Ravishing Rapperswil, Switzerland

Ravishing Rapperswil, Switzerland

Ravishing Rapperswil, Switzerland

Ravishing Rapperswil, Switzerland

Switzerland is a country which must have inspired the great masterpieces of art and literature, it is like a painting come to life, a poem wafting tantalizingly in the air, a sculpture skillfully etched by Nature. One relatively unknown gem where you can listen to the sound of your own footfalls and gaze reverently at the lake and soak in nature is Rapperswil.

Rapperswil is a former municipality and since January 2007 part of the municipality of Rapperswil-Jona in the Wahlkreis of See-Gaster in the canton of St. Gallen in Switzerland, located at the east side of the Lake Zurich.

Ravishing Rapperswil, Switzerland

It is pretty easy to get to Rapperswil, you can take a train from Zurich and you would be there in less than 40 minutes. You can also take a round trip cruise from Zurich to Rapperswil and back by boat if you have the time. The cruise offers you excellent views of the small towns that dot the periphery of the lake and the vineyards and culminates with a view of the Alps as you reach Rapperswil. Most if not all of the boats have restaurants on board where you can enjoy a Coffee or some local wine. I felt the best option was to do the boat cruise, one way and then take the train. Rapperswil station is very close to the lake and you can walk to the Jetty in no time.

Ravishing Rapperswil, Switzerland

There is a beautiful wooden bridge across the lake which connects Rapperswil to Hurden on the opposite bank, do take a walk along the bridge and take in the beautiful view of the lake as it blends into the mountains, there are benches if you get tired which is not likely as the atmosphere is so invigorating, you may also be able to catch a glimpse of a train winding across the lake and disappearing into the mountains.

Ravishing Rapperswil, Switzerland

All you need to do in Rapperswil is just soak in the sights and the fresh air, let your mind’s camera capture those lovely moments for posterity to relive again and again. But yes do not forget your digicam to share the wonderful memories with your loved ones.

Here are some things that you can do while in Rapperswil:

Visit the Polish Museum

This is an old museum which was founded in 1870, by a Polish immigrant. In those days Rapperswil was the cultural centre for the Polish diaspora. The museum’s collections bring alive the Polish culture and history in all its vivid colours. The museum itself is housed in an old castle and one can get an awesome view from its towers. The museum ticket includes admission to the towers as well. The collections in the museum include busts and portraits of noteworthy men and women in Polish history, old relics, Polish military uniforms over the years and a host of other memorabilia. To sum up it is indeed really a fascinating experience to move around this quaint library and learn a bit about Polish history and its impact on Switzerland.

Interact closely with animals at Knies Kinderzoo

The Knies Kinderzoo is a great place to visit, especially if you are with children. The kids would love the opportunity to interact with different animals as the zoo provides opportunities for pony rides and elephant and camel feeding experiences. There is also a Sea Lion show which would amuse kids. The zoo is also home to cheetahs, penguins and giraffes. There are approximately 49 species which account for the 450 animals that live in the zoo. A visit to this zoo would be a fun activity for the entire family.

Admire the beauty of Roses at the Rose garden

Rapperswil is also know as the town of roses, because of the roses that bloom in the Rose garden and elsewhere. The rose garden is unique for the fact that it is meant for the blind and has specifically fragrant roses with the names written in Braille

After your visit to Rapperswil, you end up with a feeling that you have visited a fairyland, that lies somewhere far and beyond the realms of imagination, such is the charm of this little town.

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37 thoughts to “Ravishing Rapperswil, Switzerland”

    1. Very true, all through the year Switzerland has something beautiful to offer that our eyes enjoy seeing. Rapperswil is one such lovely place which one should not miss.

  1. I’ve only visited Geneva in Switzerland for a short stay but the atmosphere of it just made me want to be outside, seeing the sites and smelling the air. It sounds like Rapperswil would be a wonderful stop!

  2. I’ve only been to Interlakken in Switzerland which was simply stunning! From the sounds of it I should consider Rapperswil if I make my way over again! The views of the lakes with those unusual looking trees – beautiful!

  3. Another beautiful destination. The lake setting is beautiful and there seems to be quite the perfect village to wander through. I could visit here quite happily.

    1. Switzerland definitely has a treasure of nature’s beauty. Its scenic beauty is awesome and Rapperswil is one such place which is so lovely that you should definitely visit.

  4. Wow, it looks amazing, and to think it’s so close to Zurich – it’s a hidden gem indeed! Switzerland is a beautiful place in both terms of its nature and it’s towns, of course, but some of the stuff here – those trees by the shore are eerily beautiful – does seem to elevate it to must see status. Great stuff! 🙂

  5. What a charming town. There are so many towns that have the name City of Roses, it would be fun to see a list of all of them. I’m a museum girl, so that would be on my list of things to do. Any good places to eat here?

  6. I love Switzerland, but when I spent the summer in Konstanz back in 2003 I found that every time I went to Switzerland I spent every cent I had! I can’t keep away, but I’ve mostly minimized my time there and stayed in the cities. Now that I worry less about a budget, I’ll have to think about going back and exploring some of the small villages like this.

  7. Rapperswil is so gorgeous! I’ve only been to Geneva, but I enjoyed Switzerland, and I would love to go back. And now I have a new destination in mind! I’d love to visit the Polish Museum, but even just taking a walk along the water and sampling some local delicacies would be so much fun! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Oh this place sounds so nice. Listening to the sound of my own footfalls and soaking in nature? Sign me up. I’d love to check out the rose garden specifically. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I had a change for 2 weeks visiting Friedrischafen to Kontanz in winter 2014 and had a wonderful feeling of the atmosphere when crossing the border to a small village in Switzerland. One day I should come back again for sure 😉

  10. I completely agree that Switzerland is a gorgeous country. I long to go back to Zurich, so it’s nice to know about Rapperswil, which is so close to Zurich. It looks stunning in your photos! I would especially like to see the roses.

  11. Ravishing is definitely a great word to describe it! I’ve only been to Lucerne, but it was gorgeous as well. I love that the towns are connected by a bridge. This is definitely a must-see!

  12. Your photos literally make Rapperswil look like a painting. Something out of a fairy tale. I have been dying to get to Switzerland for years but can’t decide if its winter or summer I should go. Either way – I definitely want to come to Rapperswil now!

  13. What a beautiful place! The zoo sounds great for kids, and I love roses so the rose garden would be perfect for me. It’s a great idea to have it as a sensory garden too.

  14. Switzerland is one of my favourite countries and I have visited many areas including Lausanne and Zurich but have yet to visit this area. Perhaps on my next trip looking at your wonderful photos.

  15. Rapperswil is so beautiful. I will definitely include it in my list when I visit Zurich since it is so approachable and near. If I were given a choice to live anywhere abroad, I would definitely choose switzerland since it is so beautiful. like a fairytale land

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