Glarus (1490 feet a/s), the capital of the Canton of this name, situated at the foot of the noble Glarnisch. Although it occupies a part of the country which possesses a pronounced pastoral character, Glarus has, besides its dairying, many thriving industries such as wool-weaving, cotton-spinning and dying. As the city was the victim of several disastrous fires, it possesses a rather modern appearance.
The town hall and other public buildings are well worth a visit. The Glarner coat of arms shows the patron saint Fridolin with a walking stick and the bible. Fridolin was said to have lived at the beginning of the 6th century and converted many people in the Glarnerland to Christianity. The legend tells that the rich Ursus bequeathed to Fridolin on the deathbed a part of the Glarnerland. When Ursus’ brother Landolf argued with him for the inheritance, Fridolin asked the dead Ursus for help. When he appeared before the judge, Landolf was so frightened that he left his inheritance to Fridolin. The Glarnerland is rich in legends, stories and history.
There is absolutely no time for boredom here. Something is always going on in the Glarnerland – 365 days a year. Whether inside or outside, during winter or in the summer – if you like to be in the fresh air, you are guaranteed to get your money’s worth.