Roof shingles workshop

Roof shingles workshop

It was when the Safien barn conversion project began, that the Safien roof shingles workshop was set up. Local people from Safien make shingles and in this way find an additional source of income while at the same time preserving an ancient craft....more

Mall Mill

Mall Mill

The "village of the cross" – as Sta. Maria is called because of the way the roads are laid out – has its own cultural attraction: the newly restored Mall village mill. It is rare now to be able to see the wheels that transferred the force of the...more

At the old sawmill

At the old sawmill

The “Säge” in Giswil is one of history’s great survivors. Made entirely...more

Slate factory

Slate factory

A unique piece of Glarus industrial history. In this factory, founded in...more

Roof shingles workshop

It was when the Safien barn conversion project began, that the Safien roof shingles workshop was set up. Local people from Safien make shingles and in this way find an additional source of income while at the same time preserving an ancient craft. Whenever possible, the Safien barns are roofed with the local product. Find out more by taking a guided tour.

Mall Mill

The "village of the cross" – as Sta. Maria is called because of the way the roads are laid out – has its own cultural attraction: the newly restored Mall village mill. It is rare now to be able to see the wheels that transferred the force of the water on to the three hammer-heads and the millstone. The millstone and the hammers are fully functioning again and can be seen working in summer (mid-May to mid-October, specific days).

At the old sawmill

The “Säge” in Giswil is one of history’s great survivors. Made entirely of wood, Switzerland’s only water-powered sawmill exudes nostalgia and the romanticism of an age-old craft. You will be amazed at how little water is needed to start the giant wheel turning. And the souvenir piece of wood you get to saw will serve as a permanent reminder of your visit to the “Säge”.

The “Säge” in Giswil is one of history’s great survivors. Made entirely of wood, Switzerland’s only water-powered sawmill exudes nostalgia and the romanticism of an age-old craft.

Slate factory

A unique piece of Glarus industrial history. In this factory, founded in 1898, they mainly used to make school writing slates, involving over 30 different processes, and later score boards for card games and other souvenirs. Here, in the only working slate factory in Switzerland, the slate dust, sawdust and smell of lime are combined with the latest educational approach to museums (group guided tours only, by arrangement).