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Overview of the Hike Weesen – Betlis – Quinten

Weesen (428m) – Talegg (425m) – Hinterbetlis (516m) – Vorderbetlis (531m) – Seerenwald (650m) – Quinten (434m

The hike from Weesen to Quinten is a day hike in the Walensee region. It’s an easy-medium hike and is suited for hikers in a good condition. The hike starts in Weesen and goes along the border of the Walensee to the picturesque village of Quinten which is famous for its southern climate. It passes Betlis with it’s famous chappel and the impressive Seebachfälle (Seebachwaterfall). On this self-guided tour, you will also see cows in front of palm trees. Yes, really! The best time to go is March – October.

The clear water of Walensee seen from the hike from Weesen to Quinten
The clear water of Walensee seen from the hike from Weesen to Quinten

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Video from the hike from Weesen to Quinten

Find below a video from our hike from Weesen to Quinten. We hope that it will make your decision on whether you want to do the hike along Walensee easier.

Hike Weesen – Quinten

Our experience hiking Weesen – Quinten

We did the hike from Weesen Quinten on one of these hot spring days you can get in April. The sun reflected on the surface of Wallensee and it somehow reminded us of Europe’s southern hemisphere. The mountain peaks of the other side of the Walensee were still covered in snow. Totally unexpected, I fell in love with the hike from Weesen – Quinten. It’s the perfect start in the hiking season: Not too intense, but with some technical challenges towards the end. What I liked most was that this hike is full of surprises: Be it the Seebachfälle / waterfalls, a chapel in Betlis, or cows in front of palm trees – you’ll get it all!

Weesen port is the starting point of the hike to Quinten
Weesen port is the starting point of the hike to Quinten
The tunnels on the hike Weesen - Quinten offer a view of Walensee
The tunnels on the hike Weesen – Quinten offer a view of Walensee

Start the hike at the port in Weesen

We took the train from Zurich to Ziegelbrücke. From there we switched to a local bus and six minutes later we arrived at the bus stop in Weesen, See. From there, it’s a short walk to the port. Already, you have a nice view across the Walensee. Walk 5 minutes to get to public restrooms. Stop here for a bio break and to fill up your water bottles. Of we go hiking from Weesen – Quinten.

Walensee seen from the hike Weesen Quinten
Walensee seen from the hike Weesen Quinten

Hiking Weesen – Betlis through tunnels

After 15 minutes along the main road take a right (hiking sign to Quinten). This is the start of the asphalt road on which you will walk for the first 30 – 45 minutes. While we are not big fans of walking on asphalt roads, the views are making up for it. There are tunnels on the way with natural windows that offer a glimpse at the Walensee and the mountains on the other side.

Hike Weesen Quinten is famous for it's tunnels with a view of Walensee
Hike Weesen Quinten is famous for its tunnels with a view of Walensee

The asphalt road leads to Strahlegg. There is a farm with a terrace restaurant. As we brought a picnic we didn’t go but have it on the list for next time. We sat on a bench further down and watched the cows in front of the palm trees.

Cows and palmtrees on the hike from Weesen to Quinten
Cows and palm trees on the hike from Weesen to Quinten

A famous chapel in Betlis

After the break and reached in no time the famous chapel in Betlis. It looked like a painting with the snowy mountain peaks and lake Walensee behind it.

The chapel in Betlis on the hike from Weesen to Quinten
The chapel in Betlis on the hike from Weesen to Quinten

The Seebachfälle: Waterfalls on the hike from Weesen to Quinten

About half an hour later you will see a sign indicating a detour to the waterfalls. Don’t miss it. The waterfall is almost 600 meters tall and one of the most impressive falls we have seen in Switzerland.

From Betlis to Quinten: views of Walensee

From the waterfall, we crossed a bridge and a 300-year-old house with a wonderful garden. It was really warm for April. The southern micro-climate in this region is famous. We hiked uphill through the forest. From the top, we got great views of Walensee.

Matthias hiking from Weesen to Quinten. Behind him Walensee.
Matthias hiking from Weesen to Quinten. Behind him Walensee.

Finally, the hiking sign showed one hour to Quinten. After a steep descent (watch out) we hiked through vineyards and arrived in the picturesque village of Quinten.

The village of Quinten, Walensee
The village of Quinten, Walensee

A Walensee boatride from Quinten to Murg at the end of the hike

We enjoyed a glass of wine while we waited for the boat. To get back to Zurich, we first had to cross the Walensee with a boat from Quinten to Murg. We loved the Walensee boat ride. We felt we were somewhere in the south of Europe! What an amazing day! From Murg, we took the train back to Ziegelbrücke and then Zurich.

Walensee seen from a boat from Quinten to Murg
Walensee, seen from a boat from Quinten to Murg

Conclusion: The hike from Weesen to Quinten is a summerdream

We truly enjoyed the hike from Weesen to Quinten. There are so many different things to see! The views across the lake to the snowy mountain peaks are wonderful. Due to the warm micro-climate on this side of Walensee, it felt like a warm summer day though it was only April.

This hike is very accessible by public transport. No need to come with the car – it actually makes your life easier if you don’t. From Zurich, you can take the train, switch to a bus. And from Quinten, you take the boat (7.40 Swiss francs) to get to Murg and from there by train back to Zurich. Don’t miss out on a Walensee boat ride – what a treat!

We felt like spending a week in southern Switzerland – only we were an hour away from Zurich!

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Solène’s Dine Pairing

Hike&Dine: Dine at trattoria Weesen

“The trattoria Walensee, often referred to as trattoria Weesen, is a piece of Italy that fits inj perfectly with the hike from Quinten – Weesen!”

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Practical Information

Get ready for the hike from Weesen to Quinten


Get to Weesen (See) by train and bus from anywhere in Switzerland. Look up trains and cable cars directly on the site of the Swiss National Railway (SBB) by typing in the starting point and Weesen, See as the destination. There are parking lots in the area. We recommend traveling by public transport.

Check the opening times of Seehus in Quinten. You can find them here or contact them by phone: +41 81 738 16 64 or E-Mail: [email protected]. The restaurant opens on the first of March and closes on the first of November.

Also, have a look at the Trattoria Walensee. You can find their contact details on the homepage of the Trattoria Walensee or here: Phone: T +41 55 616 16 04. E-Mail: [email protected]

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Things to do on the hike from Weesen to Quinten

Go for a swim: If you do this hike in summer bring your swimming gear. There are many hidden bays that invite for a swim. Or at least put your feet into the cold water of Walensee after the hike.


Check out the Seerenbachfälle / the waterfalls on this hike. They are absolutely spectacular! Hike up to the platform and listen to the noise of water falling down 600 meters.

Visit the chapel in Betlis.

Stay for a night in Quinten. Quinten is such a picturesque village. Extend your stay and relax on a terrace (e.g. Hotel Tremondi) while everyone else takes the boat back. If you do so you might hike to Walenstadt the following day.

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