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About Winterthur
General information
Winterthur - city of culture
The city of Winterthur with its 96'000 inhabitants is Switzerland sixth biggest city, with the largest connected pedestrian area in Europe. The middle age city center lives on each time of the day. Shops, restaurants, markets and festivals put life into the historic walls. The various cultural offers, either experimental theater or international known museums, are always welcome for cultural inspired guests. No other Swiss city has so many first-rate works of art ranging from the Renaissance to the present day. There is also a lively music and theatre scene, the largest theatre building in Switzerland, some smaller venues and the Casinotheater, the home of Swiss Comedy.
Location
15 minutes to Zurich Airport, 20 minutes to the city center of Zurich.
By Train
From Zurich main station regular connections with the S12 or the InterCity directly to Winterthur (departures every 6 minutes). From Zurich airport there are several different trains leaving always at 25, 28 and 58 minutes passed each hour.
On the road
Motorway A1 coming from St. Gallen or Zurich
Motorway A7 coming from Konstanz/Kreuzlingen. Exit: Winterthur-Ohringen. After the exit on the 3rd traffic light line up in the middle row in direction Turbenthal/Stadtzentrum; then again on the 3rd traffic light turn left in the Museumstrasse, following the signs for the Park Hotel.
Free outside parking space and garage (daily charge of CHF 12.-) are available at the hotel.
Places to visit in and around Winterthur
Collection Oskar Reinhart "Am Römerholz"
This is one of the most significant private collections of the 20th century, located in the owner's former home. Outstanding old masters including work by Grünewald, L. Cranach the Elder, H. Holbein the Younger, P. Bruegel the Elder and Rubens, complemented by important 19th and early 20th century French paintings, in particular by the Impressionists, by David, Ingres, Géricault, Delacroix, Corot, Daumier, Courbet, Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, van Gogh, Picasso and others. The "Am Römerholz" Villa was built in 1915 on the outskirts of the town by Maurice Turrettini, who added a picture gallery in 1925. It was renovated and extended by the Zurich architects Annette Gigon and Mike Guyer in 1996-98.
Fotomuseum Winterthur
The Fotomuseum Winterthur is a gallery dedicated to photography by contemporary photographers; it is also a classical museum for the work of 19th and 20th century master photographers; and finally, it is a cultural-historical and sociological museum for applied photography from the areas of industry, architecture, fashion etc. The exhibition programme and accompanying publications and events are based on these three orientations.
Villa Flora
French paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries in the authentic ambience of the rooms decorated by the museum's architects Rittmeyer & Furrer in the former private villa of the husband-and-wife collectors Arthur and Hedwig Hahnloser-Bühler. The focal point of the collection is formed by work by the "Nabis" group with Bonnard, Roussel, Vallotton and Vuillard, and the "Fauves" with Manguin, Matisse, Marquet, Rouault and their predecessors Cézanne, van Gogh and Redon. The paintings are displayed in changing exhibitions in constantly new and interesting combinations.
Technorama - please touch!
It makes no difference whether you are a professor of technology or someone whose technical skill is just sufficient to screw in an electric light bulb - either way you will be thrilled and amazed by what you experience in Technorama. You will suddenly realise that natural science and technology can be real fun when you experiment at over 500 interactive stations and observe natural phenomena on a miniature scale. Preliminary feelings of "wow" will gradually give way to the experience of "aha!" as you come to realise that what you discover, marvel at and gradually begin to understand is, quite simply, cool.
Rosengarten
Der Aussichtspunkt auf dem Heiligberg ist eine Perle unter den öffentlichen Grünanlagen der Stadt. Neben einem wunderschönen Ausblick über die Stadt kann man sich auch an rund 2'900 Rosenstöcken in 285 Sorten erfreuen.
Rhine waterfalls
Thousands of visitors are enchanted by the natural spectacle of Europe's biggest waterfall. On a height of 24 meters and width of 150 meters fall 700m3 water per second over the rocks.
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