The Seleger Moor is a famous rhododendron park. Every year from 1st May until the middle of June the rhododendron park is open. Since it is a moor it is damp there and there are also lots of farns growing there.
From 1st June till end of July you may see the water lilies.
I came to see the rhododendrons with my mum. Entrance fee is CHF 10.00. Free entrance on your birthday (ID required). The walk takes about 1,5 hours and is easy walking. There is a snack kiosk with tables and toilets. They also sell plants.
Up till World War 2 the moor was used to gain peat for heating. In 1953 Robert Seleger discovered the condition of the moor and decided to plant some rhododenrons like in Holland and North Germany. In the first winter in 1956 they hardly survived as it was too cold but Robert Seleger travelled the world to find plants that were more resistant to the cold and was soon rearing his own. The park grew bigger and he decided to let the public enjoy it too. In 1978 the 12 hectare park plus the surrounding 12 hectare were converted into a foundation to make sure its future existence.
To reach Rifferswil or the Seleger Moor for that matter you need to take a yellow postbus if you intend to use public transport.
When we travelled to the stop Seleger Moor, we took the postbus number 225 direction Hausen am Albis from Affoltern am Albis.
Going back to Affoltern am Albis from Rifferswil you need to take line number 223.
Affoltern am Albis can be reached by S-Bahn from Zurich and the trains run about every 15 minutes.
Rifferswil lies in lovely landscape with mountains on the horizon and hills nearby. Also in the greater vicinity you will find the Tuerlersee, a small lake popular for swimming in summer.
You will see the yellow hiking signs (picture no. 2) everywhere and when you are tired, you will find a postbus stop in the villages.