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Living in Winterthur

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I'm thinking of moving to Winterthur as I have family and a partner all living near Zürich. I've lived in the the Rheintal on and off for the past 20 or so years and will continue working here for the time being.

Interested to hear any thoughts about in life in Winterthur.
The good the bad and the ugly!

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Re: Living in Winterthur

Hello andebais,

I live in Winterthur with my family since 9 years.

The good:
- Winterthur is family friendly
- Zürich is only 30 minutes away with SBB trains
- trains to Zürich run several times in 60 minutes
- you don't need a car in Winterthur, everything can be reached by Velo
- too many empty shopping malls
- Konstanz is only 45 minutes away
- criminal rate is close to zero

The bad:
- avoid living downtown Winterthur, too much old buildings
- not much job opportunities here
- on Winterthur Bahnhof Buses and Trollis drive right through passing people, every few seconds, dangerous for children

The ugly:
- the town is unusual noisy
- Winterthur has been called the Greece of Switzerland (highly in debt), but this is not your problem.
- Avoid medical doctors in downtown Winterthur. Some of them have stopped learning 30 years ago.

Overall you can be happy in Winterthur with your family. Go shopping in Konstanz like everyone else and you have real money left at the end of the month.

PM me if you want more details. Good luck!

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Re: Living in Winterthur

We live in the Wülflingen area. It's quiet, lots of buses to connect you with the bahnhof and city - our bus runs every 15 min, every 10 at rush hour. SBB has great train connections. You're also close to the highway, but traffic going through winterthur can suck. My husband commutes to Oerlikon and he's happy with the connections.

In our area, there are lots of diverse people - kids, older people, diverse cultural types, cats and dogs and even some green space.

There is loads of construction where we are, including much tearing up of various streets. Driving to the bahnhof can suck. This is somewhat annoying. But, it means new and renovated flats.

If this matters to you, SVP is not especially strong here.
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We live in the Wülflingen area. It's quiet, lots of buses to connect you with the bahnhof and city - our bus runs every 15 min, every 10 at rush hour. SBB has great train connections. You're also close to the highway, but traffic going through winterthur can suck. My husband commutes to Oerlikon and he's happy with the connections.

In our area, there are lots of diverse people - kids, older people, diverse cultural types, cats and dogs and even some green space.

There is loads of construction where we are, including much tearing up of various streets. Driving to the bahnhof can suck. This is somewhat annoying. But, it means new and renovated flats.

If this matters to you, SVP is not especially strong here.
I may be moving to Winterthur soon, so am glad to hear about the new flats being built there. I visited Winterthur 2 weeks ago (on a very sunny day) and really liked the atmosphere in the old town and parks, with lots of people out relaxing and sunning themselves.
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Re: Living in Winterthur

Thanks Walter and Edot

Generally it all sounds great. Thanks for the detailed overview of the good, the bad and the ugly.
Its got to be a tough decison as I would be leaving friends here and missing all the wonderful outdoors activities you can do between the Alpstein, the Rhein and the Bodensee. Still I plan to keep working here and would commute by train from Winterthur most days.
Hey Edot...did you know that the Rheintal is a Hochburg of the SVP. I know a few prominent SVPler ..most are ok. They just want to preserve a Switzerland that in many respects has slowly disappeared .Having said that though pockets still exist around here and in Appenzell of archaic conservatism
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- Winterthur has been called the Greece of Switzerland (highly in debt), but this is not your problem.
o_O given that it is in the group with highest taxes in canton ZH, that is strange...

Overall, it is nice here, but really boring on weekends, events happen very rarely. I am still getting used to that after moving from ZH, which means that every weekend or so we get out of here to ZH or Konstanz or elsewhere...

Btw, velos here also drive through people like cars
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It has great train and motorway connections, easy accessable countryside.

Unlike other poster I found there was alot on, each areas Fascht, afro pfingsten, music week etc


I lived in Oberwinterthur for 4 years before moving to Baden recently and it was great
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Re: Living in Winterthur

Might be that I am originally from 15 mln city, so everything in CH is a bit small for me

Fascht, Afro Pfingsten and Albani - all are great in Winti, agreed. But not much in between of them.

