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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.

Lake Walen
Lake Walenstadt
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Walensee and Unterterzen, Quarten
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LocationSt. Gallen, Glarus
Coordinates47°7′N 9°12′E / 47.117°N 9.200°E / 47.117; 9.200Coordinates: 47°7′N 9°12′E / 47.117°N 9.200°E / 47.117; 9.200
Primary inflowsLinth (Escherkanal), Seez, Murgbach
Primary outflowsLinth canal
Basin countriesSwitzerland
Surface area24.19 km2 (9.34 sq mi)
Average depth104.7 m (344 ft)
Max. depth151 m (495 ft)
Water volume2.5 km3 (2,000,000 acre⋅ft)
Residence time1.4258 years
Surface elevation419 m (1,375 ft)
SettlementsWalenstadt, Weesen, Quinten, Quarten, 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).[1]

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 to Switzerland in the 1830s.

As seen from the Flumserberg



  1. ^ 1:25,000 topographic map (Map). Swisstopo. Retrieved 2014-07-30.

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