Weesen to Quinten: Saturday Hike

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Another beautiful Saturday, another chance to get out into the country like good glampers. With the thousands of hiking trails in Switzerland, you would think it would be easy to just pick one and go, but all the choices make the choosing quite difficult. The area immediately surrounding Zürich is hilly, but just south of the lake the mountains start popping up. We finally chose the easy, almost 7-mile hike from Weesen to the tiny wine town of Quinten along Walensee (Lake Walen). It takes just under an hour to get from Zürich to Weesen, and, once again, we boarded a full train with people lugging rucksacks and hiking poles.

You can read someone else’s version of the hike here, although they started a little farther in than we did. This may not be an OMG I’m in the Alps kind of trail, but we enjoyed the variety of sights and the views of the lake and mountains, even though it was hazy. We gained over 800 feet in elevation, but we took the easier direction. The downhill at the end was incredibly steep and rocky and would have been much harder to ascend.

Here are just a few of my 100 photos.

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Looking back towards Weesen

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The easy, flat part of the trail

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A Roman watch tower from 100 BC

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Little church

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Supposedly the highest waterfall in Switzerland. If you count the two sections as one. It was pretty dry.

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Always carry change when you hike. You never know when you want to buy fresh apple juice or jam.

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More beauty

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Chalet with backdrop

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The bench where we ate lunch. The sign says, “Rest here on our bench and enjoy the wonderful World.” We complied.

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Looking up the steep hill on our way down.

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Vineyards in Quinten.

The microclimate in Quinten is Mediterranean-like. We saw fig trees, a banana tree and plenty of vineyards.

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Vineyards overlooking the lake

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It must be autumn!

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Looking back at Quinten from the boat dock. The only way to reach this town is by foot or boat.

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Our view back to the land from the ferry.

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Our ten-minute boat ride (very chilly and windy) took us to Mülenhorn in the Canton of Glarus where we caught the train.

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No hike complete without seeing all kinds of animals.

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