Winterthur

Overview

Introduction

The city of Winterthur, Switzerland, 15 mi/25 km northeast of Zurich, is famous for its art collections. Works from the very impressive Oskar Reinhart Foundation are shown in two museums.

Sammlung Oskar Reinhart displays works of art from the late Gothic period to the advent of the classic modern, with an emphasis on French 19th-century painting. Museum Oskar Reinhart am Stadtgarten displays paintings by Swiss, German and Austrian artists from the 18th to the early 20th centuries.

The Kunstmuseum also has an impressive permanent collection of 19th- and 20th-century art, in addition to temporary exhibits.

Other museums worth visiting include the Fotomuseum (a museum of photography in a converted factory), the Hahnloser Sammlung-Villa Flora (19th- and 20th-century French paintings showcased in a former private mansion) and Museum Briner und Kern (old-master paintings, with an emphasis on landscapes, still lifes and miniature portraits).

The city is also home to the Swiss Technorama, a hands-on science museum. Nearby is the formidable Kyburg Castle. http://kultur.winterthur.ch.

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