4 Alpine Panorama Route
4 Alpine Panorama Route

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Alpine Panorama Route

Stage 3, Glarus–Flüelen

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Alpine Panorama Route

On the climb to the Klausenpass, the Urnerboden, the largest Swiss alp, the other side of the 1948m pass the Schächental, a mountain landscape with the traditional farming method of moving livestock from one grazing ground to the next.
After the widespread fire in the canton’s capital of Glarus in 1861, the town was rebuilt checkerboard-style, quite an unusual sight in Switzerland. In the middle of the 19th century hydroelectric power caused an unparalleled upturn for the textile industry. One factory after the other opened up between Linthal and Ziegelbrücke. The “Glarner Industrieweg” (Glarus Industrial Path) tells the story of the Glarus region. The town where Europe’s last “legal” execution of a witch took place is surrounded by steep mountain cliffs and majestic limestone walls. There was a significant public outcry after the event. For more details, visit the modern Anna Göldi Museum.

Cruising through the corridor of the Glarus Alps, you will enjoy seeing old chimneys and you might have time for a delicious lunch of pasta (Hörnli) with Glarus sabsago cheese (Glarner Schabziger), made of skimmed cow’s milk with a special kind of herbs. Every now and then you will catch sight of an outsized factory building, a reminder of the textile industry’s boom. And the Linth, whose source is in the Mt. Tödi area, is a constant travel companion along the way. The former inexpensive lodging houses for workers in Linthal once belonged to spinning and weaving mills. And this is where the road begins to climb up to Klausen Pass. The first few turns are riddled with cobblestones and look much like the famous Tremola on the Gotthard Pass. During the week, the road is very pleasant to ride. Urnerboden, on the border between Canton Glarus and Canton Uri, is believed to be Switzerland’s largest alp with countless cows and calves grazing – simply magnificent and heart-warming.

The 1948 m Klausen Pass is another highlight, but be careful on the way down. The turns are tight and the cliffs are close. Traveling through the Schächental valley with an abundance of waterfalls is an amazing experience. Still, you’ll be just as glad to get down in one piece, to where the land is flatter. Bürglen, with the William Tell Museum and Tell’s Chapel, claims to be the birthplace of William Tell. It feels almost Mediterranean here, not just because of the palm trees. In Altdorf, the Swiss national hero is celebrated together with son Walter in the form of a statue of nearly 4 meters. Flüelen, where Reuss and Lake Uri meet, is just a hop, skip and a jump away …
On the climb to the Klausenpass, the Urnerboden, the largest Swiss alp, the other side of the 1948m pass the Schächental, a mountain landscape with the traditional farming method of moving livestock from one grazing ground to the next.
After the widespread fire in the canton’s capital of Glarus in 1861, the town was rebuilt checkerboard-style, quite an unusual sight in Switzerland. In the middle of the 19th century hydroelectric power caused an unparalleled upturn for the textile industry. One factory after the other opened up between Linthal and Ziegelbrücke. The “Glarner Industrieweg” (Glarus Industrial Path) tells the story of the Glarus region. The town where Europe’s last “legal” execution of a witch took place is surrounded by steep mountain cliffs and majestic limestone walls. There was a significant public outcry after the event. For more details, visit the modern Anna Göldi Museum.

Cruising through the corridor of the Glarus Alps, you will enjoy seeing old chimneys and you might have time for a delicious lunch of pasta (Hörnli) with Glarus sabsago cheese (Glarner Schabziger), made of skimmed cow’s milk with a special kind of herbs. Every now and then you will catch sight of an outsized factory building, a reminder of the textile industry’s boom. And the Linth, whose source is in the Mt. Tödi area, is a constant travel companion along the way. The former inexpensive lodging houses for workers in Linthal once belonged to spinning and weaving mills. And this is where the road begins to climb up to Klausen Pass. The first few turns are riddled with cobblestones and look much like the famous Tremola on the Gotthard Pass. During the week, the road is very pleasant to ride. Urnerboden, on the border between Canton Glarus and Canton Uri, is believed to be Switzerland’s largest alp with countless cows and calves grazing – simply magnificent and heart-warming.

