|Rapperswil train station
|Pfäffikon (SZ) train station
January – December
Panorama lakeside walk in the nature reserve with a unique view of Lake Zurich and the foothills of the Alps.by Marc Gottwald
Beautiful medieval town
Do you love beautiful medieval old towns? How about a pinch of southern flair? Or with a relaxing walk over the longest wooden footbridge in Switzerland? Then you’ve come to the right place in Rapperswil.
With a monastery, a castle, its medieval inns and a unique view, Rapperswil offers everything your heart desires.
That’s why it’s worth strolling through the old town of Rapperswil before the actual walk.
The longest wooden bridge in Switzerland
You start at the Rapperswil train station and stroll through the campus of the Technical University of Rapperswil until you come to the 841m long wooden lake dam. It is the longest wooden bridge in Switzerland.
According to tradition, there must have been a sea dam made of wood 3,500 years ago, since pile dwellers are said to have lived here.
By the way: There’s always enough time for a short break, right? There is uniquely great seating. Here you can recharge your batteries or just enjoy.
Swans, seagulls and the coot (Taucherli) cavort over the shallow water, as you move more and more towards the nature reserve. Definitely worth mentioning is the gigantic view of the foothills of the Alps and the Etzel, Pfäffikon’s local mountain. A pure delight this walk!
Fortunately, instead of Messi and Ronaldo, there are rare animals such as sand lizards, which feel particularly comfortable in the stony terrain. The shore is overgrown with an important and very wide belt of reeds. But what is a reed belt important for?
It serves as a breeding ground and habitat for various (rare) species. It also improves water quality and breaks waves. Reeds also stop shore erosion, which carries sand away from the shore.
There is a nice picnic spot with a playground, fireplace and clean public toilets that invite you to linger. But the next place is much nicer for a picnic: