I’m wondering if the Swiss just intended for every city in its country to be absolutely breathtakingly stunning.
We didn’t have a full day to do our own thing, since we’d be heading to the North American team dinner that night, which gave us just enough time to make another day trip out of Zurich. That led a bunch of us to Rapperswil, which was just a 40-minute beautiful train ride down Lake Luzern. With the mountains in the distance, and the sailboats on the lake, it was an easy way to take in the morning.
The city itself is very small, so it was easy to get around and see the sights. Not a lot of shopping, which is more than okay. One of the first things we saw in the middle of the main center was 8-foot tall white letters saying “Dolce Vita” or the sweet life. Seemed pretty perfect. The main square led to an outstanding vista to look at everything going on around the lake. Once up there, there was a fantastic breeze, which felt especially great. From big yachts, to smaller sailboats, to jet skis, to paddleboats, the Swiss definitely take advantage of what the lake has to offer.
We eventually made our way down to the rose garden before taking a quick break to grab a drink at the cafe on the lake, taking in more of the great breeze. We then dawdled a bit and hopped in the lake and got our feet wet. I don’t know why, but I was surprised that it wasn’t colder. Don’t get me wrong, it still felt refreshing!
Compared to the day in Luzern, this trip to Rapperswil was short and pretty relaxing — and very much worth it!