Lake Walen (Walensee) in eastern Switzerland links the two cantons of St. Gallen and Glarus and varieties the western quit of the excursion area known as “Heidiland,” after Johanna Spyri’s world-famous Heidi story. On the northern side, the Churfirsten mountain chain rises out of the water. On the other side of the lake is the favorite winter sports and hiking vicinity of the Flumserberg.
There are some little places around the lake, and they all have their specific features, such as Quinten: this car-free small city is mainly famous with tourists due to the fact of its almost Mediterranean climate. Well covered from the bloodless north winds, certain kinds of grape, kiwi, figs and other southern fruits flourish here. The city can solely be reached through boat or on foot.
To the west of Quinten is the little village of Betlis. When the snow is melting, or after a torrential downpour, the mighty Seerenbach Waterfall, nearly 720 meters high, is quietly impressive, or the Rinquelle gushing out of the rocks, one of Europe’s most celebrated limestone springs. The ancient little town of Weesen at the western give up of the lake is the starting point for the favorite Walensee Walk alongside the wild, northern bank of the lake to Walenstadt.
On a sunny plateau high above the northern shore of the lake is the resort town of Amden. The boats of the Lake Walen delivery tourists run all year round.
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