After several months without posting anything on my blogs, I am taking my vacation for a walk and, therefore, taking the opportunity to generate content for them.
Holidays in Switzerland
Holidays in Switzerland are holidays in Switzerland even for those who live here. So, the holidays are expensive but absolutely spectacular. Because of the pandemic, I decided not to travel far, so my trips have been depending on the places I can reach with the train on the same day. Preferably places with little concentration of tourists and that is easy to avoid crowds.
I’m not strolling in the most popular tourist spots here, because I often go to these places, especially when we have visited. Thus, Jungfrau, Bern.
Two advantages in this choice, Switzerland is full of desert places and, as I live in Sant Gallen, almost on the border with Zürich, Schwyz, and Glarus, I am at the entrance to the Alps. More precisely in the region of the pre-Alps or Voralpen (in German). Little explored by international tourists, but much visited by local tourists, this region has more affordable prices and almost everything can be accessed with SBB passes. As I have the GA (General Abonnement) most of the time the Seilbahns are included or cost half the price.
Of course, the mountains are not as high as in the central Alps. But, still, the sights and places awaken the eyes to the beauty of the world. This is so true that I have already done other publications about this region: Amden, Speer, Wallensee and Rapperswill, these are fantastic places in the pre-alpine region. And, none of these pastures left anything to be desired in terms of photography and spectacle.
Anyway, it’s clear, right? Save money and stay away from possible contagions. So, let’s start with the toll.
The hike starts in Glarus. Despite his thousand years, Glarus has a more or less recent quiet. No home more than 200 years old. During the 19th century, a fire brought from the mountains by a strong wind destroyed the city. But, the lack of medieval buildings does not take away the charm of this city rebuilt in full Industrial resolution.
Capital of Canton Glarus, it is located in a narrow valley between large and imposing mountains of Glarneralp, or Alps of Glarus. It lies on the banks of the River Linth, the main former of Lake Walensee.
Here it is possible to take a bus that runs more or less every hour (number 504) and do the same route without having to walk. But, as the idea is to walk, with a backpack with a snack, water, a flashlight, and a pocket knife, there was me and my camera.
Stating to walk
Leaving the station, we cross the city towards the mountains, a beautiful house that uses the beautiful rock walls of the great mountains around it as a frame. Backyards and typically Swiss balconies bring colorful flowers hanging that add more beauty and whimsy to the environment.
Leaving the city, turn left at the small Guesthaus. From here, you walk along the trail that goes up towards the lake, meanders through an impressive canyon. An important detail: as the proximity to the mountains is great and the canyon is very narrow, it doesn’t even serve to wet your face. The water rises quickly and carries everything that is in the way, the landslides of rock, mud and trees uprooted by the water are all along the way, in addition to notices posted by the city.
The forest that surrounds the path mixes with the river, with the rocks of the canyon and with the mountains making a beautiful landscape. Some details and a bit of an observant look allows us to perceive the strength of nature and, mainly, the ability to recreate and resist present in the vegetation. Any small accumulation of matter organizes has a small or large tree hanging.
The climb is not easy and, in about 40 minutes, it is possible to reach the end of the trail. Despite the stretch with steps the climb is quite comfortable, the humidity is high and this helps, since in general Switzerland is a dry place (remember that I come from the south of Brazil), especially in the mountains.
Almost reaching the lake, we find the houses that receive water from the dam. There the machinery of the account of fulfilling its task, whatever it may be.
The arrival at the lake is impressive, and nothing better than seeing the photos to understand the impact of the view. Nestled between two green mountains, the partially artificial lake feeds a power plant and draws water for the region. Numerous vacationers camped on the shore on either side of the lake paint the lawn in the most diverse colors.
To the right of the arrival, the charming restaurant, with its typical alpine chalet, contrasts with the green of nature and the blue of the sky. I don’t know if it’s good or not. I always walk with my snack in my backpack so I can eat somewhere special during the walk.
In front of the arrival, we have the pipe that collects water from the dam, the lake itself and the mountains that surround it.
On the left side of the lake, after a short lawn, full of umbrellas
s and stand-ups parked, it follows the typical alpine forest and the rock walls with small accumulations of ice and the long waterfalls falling through the cracks.
Rounding the lake
The walk goes on the right side, it is very beautiful, but quite boring, we have to walk on the road, sharing space with motorized and noisy vehicles. As the road is very narrow, the bus that makes the route always honks very loudly.
The landscape remains stunning and worth the walk. Arriving on the other side of the lake shows a new panorama of the mountains and the lake. The camping is very pleasant, crowded, but calm and quiet.
Anyway, another beautiful walk in panoramas and Swiss landscapes!