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Travel – Winterthur, in northern Switzerland




Winterthur is in northern Switzerland. It is in the canton of Zurich (the second largest town in Canton Zurich) and is considered the sixth most populated city of the country. “Winti” is the dialect of the inhabitants. It is a high tech industry, engineering industry – diesel motors, textile machinery, and locomotives and service centre lying 19 miles to the south-west and 28km (17miles) to the northwest of Zurich. It is at an elevation of 439 meters (1,440 ft). It has an area of 68.1 square kilometers (26.3 sq mi) and lies on the river Eulach and hence also known as “Eulach-City”. The city is based on a basin south and east of Toss River. Traces of Bronze Age settlement have been found in the area of the modern town.
The city is also known for several theatres and Swiss cabaret and comedy theatre centre. For strolling and shopping, street cafés are present in the old town. It is also known as “garden city” because of the number of parks and gardens. The city also organizes a tour as well to “Villas and Gardens”. Lake Constance and Rhine are also places of interest. Winterthur is known for its numerous museums, a photographic museum, hands-on Science Museum and for world class art. It is also known as “City of museums”. The most famous are:
1. Oskar Reinhart Collection ‘Am Römerholz’
2. Oskar Reinhart Collection am Stadtgarten
3. Kunstmuseum Winterthur
4. Villa Flora
5. Fotomuseum Winterthur
6. Technorama

The Top Events
• Gewerbemuseum: Farbe: Spiel und Obsession ( May – Oct )
• Fotostiftung Schweiz: Hannes Schmid ( Jun – Sep )
• Kunstmuseum: Rita McBride ( Jun – Sep )

Places to see:
• The Oskar Reinhart Collection “Am Römerholz”: It comprises of collection of large private villa houses European paintings from five centuries. It is one of 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. It shows over 500 pictures, predominantly by German, Swiss and Austrian artists from the 18th to the 20th century. Europe’s largest hall for trend sports, also venue for large events, such as musicals etc.
• The Villa Flora: This is where a rich collection of modern French painting is exhibited.
• The Briner and Kern Museum These museums are mainly devoted to the Dutch masters of the 17th century.
• Winterthur Kunstmuseum: It is an artist gallery which has a collection works by Swiss, Austrian and German artists.
• Art Museum – exhibitions devoted to modern art from Picasso to Klee.
• Technorama – This is a science development centre and a science museum showing development of science and technology under the motto “please touch”.
• Photo Museum – It is the only museum for photography with over 30’000 originals by world-famous photographers.

How to get there:
By train: Winterthur’s train station is one of the busiest in Switzerland. Every day around 150 express trains stop in Winterthur. There are intercity connections to all major Swiss cities every half an hour and direct trains are available to Munich. Around 800 suburban and regional trains run through the nine city railway stations of Winterthur on a daily basis; for example, the S12 will take you right into the heart of the City of Zurich within just 19 minutes.
Winterthur is one of the points of the Swiss train-net and also of the S-Bahn Zurich. All express trains that drive in the direction to St.Gallen, Konstanz or Romanshorn pass the main station. There is also a EuroCity to Munich which stops in Winterthur. Additionally 11 S-Bahn-lines and 5 nightlines stop there. 122’000 passengers are frequenting the place each day. Beside the main station there are nine more train stations in Winterthur

By air: Zurich Airport can be reached taking one of the 120 direct trains daily or by car within 15 minutes. From this international hub you can fly to most worldwide destinations. Check-in for the flight can already is done at Winterthur railway station. Winterthur is connected by direct trains to Zurich Airport to and from Germany and Italy. Winterthur is about 25 km (15.5 miles) east of Zurich’s Kloten airport, to which it is linked by rail on the line between Zurich and St Gallen or Lake Constance.

By car: It is also a regional transportation hub. The A1 motorway from Geneva through to St. Margrethen connects in Winterthur with the A4 motorway heading north toward Schaffhausen and the A7 motorway heading close to the Swiss-German border at Kreuzlingen. There are also roads leading to other places such as Turbenthal.

By Bus: The local public transport is run by Stadtbus Winterthur with twelve town bus lines and five regional bus lines. Winterthur is connected to the Swiss national road network with four A1 motorway junctions.

Best time to visit / climate:

The best time to visit Brienz is summer that is around May, June and August. The best time to walk and enjoy the art and museums of the place-Oskar Reinhart Collection ‘Am Römerholz’, Oskar Reinhart Collection am Stadtgarten, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Villa Flora, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Technorama.

Location on Google Maps:


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Driving directions from Zurich to Winterthur on Google Maps:


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Places to stay (hotels / restaurants)

Booking.com
• Tripadvisor (hotels, restaurants)
Myswitzerland
• http://www.holidaycityeurope.com/winterthurhotels/
Directrooms (cheap deals on hotels)
• http://www.switzerlandhotel.net/winterthur_hotels.html

Blogs / Sites about Winterthur:

• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winterthur
Tripadvisor
Travelpod
Oleole
Travelbuddy
Myspace

Images and photos of Winterthur:

Tripadvisor
Picsearch
• http://www.flickr.com/photos/peterlaw/4918264853/
Swissinfo
• http://www.listphotographers.com/79099
• http://photobucket.com/images/Winterthur/
• http://www.essential-architecture.com/A-AMERICA-N/USA/USA-NewEngland/NE-010.htm

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