Across the historic wooden bridge

Rapperswil - Hurden - Pfäffikon - Freienbach - Richterswil

Rapperswil SG

Rapperswil SG

Rapperswil SG: Seedamm Kiesinsel

Rapperswil SG: Seedamm Kiesinsel

Rapperswil SG: Schloss

Rapperswil SG: Schloss

Rapperswil SG: Seepromenade

Rapperswil SG: Seepromenade

The "Seedamm" on Lake Zurich links Rapperswil in St. Gallen canton with Pfäffikon in Schwyz canton. Back in the Middle Ages, pilgrims heading to Santiago de Compostela crossed the lake here on a rickety walkway with no handrails. The historic wooden bridge is the centrepiece of this level hike.

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Technical information

Starting point:Rapperswil
Destination:Richterswil
Getting to the starting point:Car/railway from Zurich or across the Seedamm to Rapperswil
Back from the destination:Car/railway to Zurich, or across the Seedamm back to Rapperswil
Technique:Easy
Physical fitness:Easy
Difference in elevation:Ascent 80 m, descent 80 m
Hiking time:2h 50m (complete hike)
Season:Year-round
Note:  It is perfectly possible to walk individual sections only; Hurden also has a railway station.

Description

Nowadays, a modern 841-meter-long wooden structure (with handrails) runs across the water parallel to the Seedamm, from Rapperswil past the "Heilig Hüsli" chapel on an islet and on to the Hurden peninsula.

After the hamlet of Hurden with its chapel and good lakeside restaurants comes the "Frauenwinkel" area with reedbeds of interest to natural historians.

From Pfäffikon, walkers continue along the hiking trail to Freienbach and across the Waldisberg with its vineyards on the southern slope. There are stunning views of Lake Zurich on the final section of the walk, along the superb beach path that leads from Bäch into Richterswil in Zurich canton.

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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