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Walensee

The Walensee Introduction 

The Walensee is one of the bigger lakes in Switzerland, and about 66% of its surface is in the St. Gallen canton and about 33% of its surface is in the Glarus canton. It is sometimes called Lake Walenstadt or Lake Walen, and it is named after Walenstadt. Some of the other villages and towns on the lake include the following: Murg, Quarten, Quinten, and Weesen. 

The three primary rivers going to the lake are the Linth, Murgbach, and Seez. The Linth continues on its course from Walensee and onto Zurich Lake.

The range of Churfirsten rises steeply on the north side from Walensee’s level at 420 m to about 2,300 m above sea level.

Walensee Lake was the inspiration for a famous piano composition by a Hungarian composer, Franz Liszt. The piano piece was titled Au lac de Wallenstadt. The piece is just one of many inspired by the sights in Switzerland as he was traveling through the country in the 1830s.

Lake Walen is located in the eastern part of Switzerland, and it connects the two cantons of Glarus and St. Gallen and forms the western part of the holiday area called “Heidiland”, after the internationally-famous Heidi story. On the northern side of the lake, the mountain range of Churfirsten rises steeply right out of the water. If you go on over to the other side of the lake, you will find a very popular hiking and winter sports region.

Because of the steep cliffs that rise out of the lake, sometimes higher than 1,000 meters, Walensee has been a challenge to people traveling there for a very long time. It is the reason that the roads that run along the lake are mostly hewn out of the face of the rock, passing through tunnels and galleries and offering you the opportunity to see sudden surprising views. There are a lot of little places around Walensee, and all of them have special features, like Quinten: this town is car-free, and it is especially popular with travelers and tourists because of its climate. The climate is almost Mediterranean. This area is well guarded from the cold winds of the north, and there are unique types of figs, kiwi, graps, and other southern fruits that grow here. You can reach this town either on foot or by boat.

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