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Walenstadt
Walensee Tour
Walensee Tour
Route 934, Walenstadt–Quinten
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Walenstadt
Lakes Route
Lakes Route
Stage 9, Niederurnen–Buchs (SG)
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Walenstadt
Heidiland Bike
Heidiland Bike
Churfirsten-Panoramabike
Walensee Bike
Alp Fursch Bike

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Walenstadt
Heidiland Skate
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Route 53, Landquart–Mühlehorn
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Walenstadt

Walenstadt at the upper end of the Walensee lake in the Sargans region – the so-called Heidiland holiday region – is characterized by its location beneath the rugged Churfirsten peaks. The PAXmal Peace Centre is located high above the lake with impressive views.
Facing south, the Churfirsten mountains fall almost vertically from 2306 m to the Walensee lake at just 419 m. Since ancient times, the cliff faces have made Walensee access a major challenge; the Walensee could only be mastered by boat and Walenstadt was an important transfer point. Today the road along the lake shores is cut into the cliffs in many places and affords superb views.

The small old town with its restored church and secular buildings, as well as parts of the town wall is well worth exploring. The local museum in the «Alten Rathaus» (old town hall) provides information on, amongst other things, Walensee shipping and the Sargans region wooden masks, which are used during carnival time. The smaller version of the Bern Parliament Square fountain, near the Walenstadt railway station is of contemporary origin.

The harbour of the Walensee Shipping Company (scheduled boats) lies on the undeveloped lake shores together with water sport facilities, a large lido, playgrounds, barbecue areas and a superbly located camping site. As a departure point, Walenstadt is ideal for extensive hikes into the Churfirsten mountains or along the lake shores to the traffic-free hamlet of Quinten. Other nearby excursion destinations are the skiing and hiking regions of Flumserberg and Pizol and the Gonzen iron mines at Sargans.

The mountain village of Walenstadtberg (1000 m) – which belongs to Walenstadt – nestles on a sunny terrace above the lake. A well-known rehabilitation clinic and Switzerland’s first women’s hotel is found here. Located a little higher is the Schrina Hochrugg. The artist Karl Bickel (known in particular for designing stamps) created the PAXmal Peace Centre between 1924 and 1949 with large than life-sized mosaic pictures.

Highlights

  • Walensee – fun with swimming, waterskiing, windsurfing, diving, kayaking, sailing and scheduled boats.
  • PAXmal at Schrina Hochrugg – huge mosaics of natural stone in a temple-like structure, which local inhabitant Karl Bickel created over a 25 year periods.
  • Upland moors at Amden - wet, bleak, acidic soil and modified vegetation fashion this protected landscape of national importance.
  • GeoPark Sarganser Region-Walensee-Glarus Region – experience mining and geology at close quarters, wide range of attractions and guided tours in the region (e.g. Gonzen iron mine).
  • Flumserberg – the family-friendly holiday destination and largest winter sports region in Eastern Switzerland, on the southern shores of Walensee, lake with views of the striking Churfirsten mountain chain.
  • Amden – an extensive hiking region in summer, in winter the fog-free mountain village transforms itself into an ideal family skiing area.
Walenstadt at the upper end of the Walensee lake in the Sargans region – the so-called Heidiland holiday region – is characterized by its location beneath the rugged Churfirsten peaks. The PAXmal Peace Centre is located high above the lake with impressive views.
Facing south, the Churfirsten mountains fall almost vertically from 2306 m to the Walensee lake at just 419 m. Since ancient times, the cliff faces have made Walensee access a major challenge; the Walensee could only be mastered by boat and Walenstadt was an important transfer point. Today the road along the lake shores is cut into the cliffs in many places and affords superb views.

The small old town with its restored church and secular buildings, as well as parts of the town wall is well worth exploring. The local museum in the «Alten Rathaus» (old town hall) provides information on, amongst other things, Walensee shipping and the Sargans region wooden masks, which are used during carnival time. The smaller version of the Bern Parliament Square fountain, near the Walenstadt railway station is of contemporary origin.

The harbour of the Walensee Shipping Company (scheduled boats) lies on the undeveloped lake shores together with water sport facilities, a large lido, playgrounds, barbecue areas and a superbly located camping site. As a departure point, Walenstadt is ideal for extensive hikes into the Churfirsten mountains or along the lake shores to the traffic-free hamlet of Quinten. Other nearby excursion destinations are the skiing and hiking regions of Flumserberg and Pizol and the Gonzen iron mines at Sargans.

The mountain village of Walenstadtberg (1000 m) – which belongs to Walenstadt – nestles on a sunny terrace above the lake. A well-known rehabilitation clinic and Switzerland’s first women’s hotel is found here. Located a little higher is the Schrina Hochrugg. The artist Karl Bickel (known in particular for designing stamps) created the PAXmal Peace Centre between 1924 and 1949 with large than life-sized mosaic pictures.

Highlights

  • Walensee – fun with swimming, waterskiing, windsurfing, diving, kayaking, sailing and scheduled boats.
  • PAXmal at Schrina Hochrugg – huge mosaics of natural stone in a temple-like structure, which local inhabitant Karl Bickel created over a 25 year periods.
  • Upland moors at Amden - wet, bleak, acidic soil and modified vegetation fashion this protected landscape of national importance.
  • GeoPark Sarganser Region-Walensee-Glarus Region – experience mining and geology at close quarters, wide range of attractions and guided tours in the region (e.g. Gonzen iron mine).
  • Flumserberg – the family-friendly holiday destination and largest winter sports region in Eastern Switzerland, on the southern shores of Walensee, lake with views of the striking Churfirsten mountain chain.
  • Amden – an extensive hiking region in summer, in winter the fog-free mountain village transforms itself into an ideal family skiing area.

Arrival and return Walenstadt

Adresse

Touristinformation Walenstadt
Bahnhofstrasse 19
8880 Walenstadt
Tel. +41 (0)81 735 22 22
info@tourismus-walenstadt.ch
www.heidiland.com

Services

Accommodation

Hotel Löwen
Hotel Löwen
Walenstadt
Hotel Seehof
Hotel Seehof
Walenstadt
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Places of interest

Bikepark at the lake
Bikepark at the lake
Paxmal
Paxmal
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Hiking in

Walenstadt
Walensee Tour
Walensee Tour
Route 934, Walenstadt–Quinten
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Cycling in

Walenstadt
Lakes Route
Lakes Route
Stage 9, Niederurnen–Buchs (SG)
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Mountain biking in

Walenstadt
Heidiland Bike
Heidiland Bike
Churfirsten-Panoramabike
Walensee Bike
Alp Fursch Bike

Skating in

Walenstadt
Heidiland Skate
Heidiland Skate
Route 53, Landquart–Mühlehorn
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