Often overlooked in the shadow of Zurich, Switzerland's greenest city surprises.

The secret cultural pearl between Zurich and Lake Constance

In contrast to the metropolis of Zurich, Winterthur appears surprisingly relaxed, personal and almost familiar. The picturesque old town has a friendly character that reminds you of a village and invites you with its hidden alleys to immerse yourself.

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Treasure trove

A true treasure trove of art and culture, Winterthur offers magnificent parks as well as a variety of museums. Thanks to 15 world-class museums, everyone from the art layman to the connoisseur will get their money’s worth in Winterthur.

A paradise for outdoor fans

Especially in summer, life in Winterthur takes place outdoors. Not only the city, but also the picturesque region is worth a visit. An excursion to the Rhine Falls, the largest waterfall in Europe, or a discovery tour to Kyburg Castle, which is the starting point of many beautiful hikes – the Winterthur region has a lot to offer for outdoor, hiking and cycling fans. The cycling routes in the Tösstal and Zürcher Weinland provide a hilly variety.

Green, greener, Winterthur

This city with its industrial past is surprisingly green. Almost half of Winterthur’s urban area is green space. Whereas in other large cities you have to virtually search for green spots, in Winterthur there are plenty of them. You hardly take a few steps through the old town before you find yourself in the next park, standing in the next meadow, under the next trees or in the next patch of forest. The color green is not only visible everywhere in Winterthur, the greenest city in Switzerland and its 120,000 residents are committed to sustainability. This can be seen in the diverse regional weekly markets, the many second-hand clothing stores, or even in traffic: year after year, Winterthur is voted the most bicycle-friendly major city in Switzerland.

2024 is also the year for cycling in Winterthur! Whether young or old, city cyclist, BMX rider or ambitious rider, beginner or professional: according to the motto “zäme ufs Velo” (together we ride), everyone can already get in the mood for the UCI Road World Championships event.


Discover the Rhine Falls through the attractive region, past Laufen Castle and along the idyllic banks of the Rhine, listen to the dedicated city guides or marvel at the largest water drop in the world in the Technorama: The city and region of Winterthur offer a variety of fully accessible activities with short distances.

Start City

In Winterthur, the elite men will start to their road race. The starting point is the square in front of the Sulzer skyscraper, a landmark of the city.

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