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Winter Wonderland in Braunwald, Switzerland


In tiny little Switzerland it takes just about an hour or so to get from Zurich to spectacular mountain resorts. One of the lesser known Swiss alpine jewels is Braunwald, nicely nestled on a sunny and traffic-free natural terrace in central Glarnerland.

Whether you enjoy winter hiking, skiing, snowboarding, skitours, sledging or snowshoeing – the wonderful mountain area of Braunwald offers it all.

Snowy landscape with wooden chalets in front of "Eggstöcke" peaks.

Wooden chalets in front of “Eggstoecke” peaks.

Here, you will hear the sound of the crackling snow underneath your feet. You will simply love this peaceful place and its fantastic panoramic view!

Idyllic Braunwald mountain resort

Idyllic mountain resort Braunwald and its iconic cable car

You don’t ski but would like to learn it? No problem at all! As almost every Swiss winter resort, also Braunwald offers its own snow sport school. And of course you can rent your equipment here as well.

SWISS Rent A Ski shop in Braunwald

Sledges by SWISS Rent A Ski shop in Braunwald

The perfect Swiss alpine idyll

Swiss flag in front of Eggstoecke

Swiss flag in front of “Eggstoecke”

This place is the perfect idyll if you are looking for some restful days without any rush or traffic. It is simply a place of peace and silence where time has stopped.

Perfect Swiss alpine idyll

Idyllic chalet and Swiss mountain backdrop

That is … until you spot this British style phone cabin and rush back to business…

British style phone cabin

British style phone cabin

Where to stay in Braunwald

Braunwald offers a variety of accomodations; whether you prefer a comfortable hotel, privacy in your own holiday chalet or the ultimate mountain experience in a SAC hut – here you will find your accomodation that suits you most.

Typical alpine chalet in Braunwald

Typical Braunwald chalet

If you travel with kids, the absolute top venue for family holidays is the “Märchenhotel” (German for fairy-tale hotel). It was rated Switzerland’s second-best family hotel in 2011! The former grand hotel provides ample space for all ages to enjoy pleasure and relaxation.

How to get to Braunwald

Braunwald is car free – to get there you will have to take a steep funicular railway in Linthal which will take you up to Braunwald. This obviously is a cool experience by its own. It takes just over 7 minutes from Linthal station to reach the Braunwald sun terrace with its wonderful views.

And also to get to Linthal we recommend the public transportation. There are convenient rail connections from Basel or Zurich. Usually you will have to change to the regional train in Ziegelbrücke and it will take you to the Linthal-Braunwaldbahn station.

Once you arrive in Braunwald and you have too much stuff to carry with you, just take either a horse-drawn sleigh or one of the electric taxis.

Horse-drawn sleigh

Horse-drawn sleigh

Please find some more impressions from the stunning Braunwald scenery here:

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About Author

Walter Schaerer’s extensive background in the travel industry, passionate enthusiasm for photography and a firm belief that luxury destinations can also be affordable; were some of the main factors that motivated him to create the travel blog In his day job Walter is an online marketing manager based out of Zurich, Switzerland.

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