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Anybody living in Weesen, SG?

Hi all,

With hubbies' new job we are considering a move to the the area around Walensee. More specifically, we are considering properties in Weesen, Unterterzen and Walenstadt. I have already spoken with a kind EF member about family life in Walenstadt, now I am just wondering if there are any of you out there living in Weesen (had a search on the forum and found nothing).

About us: Canadian family with young kids, one of them in second year of local kindergarten, love skiing, mountainbiking, hiking; used to life in small towns; wanting to integrate as much as possible; my own german skills not great but growing (early B1 level).

We are looking for a place that gives us easy access to the outdoors (thats a no-brainer for the area), is fairly welcoming to foreigners willing to work hard at fitting in, easy access (without driving) to schools and basic amenities. Presence of other english speaking families is nice but not critical.

Anybody out there able to comment on what it is like to live there? Thanks so much......
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Re: Anybody living in Weesen, SG?

Weesen's a cute little place, I live nearby so I'm familiar with it. In terms of shops it is not that well served - there are a couple of little village shops but people who live there actually do most of their shopping in neighboring Niederurnen (bus once an hour, change at Ziegelbrücke to another bus.)

Locals seem friendly enough but it's a bit of a holiday spot, expect it to take a while for people to realize you actually live there and thus it might be worth getting to know your name.

Geographically, it's a very lengthwise sort of a place, so depending where you live, schools and shops may or may not be in easy walking distance. The train station almost certainly won't be, and so you'll find yourself getting the bus to Ziegelbrücke instead and catching whatever train you want from there.

In all honesty you might just as well live in Niederurnen itself. Same distance to Zürich, Chur or anywhere else; much better served with shops; more compact village-y feel and all schools within walking distance of just about anywhere in town. The lake and Amden are a bit further away, but given the choice between catching a bus-then-another-bus to go to the lake or skiing, and catching a-bus-then-another-bus to do my weekly grocery shop, I know which I'd prefer. Access to hiking trails is terrific in both places.

Disclaimer: I currently live in Niederurnen so may be slightly prejudiced in its favor.

(In fact, I know a pretty awesome 3-bedroom apartment here that will be coming up for rent early next year... shoot me a PM if you're interested.)
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Re: Anybody living in Weesen, SG?

All good and useful advice indeed! I also have that worry about holiday places. Have not checked out Niederurnen yet, and will definitely do so. The immediate vicinity of the lake in Weesen is nice, but not absolutely necessary. Thanks again!
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The immediate vicinity of the lake in Weesen is nice, but not absolutely necessary.
It is nice, but this is nicer:

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(View from the aforementioned flat that will be coming up for rent in the new year... )
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Re: Anybody living in Weesen, SG?

We were just hiking* up above Amden yesterday and it was gorgeous. Me, I'd rather live above the lake and look at it, but I imagine that a car is required for this lifestyle...

*given that we had 5 kids aged 7 and under along, the term hiking is used verrrry loosely here
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Re: Anybody living in Weesen, SG?

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(View from the aforementioned flat that will be coming up for rent in the new year... )
Sigh. There is something to be said about a view like that.... Currently we have a view of neighbours balconies at close range, in our box-like development, including one neighbour we have dubbed "parka underpants" for his love of going out of doors sans pants regardless of weather. I admit I find him endearing though.
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Me, I'd rather live above the lake and look at it, but I imagine that a car is required for this lifestyle...
Sort of. You can get by without one, and some people do, but like Weesen the bus service is only once an hour in each direction. Most people eventually get tired of scheduling their lives like that (especially with kids) and buy a car.

There's also the fact that Amden is primarily a ski place. There is a year-round population, don't get me wrong, but like any primarily seasonal-tourism-driven town it alternates between feeling a bit hectic and a bit dead. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but means it's quite hard to get a good feel for the atmosphere of the place on the strength of one or two visits.

It also means the local attitude to strange faces tends to veer between industrial-strength hospitality and outright perplexity (it's May, what are you still doing here?) I'm not too bothered by these abrupt shifts myself, now that I understand where folks are coming from, but since the OP mentioned local attitudes as a concern thought I'd better sketch them out as best I can.

Put it this way, OP, the only place down this way that I would advise you not to move to, on the strength of local attitudes toward anglophone foreigners, is central Ausserschwyz, i.e. Freienbach to Siebnen inclusive. Anywhere else you'll be just fine.
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Re: Anybody living in Weesen, SG?

I know, I'd keep our main house in the Uznach area - I just want a nice chalet up there for weekends all year round
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Re: Anybody living in Weesen, SG?

I have a house coming up for sale in Amden (going on the market on Saturday)!!

Weesen = Lake: walk to it from pretty much anywhere in the village BUT it is colder than lake Zurich (it is very deep - 150m).

Amden = Mountains: In winter you can walk to the sledge runs and the family friendly/cheap ski-slopes. Hiking/alpine running the rest of the time.

