Walenstadt, Switzerlan

Walenstadt is 487 kilometers or 302 miles from Trier. It took us 6 hours with a stop for lunch. It is a beautiful drive down the Rhine Valley through Germany, France and Switzerland. The most scenic part though, is from Zurich to Walenstadt.

The first time I was here was in 1983. I have been back many times since and nothing has ever changed. The general area is called Heidiland and you easily imagine her and her grandfather living in the rugged Alps surrounding Lake Wallen. As always we stayed at the Seahotel right on the lake. You must speak at least a little German if you want to stay here, no one at the hotel speaks English.

There is no road on the back side of the lake, the Alps come right down to the water. However there is a very small town called Quinten there that you can only get to by foot path or on a small ferry. One year Betty and I made the three hour walk way the heck and gone up the mountain and back down to Quinten. We had lunch at the little Gasthaus there, and then took the Ferry back to Walenstadt. It was a magical experience. Like walking back in time. This will always be our favorite place in Europe.

....Our room at the Seahotel.....The view out our window.

...Looking up at our room.... From the other side of the lake.

....Up & over, the route to Quinten.....Looking back down on Walenstadt.