Winterthur

Zurich Region

Winterthur is a treasure trove rich in art, history and nature. Switzerland's sixth-biggest city boasts art collections of world renown. Other museums and monuments, a lively old town, an active music and comedy scene, and extensive parks and public gardens give Winterthur, a town small enough to get around conveniently, the air of a big city.

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A perfect weekend in Winterthur

The Oskar Reinhart Collection "Am Römerholz" is one of the most impressive museums in Winterthur. It is among the most important private collections of the 20th century and includes about 200 works of European art from the 14th to the early 20th century. The focus is on 19th century French painting, in particular on paintings by the French impressionists and their precursors.

The pedestrian zone in the charming Old Town is considered to be Switzerland’s largest. And it is known as a place of stately buildings. Venerable mansions in and around the Marktgasse, the municipal church, the Fisher Maiden’s Fountain or the famous Town Hall Passage are great attractions.

The Oskar Reinhart Museum shows over 500 pictures, predominantly by German, Swiss and Austrian artists from the 18th to the 20th century. Other highlights include the Villa Flora, where a rich collection of modern French painting is exhibited, and the Briner and Kern Museum which is mainly devoted to the Dutch masters of the 17th century.

Winterthur owes its cultural wealth to rich patrons from the days when Winterthur was an important industrial centre: with the onset of the industrialisation in the 19th century Winterthur rose quickly to become an important economic centre thanks to motor, locomotive and textile factories.

The cultural city of Winterthur in addition to several theatres and the biggest event venue of Switzerland is also home to the Swiss cabaret and comedy centre. The friendly old town of Winterthur with its many street cafes is perfect for strolling and shopping.

In spite of its industrial tradition Winterthur is also a 'garden city' with a conspicuously large number of parks and gardens. There is even a city tour dedicated to "Villas and Gardens". In the charming area surrounding Winterthur, in the forests, wine-growing areas, by the Töss and Rhine there are castles with which the people of Winterthur today as in the past have a particularly close relationship. Winterthur is also a perfect starting point for excursions to Lake Constance and the Rhine or to the nearby metropolis of Zurich.

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With its outstanding art collections and monuments, its lively Old Town and its energetic music and comedy scene, Winterthur offers a seductive blend of big-city grandeur and a small-town closeness to nature.

Highlights

  • Art Museum - exhibitions devoted to modern art from Picasso to Klee
  • Technorama - entertaining introduction to the development of science and technology under the motto "please touch"
  • Photo Museum - the only museum for photography in German-speaking Switzerland with over 30'000 originals by world-famous photographers
  • Oskar Reinhart Collection "Am Römerholz" - Reinharts large private villa houses European paintings from five centuries
  • Sulzerareal - Europes's largest hall for trend sports, also venue for large events, such as musicals etc.

Top Events

  • Winterthur Fasnacht (Carnival) (February/March)
  • Albanifest (June)
  • Winterthur Summer Theatre - traditional open-air theatre which was first introduced in 1865 (Summer)
  • International Short Film Festival (November)
  • Christmas Market (December)

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