Both:
Neither has a good range of shops - there is a farm shop in Amden selling stunning beef (Organic, long haired cows (forget name)); a Volg in Amden and a Spar in Weesen. Both have regular "stuff" going on - village/farming/market type thing. Weesen has 2 good restaurants - Post Hotel and Fischerstube.

In terms of shopping:
Bakery in Nafels (Muller) is superb
Bakery and Kasererei in Schanis are great
Good size Migros in Nafels - big Coop in Netstal
Butcher in Netstal is very good - and is the "source" of smoked cervalet
Landi is the otherside of Schanis - on way to Rufi

Transportation:
Buses from Amden/Weesen are once an hour (although there is an additional bus @ 0624 which links in with the fast train to HB - 1hr total travel time.

Weather:
Generally coming round the Ziegelbrucke corner will mean better weather - there have been many occasions that once I hit the Niederunen turn off it improves. This can mean blue skies in Amden/Weesen - and grey elsewhere. That isn't to say it is perfect. If the weather comes in it hugs the mountain - you can spend a week in the cloud. Our place is at 900m - at 1200m it was clear - at the house it was thick cloud all day. Amden is also on the south facing side of the mountains - so gets very good sun levels. The air is very nice - and views stunning

Community:
People are generally friendly and helpful - and using local businesses helps integrate you.

IMHO
Choose either one based on which natural resource you will use more often.
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Re: Anybody living in Weesen, SG?

Living on the Walensee would be a dream... One of my favorite areas in all of Switzerland.

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Living on the Walensee would be a dream... One of my favorite areas in all of Switzerland.
Same here, so I just bought an apartment there. Looking forward to enjoying the Riviera am Walensee once it is built!
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Re: Anybody living in Weesen, SG?

Dear inhabitants of Walensee,

My partner and I would love to move from Zurich to the mountains and Walensee seem like a great place as it has both mountains and a beautiful lake (our two criterias).

Im just curious to hear what you all are working with? Do you have a local job, commute to a bigger city or work 100% remotely? If we were to move to the mountains we’d love being able to work locally or remotely to save time from commuting. Curious to hear how you manage this part.

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Dear inhabitants of Walensee,

My partner and I would love to move from Zurich to the mountains and Walensee seem like a great place as it has both mountains and a beautiful lake (our two criterias).

Im just curious to hear what you all are working with? Do you have a local job, commute to a bigger city or work 100% remotely? If we were to move to the mountains we’d love being able to work locally or remotely to save time from commuting. Curious to hear how you manage this part.

Cheers,
Felicia
I have lived in that area before, closer to the Weesen (West) side of the Walensee. Let me first say that I loved it and would recommend, but at the same time it is worth considering your goals and expectations.
Although the Walensee area gets you closer to the mountains than Zurich, Weesen and Walenstadt are not mountain towns. They are at 423 meters, essentially the same as Zurich (408 meters).
If you want to live higher up, options are Amden above Weesen, Walendstadtberg above Walenstadt, or Oberterzen/Flumserberg. Pros and cons each.
The Walensee is beautiful, more encased than the Zurichsee. It is quite cold because of depth, and shadow in winter. So the sailing and swimming seasons are not that long, though they are delightful.
Weesen, in particular, has a micro-climate with more sun and warm weather than the rest of the region. It can get a bit warm in summer, but then you can escape 800 meters up easily.
I did not commute when I lived there. That said, the commute from Walenstadt to Zurich via train is fine, a little over one hour. Weesen is a closer commute, 41 minutes, requiring a bus/car ride to Ziegelbruecke but then offering more options as Ziegelbruecke is a rail junction.
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Re: Anybody living in Weesen, SG?

As a child I spent a lot of time in Amden, the house had a wonderful view of the Walensee which was most times covered in thick clouds while we sat in the sun.

As to job availabilities it would really depend on your profession, I guess.
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Re: Anybody living in Weesen, SG?

Quinten will pay 200 CHF per month per kid (max 20 000 CHF) to all families with kids who would like to relocate to Quinten.
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Quinten will pay 200 CHF per month per kid (max 20 000 CHF) to all families with kids who would like to relocate to Quinten.
In Quinten, you better have a 100% remote contract. And still have to take the ferry to do grocery shopping. And be overrun by tourists during the weekends.

What do you do for a living now in Zurich? Weesen - Zurich is a long commute but doable. Anything closer or even local depends on what you do. Don't think there are a lot of office jobs around. Commute to Rapperswil or Ausserschwyz quite doable.
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Re: Anybody living in Weesen, SG?

If you are looking to work remotely, and if you are considering a house outside Weesen along the Walensee check that you have sufficient connectivity for whatever you have to do.

We looked at a charming place on the road out of Weesen, past the bit where it becomes one lane and you can only go drive at specific times of the day.

According to the home owner, there was only sporadic connection, sometimes none at all. Now I do not know how hard the owner had tried to find a solution or what fixes might be available (afterall, it's not really remote) - but inability to work was the reason the owner was selling.

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It's a lovely area. Good luck with the decision.
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