A surprise castle on the Zurichsee with a view of the Alps!
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Looking back behind us, the side of the lake where the sun was over, had a mist that made for a impressionist sort of image with a haziness and beautiful shadows.
I had been paying so much attention to the sunny side of the lake with the snow capped peaks that I totally missed the approach to Rapperswil. I walked to the other side of the deck only to be shocked at what I saw. I had no idea what this town was and why it was significant but, one look and I knew that it was special. There was a great fortress out on a peninsula. Within it’s walls there was a hill with castle on top and many turrets.
The old town is dominated by the Castle of Rapperswil located at the Rapperswil peninsula on Lake Zürich perched atop a hill (Herrenberg). The castle dates back to the early 13th century (first mentioned in 1229). In 1350, it was destroyed by Rudolf Brun, the mayor of Zürich, and was rebuilt in 1352/54 by Albrecht II, Duke of Austria. Deer inhabit lands surrounding the castle. Since 1870, the castle has been home to the Polish National Museum created by Polish Immigrants.
Our visit was brief, I couldn’t even get off the boat but, what a treasure, I have found. I will return to Zurich and visit Rapperswil and learn all of its secrets.
As the boat made its turn to start back a bit more of the cute little town and it’s grand fortress was revealed…..WOW!