Rapperswil is a town that belongs to Kanton St. Gallen but can be reached easily from Zurich. This medieval city center is considered as one of Lake Zurich's most significant junctions for traffic coming and going in all directions. We usually go by boat to enjoy the wonderful scenic views around the lake which takes longer. Back to Zurich is faster with the train. It takes only 25 min.
The city's sights is confined to a small area and can be easily seen while strolling through the old part of the town.
Visit and explore!
Take a trip to Rapperswil on the north of Lake Zurich. This is a major confluence of road and rail as it is at the first crossing point of Lake Zurich east of the city. What to do here? Well a number of activities for the family including the Kinder zoo, a great crazy golf and pedal boats. We had a great time diving off the pedal boats on one visit here. You can also spend time walking in and around the castle.
Get here by car - 45 mins or so from central Zurich - or more fun by boat taking the regular ferry from various points on Zurichsee.
Anyone who loves roses should not miss a visit to this town on the upper reaches of Lake Zurich. Children particularly love the Children's Zoo. Other attractions: the old town, castle and the Polish museum.
This little town has so many nice buildings, and an old castle, where the Poland Museum has its seat. You have a nice view over the town and lake from the castle! There are also some nice churches around!
In addition to being a car-free medieval town, Rapperswil, the city of roses, has a great deal to offer namely a lovely bathing resort, a castle with a Polish museum, Knies Children's Zoo, a wooden bridge to Hurden, etc. A visit to this picturesque town is definitely worth your while.
Rapperswil-Jona, town of roses located on the upper end of Lake Zurich, combines sights, cultural life, hiking and sports possibilities with a Mediterranean holiday atmosphere. Welcome to the riviera located on the upper end of Lake Zurich.
Roses decorate the coat of arms of the town of Rapperswil-Jona located on the upper end of Lake Zurich, and all types and colours of this gorgeous flower bloom in Rapperswil’s public areas and three rose gardens. Rapperswil-Jona has a well-developed tourist infrastructure and as the region's transport hub is easily accessible by public transport.
The castle towers above the town and lake and is the landmark. The castle hill affords a panorama view from the Glarus Alps all the way to the Zurich Oberland. Several churches, chapels and monasteries bears testimony to the past. The medieval old town with very little traffic - a protected historic monument, the lake promenade and varied excursion possibilities make Rapperswil particularly suitable for families with children.
In addition to the lake dam for road and rail, a new wooden bridge for pedestrians - probably not unlike in the past - provides access to the other side of the lake. This wooden bridge also happens to be the longest wooden bridge in Switzerland. And Rapperswil is also an embarkation point for the regular ship services on Lake Zurich, including two authentic paddle steamers, to Zurich.
The area around Lake Zurich in addition to a wealth of beautiful scenery offers a whole range of fun and experience opportunities. Knie's Children's Zoo and the Circus Museum are a particular attraction for children and circus fans. The animals at the children's zoo can be stroked and there are also elephant rides on offer.
In summer a 700-metre-long summer toboggan run on the nearby Atzmännig is great for some family fun. In winter there is a ski region suitable for families with easy ski pistes. On the other side of the lake, Pfäffikon with the Alpamare fun and experience baths featuring a wide range of water slides and wellness treatments is well worth visiting. Einsiedeln, the most important place of pilgrimage in Switzerland with a famous monastery, is accessible in 30 minutes.