A beautiful lake, historic castle and tens of thousands of roses make this charming medieval town a breath of fresh air.

Rapperswil-Jona The Town of Roses

While the surrounding area has been settled for the past 5000 years, Rapperswil itself grew up around its 13th century castle. The Habsburg family acquired the town, and built the wooden bridge across the upper Lake Zürich around 1358. Perched high on a hill, overlooking the town, the medieval castle tower offers breathtaking views of the lake. Inside the castle, a Polish museum is dedicated to famous Poles, such as Chopin and Madame Curie, and the relations between the two nations. However, the town is best known for the 16,000 roses that bloom in its gardens. One is designed specifically for the blind with particularly fragrant roses, and guide panels written in brail.

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