Rapperswil is also named "city of roses", which is a bit over the top, I'd say. They do have some nice rose gardens, but nothing overly spectacular. It's probably more history related as two roses are depicted in the coat-of-arms of Rapperswil.I visited the two small-ish rose gardens at the foot of Schlossberg hill, close to the Capuchin monastery....more
The end of the peninsula is occupied by the Capuchin monastery, built about 400 years ago. The church was renovated in the 1960s and appears quite bare nowadays (pic 3). In the front corner right is the Antonius grotto, where you can place a written wish or prayer (pic 4). In 1992 the chapter of the German-Swiss Capuchins assigned the Capuchins in...more
When I was in Rapperswil the City museum was closed for renovation works. Back then it was named "Heimatmuseum", now it's reopened and renamed "Stadtmuseum Rapperswil-Jona." The old townhouse from 1492 and the medieval tower are now connected by a super-modern structure with a bronze facade that looks like a space ship has just landed, serving as...more
The chapel "Of Our Lady" just north of the catholic parish church is really interesting. It goes back to an ossuary from the middle of the 13th century, which is still preserved on the ground floor. On top of the ossuary a chapel was erected in the late 15th century. At first a flight of steps inside led up to the chapel, nowadays the access is...more
The catholic parish church St. Johann is a reconstruction in Neo-Gothic style after a devastating fire in 1882. Of the works of art - not that there were too many, reformation's iconoclasm had hit hard - only four Renaissance altars (pic 4) survived and were transferred to the new church. The other interior is Neo-Gothic, nothing overly exciting. I...more
On top of the hill, above Rapperswil's old town and with gorgeous views of the lake and the Alps, is the castle. It was erected at the end of the 12th century and reconstructed after 1350. Nowadays the walls are mostly medieval, but the interior is mostly 19th century. The castle is only accessible with special guided city tours, but the part that...more
Rapperwil's castle has a pretty imposing spot on a ridge high above Lake Zurich...it's really an obvious place to put a castle!The fortifications and castle date from the early 1200s, when one Count Rudolf II and his son decided to build them. i'm not clear as to whether this was at the same time Rapperswil itself was founded...if so, it would...more
This tiny little chapel, standing right next to the Stadtpfarrkirche St Johann, was built in 1489. It incorporates an ossuary (underneath) which dates from the 1200s...and it was the highlight of my Rapperswil visit. The chapel was originally a simple rectangle with a steep roof and a tiny spire...the pentagonal 'choir' was added in 1675.The...more
This rather lovely church stands high on the ridge above Rapperswil's Altstadt, pretty much next to the castle.It's an old church although, to be honest, it does not feel like it. the first church on the site was built in the early 1200s, at the same time as the castle. This original building was enlarged in the 1300s and further changed and...more
Untere Bahnhofstrasse 5, Rapperswil, Switzerland,
Good for: Business
Untere Bahnhofplatz 5, (formerly Swiss Q Hotel), Rapperswil, St. Gallen, 8640, Switzerland
Good for: Business
FISCHMARKTPLATZ, Rapperswil, SG 8640
Good for: Couples
This is a very pleasant and friendly cafe set on Rapperswil's ancient Fischmarkt (and opposite a branch of Macdonald's, which is rather unfortunate).Its outside tables looked extremely inviting and made an ideal place to rehydrate myself a little whilst sitting in the warm sunshine (sunshine!!).I didn't want anything to eat but my espresso was...more
The old Town hall was built in XV century and has been renovated recently. Nowadays this historical building host a restaurant. A pleasant and shaded terracce will offer you some refreshing moment and a welcoming rest after the mediaval city tour.PS: when paying just be sure that the given change is correct and be prepared to use your...more
30 Reviews and Opinions
I took the train back to Zürich, because I didn't have enough time for the boat trip back. Several commuter train lines run between Zürich and Rapperswil, thus you don't have to wait longer than 15 minutes before another train departs. The trip back to Zürich main station takes less than 40 minutes. Fares and rules of the ZVV network apply (see...more
The most pleasant way to get to Rapperswil IMO - if you have enough time - is by boat. They depart from Zürich Bürkliplatz about every hour at minute :30 and take roughly 1:45 hrs. to Rapperswil with stops in major towns along the lake.The cruise is very interesting, first with views of Zürich's old town, then the upscale residential areas along...more
