold in the mountains - or surprisingly warm, if the foehn wind is sweeping through the valley.

Glarnerland is rich in natural beauty. These are only a few of its many popular excursion and rambling destinations:

  • The Klöntal and its Klöntalersee are one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Alps. Poet and author Carl Spitteler (1845 – 1924) described this mountain lake as "more beautiful than any dream can guess."
  • The tectonic arena Sardona has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008. The Geopark exhibits fascinating geological features in former mines, quarries, and research stations.
  • The Freiberg Kärpf is the oldest game preserve in Europe. Since 1548, deer, chamois, marmots, roe deer, eagles and black grouse have lived together in peace and safety from humans. 
  • The Martinsloch is a nearly circular hole in the Tschingelhörner at about 2600 metres above sea level. In spring and autumn, the sun shines through it in the morning towards Elm. The inhabitants of Elm have built their church so the sun falls onto its spire.