Hiking from Weesen to Quinten along the Walensee
If you live in Switzerland you know how beautiful the countryside is and what better way to explore than to go hiking? Switzerland is well geared up for hiking and there are plenty of routes in most mountain locations with yellow signposts signalling the way. Even if you just fancy a half day hike setting off from Zurich in the morning, there are plenty of great places to discover. In this post we explore a destination very accessible from Zurich – Lake Walensee.
We set off from Zurich and it took just under an hour to get to Weesen, not far from Amden, in the Canton of St Gallen. However, you can also get there very easily by train too, getting off at Zielgelbrücke, then taking bus number 650.
After parking right next to the harbour we set off on our hike towards Quinten.
We walked on the northerly side of the lake along the “Wanderweg” and we were surrounded en route by the most beautiful landscape and scenery.
We saw contented cattle grazing beside the Walensee, some amazing waterfalls and a rainbow as well as beautiful views across the Wallensee.
The Walensee is a large lake and two thirds of its surface area lies in Canton St Gallen and the remaining third in Canton Glarus.
There was also one of the most magnificent magnolia trees ever to be seen right beside the lake.
We carried on until we arrived in Quinten, a picturesque little town which is not accessible by car and only reachable by boat or on foot. Quinten actually consists of two main villages, Quinten and Au, and is surrounded by towering limestone cliffs behind the village.
The area enjoys a special micro-climate, one of the mildest north of the alps, due to its sheltered location at the foot of the Churfirsten mountains enabling it to produce good local wine and fruit such as figs. The hike takes about 3 to 3.5 hours depending on how fast you are walking but is extremely scenic.
After refreshments in one of the two restaurants right on the lake we took the boat back to Weesen. If you prefer, you can always hike back along the same route, but if the boat is running (and you don’t have to wait too long before the next sailing) it’s a very pleasant journey and gives you the opportunity to rest your legs. On board we were able to admire from afar the beautiful hike we had just completed and we landed in Weesen where our hike had begun.
You may like to know that the Walensee so inspired the Hungarian composer Franz Liszt that he wrote a piece called “Au lac de Wallenstadt” about it. Definitely a hike to recommend!
By Car: from Zurich to Weesen – see map – and returning from by boat from Quinten to Weesen
By Public Transport: from Zurich HB to Ziegelbrücke then a 4 minute walk to the bus stop for the 650 which takes you to Weesen.
All photos by Christina Fryer and Ludmila Mitula
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