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Elm / Sernftal
ViaSuworow
ViaSuworow
Stage 9, Glarus–Elm
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Via Alpina
Via Alpina
Stage 4, Elm–Linthal
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Via Alpina
Via Alpina
Stage 3, Weisstannen–Elm
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Sardona-Welterbe-Weg
Sardona-Welterbe-Weg
Stage 6, Elm–Flims
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Sardona-Welterbe-Weg
Sardona-Welterbe-Weg
Stage 5, Sardonahütte–Elm
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ViaSuworow
ViaSuworow
Stage 10, Elm–Pigniu
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Elm-Höhenweg
Elm-Höhenweg
Route 817, Elm (Obererbs)–Elm (Ämpächli)
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Elm / Sernftal
Suworow-Route
Suworow-Route
Stage 2, Glarus–Elm
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Glarus Süd
Elm / Sernftal

Elm / Sernftal

The holiday region of Elm / Sernftal is surrounded by the mountain scenery of the Glarus peaks. Twice a year the sun pierces the 16-metre Maartin’s Hole in the Tschingelhorn and falls directly on the church tower in Elm.
Elm is the furthest village in the Sernftal. Clustered round the church are the beautiful old listed buildings at the heart of the village. These imposing timber houses have earned the village the Wakker Prize and other prizes awarded by the European Council.

In the village Linthal, the Suworow Museum commemorates the 1799 alpine campaign of the Russian general Suworow found himself compelled to retreat from the French army and thousands of his men perished in the snow in the Panixer Pass en route to the Grisons. You can follow in the footsteps of the Russian field marshal on the 15-km Suworow Trail along the Sernf.

The Glarus alpine landscape is of great geological interest and is a potential UNESCO natural world heritage site. The history of Elm and the Sernftal was dominated by slate quarrying right up to the 19th century as the slate museum in Elm will testify.

Summer

Keen walkers can enjoy nature along 60km of hiking trails and footpaths. On the slopes of the Freiberg mountains above Elm stretches the oldest animal conservation area in Switzerland where deer, chamois, ibex and marmots roam. Particularly recommended is the mountain trail from the Erbsalp to the Empächlialp. The highlight of a week’s hiking in the Sernftal is the trail through the Panaxier Pass, following in the tracks of Suworow.

Winter

From Elm you can soon reach the snowy, varied skiing terrain on the slopes of the Schabell (2036m) and Blistöcken, with six lift facilities and an astonishingly large choice of pistes, including a permanent racing course. The 35km of prepared pistes are suitable for both beginners and top-class skiers. After all, Elm is also the home of Vreni Schneider, the best female Swiss skier of all time. The full range of winter attractions includes a 4km toboggan run; sunny winter hiking trails; marked snow-shoe trails; two lovely 7km cross-country courses; ski tours and an ice climbing tower in the middle of the village of Elm.

Highlights

  • Elm: the centre of this picture-book village with its impressive timber houses is listed under a preservation order and classified as a historical monument .
  • Martin’s Hole, a natural spectacle. Twice a year on 12th/13th March and 1st/2nd October, if the weather is fine, the rays of the sun penetrate Martin’s Hole, a 6-16 metre hole in the rock of the Tschingelhorn, and fall directly on the church tower in Elm.
  • Slate quarry: the are guided tours of the ‘Engi Quarry’ a former slate mine.
  • Sarganserland-Walensee-Glarus Geo Park: 50 sites, both above and underground, which are of geological interest or chart the history of mining, can be visited independently or with a guide.
The holiday region of Elm / Sernftal is surrounded by the mountain scenery of the Glarus peaks. Twice a year the sun pierces the 16-metre Maartin’s Hole in the Tschingelhorn and falls directly on the church tower in Elm.
Elm is the furthest village in the Sernftal. Clustered round the church are the beautiful old listed buildings at the heart of the village. These imposing timber houses have earned the village the Wakker Prize and other prizes awarded by the European Council.

In the village Linthal, the Suworow Museum commemorates the 1799 alpine campaign of the Russian general Suworow found himself compelled to retreat from the French army and thousands of his men perished in the snow in the Panixer Pass en route to the Grisons. You can follow in the footsteps of the Russian field marshal on the 15-km Suworow Trail along the Sernf.

