Winterthur was an important industrial centre for most of the
17th, 18th and 19th centuries, and the city has been left a
substantial legacy of artworks and treasures by notable merchants.
The big name is Oskar Reinhart, the son of a wealthy cotton
merchant, who amassed one of the 20th century's greatest private
collections of art, and bequeathed the finest pieces to the nation
upon his death in 1965. As a consequence, Winterthur residents have
access to masterpieces by Caspar David Friedrich, Alberto
Giacometti, Van Gogh, Renoir, Picasso, Holbein, Breughel, Rubens
and Ingres in Reinhart's museum collections and his villa, which
overlooks the city. Don't miss the Oskar Reinhart collection
housing European art from the 14th to the 20th century. The
Casinotheater, meanwhile, has evolved into a vital
nerve centre for the German-language cabaret scene; appropriate for
the nation that gave us Cabaret Voltaire and the Dadaist movement.
The city's cultural calendar also offers a strong line-up of
festivals, including Afro-Pfingsten, Kurzfilmtage, the International Short Film
Festival and the Winterthurer Musikfestwochen festival, as well as
regular performances by Winterthur Musikkollegium.