The 1948 m Klausen Pass is another highlight, but be careful on the way down. The turns are tight and the cliffs are close. Traveling through the Schächental valley with an abundance of waterfalls is an amazing experience. Still, you’ll be just as glad to get down in one piece, to where the land is flatter. Bürglen, with the William Tell Museum and Tell’s Chapel, claims to be the birthplace of William Tell. It feels almost Mediterranean here, not just because of the palm trees. In Altdorf, the Swiss national hero is celebrated together with son Walter in the form of a statue of nearly 4 meters. Flüelen, where Reuss and Lake Uri meet, is just a hop, skip and a jump away …
68 km
Asphalted: 65 km
Natural surface: 3 km
1650 m | 1650 m
difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Glarus
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Surface/foundation
Please note: non-asphalted stretch Glarus–Betschwanden can be avoided on the main road.

Season

Season
Please note: pass open from approx. May to October. Info Tel 163.

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Ascent Klausen Pass
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Ascent Klausen Pass
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Linthal, Bahnhof–Klausen Passhöhe
or
Flüelen, Bahnhof–Klausen Passhöhe
Reason: metres in height saved Linthal–Klausen-Pass 1290m, Flüelen–Klausen-Pass 1490m.
Cycle transport: limited space, reservation required tel. 058 448 06 22.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Flüelen
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Services

Accommodation

Hotel Restaurant Adler
Hotel Restaurant Adler
Linthal
B&B Fam. Manser-Betschart
B&B Fam. Manser-Betschart
Linthal
Hotel Restaurant Raben
Hotel Restaurant Raben
Linthal
Adrenalin Backpackers Hostel
Adrenalin Backpackers Hostel
Braunwald
im Bahnhof
im Bahnhof
Betschwanden
Glattalphütte SAC
Glattalphütte SAC
Bisisthal
Naturfreundehaus Rietlig
Naturfreundehaus Rietlig
Spiringen
Berggasthaus Ratzi
Berggasthaus Ratzi
Spiringen
Gasthaus Urnerboden
Gasthaus Urnerboden
Urnerboden
Hof Ratismatt
Hof Ratismatt
Spiringen
Hotel Zum Schwarzen Löwen
Hotel Zum Schwarzen Löwen
Altdorf UR
Hotel Tourist
Hotel Tourist
Flüelen
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Bookable offers

4 Alpine Panorama Route
4 Alpine Panorama Route
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Places

Glarus
Glarus
Braunwald
Braunwald
Linthal
Linthal
Urnerboden
Urnerboden
Klausenpass
Klausenpass
Biel-Chinzig
Biel-Chinzig
Altdorf
Altdorf
Flüelen
Flüelen
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Places of interest

Via Ferrata climbing routes
Via Ferrata climbing routes
Mettmen-Alp climbing park
Mettmen-Alp climbing park
Rüti–Braunwald
Rüti–Braunwald
Tell museum
Tell museum
Pumptrack Schattdorf
Pumptrack Schattdorf
InfoCenter Alptransit Gotthard AG
InfoCenter Alptransit Gotthard AG
Attinghausen, Mettlen–Berg (Surenenpass)
Attinghausen, Mettlen–Berg (Surenenpass)
Monument of Wiliam Tell
Monument of Wiliam Tell
Bathing islands Lorelei Altdorf
Bathing islands Lorelei Altdorf
Axenstrasse (Flüelen–Sisikon–Brunnen)
Axenstrasse (Flüelen–Sisikon–Brunnen)
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Swimming

Swimming baths Altdorf
Swimming baths Altdorf
Bathing islands Lorelei Altdorf
Bathing islands Lorelei Altdorf
Flüelen lido
Flüelen lido
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