Winterthur City & Region

Hegi Castle

Over centuries the former moated mansion was the tranquil residence of affluent families. If you wish to visit the castle nowadays, you can do so as part of a visit to the museum. The castle was the tranquil residence of distinguished families for hundreds of years. If you would like to visit the castle today, you can do so as part of a museum visit.

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Bäumli

The Bäumli is Winterthur's most popular vantage point. On the terrace above the hillside vineyards of the Goldenberg you can enjoy the view over the entire city and a fantastic view of the Alps.

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Marktgasse

The lively alley stretches in a straight line through the entire Old Town. Here shop sits beside shop, interspersed with usually fully occupied cafés and restaurants.

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Oberer Graben

The name remained: like the walls and watchtowers, the fosse laid out by the Counts of Kyburg belonged to the fortifications of the city. Today the "Graben" is a boulevard with a Mediterranean feel, inviting you to indulge yourself with its charming street cafés, restaurants and boutiques.

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Old Town

Located in the heart of Winterthur is the Old Town, the largest connected pedestrian area in Switzerland, with its colourful mix of specialist shops, boutiques, cafés and restaurants.

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Town Hall

Probably the most beautiful passage in the Old Town is the town hall passage developed in the style of the Neorenaissance, which connects the Stadthausstrasse with the Marktgasse.

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City Hall

The monumental stone structure, built between 1865 and 1870, counts among the epochal examples of European historicism.

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City Park

The elegant city park with its mighty trees, carefully placed sculptures and cultivated brilliant display of flowers is the "green lung" right in the centre. The "Barockhäuschen" (Baroque Cottage) is evidence of a time when the people of Winterthur used to enjoy the summer resort here.

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Judd Fountains

Since 1997 three elliptical works of art can be found in Steinberggasse: the fountains by the famous American sculptor Donald Judd.

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Justitia Fountain

The magnificent, repeatedly rebuilt fountain originally dates back to 1537 and has an eventful history.

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Loorstrasse Educational Botanical Garden

The diversity and interaction of plants and animals in nature are displayed, explained and brought to life at the Loorstrasse Educational Botanical Garden in an area measuring 1,000 sq metres.

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Parish Church

The Sankt Laurentius parish church with its two distinctive towers is located in the centre of the Old Town. As early as in the 7th or 8th century a wooden church stood in its place.

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Steinberggasse

On market days there is a hustle and a bustle on Steinberggasse, and similarly during the music festival, when the grand concert stage is set up here, the alley sparkles with life.

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Casinotheater

Do you want to have a really good laugh again? Then the Casinotheater is perfect for you. Since 2002 the elegant comedy house has catered for the glamour factor in Winterthur, attracting visitors as well as artists from the entire German-speaking area.

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Rose Garden

The decorative Rosengarten lies directly above the city centre on the Heiligberg. This insider's tip for rose lovers is an oasis of tranquility with more than 330 species of roses and a gorgeous view.

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Stadtspielwerk

Stadtspielwerk

A tribute to Winterthur’s industrial era. Winterthur is a city of engines, locomotives, and engineers. The “Stadtspielwerk” is an 11-metre high iron sculpture that incorporates this tradition and renders it tangible through contemporary art.

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Swiss Science Center Technorama

Switzerland's only Science Centre is a tactile Museum: here science becomes an experience of the senses. The curious can experiment to their heart's content at more than 500 interactive stations.

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Collection Oskar Reinhart "Am Römerholz"

A jewel of the Swiss museum scene is located in an elevated position above Winterthur: one of the most distinguished private collections of the 20th century awaits you in a villa hidden away behind old trees in an idyllic garden.

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Swiss Foundation of Photography

In 2003 the Swiss Foundation of Photography moved its extensive collection from Zurich to Winterthur. Today, together with the Fotomuseum (Museum of Photography), it constitutes a highly regarded international centre of excellence for photography.

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Wildpark Bruderhaus

The recreation are in Eschenberg is venue for people and animals in the nature. In the large Wildpark it is possible to get close to rare and endangered subspecies of Przewalski's horse, to observe lynx or to sport the young animals in a play.

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Winterthur Museum of Nature

The natural scientific collections of old have been dusted and a family-friendly, snazzy museum of nature has emerged. Its exhibitions enable you to enter the fascinating realm of nature in a playful and informative manner.

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Gallispitz

The top of the hillside vineyard above Veltheim offers a magnificent view over Winterthur.

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Caste Hegi Garden

Hegi Castle - Garden

The ProSpecieRara-Pflanzgarten at Hegi Castle in Winterthur is not a copy of a kitchen garden from the Middle Ages. With its modern structural style elements and interactive path, the garden is a new and contemporary interpretation.

