Linthal, Glarus

Linthal is a former municipality in the canton of Glarus in Switzerland.

The village was under the Glarus municipality reform on 1 January 2011 with the communities Betschwanden, Braunwald, Elm, Engi, Haslen, Luchsingen, Matt, Mitlödi, Ruti ( GL), Schwanden ( GL), Schwändi and Sool to the new municipality of Glarus South merged.

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The southernmost municipality of the canton is located in the upper Linthtal and is the source of the Linth, which flows in the direction Linthebene north. With good 131 km ² Linthal has the largest municipality in area of ​​all municipalities of Glarus. The municipal area includes the Limmerensee ( 1,857 m above sea level. M. ) and the Muttsee ( 2'446 m above sea level. M. ), two reservoirs of power plants Linth Limmern AG ( KLL ).

In the southern part of the municipality are the highest peaks of the Glarus Alps. The highest point of the community and also of the canton is the 3'614 m above sea level. M. high Toedi ( rät. Piz Russein ), on the border with the Canton of Grisons.


Power plants Linth Limmeren

One of today's most important economic sectors of Linthal is in addition to tourism, the electricity production. The power plants Linth Limmern AG ( KLL ) to established and registered on 25 June 1957 at Glarus commercial register has its registered office and plant facilities in Linthal.


Linthal is the starting point of the Klausen Pass road. For centuries there was a mule track over the Klausen Pass in the Reuss Valley. This is associated with the legend of the boundaries on the Klausen Pass between the two cantons, states that the border disputes have been solved with a race. Depending on a runner should start from both sides, and where they meet, the future boundary line should be. The start time for the first cockcrow in the morning preferred the Urner by starving they let their cocks and they began to cry already in the middle of the night. So the Uri runners crossed the pass and ran in the direction of Glarus, until he met on the Glarus runner. Whether true or not, of Linthal from south-east can be reached after a short steep section where the present road runs in serpentine, a broad upland valley, the Urner Boden. After just 5 km as the crow can be reached at 1310 m asl the border with the Canton of Uri, from where there are another 8 km as the crow up to the Klausen Pass (1948 m asl).

The relatively well-developed Klausen Pass road is part of the main road 17 ( body - town Zurich -Rapperswil -Glarus -Altdorf ) and in summer a popular among motorcyclists excursion route. Since the Klausen Pass is not safe for winter, the Urner Boden over the winter months only of Glarus forth can be achieved.

From Linthal a road leading through Linthal south to the scattered settlement Tierfehd (805 m) at the foot of Todi. The road is mainly used for opening up the cavern power station of the same name below the Limmer lake.


Linthal was connected to the rail network on June 1, 1879 the opening of the last stretch of the route Weesen - Linthal. At the time of the Swiss Northeastern Railway (NOB ) opened route has changed little to this day. From the cantonal capital of Glarus, the former has already received its railway connection, single-track line over a height difference of 175 meters leads the 15.85 km long, the route end point in the district ( sub) Ennetlinth ( 648 m asl), with a single intersection capacity for trains in Schwanden.

For the 125th anniversary of the track in 2004, the modernization of approximately 10.6 km section Schwanden - Linthal was started, to be completed in 2006 and includes various adjustments to the infrastructure. In addition to adapting the public amenities of today's SBB Standards ( Perron ups and platform lengths) and the lifting unguarded, accident -prone crossings, the realization of distance remote control and their integration into interlocking brick bridge stands (since the flood in the summer of 2005 out of service ) in the foreground.

Linthal is since 1907 location of the base station of the meter-gauge Braunwaldbahn, an almost 1.4 km long cable car to the northern car free resort Braunwald GL ( 1256 m asl).


The community is known as the starting point for hikes in the Glarus Alps, as well as for trips to Braunwald and on the Klausen Pass.

The long distance footpath Via Alpina runs with stage C4 from Elm to Linthtal over the 2,261 m high Richetlipass, the shortest connection to the Sernftal. About the 2'714 m high Kistenpass leads to Brigels in Grisons Anterior Rhine Valley.


  • André Reithebuch (* 1986), Mister Switzerland 2009
  • Kurt Albert, bandmaster of the Ländlerkapelle echo from Todi