Roses shape the townscape in picturesque Rapperswil.
Rapperswil, the Riviera on the upper half of Lake Zurich, maintains its promise of southern charm. The small and quaint alleys of the medieval old part of town invite visitors to a charming stroll or spot of window-shopping.
Overlooking the town, the Rapperswil castle is perched high on a hill and is home to a Polish museum. This top spot additionally offers visitors breathtaking views of the lakeside surroundings. Rapperswil earns its name as the town of roses owing to the more than 16,000 roses that flower in the rose gardens of the Capuchin monastery and on the "Schanz". The latter is a rose garden for the blind with particularly fragrant roses, the names of which are written in brail on guide panels.