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Lake Chüebodensee near Elm, in Glarus canton, SwitzerlandLake Chüebodensee near Elm, in Glarus canton, Switzerland
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Glarus is a small town in the mountainous region of Glarnerland in Eastern Switzerland. The capital of the eponymous canton, Glarus covers 103.6 sq km (40 sq mi) and has a population of 12,000 people (2011 estimate). It is 472 m (1,549 ft) above sea level, nestled in a valley between Lake Walensee and the Klausen Pass.

Town church of GlarusTown church of Glarus
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Glarus as we see today is an example of 19th century urban planning. The streets are laid out in a grid pattern. Although Glarus has been established since the 9th century, the town was rebuilt afresh after a major fire destroyed the old town in 1861.

Glarus is noted for its association with Swiss Reformer Huldrych Zwingli, who held a position in the Roman Catholic church in Glarus for ten years. In his early career, he became involved in politics, was honored by the pope, but when the Reformation swept through Switzerland, found himself breaking away with the Catholic Church.

Today Glarus has a well-preserved Old Town, though most of the buildings are from the 19th century. The town is blessed with a scenic location with views of surrounding lakes, mountains and valley. It is popular among hikers and skiers.

The village of Linthal in Glarus cantonThe village of Linthal in Glarus canton
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The warmest month in Glarus is July, when the average high temperature reaches 22.2°C (72°F). Coldest month is January, when the average low temperature drops to -4°C (25°F). August is the wettest month, receiving 177 mm (6.97 in) of rainfall.

Visiting Glarus

You can take a train to Glarus from Rapperswil-Jona.

Sights & Attractions in Glarus

  1. Klausen Pass
    Mountain pass at 1,948 m (6,393 ft), offering spectacular views.
  2. Linthal
    Nearby village with a funicular to Braunwald, a car-free resort with superb views popular with hikers.

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