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Kerala Children's Museum

The Kerala Children's Museum is integrated into the Museum of Nature and provides a place to learn through play and experience for accompanied children aged 4 to 8.

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Kunstmuseum Winterthur

The Kunstmuseum Winterthur possesses one of the most beautiful modern art collections in Switzerland. The new building was built by the architects Gigon and Guyer.

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Museum for photography Winterthur

With its pictures ranging from art to documentation of the ordinary, the Swiss Mecca of photography captivates not only hardened fans. Both contemporary and classical photography find a fascinating setting in the Museum of Photography.

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Chöpfi

The bizarre sandstone formations on the Wolfensberg are works of art created by nature, which do not only fascinate children. It is a great place to play, have a picnic and enjoy the view over the district of Wülflingen.

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Eschenberg Observatory

Eschenberg Observatory

On the Eschenberg hill, the stars are within your reach. An observatory, equipped with a state-of-the-art telescope, has been located here since 1979. A visit to the observatory is a multimedia experience.

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Eschenbergturm

In the centre of the Eschenbergwald (Eschenberg Woods) the Eschenbergturm soars 30 metres into the sky. Those walkers, who do not suffer from vertigo, let their eyes roam into the distance from up here. During fine weather you can see as far as the Alps and the Black Forest.

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Kunsthalle

Experimental art knows no bounds in this cultural institution, strongly rooted in the local area, yet cosmopolitan in outlook. The "Dritter Raum" ("Third room") provides space for meetings and a library with artists' publications from the London collection "Publish and be damned".

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Museum for Applied Arts and Design

With its creative exhibitions the museum attracts the curious in droves. Whether colour, light, food design or shoes - the Museum for Applied Arts and Design has a knack of staging the familiar in an unfamiliar way on every new occasion.

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Museum Oskar Reinhart

Since 1951 the former grammar school at the city park houses around 600 pictures and drawings by Swiss, German and Austrian artists. We owe this to the Winterthur art patron Oskar Reinhart.

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Kellenberger Timepiece Collection

With its astronomical clock the Kellenberger Timepiece Collection lays on a masterpiece of horology. Even future lunar and solar eclipses can be read off the clock face. The iron console clocks by the Winterthur Liechti clockmakers are also remarkable.

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Sessel Iberg

Here you can enjoy views over the Töss Valley as far as the Glarus Alps. Nice walking trails along the edge of the woods above Oberseen and Eidberg.

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Spörri Collection

Spörri Collection

The comprehensive collection features agricultural machines and devices from the dawn of the motorization of farming, and its ensuing evolution.

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Coin Collection and Antiques Collection

More than 200'000 objects from 4'000 years of the history of money are in possession of the coin collection and the antiques collection. These witnesses of the past are presented to the public in temporary exhibitions in the Villa Bühler.

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Mörsburg

The medieval Mörsburg Castle, which has an eventful history, is set among hills in east Winterthur surrounded by greenery. It houses a historical museum, which specializes in exhibits from the 17th and 18th centuries.

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Museum Lindengut

Villa Lindengut brings the history of Winterthur to life. Besides the historical museum the villa also accommodates the magnificent wedding chamber for Winterthur couples.

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The smallest house

When strolling through Neustadtgasse you will notice the quirky miniature house with the tiny garden. It is not situated parallel to the alley like all the other houses but is placed at an angle in the cobbled courtyard.

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Villa Flora

For decades a visit to Villa Flora was a privilege, which was reserved only for the family of the owners and a close circle of friends. Thanks to private initiative by descendants of the collector couple Hedy and Arthur Hahnloser-Bühler, Villa Flora has been open to the public since 1995. Discover artistic highlights and typical home decor of the middle classes around the turn of the 20th century.

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Library

Winterthur Public Library

Winterthur’s public library system, “Winterthurer Bibliotheken”, is made up of the main city library, study libraries with special collections, as well as six neighbourhood libraries.

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Birthplace of Jonas Furrer

Jonas Furrer was one of the most important liberal Swiss politicians of the 19th century. He made history as Switzerland's first Federal President.

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Neustadthus

The project caused a stir: towards the end of the 1970s, young craftspeople and alternative shop owners moved into the decrepit former joinery in the Neustadthus and restored it with a combined effort.

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Collection Briner and Kern

The collections by the gentlemen Briner and Kern left to the City of Winterthur are united in this small, exquisite museum in the town hall. The focus is on 17th century Dutch painting and miniature portraits.

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