Walk with me - a day in Amden

Another weekend, another day trip!

Last week I said that I probably wouldn't go to the mountains this year anymore, but I couldn't resist. My legs don't hurt that much, and my doctor said that an easy walk will help healing so we decided to go to Amden that is also known as the "sun terrace".

The village is at 900 meters above sea level and there are many hiking trails to several mountain summits. We usually come here with our visitors as the walk is very easy, the air is fresh and the views are beautiful.

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Amden is a village in the canton of St. Gallen. The first mention of Amden dates back to 1178. For many years, there was no infrastructure between Amden and the valley. The road to the village was built at the end of the 19th century. Until then, the village was dependent on its own resources. Today, it's a winter as well as summer sports paradise.

In the middle of the photo, between those two mountains, you can see Amden.

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Here, the village is on the left side..

There is a hiking trail from where we stand that will lead you to the village. We chose to go by car as I believe this is not that kind of walking that my orthopedist was referring to 😊

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Between the village and the valley there is a parking place where you can pull over your car, walk around and enjoy the views of the lake Walensee. This is another point where you can start your hike to Amden.

The lake is 15.5 km long, 2 km wide and its maximum depth is 145 m.

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Now we are looking at the Kerenzenberg in the Glarus Alps. This area is popular for its hiking trails as well.

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Majestic Rautispitz (in the back) overlooking the region.

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This is the village where we started our tour. It's called Weesen.

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The mountains raise steeply from the Walensee and it was challenging to build roads to the villages. Swiss engineers resolved this problem by building the roads into the rock walls. You can see how the road is built inside the rock walls.

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This is how it looks like.. Let's continue to Amden!

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Here we are!

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On the right side there is Mattstock - it was one of the most feared mountains in Amden in the past. Can you see the avalanche barriers? The most disastrous avalanche accident hit Amden in 1844. There were many avalanches before the barriers were built. Thanks to the barriers, this doesn't happen anymore.

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On the left is Leistchamm - the highest mountain in the Ammler range. I have heard that the trail is very steep, but the views are worth the effort.

Our path road today is perfect for a relaxing walk.

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Are you asking where we go? We follow the path road to an observation platform with amazing views of the lake and surrounding mountains. It's only about 1 km long walk.

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The sun terrace is the right name for Amden. We have been here many times and it was always sunny.

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There are a few small farms on the way. The cows walk freely, so watch your step 😊

They are used to people around them and don't seem to be bothered by us at all.

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Look at this! I think that's a clear message of what they think of us 😊

We tried to talk to them and asked them to turn around, but they ignored us. It could have been a language issue as we spoke Dutch to them😊

When we almost gave up, a couple of hikers with a Bichon Frise (dog) showed up. The dog was running around the cows and they started to play with him. They were running and chasing him around. It was so much fun. People were stopping by, looking at them and taking videos. It was so fascinating that I forgot to take photos..

After the owners took the dog and left, the cows lost their interest again.

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You can rent a holiday house anytime during the year. Can you imagine your vacation here?

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There are some magical places on our way..

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These sculptures were created by Franz Baumberger, an artist and philosopher who was born in Amden.

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There are three of them - it's a prehistoric stone with carvings which stands out because of its unusual shape.

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The last part of our walk is a little bit steeper, but I managed and we made it to the platform!

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For those who are interested there is a board with names of all mountains that can be seen from the observation deck.

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It was a foggy day and we couldn't see everything clearly..

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The air here is so fresh and it was also warmer than in the valley..

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This gives some perspective on steepness of the rock wall. For safety reasons there is a fence around the platform.

We ate our snacks and returned back to the car.

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Going to the mountains is the best what we can do during foggy weekends. And we have many of those in autumn and winter in Schaffhausen area.

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I was surprised to see a lonely dandelion in the middle of October.

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Before we got to the car we noticed that we were above clouds 😊 That was a very nice way to finish our walk..

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I must say that this short walk helped me to release the pain. Now I'm not that afraid anymore and I'm already preparing a plan for the next weekend.

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I hope you have enjoyed our walk today.

Thank you for reading!

Cheers,
Martina

As usually, all photos are taken by my Nikon D3200 AF-S NIKKOR 18-55 mm 1:3.5-5.6 G II (except of the ones indicated in the text)

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So beautiful, I love going to Walensee too, along the lake to Quinten then going back by boat. It is indeed always sunny, facing the south and protected by the Churfirsten mountains, even palm trees grow! Feels bit like Ticino already.

Glad to hear that you are better and able to enjoy the mountains.

