Walk with me - Rapperswil

Today, I would like to take you for a walk in a medieval town of Rapperswil. Would you like to join me?

Of course, we will visit a castle too! 😊


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Rapperswil is located at the lake Zürich in the canton of St. Gallen. It is easily accessible by car, train, bus and even by boat from Zürich.

The region has a long history. The relics that were found there date back to 5000 years ago.

The town itself was established in ca. 1200 AD by Rudolf II and Rudolf III von Rapperswil. After the death of the last Count of Rapperswil, the town was ruled by the Habsburg family for over a century. The town bought its freedom in 1415. In the middle of the 15th century it fell under the control of the Swiss confederacy. Rapperswil was a prosperous town because of it strategic location. At the beginning of the 19th century, Rapperswil joined the canton of St. Gallen and has been part of it ever since.


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It is a small town with many historical sites. One of them is the Rapperswil castle that is perched high above the town on top of the Lindenhof Hill. Today, it serves as the Polish museum. This is where we will go today.


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On the way to the castle we found this abandoned shoe. Do you wonder why there is such a sculpture in the middle of the historical town? Rapperswil is the headquarters to Circus Knie (Swiss National Circus) and this is the reason why there are a few sculptures representing the circus community. This is a super-sized clown shoe 😊 There is even a circus museum in Rapperswil.


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Rapperswil Castle

We are now standing in front of the staircase that will lead us to the castle on top of the Lindenhof Hill.

It is not know when exactly this castle was built. It is however assumed that it was built between 1200 and 1220 AD.

The first mention of the castle dates back to 1229. It was built by the Count Rudolf II and his son Rudolf III von Rapperswil. In 1442, it was given to the city of Rapperswil. Later it was controlled by the Swiss confederation. It was left abandoned and almost fell to ruins. It was saved by a Polish Count who leased the castle in 1870 and restored it. The restoration was financed by Wladyslaw Broel-Plater who established the Polish museum at the end of 1870.

Polish museum doesn't relate to history of the castle or the town and there was a petition to remove it and establish a new museum about the history of the region and Rapperswil. This however didn't happen, and the Polish museum is still located in the castle.

We will go to the castle anyway to get an impression about its interior. Before we enter the castle, we will walk around it.

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Let's go to the gardens first..

The castles grounds are very well maintained. The area includes animal park with deer as well. Can you see them?


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Rapperswil is also knows as the „town of roses.“ There are over 20,000 rose bushes and around 600 varieties of roses in the city. The biggest gardens are at the Capuchin monastery and and on the „Schanz.“ The latter is a special rose garden as it is established for the blind with very fragrant roses. Some of them are blooming even in October.

I didn't adjust the color of this rose..


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Now we will walk down to the promenade..

Can you see a mosquito? 😊


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On the way to the promenade we can see the castle from behind the trees..


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Next to the castle there is the St. John's church. It was built around 1229.


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This is part of the Capuchin Monastery.


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Before we go back to the castle, we can enjoy the view of the monastery gardens.


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Polish Museum

The entrance fee to the museum is CHF 5. We only had 30 minutes for the excursion as we came very late..

Let's start the tour! The first thing that we noticed were beautiful views from the castle.


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The museum is maintained by the Association of Friends of the Polish Museum. There are no public funds supporting the museum. The present exhibition was opened in 1990 as a result of close co-operation with museums in Poland.

There are several rooms showing different collections.

This room is dedicated to the Polish emigration to Switzerland in the 19th century. During the Occupation, many Poles found their new home in Switzerland. It was also a possibility for them to continue their activities.


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In this room we can find details about the famous Poles. On the right there is a bust of Mikolaj Kopernik, author of the heliocentric theory.


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There are a few rooms dedicated to paintings and drawings as well.


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On the way to the tower we passed this corridor with maps of Poland from different centuries.


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There are nice views of the courtyard from the corridor. The wooden part of the castle is the corridor where we are standing now.


