Switzerland is a land that enchants at every bend in the road. The ethereal beauty of the land is seen even in the small towns and villages of the country. Many of these are pristine and untouched, places that retain a virginal charm. These towns and villages seem to exist beyond even the frontiers of imagination and seem to have emerged from the pages of a fairy tale book or from the imaginative mind of a painter or poet.
One such place is Rapperswil that lies about 40 kilometres from the city of Zurich. One of the famous Swiss trains renowned for their precision deposits you on the platform of the Rapperswil station and you find yourself in fairyland. A short walk takes you to the banks of the Lake Zurich which stretches out languorously bounded by mountains in the distance. A train chugs away in the distance bound to the towns high up in the Alps.
As you sit on a bench facing the lake, the only sound that you hear is that of your own breathing. Boats bob on the waters of the lake, it is afternoon and the place is devoid of people. An exquisite church, a wooden bridge, and ducks gliding gracefully in the waters of the lake complete the dream like scene.
Rapperswil is not a place to be seen and ticked off from a bucket list, it is a place to be experienced by the senses. The best thing to do when in Rapperswil is just sit besides the lake and lose yourself in the beauty of nature. But for those interested in exploring more, there is an old castle that is now a Polish museum which opens a fascinating window to Polish history and culture.
Rapperswil in Switzerland is a precious gem waiting to be discovered, a place that tugs at your heartstrings and haunts you forever.