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ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 4, Rapperswil (SG)–Einsiedeln
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ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 3, Wattwil–Rapperswil (SG)
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Züri Oberland-Höhenweg
Züri Oberland-Höhenweg
Stage 4, Chrüzegg–Rapperswil
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Zürichsee-Rundweg
Zürichsee-Rundweg
Stage 6, Schmerikon–Rapperswil SG
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Zürichsee-Rundweg
Zürichsee-Rundweg
Stage 7, Rapperswil SG–Stäfa
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Obersee-Uferweg
Obersee-Uferweg
Route 973, Rapperswil SG–Schmerikon
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Holzbrücke Seedamm-Weg
Holzbrücke Seedamm-Weg
Route 849, Pfäffikon SZ–Rapperswil SG
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Cycling in the surroundings

Lakes Route
Lakes Route
Stage 8, Einsiedeln–Niederurnen
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Glatt-Route
Glatt-Route
Stage 2, Zürich (Schwamendingen)–Rapperswil
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Töss-Jona-Route
Töss-Jona-Route
Stage 2, Turbenthal–Rapperswil
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Goldküste–Limmat
Goldküste–Limmat
Stage 1, Rapperswil–Zürich
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Herzroute
Herzroute
Stage 9, Einsiedeln–Rapperswil
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Herzroute
Herzroute
Stage 10, Rapperswil–Wattwil
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Rhein–Hirzel–Linth
Rhein–Hirzel–Linth
Stage 2, Zürich–Pfäffikon SZ
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Rhein–Hirzel–Linth
Rhein–Hirzel–Linth
Stage 3, Pfäffikon SZ–Niederurnen (Ziegelbrücke)
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Rapperswil-Jona
Seebrücke Rapperswil–Hurden

Seebrücke Rapperswil–Hurden

An 841-metre wooden bridge crosses the Zürichsee at its narrowest and shallowest point – the longest in Switzerland. Opened in 2001, the crossing revives the centuries-old tradition of a footbridge over the narrow part of the lake at Rapperswil.
The first wooden bridge between Rapperswil and Hurden was built by Rapperswil’s ruler, Duke Rudolf IV of Austria around 1358. One reason may have been the growing stream of pilgrims to Einsiedeln, but the duke was mainly concerned with securing control over eastern access to the Gotthard route and the markets of Central Switzerland. The link meant that he had more effective control over longitudinal traffic between Zurich, Glarus and Graubunden. No wonder that the city of Zurich tried every means possible to hinder its construction.

The bridge served as a crossing for over 500 years, its function only interrupted by war and storms. With no balustrades and with loose planking, the bridge was not solidly built and thus could be repaired all the more quickly when damaged by storms. From 1878, traffic was directed over a newly constructed earth dam. Called the Seedamm, this is still in use today. Of the old bridge, only the «Heilig Hüsli», the bridge chapel, now remains. It bears the date 1551 and stands on the only stone pillar of the bridge construction, which at the same time serves as a support.
An 841-metre wooden bridge crosses the Zürichsee at its narrowest and shallowest point – the longest in Switzerland. Opened in 2001, the crossing revives the centuries-old tradition of a footbridge over the narrow part of the lake at Rapperswil.
The first wooden bridge between Rapperswil and Hurden was built by Rapperswil’s ruler, Duke Rudolf IV of Austria around 1358. One reason may have been the growing stream of pilgrims to Einsiedeln, but the duke was mainly concerned with securing control over eastern access to the Gotthard route and the markets of Central Switzerland. The link meant that he had more effective control over longitudinal traffic between Zurich, Glarus and Graubunden. No wonder that the city of Zurich tried every means possible to hinder its construction.

The bridge served as a crossing for over 500 years, its function only interrupted by war and storms. With no balustrades and with loose planking, the bridge was not solidly built and thus could be repaired all the more quickly when damaged by storms. From 1878, traffic was directed over a newly constructed earth dam. Called the Seedamm, this is still in use today. Of the old bridge, only the «Heilig Hüsli», the bridge chapel, now remains. It bears the date 1551 and stands on the only stone pillar of the bridge construction, which at the same time serves as a support.

Seebrücke Rapperswil–Hurden

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Hiking in the surroundings

ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 4, Rapperswil (SG)–Einsiedeln
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ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 3, Wattwil–Rapperswil (SG)
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Züri Oberland-Höhenweg
Züri Oberland-Höhenweg
Stage 4, Chrüzegg–Rapperswil
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Zürichsee-Rundweg
Zürichsee-Rundweg
Stage 6, Schmerikon–Rapperswil SG
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Zürichsee-Rundweg
Zürichsee-Rundweg
Stage 7, Rapperswil SG–Stäfa
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Obersee-Uferweg
Obersee-Uferweg
Route 973, Rapperswil SG–Schmerikon
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Holzbrücke Seedamm-Weg
Holzbrücke Seedamm-Weg
Route 849, Pfäffikon SZ–Rapperswil SG
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Cycling in the surroundings

Lakes Route
Lakes Route
Stage 8, Einsiedeln–Niederurnen
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Glatt-Route
Glatt-Route
Stage 2, Zürich (Schwamendingen)–Rapperswil
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Töss-Jona-Route
Töss-Jona-Route
Stage 2, Turbenthal–Rapperswil
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Goldküste–Limmat
Goldküste–Limmat
Stage 1, Rapperswil–Zürich
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Herzroute
Herzroute
Stage 9, Einsiedeln–Rapperswil
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Herzroute
Herzroute
Stage 10, Rapperswil–Wattwil
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Rhein–Hirzel–Linth
Rhein–Hirzel–Linth
Stage 2, Zürich–Pfäffikon SZ
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Rhein–Hirzel–Linth
Rhein–Hirzel–Linth
Stage 3, Pfäffikon SZ–Niederurnen (Ziegelbrücke)
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