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We only have about 15 minutes now, so hurry up to the tower! The climb is very easy and takes us just a few minutes. The views of the city and the lake are very nice. You can see the Swiss Alps on the clear day. We were not lucky this time.

I like this view through the window.. We wanted to stay longer, but the museum was about to close. We didn't want to go home yet, so we decided to go for a walk to the lake.


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Zürich lake

Zürich lake is a perfect place for a late afternoon walk..


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The sun was going down and the light was changing quickly.


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I usually don't take photos of people, but I really liked this couple..


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The fog was hanging above the lake, so we couldn't see very far..


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We will end our tour with my favorite photo of the day..


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I hope you enjoyed our walk today.

Thank you for reading!


As usually, all photos are taken by my Nikon D3200 AF-S NIKKOR 18-55 mm 1:3.5-5.6 G II (except of the ones indicated in the text)

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I love switzerland, I have only been to Lucerne and cannot wait to go back!

Thank you for stopping by!

Here you goo.....the castle queen enjoying the cudie top position with a new castle. Seems it is one of the prized posession ..and beautifully presented. "Rapperwil" the name is quite interesting as the castle of few rappers to welcome the "castle curie comment queen" awesome photography.....seems the magical hand. Webbing the photography magic on steemit....steem on

I just love your comments :D You always make me laugh! Keep them coming! LOL

Haha...castle queen happy ..👌

Haha you're a professional walker :D All I can here in that name tho is "Rapper's will" :D

Btw your post is literally made to make people read the text as those pics took some time to load haha :D

It's helping me to stay sane :D

Hahaha, I didn't think about that! But you're right :D

Oh, I won't post that many photos next time.. I just couldn't choose which ones to post :D That wasn't my strategy, but I'm glad when people read my posts, so it was good at the end :D

scrawly @scrawlyOctober 2018

My that shoe!!! I guess I can collect it later XD
Very nice, thank you for showing us another beautiful location, miss delish. I love to sight see fantastic scenery from my wheelchair.

Hahaha, it's really out of the space :D

My pleasure @scrawly! I'm glad that you liked it!

Another lovely walk Martina. I can understand the locals wanting to establish a museum dedicated to their own town in such a lovely castle. But I guess the Polish Museum was established in the first place for a good reason and, and I'm sure the Poles have a contribution to Swtizerland.

Thank you Pauline! To be honest, I was surprised to see that there was a Polish museum in a castle and I understand that they want to change it too. Well, if it wouldn't be for the Polish community, the castle would fall in ruins so they can thank Poles for saving it. I think this is the reason why the museum is located there..

Thank you for stopping by!

Gorgeous photography @delishtreats! That rose and the courtyard are my favorites. I can imagine people running around the courtyard doing what they would do in those days. So cool. Thanks for the tour friend!

I was surprised to see such beautiful roses in the middle of October. There were so many people around. People love this place!

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A resilient rose… you captured the beauty perfectly. :)

Oh wow!

Great pictures! It really looks like an amazing place to visit. The architecture looks really interesting and the roses look amazing!

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I found the mosquito. Confused fellow. No blood in those mushrooms :) I like the rose picture and the view out the castle window. I would enjoy the Polish museum. Polish history is very interesting if somewhat tragic.

Yay! I think you were the only one who read it :) Yeah, it seemed to be very confused and I was happy that it was as otherwise it would bite me :)

It is a very nice museum. We just didn't have enough time to really look at everything in detail, but we will go there again :)

Thank you for stopping by, Steve! :)

fromage @fromageOctober 2018

I could not, in fact, see the mosquito.

Yeah, it's not that easy.. look at the left side :)

Such beautiful photos! Being from America, I never had the chance to experience a really old castle, so I enjoy a lot when someone makes a post about them.

Thanks for sharing!

A couple of people from the US told me already that there are no old castles there. I have never realized that, until I heard about it. It actually makes sense..

I'm happy that you liked that! I hope to bring more posts about castles very soon.

Happy weekend!