I think I got some better feeling with cows, they were quite curious with me haha

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(On the way up to Pilatus)


I love the color of the lake and that it's changing during the day depending on the sun. It can be so blue that if you take some photos people might think that you manipulated the color :)

I have heard a lot about Quinten but haven't been there yet. Is it worth it? I wonder if it's not overly crowded? I guess it's very popular.

You never know with cows. Some of them come to you and want you to scratch their head and other wouldn't even turn around. Maybe they had their siesta time :)

Thank you for visiting :)


Oh I really enjoyed your post, so beautiful over there, amazing pictures. I added Amden to my "to see in this lifetime list". I would love to climb that road with my bike one day. Happy to hear you recovered well after the surgery.


I would say you were crazy if I didn't see other people biking this hill and other mountains in Switzerland, lol. You should come, you will love it. I'm still recovering, but I feel much better. Thank you Dan!


ohhh wow... there are so many beautiful pictures here... Its hard to believe you aren't a professional photographer... you capture the moments in a breathtaking fashion! Thank you for sharing your talent Martina! :)


I wish I would be a professional photographer :) But it's very flattering to hear that you enjoy seeing my photos, Dave. Thank you for your kind words!


Where is the place? Stunning scenario! The sky is so clear and blue, absolutely awesome! Thanks for sharing.


The place is called Amden (it's in the title) and it's in Switzerland. Thank you for stopping by!


Such a great selection of beautiful photos - do take it really easy though Please don’t overdo it just for a desire to post here!! I hope your pain is not too bad - turmeric is a great anti inflammatory and pain killer - do make some ginger and turmeric tea to help heal yourself ❤️🌈🍀🦋🤗


No worries my dear. I was sitting at home all week and couldn't stand it anymore :) I had a small surgery last week. My condition is very strange and I keep hearing the word 'special' from the doctors. Sometimes I feel like they will write a book about me, lol. BUT it's better after the surgery. I might need one more but this is what they'll tell me in 8 days once I go there to check it..

Ginger and turmeric tea is a great idea! Shall I cook water with them or just leave them sitting in hot water?

Thank you for stopping by my dear Sallybeth!


Simmer the ginger and turmeric in a few cups of water for about 15 mind then let it cool slightly before adding honey and lemon to taste. Xxx


Thank you for the tip sweet girl!


dandays
dandays @dandaysOctober 2018

@nickeyhavey. Thanks for resteeming this one.

@delishtreats, what a fun experience that was! My wife just informed me you typically post this type of content so I’m gonna get a front row view now, followed. 👍🏿

Happy Monday from Los Angeles.


Yes definitely follow @delishtreats as there are some amazing photos, details and storytelling in her posts!


Thank you Nicky! You are very kind!


Is your wife @puravidaville? If so, then I'm looking forward to following your travel adventures! :)

Yes, I post mostly about my travel and I'm planning to share some details from my vegan life as well.

Thank you for visiting! It's always nice to know that I gained a new follower! :)

Happy Tuesday from Schaffhausen (CH)!


dandays
dandays @dandaysOctober 2018

Well don’t we just have a bajillion things in common. Thanks for scoping out some paths ahead of us!

Yes, @puravidaville is why I’m the luckiest guy I know.


I'm surprised that the love of your life didn't introduce us earlier :)

Yes, it looks like we have many things in common!! It's nice to 'meet' you!


dandays
dandays @dandaysOctober 2018

In her defense, she probably did and I probably did one of this “mm hmm” but I never really heard her! :sh: secret. 😉


Hahaha, no worries, my husband is the same (I mean he is like you) :D


What a beautiful post, once again! Thanks a lot for sharing these spectacular views.

I think you did well by going out and not staying home. We need to enjoy this life while we can! :-)


Thank you! You are right, I was just afraid I would be in pain again, but it all went very well :) It was a good decision.

Have a great start of the week! I hope it's sunny in Portugal :)


You had me at the first photo Martina! I really envy your visitors


Thank you Pauline! I would love to take you around if you would ever get to Switzerland :) Do let me know if you would be planning a trip!


I definitely will!!!!


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Clicked @clickedOctober 2018

Amazing, mindblowing captures @delishtreats...

Loved the sky and the first photograph is just love <3 now words to express


Thank you Rishi! I'm happy that you liked my photos!


Nature at best or you got some perfect angle to shot all these beautiful pictures. All of them are superb , our own queen got a magical touch with the camera too...hope you have some wonderful time on your vacation and get back soon with some amazing moments to share with us


Maybe I'm a creature between a queen and a witch that's why I have a magical touch with the camera :D

I'm not on vacation :D that's where I live.. actually 1 hour from this place ;)

Thank you for stopping by!