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Tourism in Glarus


Other regions are bigger, but only a few are as varied as the Glarus region. The Glarner holiday resorts and hotels are family-friendly, the people are sociable - anyone who relaxes in the Glarnerland from everyday life, even if only for one day, returns guaranteed relaxed.

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Personalised guided tours on the paths of Glarus' ancestors


Erwin Fässler is an experienced and multilingual tour guide who will research the places of your ancestors for you and take you there in a comfortable vehicle. He will also help you search for relatives still living in Switzerland. Based on numerous positive feedbacks from visitors, I can only warmly recommend Erwin. Here is his bilingual website

Hiking tips and highlights

Lace up the hiking boots and explore the Glarus mountain world on unique, selected tours - klick here (only German)

Hotels in Glarus



  • Märchenhotel Bellevue

Set in the car-free mountain village of Braunwald, Märchenhotel Bellevue is a family friendly house featuring a spa area with sauna, family pools, many children activities and different playgrounds. Super nice staff, many activities for the kids and for adults. Great food with amazing views.

  • Adrenalin Backpackers Hostel

For the young and the young-at-heart, the budget Adrenalin Backpackers Hostel in the car-free Braunwald mountain resort, 50 metres from the popular funicular, offers a common kitchen, a games room and... Location is perfect alongside the funicular railway top. The place is full of facilities and very friendly. Its very well priced for the location. Julias bar snacks after a long days hiking were fast, tasty and cheap.


  • Hotel Sardona

Hotel Sardona enjoys a scenic location in the village of Elm in the Sernft Valley, just 250 metres from the Sportbahnen Elm Cable Car and the cross-country skiing trails.

  • Bischofalp

Offering a terrace and views of the mountain, Bischofalp is situated in Elm, 20 km from Glarus. The inn has ski-to-door access, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Large bedrooms and spacious bathrooms that are modern but tastefully put together. The friendliness of the owner was amazing. I asked for an earlier breakfast to avoid getting caught in some rain on a hike the following day and she was very courteous about making that happen for me. I seemed to be the only guest in the hotel that night but dinner was still made available for me (and it was excellent too). I can imagine that this is an awesome hotel to stay in during the winter season when I imagine it is busier.

  • Apartment Untertal

Apartment Untertal is situated in Elm, 1.8 km from Elm-Ampachli, 6 km from Schabellbahn, and 6 km from Bischof.

  • Apartment Sandgasse

Offering free WiFi and mountain views, Apartment Sandgasse is an accommodation set in Elm, just 1 km from Elm-Ampachli and 1 km from Luftseilbahn ELM. The apartment is 6 km from Pleusbahn.


  • Seminarhotel Lihn

Seminarhotel Lihn enjoys a quiet location in Filzbach on the Kerenzerberg plateau. It offers panoramic views of Lake Walen and the Churfirsten mountain and free Wi-Fi. clean modern minimalist but tasteful room. best view from my room of any hotel I have ever stayed in ever. food pretty good.

  • Seminar- und Elebnishotel RömerTurm

The RömerTurm hotel is located on the Kerenzerberg in Filzbach, on the southern shore of the Walensee, close to the A3 motorway. Best view and hospitality. The staff is helpful.

Glarus Town

  • Hotel Stadthof Glarus

Located in the picturesque town Glarus, Stadthof Hotel Restaurant is set on the Linth River and surrounded by the Glarus Alps. It offers rooms with private bathrooms and free Wi-Fi. Freindly staff. Central location.

  • Hotel Freihof

Featuring free WiFi, Hotel Freihof offers accommodation in Glarus. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. The rooms include a flat-screen TV. Some units include a seating area to relax in after a busy day.... Even though I reserved the room around 9 pm and arrived around 11pm the lady was real nice and supportive.

  • Hotel Glarnerhof

Set in a bright 1861 building, this relaxed hotel is next to Volksgarten park, a minute’s walk from the Glarus train station and a 5-minute walk from Linth river.


  • Hotel Tödi

Located in Linthal, Hotel Tödi features a restaurant, terrace and free WiFi throughout the property. Featuring luggage storage space, this property also provides guests with a children's playground.

