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Rapperswil is a city that borders Northeastern Switzerland & Central Switzerland and lays direct at the end of Lake Zurich and Obersee. Rapperswil merged lately with the city of Jona and is a picturesque town and popular destination for hikers, bikers and families at the weekend in the vincinity of Zurich.

Get in[edit]

Rapperswil is served by the Zürich S-Bahn, with the S5, S7 and S15 lines offering 2 trains/hour each, taking 35-40 minutes (S7 is somewhat slow but runs along the lake and is much more scenic. All connections are listed on the ZVV website [1]. There are trains to Rapperswil from Lucerne and Romanshorn.

A very scenic way of travelling to Rapperswil is with the steamship boats of the Lake Zurich navigation company [2]. The ships don't travel in the winter.

Get around[edit]

Rapperswil is a very compact city and can easily assessed by foot or bicycle. The tourist center rents out electric bikes. There is a public bus system if you want to go a bit further.


  • St. John's Church. built around 1253. rebuilt after a fire in 1882.  edit
  • Rose Gardens. 15,000 plants of 600 different kinds may be viewed between June and October.  edit
  • Rapperswil Castle. built around 1220. home to the Polish National Museum.  edit
  • Reconstructed Wooden Bridge. across the lake to Hurden with bridge chapel Heilig Hüsli.  edit
  • Medieval Old Town. with many restaurants, cafés and boutiques  edit
  • Harbour Front. take a boat trip on the lake (to Zurich or round trip). Rent a boat.  edit


  • Watch a game of the ice hockey team
  • Walk across the Seedamm to the other side of lake to Pfäffikon
  • Take the train Voralpen-Express[3] from Rapperswil to Arth-Goldau if you like very scenic train rides
  • Alpamare, [4]. across the Seedamm the Alpamare is located - a large water entertainment park for the whole family.  edit
  • Jona Bowling, Feldlistrasse 9, 8645 Jona, [5]. a nearby bowling center  edit
  • Boat trip, [6]. take a boat trip on the lake of Zurich  edit
  • Zoo, [7]. Knie's Kinderzoo (Circus Knie's Children's Zoo) is not only for children and very the center of town (walking distance with kids from the center). Open from March to October.  edit
  • Bier Factory, Schönbodenstrasse 3 (10 mins walk from the train), (0)41 055 210 96 22, [8]. Rapperswil's only microbrewery! Take a tour of the brewery. Stop in for drinks. Groups can schedule a day of brewing. More info on the website. Open Wed/Fri 5:30p-8p, Sat 2-8p.  edit


There are many boutiques in the old-town and many clothing shops in Rapperswil.


There are many nice restaurants by the lake-side and in the old-town. You will find Swiss food, Spanish, Indian, Italian, Thai and Chinese restaurants, kebap shops and McDonald's.

  • Manolos, Rathausstrasse 2, 055 214 22 22, [9]. until midnight. Spanish restaurant & bar with moderate prices.  edit
  • Dieci, Fischmarktplatz 1, [10]. By the lake this pizzeria serves delicious food. Often full and the waiters are sometimes a bit arrogant. Has a high chair and coloring sheets for the kids.  edit
  • Thai Orchid, Engelplatz 4, [11]. Good and expensive.  edit
  • Jakob's, Hauptplatz 11, [12]. Famous for it's delicious beefsteak-tartar  edit
  • Johanna, Johannisbergstrasse 2 (Jona), [13]. familiar atmosphere, fondue a discretion, good swiss food, moderate prices  edit


  • mojo bar & lounge, Untere Bahnhofstrasse 5, [14]. Small, modern, trendy cocktail-bar and lounge near the train station.  edit
  • bottéga club & lounge, Neue Jonastrasse 72, [15]. Nicely designed club/lounge to relax.  edit
  • La Corona, Kluggasse 1, [16]. until 7pm. Small bar in the center of the old-town of Rapperswil.  edit
  • Starbucks, Schmiedgasse 30, 055 210 36 45. on the main road very near the center of town  edit
  • Nelson Pub, Bahnhofplatz 1. across the road from the train station.  edit
  • Sonderbar, Seedammstrasse 45 (Hurden SZ), [17]. the only bar on the damm to pfäffikon, delicious cocktails, friendly staff  edit


  • Bed & Breakfast Rapperswil, Untere Bahnhofstrasse 18 (Near old-town and lake, 2 minutes walk from the train station), +41 78 824 51 92 (), [18]. Nice room with view to mountains. Free WiFi. Very near old-town, train station and lake. Help-yourself breakfast (but many cafés in near walking distance). 6 direct trains per hour to Zurich (36 mins travel time). Double room 59 chf per person. (47.22574706497569,8.819124698638916) edit
  • Bed & Breakfast sea view, Lenggisrain 5, 8645 Jona (30 minutes walk from the town), +41 55 210 60 66 (). View to the lake. A bit in the outskirts of town - you can reach town by public bus or 30 minutes walk. Double room 57 chf per person.  edit
  • Bed & Breakfast oasee, Staffeln 14, 8715 Bollingen (On the main road Rapperswil-Jona to Schmerikon), +41 55 212 65 45, [19]. Comfortable rooms, nice view of Lake Zurich. Lakeside path for walking and biking. Double room 55-60 chf per person.  edit


Get out[edit]

  • Zurich is about 20-25 minutes away
  • direct trains to Zurich main station every 10-15 minutes. Trains take around 38 minutes.

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