Glarner Pastete (Glarner means from Glarus), Schabziger cheese and Kalberwurst - once they find their way into your kitchen, they'll be there to stay. Glarner chocolate creations too seduce the palates of people all over the world. Let yourself be kidnapped onto a tour of the gastronomic region of Glarus, with our Glarus-Klöntal tour - stunning mountain scenery and deep blue Klöntalersee included.
The day-long tours with our tour bus take place every Thursday and Saturday in July, August and September. During the tour, our experts will tell you more about the history and geology of the region from which Glarner Pastete and our other local specialities originate.
Every Thursday and Saturday from 9.45 am until about 3 pm. The tour starts and ends at Glarus railway station.
Group tours can be individually booked:
Ideal for travel groups, private events or company outings, we can also run the tours on request on other days/months for groups of 4 or more. Programme may be supplemented or amended, for example by a visit to a traditional business of your choice (Alpine cheesery, bee keeper, manufacturer, etc.)
If you are interested or have any questions we will be happy to help you.
What our customers say:
"It was first rate: visits, food and explanations. Everyone was happy and discovered something new (Schabziger and Klöntalersee). A special Merci to Milchzentrale Gössi" Stéphane
(Children: 0-6 years free / 7-16 years 59 CHF)
- Ride on the tour bus (max. 13 persons)
- Accompaniment by a local expert
- Guided tour in a selected Glarus speciality company (Schabziger cheese factory or Milchzentrale, etc.)
- Stopover at Schwammhöhe including a light meal
- Traditional meal in the Rhodannenberg restaurant
- Discount vouchers for store visits
- Visit to the Läderach shop in Glarus
- Video presentation on specialities from Glarus
If you like things natural and healthy you will love Schabziger cheese, made from skimmed cow's milk. The almost fat-free Schabziger cheese owes its distinctively pungent, aromatic flavour to the delicious Zigerklee (blue fenugreek), the herb-rich meadows of the Glarus mountains, and its unique manufacturing process.
In 1463 the Glarus cantonal assembly introduced a requirement for traceability for Schabziger. At 550 years old, it is arguably the oldest branded product in Switzerland. Taste the original that gives the Canton of Glarus its beloved nickname "Zigerschlizt" (Ziger Valley).
Adding bread and a hint of nutmeg gives the Glarner Kalberwurst (veal and milk sausage) its special taste and fine texture. It is traditionally served in a white onion cream sauce with mashed potatoes and hot red wine damsons. This sausage has recently also started to be used for barbecuing.
The first Glarner Kalberwurst was made in 1846. While in the past it was eaten mainly at cantonal assemblies, it is now available throughout the year. In 2011, it became the first IGP (Protected Geographical Indication)-certified specialty to be made in the Glarus region.
Glarner Pastete is also known as the "Queen of the Glarus specialities". It is made of light and airy puff pastry. With one half filled with almond puree and the other with damson jam, this pastry sets the pulse racing. It is also available in a smaller version known as a "Beggäli". Tip: never store it
in the fridge.
In the 18th century, officers returning from military service abroad introduced meat pies to the Glarus region. For cost reasons, the meat was replaced with a puree made from apples (for the wealthy, and today for everyone, from almonds) or damsons.
In the heart of the mighty Glarner Alps is the Läderach chocolatier suisse factory. Their so-called FrischSchoggi (fresh chocolate) is especially popular. Läderach is known for its wide range of pralines, truffles, confectionery and fresh chocolate, manufactured for an exacting clientele.
The chocolate factory in Bilten was opened in 2012, coinciding with the company's 50th anniversary. As a result, together with Enneda, Läderach has two locations in Glarus. The company, now run by a second generation of owners, sells its products worldwide in own-brand shops.
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