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Walensee, Swiss Alps

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The Walensee is one of the larger lakes in Switzerland. About 2/3 of its surface in the Canton of St. Gallen and about 1/3 in the Canton of Glarus. It is also known as Lake Walen or Lake Walenstadt, after Walenstadt. Other towns and villages at the lake include: Weesen, Quinten, Quarten, and Murg.The three main rivers leading to this lake are the Seez, Murgbach, and Linth. The latter continues its course from Walensee to Lake Zurich. The Schnittlauchinsel, located at the eastern end of the lake, is the only island in the Walensee.The Churfirsten range raises steeply on the north side from the lake's level at 419 m to 2,306 m above sea level. On the south, the lake is overlooked by the massif of the Mürtschenstock, culminating at 2,441 m. The highest point of the lake's drainage basin is the Tödi (3,614 m).The lake provided the inspiration for a solo piano piece by Hungarian romantic composer Franz Liszt, called Au lac de Wallenstadt. The piece is part of a collection of solo piano works inspired by the composer's travels in 1830s Switzerland.
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  • Traveling by train from Innsbruck to Zurich, the railway passes next to the Lake by a great extent. Nice to see the quiet water mirroring the mountain crowned with snow
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  • We had a lovely 3 hour walk from Arvenbüel to/back Vorder Höhi in the snow. The whole way was sunny and above the clouds. The walk is easy w lovely views around. The path is prepared which is also goo...  more »
  • I can't say enough about the beauty surrounding Lake Walen together with the lake views help to make this area stunningly beautiful. A MUST SEE!  more »
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  • I find this place simply amazing and I love to go there for a walk with family and friends. It's a relatively small blue lake surrounded by high mountains topped with snow for the most part of the year, you'll have to see it to appreciate its beauty.
  • Nice place to spend time with family and friends. Beautiful and serene. Must try if you live near by. Perfect to go in summers.
  • Absolutely beautiful
  • A perfect lake: clear and calm water with nice alpes view!
  • One of the best day hikes around. Cross the lake on a bottle ferry. Switchbacks up to one of the best views around and hike along the ridge to Walenstadt for a nice dinner outside
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