  • Hotel Raben

Located in Linthal in the Glarnerland region, the family-run Hotel Restaurant Raben offers a children´s playground, free WiFi, a sun terrace and a garden. Free parking is available, as well. Good value. Good breakfast. Friendly staff.


  • Gasthaus Elmer

The Gasthaus Elmer is located in the centre of Matt, a 3-minute walk from the Weissenberge cable car. It features a restaurant with a terrace and free Wi-Fi. Wonderful dinner, very pleasant.atmosphere.

  • Aktivhostel HängeMatt

Located in Matt and with Lufseilbahn Matt-Weissenberge reachable within 100 metres, Aktivhostel HängeMatt provides a bar, non-smoking rooms, free WiFi and a shared lounge. The couple running it were amazing! Really recommend staying here. The vibe is great and the decor is awesome :).

  • Kraucherhaus

Situated in Matt in the Canton of Glarus Region, this detached holiday home is over 500 years old and renovated, featuring a terrace and a garden with a barbecue. The Elm Ski Area is 4.5 km away. 

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  • Hotel Krone

Located in Mollis, Krone Mollis provides free WiFi, and guests can enjoy a restaurant, a bar and a shared lounge. A fridge is also provided, as well as a kettle and a coffee machine.


  • Hotel Schwert

Set in Näfels and within 3.8 km of Luftseilbahn Niederurnen-Morgenholz, Hotel/Restaurant Schwert features a restaurant, non-smoking rooms, and free WiFi. The hotel has family rooms.

  • Lintharena SGU

Set at the entrance of the Glarus Alps, Lintharena SGU enjoys a quiet location in Näfels. It offers rooms with private bathrooms and cable TV. Very convenient in a great setting of sports facilities including a 50m swimming pool outdoors and 25m indoors, serious in- and outdoors climbing walls and more. The rooms are very good in their 'urban' functionality.

  • Berghotel Obersee

The little oasis in the mountains. Enjoy the peace in the midst of untouched nature. The hotel is located 1000 m above sea level in one of the most beautiful alpine valleys directly on the lake. From the bottom of the valley you can reach it in 15 minutes by car. The romantic Oberseestrasse leads you over foaming torrents, through dense forests, along defiant rock massifs to the Berghotel Obersee.


  • Hotel Ochsen

Ochsen has a restaurant, bar, a shared lounge and garden in Niederurnen. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The accommodation features nightclub and room... The staff is so nice. The owner is just a so winderful person.


  • Hotel Sternen

Offering European dishes and breakfast, and rooms with mountain views, Hotel Restaurant Sternen is located in Obstalden, a 5-minute drive from Lake Walensee and the Mühlehorn Ferry Station. Real nice family hotel with in real nice view, it was a amazing. Nice road what is real good for to moto bikers. Nice, safety and free parking place. Moto bikers kindly hotel. Nice place for hikers way start 10 meters from hotel, many of them.

Mettmen-Alp (near Schwanden)

  • Berghotel Mettmen

The Berghotel Mettmen is situated on the Mettmen-Alp in the Glarnerland, at 1600 m above sea level, in the middle of the Freiberg Kärpf. You can reach us either on foot via various hiking trails or by cable car Kies-Mettmen. You can reach the valley station of the cable car Kies-Mettmen either via the 6 km long mountain road by private car (sufficient free parking available) or by the Mettmen bus. Tip: Park your car in Schwanden and get to the valley station safely and without stress with the Mettmen bus. 


The new Berghotel Mettmen is located on the remote Mettmen alp high above Schwanden. To access the hotel one must drive or take a bus from Schwanden to the Kies-Mettmen cable car which will then whisk visitors up to the hotel. The Mettmen alp is known for being a gateway to the Freiberg-Kärpf, Europe’s oldest game reserve, established in 1548 by Canton Glarus Landammann Joachim Bäldi. The new hotel is minimalistic in design both inside and out. The exterior’s wood paneling sits firmly on a stone base. The interior is similarly unfussy. Each room has expansive floor-to-ceiling windows. The view to the north reveals the villages of Mitlödi, Glarus and Ennenda far below. The hotel is the realization of a dream of Romano and Sara Frei-Elmer. Prior to opening the Berghotel Mettmen, the Romano and Sara operated the SAC’s Leglerhütte mountain shelter. (Source: Bob Elmer, Family History Notes, Fall 2019)

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