Rapperswil Castle was one of the stops on our Day trip to the tiny country of Liechtenstein from Zurich. Rapperswil Switzerland is known as the “City of Roses” and lies on the shores of Lake Zurich. The southern area is known as Schlossberg and is home to the oldest vineyards in the area cultivating Pinot Noir. The castle was built in the 12th century and has since been renovated many times.
Rapperswil Castle towers high above the town, perched atop a long rocky hill called the Lindenhof, which extends through Rapperswil. A particular highlight for children is without a doubt the north flank of the castle hill, where fallow deer have lived since 1871 as a reminder of the legend surrounding the city’s foundation. Immediately below the deer park are various playground apparatus, such as a climbing wall and a speaking tube, where children can play and let off steam.
You have a spectacular view of the city and Lake Zurich from the top of the castle and during the season of May to October you can capture remarkable photos due to their famous 16,000 rose garden. Rapperswil Castle sits atop the Lindenhof hill, which belongs to the canton of St. Gallen. It was apparently formed by glacial debris during the last glacial period in Switzerland.
Unfortunately, there isn’t all the much to explore on the castle grounds themselves but make for a really nice stop if you’re in the area and have never been. If you decide to visit this castle it would be well recommended to also visit old Rapperswil due to it’s charming and historical old building and alleyways.
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