Winterthur travel guide
Known as 'Winti' to the locals, the city of Winterthur in northern Switzerland has something of an English feel to it. Despite its Roman roots, 'Winti' is a thriving modern city in the Zurich canton with that special air of Swiss efficiency about it that makes it fascinating to observe. We hope our Winterthur travel guide will help you to root out the places of interest for travel and tourism in this curious old-new city.
One thing that is new and completely engrossing is Technorama, an interactive science museum offering floor on floor of fascinating hands-on exhibits for all ages to explore. This is truly education through learning and play and you will not be able to do justice to all its treasures if you don't spend a full day sampling its fun-packed offerings. The Oskar Reinhart museum, with its fabulous art collection is an absolute must for art lovers and, with the Art Museum and Photo Museum, makes Winterthur a cultural haven.
There are also theatres, carnivals and festivals for music and entertainment – and even a short film festival – all happening at different times of the year so it is well worth keeping an eye on Winterthur's busy events calendar prior to arranging your visit. The traffic free town centre is excellent for strolling and shopping and Winterthur is particularly well known for its Christmas markets.
From Winterthur there are many fascinating places to see on short excursions. Europe's largest waterfall, the spectacular Rhine Falls, is a popular tourist destination. The falls span 150 metres across and around 700 cubic metres of water per second gush down over the rocks. You can climb up above and look down on the roaring spectacle below; but be sure to have your camera at the ready.
On the cliff above is the mediaeval Schloss Laufen castle – worth exploring in itself but from this vantage point you can take in the awesome vista below of the waterfall with its spray rising up to join rainbows in the sunbeams and of the lush forests all around. If your visit coincides with Switzerland's National Day (1st August) you can also enjoy the fireworks displays. There are nature trails and tracks around, but the Falls do draw visitors in their multitudes so forewarned is forearmed!
Schaffhausen, The Rhine, Lake Constance and Zurich are all within easy and delightful reach of Winterthur, ensuring that you will never be short of things to do or see when you visit this fascinating city.