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Explore Winterthur

A charming medieval city brimming with history, art, and architecture, Winterthur is a popular destination in Zurich region. Known affectionately as ‘Winti’ by the local population, this historic city has grown into an important hub for Switzerland’s service and hi-tech industries yet still retains a small old-town feel. With its location along important international transport routes and under 20 miles from Zurich City, these picture postcard streets are still bustling with activity.

Hotels in Winterthur


Winterthur has several hotels, with a good variety in price. At the high end of the spectrum is the 4-star Park Hotel Winterthur, in a beautiful park setting close to local amenities. The 3 star Best Western is a minute’s walk from the train station and has outstanding customer reviews, particularly benefitting from family sized rooms. For very low cost accommodation in Winterthur Depot 195 Hostel Winterthur comes highly recommended by visitors on tight budgets. The 2-star venue comes with a mix of rooms and dorms, but offers prices you will struggle to see again in Switzerland, especially alongside such great reviews.

Things to do in Winterthur


Winterthur is a city with charm, culture, and life. Its preservation of its architectural heritage is of prize-winning standard, and for art lovers Winterthur Art Gallery houses a collection of international renown including works by Van Gogh, Picasso, and Monet. Roll up your sleeves and get to know science the fun way at the Swiss Science Center Technorama. Over 500 interactive experiments open for all ages and demonstrations are held throughout the day, mostly in German but do check their online schedule for other languages or accompanying English texts. This bustling town is alive with events throughout the year including the Afro-Pfingsten Festival for African and American music, the 12 day ‘Winterthurer Musikfestwochen’ festival for contemporary music and cabaret, and the traditional Christmas market. But the highlight comes every June with Switzerland’s largest annual city festival, ‘Albanifest’ – the festival of St Alban – attracting over 100,000 visitors to its fairgrounds, culinary delights, and music into the night. For a day out of town, Winterthur is surrounded by beautiful countryside offering a range of activities and tours, including cycling and rock climbing.

Good for families


Winterthur is a lively town great for a family holiday near Zurich. Only about 20 minutes by train into the city you still have the chance to absorb the classic tourist attractions of Zurich for the day. But Winterthur’s location outside of the urban hub has a lot to offer families who love a small town feel with easy access to outdoor activities, as well as the wealth of family friendly festivals and events held here throughout the year.

How to get to Winterthur


Winterthur is one of Switzerland’s busiest train stations and has direct routes into Germany and Italy. There are around 8 direct trains between Zurich central station (Hauptbahnhof) and Winterthur every hour. From Zurich Airport, there are five direct trains an hour (including the regional S16 line) which travel directly to Winterthur within 15 minutes. Take care when arriving at the airport not to follow the flood of travelers taking the S16 into Zurich city center – Winterthur is in the opposite direction. Winterthur is well connected by road through the A1 Highway coming from Geneva and continuing to the Swiss – Austrian border at St Margrethen. The A1 will also take you into the center of Zurich in around 25 minutes, but as with any large city, plan ahead allowing for heavy commuter traffic at certain times.

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