Whale lake

whale lake
Walensee bei Walenstadt
situation: East Switzerland
BFS NR.: 9267
surface 24 km ²
maximum depth: 151 m
of supplies: Linth, Seez
discharge: Linthkanal
height over sea: 419 m
larger ones of places on the bank: Weesen, whale city

the whale lake is a lake in east Switzerland between that Cantons pc. Gallen and Glarus.

The name actually means “lake Wel”, since in the early Middle Ages the whale lake the language border between the Alamannen settling in the west and the Rätoromanen, which formed “Wel”, in the east. (See also: Whale city)

the lake lieson 419 m u. M. and a surface of 24 km has ². Its depth amounts to 151 M. By its special situation (in the midst of a valley and on both sides up to 1000 meters high steep rock slopes) the water temperature of the whale lake is colder around a few degree than thatneighbouring lakes. It becomes warm in the summer rarely over 20°C.

The main supply was originally the Seez. Since the Linthkorrektion in the years 1807 to 1811 the Glarner Linth is by the Escherkanal the main supply. The Linth did not concern before the whale lake at all andflowed from the Glarnerland directly toward Zurich lake. The connection between Linth and whale lake was made by the Maag, which united with brick bridge with the Linth.

Important localities at the whale lake are whale city, Weesen, Quarten and Murg. With tourists most popularlythose is northern of the whale lake convenient auto-free locality Quinten, which can be attained only by ship or by a migration lasting several hours and a Mediterranean climate offers. North are the Amden and the mountain range of the Churfirsten lain on a terrace highly over the lake.South the lake lie the winter and summer tourism regions Flumserberg and Kerenzerberg.


traffic-technically was the whale lake since the antique one a large challenge, since there are hardly levels there. Thus locate railway like also motorway the whale lake by galleries and tunnel. Tofor the opening of the whale maritime route the passage was between the Linthebene and whale city only over the Kerenzerberg between mol-reads and Quarten possible on the Landweg. Until into the early modern times the goods traffic between Zurich and Chur was therefore carried by ship on the whale lake. Since thatEstablishment of the Linthkanals goods could be carried even directly by ship from whale city to Zurich.

1974 were opened into the Linthebene the 4-spurige motorway N3 (“N” stood for national route). Between Weesen and mill horn a 2-spurige motorway became, the so-called from it. Whale maritime route. It existed inSubstantial from the former main streets by the villages mill horn, Murg, Unterterzen and Quarten. With whale city the continuation of the N3 began.

The main street had usual connections and pedestrian strips, was however nevertheless a high traffic volume suspended. The whale lake received one by this bottleneckSwitzerland-far call as needle eye for traffic, since with high traffic volume and the associated frequent heavy traffic accidents kilometer-long in each case of back-up formed in the Linthebene. For many years the message “back-up at the whale lake” was so common in east Switzerland that the Kabarettisten in more achzigerPopular Trio Eugster the whale lake the surname “agony lake” to years lent. At the same time the today's whale sea-motorway in working group of different building companies was built. The construction supervision took over the civil engineer office punch & Cie. AG in Zurich. Parallel to the motorway the express train line Chur Zurich runs.

View on the whale lake andWhale city of the Selun from

coordinates: 47° 7'19 " N, 9° 12 ' 53 " O


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