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10 Fun Things to do in Winterthur

Fotomuseum Winterthur - michael berger  / 

With slightly more than 100'000 inhabitants, Winterthur is Switzerland's sixth largest city. It is located about half an hour from Zurich by car or train. It used to be one of Switzerland's industrial centers but now has become a college town. It is home to several technical universities and many museums.

Winterthur is a great destination for a day trip, especially on a bad weather day because of the many indoor activities! I've collected the best 10 fun things to do in Winterthur!
  1. Technorama (Swiss Science Center): This very interactive museums invites it's visitors to experience and experiment with different scientific areas. Highly recommended!
  2. Irchelturm: This tower is about 45 minutes from the actual city in Buch am Irchel. After a short hike you can climb this 63m high tower and will be rewarded with great views.
  3. Marktgasse: Winterthur is a shoppers paradise and Marktgasse - lit. market street - is right in its center with lots of shops and cafés.
  4. Fotomuseum: Photographers will love this photo museum! Permanent and temporary exhibitions.
  5. Dampfzentrum: This is the perfect place for steam engine lovers. On selected days you can see several old steam machines in action. 
  6. Schloss Wülflingen: Enjoy a meal in this old Swiss castle.
  7. Eschenberg Observatorium: This observatory is owned and operated by the Winterthur Astronomical Society. It's open every Wednesday if the weather allows it. Entrance is free but a donation recommended.
  8. Wildpark Bruderhaus: This wildlife park is located close to Winterthur. It covers an area of about 6 hectares and houses horses, wolves, wisent, fallow deers, boars and more.
  9. Kino: There are several movie theaters in Winterthur. Enjoy the latest movies!
  10. Nagelfabrik: Nail factory? Definitely not as boring as it sounds. The center point of this tour is an original nail production hall just like it was 120 years ago - with all the machines still working!
Have you been to Winterthur? Tell me about your favorite places!



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