Winterthur Flights:

Flights to Winterthur

image of WinterthurWinterthur is a city in northern Switzerland, just 31 kilometres from the larger city of Zurich. Though not particularly known as a popular Swiss tourist destination, Winterthur has a lovely old town, and its proximity to Zurich is another factor.

There is no Winterthur airport but the Zurich Airport (airport code: ZRH) is only 16 kilometres away for convenient flights to Winterthur. You can get non-stop flights from Johannesburg with either South African Airways or Swiss Air. Alternatively, you can get a flight with one transfer with Iberia or Egyptair that stop in Madrid and Cairo, respectively. If you prefer a 2-stop flight to Winterthur, you can fly with Austrian Airlines. They have stop-overs in Frankfurt and Vienna.

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The Tourist Attractions of Winterthur:

Visiting Zurich
Winterthur does have a number of its own attractions, but for many visitors it’s the proximity to Zurich that makes this a popular tourist destination. If you’re driving between the two it’s only 31 kilometres into Zurich city centre, though many visitors prefer to take the train and not have to worry about parking. The train takes just 18 minutes. There are plenty of excellent hotels and places to stay here in Winterthur too, so you can base yourself in this smaller city and travel into Zurich every day if you wanted to.

Zurich itself has a multitude of things to see and do including some wonderful churches, great museums, beautiful parks and gardens, and of course some great scenery surrounding the city in the forms of Lake Zurich and the mountains.

Winterthur’s Museums
Winterthur is most frequently highly praised for its numerous museums, and for the quality of these museums. There are a total of seventeen museums in Winterthur, more than many larger cities offer, and many of these feature world class art exhibits.

Among the best known is the Winterthur Museum of Art, or Kunstmuseum Winterthur. There are all kinds of art genres on display here but the main focus has always been on impressionism and post-impressionism where there are works from some of the world’s most famous artists including Cezanne, Monet and Van Gogh. Also housed within the same building is the Winterthur Natural History Museum.

Winterthur’s two Oskar Reinhart collections are also very popular and famous. They include many European works covering a period from gothic to modern art, while others of the seventeen museums in the city include Villa Flora, the Photography Museum and Technorama – the Swiss Science Centre.

Kyburg Castle
Just south of Winterthur you can enjoy a change of scenery at the medieval Kyburg Castle. The castle originally dates from 1024 and is a well preserved example of a palace for the nobility. Today you can see the exhibits inside the castle that show what life was like hundreds of years ago.

When Should You Visit?:

September is a good time to visit Winterthur as it has one of the lower rainfalls and pleasant temperatures with average highs around 19C. June, July and August are a little warmer, though also a little wetter, so be prepared for some showers. Winters are not a good time as temperatures are cool an there’s not much sunshine. You’ll have an average high of about 2C in January.

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