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Report 1729: Family, Food and Wine (Part 2) Abruzzo Re-Re-Visited and Switzerland

By avvocato from NJ, USA, Spring 2009

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Page 7 of 11: Winterthur

photo by Michael Brunner

Overview of Winterthur - view from the Golden Berg

Winterthur is a major city in the canton of Zurich and lies northeast of Zurich proper. Winterthur has a lovely old center city with many shops and restaurants off the Marktgasse. Modern Winterthurians pride themselves on a growing cosmopolitan streak that is developing such as the revitalization of their industrial district and the development of new restaurants and cuisines (Thai?). Winterthur has numerous academic institutions such as Technorama and the Music Academy. Winterthur bills itself as the City of Museums. There are at least 17 museums in the area for a city of only about 100,000. There is a museum pass that allows you to visit any multiple museums for one day for one low price. Some of the most interesting museums are:

  • Sammlung Oskar Reinhart - private collection including Breugels and Reubens.
  • Museum Oskar Reinhart - featuring Swiss German and Austrian artists from the 19th century.
  • Kunstmuseum Winterthur - modern art museum.
  • Kyberg Castle - outside of town a tower and castle featuring medieval history of the area.

Other items of interest are the Kirchplatz featuring a twin towered church and many gardens and parks and all in bloom and lovely in early May.

Our host Michael also introduces me to some Swiss cheeses. What we in America call Swiss cheese is generally a not very good version of Emmentaler. What Michael buys and we taste are artisan cheeses from the local farms - Seemerzler, Oberlaend and Klosterk. My favorite is Oberlaend a harder aged cheese with a distinct bite of sharpness. I recommend it if you are in Winterthur or environs.

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