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Rapperswil Wooden Bridge, Upper Lake Zurich, SwitzerlandRapperswil Wooden Bridge, Upper Lake Zurich, Switzerland
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Rapperswil-Jona is a town in St Gallen canton, Switzerland. It comprises two small towns, Rapperswil and Jona, which merged on 1 January, 2007, creating a total area of 22.17 sq km (8.56 sq mi) with a population of 26,000 people (2011 estimate). Rapperswil-Jona is 409 m (1,342 ft) above sea level. The newly merged municipality is the second biggest town in St Gallen canton after St Gallen itself.

View of Rapperswil-Jona with Zürichsee (Lake Zurich) on the left and Obersee (Upper Lake Zurich) on the rightView of Rapperswil-Jona with Zürichsee (Lake Zurich) on the left and Obersee (Upper Lake Zurich) on the right
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Human habitation of the area around Rapperswil goes back at least five thousand years. The present town traces its history to at least the 13th century, when the Counts of Rapperswil built a castle there. The town came under the rule of the Habsburg in the 14th century. It bought its own freedom later on, and eventually joined the Swiss Confederation.

Most visitors to Rapperswil-Jona head for the Rapperswil Old Town, which has numerous old buildings of historic value, including five sites listed as Swiss heritage sites of national significance. In the surrounding area are sites preserving remnants of prehistoric pile dwellings that have been inscribed as a World Heritage Site. The modern town however has nothing of great interest. Most of the people here speak German (86.9%).

Rapperswil Old Town, with view of Rapperswil Castle and St John's Church (Stadtpfarrkirche St Johann)Rapperswil Old Town, with view of Rapperswil Castle and St John's Church (Stadtpfarrkirche St Johann)
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Visiting Rapperswil-Jona

Rapperswil-Jona is a transportation hub for Eastern Switzerland with several train lines passing through it. You can easily take a train here from Zürich, Zürich Airport and St Gallen.

Sights & Attractions in Rapperswil-Jona

  1. Bollingen Tower
    Structure built by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung in 1922.
  2. Rapperswil Capuchin Monastery (Kapuzinerkloster Rapperswil)
    Monastery with a history going back to 1606.
  3. Rapperswil Wooden Bridge (Holzbrücke Rapperswil-Hurden)
    Wooden footbridge between Rapperswil and Hurden, reconstructed in 2001.
  4. St Martin Busskirch
    The former parish church of Rapperswil.
  5. Wurmsbach Abbey (Kloster Mariazell-Wurmsbach)
    Cistercian monastery for nuns, established in 1259. It is located in Bollingen, a village close to Rapperswil-Jona, on the northern shore of Lake Zürich.

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