We caught the 13.30 boat from the Buerkliplatz ship station in Zurich.We purchased our tickets here, from a machine (easy to use - Multi lingual instructions) - The 9-Uhr (9 hour) pass, which on a Sunday is valid for the whole day! This cost CHF 24.00, and covers train and bus/tram travel too - Great value, especially as Sonya and I visited...more
The shop is located in Halsgasse in the sidestreet of the city center. You will find here many ideas for presents or a gift to yourself. Beautiful handmade things from France and England. Some are made by disabled ones. The products are coulorful and very attractive. The prices is raging from 3 CHF and up.more
Crabtree & Evelyn is internationally known shops famous to its excellence and luxurious skin care products . Their bath and body care products reflect the very best of science and nature, combining the benefits of modern technology with time-tested natural ingredients. Their soaps have established a benchmark of quality throughout the world. Its...more
The Swiss show great pride in their heros, whether artists, warriors or politicians or whatever. So do the people in Rapperswil. I found several monuments all over the town, commemorating local heros like Franz Josef Greith, musician and composer of the Rütli song (pic1) or politician and member of National parliament J. H. Bühler-Honegger (pic 4)....more
Keep in mind to drink enough during a VT meeting... some attendees did not so Tripack had to take extrem procedures to refresh them ;-) As for example close to Schlossbadi, where I tried to do my best to water VTer's with some fresh Zürich Lake... even locals were getting wet due to my good job ;-)
On picture 1, we had to queue and to wait with locals to get access to the fountain...
On picture 2, our basler WTC has done a terrific touch down (as Dyesebel did with the Barbskie's camera ;-) due to his insufficient hydrating. Fortunately he found plenty of fountains on the way up and down the castle...
On picture 3, even Yumyum showed signs of weakness after climbing thousand stairs to the top. Of course I advised her to take the cable car next time but the local hill are not high enough for this investment... so come to Valais!
On picture 4, Barbskie getting thirsty... noch einen Schluck?
And at least on picture 5, the only one who understund everything about hydratation... the German efficiency... may be too much ;-)
Be aware that you will find two Rapperswil in Switzerland, one in St-Gallen and another in Bern Canton...
So don't be confuse when looking for timetable, weather forcast, planning you trip to the right destination or even when creating your Rapperswil on VT ;-)
Choose the right Rapperswil on VT
Unique Suggestions: The Berner one...
Fun Alternatives: or the The Sankt-Galler one!
There is a really nice park on the northern hillside of the castle hill, not crowded at all even on sunny weekends or holidays. Since 1872 there is also a fallow deer park there - fun for the kids. The access to this park is from the promenade around the peninsula, steps leading up and finally through a gate - remains of the old city wall.The views...more
The first bridge-like crossing of Lake Zürich between Rapperswil and Horgen probably goes back 3500 years. The earliest boardwalk we have written evidence of was commissioned 1358-60 by the Hapsburg Duke Rudolf IV., founder of the University in Vienna, who also commissioned the construction of the Gothic cathedral St. Stephan there.Anyway, the...more
A particularly picturesque alley is Hintergasse. It leads from Hauptplatz (main square), at the foot of the flight of steps up to the catholic parish church, to the lake in east-west direction.The specialty are the arcades on the northern side of the cobbled alley. The most outstanding house is Bleuler house, No. 16, built from 1603-06, due to its...more
Need to cool down in summer or warm up in winter, so dive in Alpamare. You will find indoor and outdoor water activities in a beach atmosphere. This WetnWild is located in Pfäffikon on the Zürich Lake shores of Lake of Geneva. Have a look to the website to take advange of the current promotions. At least your swimsuit ;-)more
Enjoy a day or an evening on the lake. Escape from the hectic of everyday life and dive into the beautiful atmosphere of the island life of Rapperswil. No sailing experience is required for these sailing excursions. An experienced guide will accompany you. Five adults (including guide) are allowed on these wooden sailboats. Swimming is also...more
30 Reviews and Opinions
Rapperswil has a wonderfully preserved old town. Most houses go back to medieval times, details from that era like portals, reveals and such are still to see, while facades were reconstructed in recent centuries. It's fun to walk along cobbled, narrow alleys (see off the beaten path tip for Hintergasse), do some window shopping, drop into a little...more