Rapperswil-Jona is a municipality in the Wahlkreis (constituency) of See-Gaster in the canton of St. Gallen in Switzerland.
Rapperswil is located on the east shore of Lake Zurich. It is sometimes referred to as Rappi.
Rapperswil, town of roses located on the upper end of Lake Zurich, and the neighbouring sports and leisure district of Jona combine sights, cultural life, hiking and sports possibilities with a Mediterranean holiday atmosphere.
Roses decorate the coat of arms of the town of Rapperswil 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 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 Rapperswil’s landmark. The castle hill affords a panorama view from the Glarus Alps all the way to the Zurich Oberland. Several churches, chapels and monasteries in Rapperswil bear 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.
- Rapperswil Literature Festival – spontanuous encounter between writers and readers (March).
- blues’n’jazz festival – annual open-air happening in the old town of Rapperswil (June/July).
- Nighttime festival by the lake – huge, three-yearly event attracting about 150’000 spectators (August).