Located in the north of Switzerland, Winterthur is a city in the German-speaking Zürich canton. Historically, it has been an important industrial and transport hub for the country yet today, it’s developed into a particularly modern economy. High-tech industries and banking are important here, and the city also enjoys healthy levels of tourism. Visitors admire its unspoilt scenery and proximity not only to the city of Zürich but also the German border. In fact, it’s just a two-hour drive from Stuttgart. There are a number of excellent hotels in Winterthur, many of which are based in its charming city centre.
What in particular draws travellers to this city?
Standing in the centre of Winterthur, visitors are struck by the attractive architecture and scenery. You'll see rolling hills leading to vast mountain ranges in the distance. Many people take day trips to the magnificent Lake Zürich, where you can enjoy boat tours and fine dining in one of the world’s most beautiful settings. Within Winterthur itself there's an impressive 17 museums, including the Technorama Science Centre and Kyburg Castle, with views of the River Töss and a collection of historic artefacts. The delicious local cuisine including raclette, a grilled cheese dish, is well worth sampling.
What are the primary business activities in Winterthur?
The city is notable for having founded the Union Bank of Switzerland in 1912, one of the largest in a country famed for its banking. Indeed, many in Winterthur work in the finance and insurance sectors. The Eulachhallen in the north-west of town is the centre for many of Winterthur's cultural, sporting and business events including expositions, whilst the Winterthur Museum can also be hired for anything from small conferences to large events.
What are other points of interests accessible from my hotel in Winterthur?
In the compact centre of Winterthur, hotels are abundant, as are beautiful landmarks and interesting museums. For art lovers, there's Villa Flora, a former private residence with an extensive art collection now open for public viewing. The Kunsthalle (Art Hall) is another great place for art, with a packed calendar of well-curated exhibitions. For a taste of authentic Swiss cuisine, Schloss Wülflingen is ideal. Nachbarsgarten and Bunter Hund are also superb choices. All three are located just north-west of the city centre, in one of the town’s more upmarket districts.