The Glarus alpine landscape is of great geological interest and is a potential UNESCO natural world heritage site. The history of Elm and the Sernftal was dominated by slate quarrying right up to the 19th century as the slate museum in Elm will testify.

Summer

Keen walkers can enjoy nature along 60km of hiking trails and footpaths. On the slopes of the Freiberg mountains above Elm stretches the oldest animal conservation area in Switzerland where deer, chamois, ibex and marmots roam. Particularly recommended is the mountain trail from the Erbsalp to the Empächlialp. The highlight of a week’s hiking in the Sernftal is the trail through the Panaxier Pass, following in the tracks of Suworow.

Winter

From Elm you can soon reach the snowy, varied skiing terrain on the slopes of the Schabell (2036m) and Blistöcken, with six lift facilities and an astonishingly large choice of pistes, including a permanent racing course. The 35km of prepared pistes are suitable for both beginners and top-class skiers. After all, Elm is also the home of Vreni Schneider, the best female Swiss skier of all time. The full range of winter attractions includes a 4km toboggan run; sunny winter hiking trails; marked snow-shoe trails; two lovely 7km cross-country courses; ski tours and an ice climbing tower in the middle of the village of Elm.

Highlights

  • Elm: the centre of this picture-book village with its impressive timber houses is listed under a preservation order and classified as a historical monument .
  • Martin’s Hole, a natural spectacle. Twice a year on 12th/13th March and 1st/2nd October, if the weather is fine, the rays of the sun penetrate Martin’s Hole, a 6-16 metre hole in the rock of the Tschingelhorn, and fall directly on the church tower in Elm.
  • Slate quarry: the are guided tours of the ‘Engi Quarry’ a former slate mine.
  • Sarganserland-Walensee-Glarus Geo Park: 50 sites, both above and underground, which are of geological interest or chart the history of mining, can be visited independently or with a guide.

Arrival and return Elm / Sernftal

Adresse

Elm Ferienregion
Säge 5
8767 Elm
Tel. +41 (0) 55 642 52 52
info@elm.ch
www.elm.ch

Services

Accommodation

Adrenalin Backpackers Hostel
Adrenalin Backpackers Hostel
Braunwald
B&B Fam. Manser-Betschart
B&B Fam. Manser-Betschart
Linthal
Berghotel Bischofalp
Berghotel Bischofalp
Elm
Claridenhütte SAC
Claridenhütte SAC
Linthal
Fridolinshütten SAC
Fridolinshütten SAC
Linthal
Gasthaus Elmer
Gasthaus Elmer
Matt
Gasthaus Segnes
Gasthaus Segnes
Elm
Hotel Restaurant Adler
Hotel Restaurant Adler
Linthal
Hotel Restaurant Raben
Hotel Restaurant Raben
Linthal
Leglerhütte SAC
Leglerhütte SAC
Elm
Martinsmadhütte SAC
Martinsmadhütte SAC
Elm
Muttseehütte SAC
Muttseehütte SAC
Linthal
Planurahütte SAC
Planurahütte SAC
Linthal
im Bahnhof
im Bahnhof
Betschwanden
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Places of interest

Engi quarry
Engi quarry
Mettmen-Alp climbing park
Mettmen-Alp climbing park
Rüti–Braunwald
Rüti–Braunwald
Slate factory
Slate factory
Tectonic Arena Sardona (UNESCO site)
Tectonic Arena Sardona (UNESCO site)
Via Ferrata climbing routes
Via Ferrata climbing routes
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Hiking in

Elm / Sernftal
ViaSuworow
ViaSuworow
Stage 9, Glarus–Elm
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Via Alpina
Via Alpina
Stage 4, Elm–Linthal
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Via Alpina
Via Alpina
Stage 3, Weisstannen–Elm
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Sardona-Welterbe-Weg
Sardona-Welterbe-Weg
Stage 6, Elm–Flims
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Sardona-Welterbe-Weg
Sardona-Welterbe-Weg
Stage 5, Sardonahütte–Elm
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ViaSuworow
ViaSuworow
Stage 10, Elm–Pigniu
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Elm-Höhenweg
Elm-Höhenweg
Route 817, Elm (Obererbs)–Elm (Ämpächli)
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Cycling in

Elm / Sernftal
Suworow-Route
Suworow-Route
Stage 2, Glarus–Elm
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