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View of Walensee from the Churfirsten mountains, SwitzerlandView of Walensee from the Churfirsten mountains, Switzerland
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Lake Walen is a lake in Eastern Switzerland. Two thirds of its are is in St Gallen canton and a third in Glarus canton. The lake is also called Walensee in German or Lake Walenstadt. It covers 24.19 sq km. It is situated 419 m above sea level and has a maximum depth of 151 m.

The village of Unterterzen, on the shore of Lake Walen, SwitzerlandThe village of Unterterzen, on the shore of Lake Walen, Switzerland
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There are a few villages on the shore of Lake Walen, among them Weesen, Quinten, Quarten and Murg. The main rivers feeding into Lake Walen are Seez, Murgbach and Linth, which continues on to enter Lake Zurich.

Forming a wall on the northern border of Lake Walen is the Churfirsten mountain range, with its jagged peaks rising 2,000 m above sea level. To the southeast of the lake is the Glarner Alps.

Visiting Lake Walen

There is a motorway connecting the southern shore of Lake Walen to Zürich and Chbur. Due to the steep cliffs on the northern shore, the villages on that side can only be reached by boat.

View of Lake Walen from the 2,101-meter Leistchamm in the Churfirsten mountainsView of Lake Walen from the 2,101-meter Leistchamm in the Churfirsten mountains
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Sights & Attractions in Lake Walen

  1. Berschis
    a small village on the southeast shore of Lake Walen. it has a 12th century chapel with frescoes.
  2. Mollis
    Small town off Lake Walen. It has a number of well-preserved houses in its old town.
  3. Näfels
    Village with a Renaissance palace that today houses a local museum.
  4. Walenstadt
    Town on the eastern shore of the lake, often used as the base for mountaineering in the area.

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