An exciting winter hike through the fairy-tale mountains of Braunwald with a panoramic view of the Tödi, Ortstock and other Glarus peaks. Other impressive features include an ice gallery deep in the rock and Switzerland’s deepest valley.
Braunwald lies on a southeast-facing sun terrace high above the valley of the River Linth. The circular hike starts by the Grotzenbüel mountain station (1,559 m above sea level) in the heart of the skiing area. Most of the 340-odd metres of altitude are covered in the first half of the hike to the Seblengrat. The winter hiking trail leads up through sunlit pine forests to the «Chnügrat» lookout point. The higher it goes, the clearer the panoramic view of the Glarus peaks including the Ortstock, Braunwald’s local mountain and the mighty Tödi (3,614 m above sea level). Switzerland’s deepest valley is a spectacular sight: almost 3,000 metres in altitude separate the highest Glarus peak from the village of Linthal.
The Braunwald Panorama Trail is a varied hiking and snowshoe route, whose unique view of Ortstock, Tödi, Biferten and Hausstock draws hiking fans into a real winter wonderland. Once you reach Seblengrat, enjoy a fondue at the cosy Seblen ski pub.
From Grotzenbüel, the winter hiking trail leads along the ski trail for a short distance in the direction of the "Chnügratweg". This is followed by the trail section, which usually requires snowshoes. Through the snow-covered forest, the trail climbs gently and steadily up to the Chnüügrat in absolute silence. Once at the top, it is not far to the Seblen ski pub, where you can enjoy a fine fondue amid the most beautiful panoramic views. The trail continues through the ice gallery to Gumen. From there, the winter hiking trail follows a short, steep section down and then continues along the mechanically prepared winter hiking trail. You have the option to make a detour to the Ortstockhaus mountain inn – a listed building at the heart of the winter landscape. The trail then follows the Gumen ski trail back to Grotzenbüel. The Grotzenbüel cable car will take you back to Hüttenberg and then to the village within a few minutes.
Mountain railway ticket (day pass for all mountain railways incl. retourn journey)
Fondue in the Seblen ski pub
Price: from CHF 65.00
From 20.12.21 – 11.03.22 (Monday-Friday)
Duration: Total hiking time 3-5 hours; fondue approx. 1-2 hours
Parts of the winter hiking trail is mechanically prepared and groomed. Snowshoes are particularly needed after fresh snow, but we recommend that you always take a pair with you. We also recommend using hiking poles
VISIT Glarnerland AG, Gäste-Info Braunwald
Dorfstrasse 5 8784 Braunwald
+41 55 645 03 03