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Richterswil

Richterswil nestles between the southern shore of Lake Zurich and gently rolling green hill country. It boasts two lakewater swimming pools, a picturesque village centre with well-preserved half-timbered houses, and the tiny island of Schönenwirt in Lake Zurich.
Richterswil is situated about 25 km from Zurich on the left shore of Lake Zurich, in the Zimmerberg / Sihl Valley region on the border with the Canton of Schwyz. Almost 12,000 people live in this commune which is divided into the districts of Richterswil, Burghalden and Samstagern. In 1975, the historic village centre of Richterswil was declared as a protected site: visitors will be impressed by its many well-preserved half-timbered houses including the Haus zum Bären (or House of the Bear) which accommodates the local history museum. Richterswil is also represented at the Ballenberg open-air museum in Berne Canton by a traditional wine-grower's house dating from 1780.

Other historic buildings worth seeing include the ruins of the Old Wädenswil Fortress built in about 1200 and the 'Alte Sagi', or sawmill, an important reminder of the craftsmanship of yesteryear. Richterswil Rail Station, which is also a listed building, received the international Brunel Award in 1992 for outstanding visual design in the public rail transport sector. Together with Samstagern Rail Station, the motorway junction and the mooring for boats on Lake Zurich, it plays a part in the commune's excellent access to transport routes.

A stroll along Lake Zurich will take you from the «Horn» leisure area and park to the lakewater swimming pool, past the quay and the boat rental office in the old harbour of Richterswil. In just a few minutes, you can take a boat or even swim over to the fairytale island of Schönenwirt, the smallest of the three islands in Lake Zurich. Richterswil bought this island from the monastery in Einsiedeln in 1848, at a price of just one hundred francs.

The gently undulating moraine landscape in the Richterswil Mountains is scenically very charming, with its green hills and idyllic little lakes, marshes and ponds. There is a public swimming pool at the Hüttnersee, a popular destination for excursions to the south of Samstagern. The water freezes during cold winters, transforming the lake into an ice-skating rink. Probably the most famous viewpoint is named after its admirer, Gottfried Keller. From here your gaze will wander across Lake Zurich towards the foothills of the Glarus and Appenzell Alps.

Unlike the ponds that have been created by nature, the «Sternenweiher» pond was the result of artificial damming in 1873 so that the waters of the Mülibach stream could be utilised. A delivery pipe measuring two kilometres carried the water down as far as Lake Zurich, where it drove a water turbine in the doubling mill of Zinggeler, a silk manufacturer. To entertain people on holidays and also to symbolise the progress of industrialisation, the factory-owner forced the water up through a nozzle, creating a jet fountain with a height of 80-85 meters. For a long time, this was the highest fountain on the continent and it has been operating again since it was renovated in 2007.

Highlights

  • Floral decoration.
  • Richterswil fountain: the highest jet fountain in the world operated purely by gravity (without a pump).
  • Schönenwirt Island: the smallest island in Lake Zurich, within swimming distance of the shore.
  • 'Alte Sagi': a much-frequented museum, famous for the restored «Knochenstampfi», a huge grinding machine.
  • Haus zum Bären: splendid half-timbered house accommodating the local history museum.
Richterswil nestles between the southern shore of Lake Zurich and gently rolling green hill country. It boasts two lakewater swimming pools, a picturesque village centre with well-preserved half-timbered houses, and the tiny island of Schönenwirt in Lake Zurich.
Richterswil is situated about 25 km from Zurich on the left shore of Lake Zurich, in the Zimmerberg / Sihl Valley region on the border with the Canton of Schwyz. Almost 12,000 people live in this commune which is divided into the districts of Richterswil, Burghalden and Samstagern. In 1975, the historic village centre of Richterswil was declared as a protected site: visitors will be impressed by its many well-preserved half-timbered houses including the Haus zum Bären (or House of the Bear) which accommodates the local history museum. Richterswil is also represented at the Ballenberg open-air museum in Berne Canton by a traditional wine-grower's house dating from 1780.

Other historic buildings worth seeing include the ruins of the Old Wädenswil Fortress built in about 1200 and the 'Alte Sagi', or sawmill, an important reminder of the craftsmanship of yesteryear. Richterswil Rail Station, which is also a listed building, received the international Brunel Award in 1992 for outstanding visual design in the public rail transport sector. Together with Samstagern Rail Station, the motorway junction and the mooring for boats on Lake Zurich, it plays a part in the commune's excellent access to transport routes.

A stroll along Lake Zurich will take you from the «Horn» leisure area and park to the lakewater swimming pool, past the quay and the boat rental office in the old harbour of Richterswil. In just a few minutes, you can take a boat or even swim over to the fairytale island of Schönenwirt, the smallest of the three islands in Lake Zurich. Richterswil bought this island from the monastery in Einsiedeln in 1848, at a price of just one hundred francs.

The gently undulating moraine landscape in the Richterswil Mountains is scenically very charming, with its green hills and idyllic little lakes, marshes and ponds. There is a public swimming pool at the Hüttnersee, a popular destination for excursions to the south of Samstagern. The water freezes during cold winters, transforming the lake into an ice-skating rink. Probably the most famous viewpoint is named after its admirer, Gottfried Keller. From here your gaze will wander across Lake Zurich towards the foothills of the Glarus and Appenzell Alps.

Unlike the ponds that have been created by nature, the «Sternenweiher» pond was the result of artificial damming in 1873 so that the waters of the Mülibach stream could be utilised. A delivery pipe measuring two kilometres carried the water down as far as Lake Zurich, where it drove a water turbine in the doubling mill of Zinggeler, a silk manufacturer. To entertain people on holidays and also to symbolise the progress of industrialisation, the factory-owner forced the water up through a nozzle, creating a jet fountain with a height of 80-85 meters. For a long time, this was the highest fountain on the continent and it has been operating again since it was renovated in 2007.

Highlights

  • Floral decoration.
  • Richterswil fountain: the highest jet fountain in the world operated purely by gravity (without a pump).
  • Schönenwirt Island: the smallest island in Lake Zurich, within swimming distance of the shore.
  • 'Alte Sagi': a much-frequented museum, famous for the restored «Knochenstampfi», a huge grinding machine.
  • Haus zum Bären: splendid half-timbered house accommodating the local history museum.

Arrival and return Richterswil

Adresse

Rapperswil Zürichsee Tourismus
Fischmarktplatz 1
8640 Rapperswil
Tel. +41 (0)55 225 77 00
zuerichsee@zuerich.com
www.zuerich.com

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