Rapperswil is often referred to as Rosenstadt (Rose Town) because it is home to hundreds upon hundreds of rose bushes bearing many thousands of beautiful roses in the summer months. They were fading out when I was there but I certainly could imagine how spectacular they would be when in full flower.The roses are everywhere but particularly in three...more
Rapperswil is located on the eastern shore of Lake Zuerich. The lake acts as a stunning centrepiece for the town and the promenade by the lake with its many restaurants and cafes is a popular place to be. The water of the lake is exceptionally clean making for some very good swimming areas. The water is also potable and services many of the...more
The Capuchin Monastery/Friary dates back to 1606 and is still in use today. It has a long history and began its existence as the Roman Catholic answer to the Reformation centre in Zuerich. It orignally was home to a handful of Capuchin priests and brothers (known as friars).The monastery can be found in a beautiful location right on the edge of...more
The original fortress was built in 1220 and first mentioned in 1229. It was built of sandstone from the neighbouring Lutzelau island as were the city walls and indeed the city itself. In 1350 The Fortress and the city walls were destroyed in an unsuccesful coup but the fortress was rebuilt in its present form by the Duke of Austria.Since 1870, the...more
The Hermit House is believed to have been built in the tenth century as a boat house for boats going across the lake to neighbouring islands. It was built before the city of Rapperswil and hence is thought to be the oldest building in the city. When the city of Rapperswil was built the house became part of the city walls and adjoins one of the last...more
Rapperswil Castle (Schloss Rapperswil) is a castle in the city of Rapperswil. It is located on the eastern shore of the Lake Zurich and belongs to the municipality of Rapperswil-Jona in the canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Since 1870, the castle has been home to the Polish National Museum created by Polish émigrés, including the castle's lessee...more
I found this wonderful clock on my travels around Rapperswil and I know absolutely nothing about it. It is in the form of a striking frescoe but with wires attached which act as hands I guess. If anyone can throw some light on this, I would be very interested to hear from you. If I could translate from the Swiss dialect German on it,I might have a...more
Everywhere you go in the Altstadt of Rapperswil you wil be surrounded by the most beautiful and well kept buildings. What interested me the most was the contrast in design from one to another. There were so many different types of design that I didn't know what to expect around the next corner. I just had to click away because I wanted to be able...more
As I said in my intro I went without lunch to give me more time for looking around, but in my travels, I saw some truly delightful eateries, which almost tempted me to change my mind, pull up a chair and order a long cool drink and a nice salad followed by ice cream. But I was strong and didn't succumb.
You may have longer than I did, so here are a few you might like to choose from. i don't know any of the names but you only have to walk around the town centre and you will see them all quite close to each other. The ones on the promenade by the lake looked to be particularly popular.