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Rapperswil, Switzerland: The Town of Roses

view of Rapperswil, Switzerland from ferry
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view of Rapperswil, Switzerland from ferry

The skyline of Rapperswil, Switzerland, is dominated by the  Schloss Rapperswil, the early 13th century castle that now houses the Polish Museum.

Schloss Rapperswil, Rapperswil, Switzerland
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Schloss Rapperswil, Rapperswil, Switzerland

Climb Lindenhof Hill to Schloss Rapperswil for the view of the medieval old town, lake, and Glarus Alps.

Rapperswil, on the east side of Lake Zurich, is a transportation hub, making it easy to board a train for places like Einseideln Abbey or a ferry to Zurich. But first, you’ll want to spend several days enjoying the holiday atmosphere here.

The coat of arms is decorated with roses, and there are three designated gardens that are filled with this fragrant this flower.

rose garden, Rapperswil, Switzerland
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rose garden, Rapperswil, Switzerland

rose garden for the blind and visually impaired, Rapperswil, Switzerland
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rose garden for the blind and visually impaired, Rapperswil, Switzerland

It’s a place to stroll the medieval alleyways of Altstadt, German for Old Town.

pathway to Kapuzinerkloster (Capuchin's monastery), Rapperswil, Switzerland
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pathway to Kapuzinerkloster (Capuchin’s monastery), Rapperswil, Switzerland

Many of the buildings in Rapperswil are colorfully painted.

Musikhaus, Rapperswil, Switzerland
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Musikhaus, Rapperswil, Switzerland

Curti-Haus, Rapperswil, Switzerland
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Curti-Haus, Rapperswil, Switzerland

Curti-Haus, Rapperswil, Switzerland
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Curti-Haus, Rapperswil, Switzerland

Not to be missed are places like the lofty Herrenberg,

Herrenberg, Rapperswil, Switzerland
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Herrenberg, Rapperswil, Switzerland

 

The pedestrian main square, Hauptplatz, is easily recognized by the words that are changed from time to time.

Hauptplatz, Rapperswil, Switzerland
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Hauptplatz, Rapperswil, Switzerland

 

The reconstructed wooden bridge to Hurden is the longest wooden bridge in Switzerland. It is on the pathway used by pilgrims.

bridge to Hurden, Rapperswil, Switzerland
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bridge to Hurden, Rapperswil, Switzerland

bridge to Hurden, Rapperswil, Switzerland
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bridge to Hurden, Rapperswil, Switzerland

and there is a bridge chapel, Heilig Hüsli .

bridge chapel, Rapperswil, Switzerland
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bridge chapel, Rapperswil, Switzerland

The sign indicates that this is an inn for people on a pilgrimage.

Hostel for pilgrims, Rapperswil, Switzerland
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Hostel for pilgrims, Rapperswil, Switzerland

Many other signs are decorative wrought iron.

Hotel Hirschen sign, Rapperswil, Switzerland
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Hotel Hirschen sign, Rapperswil, Switzerland

A deer sign marks the Hotel Hirschen.

Hotel Hirschen, Rapperswill, Switzerland
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Hotel Hirschen, Rapperswill, Switzerland

It is located by the Fischmarktplatz and Rapperswil harbor, which is specially beautiful at sunset.

harbor area, Rapperswil, Switzerland
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harbor area, Rapperswil, Switzerland

There is a lakefront promenade, Bühlerallee, past fortifications that date to the Middle Ages.

lakefront promenade, Rapperswil, Switzerland
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lakefront promenade, Rapperswil, Switzerland

Families come to this area to feed the ducks and swans.

Bühlerallee, Rapperswil, Switzerland
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Bühlerallee, Rapperswil, Switzerland

There are boat rides on the lake or to Zurich.

boat on Lake Zurich, Switzerland
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boat on Lake Zurich, Switzerland

The Old Town has an abundance of restaurants and cafés, like the local favorite, Restaurant Falkenburg.

Restaurant Falkenburg, Rapperswil, Switzerland
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Restauranr Falkenburg, Rapperswil, Switzerland

Restaurant Falkenburg, Rapperswil, Switzerland
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Restaurant Falkenburg, Rapperswil, Switzerland

Rapperswil is headquarters of the Circus Knie, which is why you may stumble upon a clown statue…

clown statue, Rapperswil, Switzerland
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clown statue, Rapperswil, Switzerland

or a super sized clown shoe.

clown shoe, Rapperswil, Switzerland
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clown shoe, Rapperswil, Switzerland

There is also  a Circus Museum and Kinderzoo.  

Circus Museum, Rapperswil, Switzerland
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Circus Museum, Rapperswil, Switzerland

Circus Museum, Rapperswil, Switzerland
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Circus Museum, Rapperswil, Switzerland

 

 

 

 

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