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Culture of Winterthur. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Winterthur is often called “Little England” for the unique architectural style of its buildings and streets. The city has preserved a huge number of historic buildings. Many luxury villas and mansions are now converted into all kinds of museums and cultural institutions. A few centuries ago, local specialists had to make regular visits to the United Kingdom in order to learn from their neighbors' experience of developing various industries. This kind of "partnership" is reflected in local architecture. Beautiful buildings alternate with picturesque squares and rich parks, which are some of the main treasures of the cozy Swiss town.
1. Government offices are open from 7:30-8:30 am to 4:30-6:30 pm, a short lunch break is possible. Saturday and Sunday are days off, only private exchange offices and some large banks can … Open
The most famous architectural landmark of Winterthur is St. Lorenz Church. The first religious structure appeared on its site in 1264. Since then, the church has been repeatedly rebuilt and completely changed its appearance. The magnificent building that guests of the city can see today was built in the second half of the 19th century.
Another common name of Winterthur is the “City Of Museums”. Surprisingly, a huge number of museums and galleries of world significance are indeed concentrated in the small industrial town. The most famous one is the Oskar Reinhart Museum located in the city park. Its halls keep a huge collection of works by famous Austrian, Swiss and German artists. Walking through the spacious halls, museum visitors can see the famous paintings by Lyotard, Becklin, Füssli, Anker, Friedrich, Hodler, Liebermann and Waldmüller. In total, the museum displays more than six hundred paintings. Copyright
No less popular cultural institution is the Museum of Photography, which hosts exhibitions of contemporary photo art masters. Visitors to the Swiss Science Center Technorama can learn a lot of interesting things about the world around and take part in interesting experiments. All the museum's collections are devoted to the natural sciences. Visitors can not only see the priceless exhibits but also touch them, as well as watch how some grandiose experiments are conducted.
For travelers, the most interesting is the historical part of the city, which starts right behind the train station. It is worth noting that this station is the starting point of many excursion routes, from which tourist buses depart. Walking through the old streets, you can find a lot of interesting galleries, historic restaurants, and antique shops. Winterthur is perfect for a relaxing holiday, allowing literally touch the beauty.
In the section below, you can get one of our excursion, activities or city discovery tours over Winterthur and surroundings. Our website offers 10-30% lower ticket prices, when compared to the offline purchase on the spot.

City tours, excursions and tickets in Winterthur and surroundings

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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Winterthur
♥   Palace 'Burg Meersburg' , 44.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Sigmaringen Castle' , 74.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Winterthur and around
♥   Art museum 'Fotomuseum Winterthur' Winterthur, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Kunstmuseum Winterthur' Winterthur, 1.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museum Oskar Reinhart' Winterthur, 1.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Collection Oskar Reinhart Am Römerholz' Winterthur, 1.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Swiss National Museum' Zurich, 20.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Winterthur
♥   Kirche St. Georg, Reichenau, 32.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilika Mariä Himmelfahrt, Uhldingen-Birnau, 44.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Erzabtei St. Martin, Beuron, 63.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique spots in Winterthur and near

Schloss Hallwyl

From the series “Impressive Castles and Palaces Located on Water”
Many of the buildings and rooms of the castle were modernized, but some still retain the historic atmosphere. The original round tower, on whose summit one can ascend on the steep spiral staircase, remains equally unchanging. Next to the tower is the ancient house, where the interiors of the previous centuries have been preserved. Tourists who want to see the historical sights in detail should take into consideration that the Hallwyl Castle is open for the visit only in the period from April to October. … Read further


From the series “Top 16 Most Exotic Elevators and Lifts in the World”
More than a century after the opening, Hammetschwand was considered the highest lift in Europe. In the beginning of the 20th century he lifted the passengers with speed of 1 m / s. Later, the elevator was modernized and today he lifts the passengers to the viewing platform in less than a minute. The tourists, who want to test the Hammetschwand themselves, should take into account that it works less than half a year. The elevator opens in the second half of corn and is available to visitors until mid-October. … Read further
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Photogallery of cultural heritage of Winterthur

Landmarks of culture on Winterthur map: art-galleries, monuments, palaces, etc

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Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Winterthur

Culture guide to Winterthur. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Winterthur: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Winterthur. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info! - online travel reservation expert providing reliable car rental and hotel booking services. We feature more than 25.000 destinations with 12.000 rental offices and 200.000 hotels worldwide.
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