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10 Best Things To Do in Glarus Region, Switzerland

Last Updated on October 20, 2023 by Admin

Glarus is one of Switzerland’s best-kept secrets. You won’t find a lot of foreign tourists here. 

The mountains, wildlife, lakes, and waterfalls in Glarus are great. And yet it doesn’t have the same popularity as the Engadine or the Jungfrau regions. 

You’ll get to experience Switzerland the way it truly is: genuine and unspoiled. You should definitely go here if you want something quiet, laid back, and not too pricey. 

Let’s take a look at some of the top 10 things to do in Glarus, Switzerland.

1. Freiberg Kärpf

Image of Legler Hut on Freiberg Kärpf by Kanton Glarus from flickr

Established over 450 years ago, Freiberg Kärpf is the first wildlife reserve in Switzerland. The reserve covers 106 square kilometers. 

One of the most expansive wildlife areas in Switzerland, you can see chamois, ibex, deer, marmots, eagles, and more. There’s something truly magical about this mountain landscape. Look no further than this wildlife reserve if you’re looking for a relaxing getaway in the Glarus region. 

Start your hike from the Kies-Mettmen cable car. Take the path to Mettmen Lake (Stausee Garichtisee). Get on the Kärpfbrugg Rundweg, trail 818. You might even spot some wildlife while walking through the forest.


2. Lake Mettmen (Mettmensee or Garichtisee)

Image of Lake Mettmen from wikimedia

Rather than following the path around Freiberg Kärpf, you could take a walk around Lake Mettmen (Mettmensee in German).

At 1,610 meters above sea level, Lake Mettmen is a beautiful reservoir in Mettmen. It’s also called Garichti Reservoir Lake (Garichtisee in German). The lake is about 500 meters long and 200 meters wide. It’s the reservoir for the Niederenbach

Lake Mettmen is located next to the Kies-Mettmen cable car. It’s easy to walk around the lake and back to Mettmen. The lake is also the perfect place for a picnic because it has plenty of grilling spots and benches. For those interested, fishing is possible in this mountain lake both in summer and winter.


3. Berglistüber

Image of Berglistüber by allerlei from Pixabay

Probably one of the most interesting waterfalls in Switzerland, Berglistüber can be found in the rear valley of Linth (Linthal in German). It’s on the way to Klausenpass, the road in canton Glarus leading to canton Uri. 

From the parking lot on Klausenpass itself, you can reach it in a short walk. Alternatively, you can hike to Berglistüber from Braunwald through Nussbüel, Oberberg, and Bergli.

This waterfall comes from the Fätschbach, a side river of the Linth. It tumbles down from Urnerboden at 1,200 meters to the Linth valley at 720 meters. Berglistüber looks like a showering water curtain from the front and the sides. Despite its beauty, this waterfall isn’t as well known as some others. 


4. Braunwald

Image of the panorama from Braunwald by TouringSwitzerland.com

A car-free mountain village, Braunwald is the perfect vacation spot, especially for families. Located in Glarus canton, the village offers a variety of experiences thanks to its nature and landscape.

This is the perfect place to start exploring the high alpine landscape of the surrounding Glarus Alps. Visitors can enjoy alpine flowers, waterfalls, and nature.

In the summer, you can go hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and making cheese. The winter is great for skiing, ice climbing, and cross-country skiing. Horse-drawn carriages can take you around Braunwald right beside the train station.

If you would like to learn more about Braunwald, check out our articles Visiting Braunwald Mountain in Summer and Winter Hiking and Skiing in Braunwald.


5. Elm and Martin’s Hole’s Sun Window

Image of Martin’s Hole Sun Window from wikimedia

In Elm, Glarus, in Switzerland, probably the best thing to do happens only four times a year – twice in spring and twice in autumn. People of all ages flock to the Elm Church to see Martin’s Hole’s Sun Window.

Martin’s Hole is one of Elm’s best geological treasures. The geological window is 17 meters high and 19 meters wide and 2,600 meters above sea level in Tschingelhorn. It’s a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sardona Tectonic Arena.

If you would like to learn more about Elm and Martin’s Hole, check out our article Awesome Things To Do in Elm, Glarus – Revealed.


6. Lake Oberblegi (Oberblegisee)

Image of Lake Oberblegisee from wikimedia

Lake Oberblegi (Oberblegisee in German) is a beautiful lake with deep, clear blue water and a peaceful setting in the mountains. It’s one of the most beautiful and unspoiled lakes in the Glarus region.

From Grotzenbüel, it will take you around 90 minutes to get there. The hike can be started from Braunwald (2 hours in total) or Grotzenbüel (90 minutes). Alternatively, you can start in Brunnenberg and work your way up to Lake Oberblegi. 

Once in Lake Oberblegi, you can choose to either go back to Braunwald or head to Brunnenberg. Getting from Brunnenberg to Luchsingen in the valley is also possible with the Brunnenberg-Luchsingen cable car


7. Tectonic Arena Sardona

Image of the Glarus Thrust, Tectonic Arena Sardona from wikimedia

The area around Piz Sardona offers a unique view of tectonic processes. From miles away you can see the Glarus thrust, where 250-300 million-year-old rocks moved 40km on top of much younger ones.

You can experience the allure of this landscape firsthand on a hike, a cycling tour, or on a guided geology tour.


8. Lake Klöntal (Klöntalersee)

Image of Lake Klöntal by Sarah Lötscher from Pixabay

Lake Klöntal (Klöntalersee in German) is a beautiful place to visit in winter in the Glarus region. The sun’s warmth doesn’t reach the lake for months, so it turns into an icefield. Divers in the area love to practice their spectacular hobby of ice diving. Please take note that this hobby is only for experienced divers.

Klöntal is a popular hiking and biking destination in the summer of the Glarus Region. Its lake is picture-perfect. Surrounded by mountains, this area is also perfect for ski tours during winter. For example, you can enjoy an exciting day at Brüschbüchel or Schijen with friends on Silberen Mountain.


9. Lake Obersee

Image of Lake Obersee by TouringSwitzerland.com

Lake Obersee in Näfels, Glarus is a beautiful, calm lake that reflects the Bünnelistock mountain in its waters. Sometimes it’s called Obersee bei Näfels so it doesn’t get confused with Obersee in Lake Zurich or Obersee in Arosa. 

On a sunny day, its waters are crystal clear and green. There’s a gorgeous reflection of the rocky mountains behind it. The lake is 983 meters above sea level and its water comes from the Sulzbach stream.

If you would like to learn more about Lake Obersee, check out our article Beautiful Lake Obersee in Glarus, Switzerland.


10. Kerenzerberg

Image of Kerenzerberg by Kanton Glarus from flickr

The Kerenzerberg ski resort in the Glarus region is home to a 7-kilometer-long sledding track that starts at an altitude of 1,280 meters above sea level and ends down in the valley. The lower section offers plenty of options for all ages including pistes perfect for snowshoeing or hiking during winter.

In summer, Kerenzerberg has an alpine playground on the Alp Habergschwänd. You can also rent a scooter to go down the valley.

The Habergschwänd mountain restaurant on Kerenzerberg is located at 1,280m above sea level. It’s an ideal spot for those looking forward to some panoramic views.


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Darla Uhl is the owner of TouringSwitzerland.com. Her home is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Having lived almost 20 years in Switzerland, she's traveled extensively all over the country.

Darla's favorite regions to visit in Switzerland include Engadin, Lake Geneva, Bernese Oberland, Ticino, and Valais. She loves spending time with her family, hiking, visiting museums, and reading books.

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