One thing I also find confusing: there are three swimming pools in Winti, and all are in the middle of nowhere. I live 7 mins walk from HB and it takes me 20 mins by foot to the nearest swimming pool - they all are located not wisely I should get a bike!
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Re: Living in Winterthur

Hi, we moved to a village near Winterthur from England a year and a half ago and absolutely love this city. It is happening, has a great buzz, day and night and is full of fantastic bars (including Paddy's Irish bar featuring great beers) and lots going on. The outdoor pools are amazing - there at least three - and the travel connections are brilliant. We often go by train to Zurich (20 mins) and Konstanz (50mins) I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this amazing place to anyone new to Switzerland. I also write a blog about life in the city if you would like to take a look: http://littleswissobserver.blogspot.ch/ All the best of luck with your move.

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One thing I also find confusing: there are three swimming pools in Winti, and all are in the middle of nowhere. I live 7 mins walk from HB and it takes me 20 mins by foot to the nearest swimming pool - they all are located not wisely I should get a bike!
I miss the pools! I had one nearly on my door step though. You could get the S12 from HB to Wallruti and one is 2mins walk from there with a decent restaurant as well
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Re: Living in Winterthur

I know this is a bit dated, but figured I just hop on the Winterthur thread.

So, we will most probably move to CH. Husband's job will be near Uster, and we are thinking about moving to Winterthur. Zurich suburbs would be another option, but I really think we will get more bang for our buck in Winterthur. PLUS it's closer to Germany, not quite as big, well connected by train and road, and I don't see too many negative sides. I am mainly interested to know if there are certain Quartiere that you do not recommend at all. As we will be looking for a house to rent (with a little "Umschwung", of course...I love this word!) I guess we will be looking more at the outskirts (Or will we not?). Is there a good local relo company anyone has used and can recommend (as the employer pays it, we will be wanting house hunting plus schools plus admin help package).

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I miss the pools! I had one nearly on my door step though. You could get the S12 from HB to Wallruti and one is 2mins walk from there with a decent restaurant as well
I know all of the swimming pools in Winterthur. The Hallen- und Freibad Geiselweid is fairly central, isn't it? We loved the one in Töss and also the one in Wülflingen. Our favourite one though was Schwimmbad Wolfensberg. We lived in Winterthur for 9 years and we loved it there. Now we're in Luzern, it's great too.
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Re: Living in Winterthur

We've lived here for 3 years, and we like it. Husband's office is in Oerlikon, so it works for us. I don't know about houses, but you might look in Wulflingen and VeltheimAlso check out Pfungen further affield. We live in the Wulflingen part - although we have an apartment - upside is that it is quite large with lots of storage and a big terrace, downside is that it's a characterless cement block. I've seen a mix of houses and apartments in this area.
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Re: Living in Winterthur

Houses in Winterthur are mainly at the extremes (Seen, Oberwinterthur) or like in Wulflingen where there are terrace houses. Apartments can work quite well, depending on what floor is acceptable for access, etc.

It is a very pretty town with more of a centre and independent sense of living than other places between Zurich and the German border. The bikes rule the place which makes is feel more European than Swiss.
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Re: Living in Winterthur

I live right on the edge of Winterthur in Oberseen, so am very close to farmland and the very pretty Tösstal.
I've been here for the last 8 years.
If you have a mountain bike, like I do, and love riding, it is a paradise.

So much forest, so many paths and trails, you can never get tired of exploring he area by bike. And going up the Tösstal on a bike is really nice, for the whole family.

Downside: The motorway through Winterthur is hell at rushhour, and the feeders into the city get clogged too.
If I drive, I take alternative routs and avoid the city at rushhour.

The pools are great, the library is just gorgeuos, the old town is very pretty.

It is a large city of just over 100,000 people and nicely spread out, lots of very pretty areas to live, but also some areas of lots of apartment buildings.
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Re: Living in Winterthur

Thanks for your primers. Well, my husband works longish hours (or works out straight after work, which would probably happen in Zurich) that he probably would avoid the typical rush hour times (given we are talking about 7:30-9 and 16-18:30 or so), but still that is something we should check out.

I have subscribed to home gate and immoscout ads for the area, but I get not too many houses right in winterthur, a lot of them are more countryside-ish. I don't mind countryside for as long as there is a decent train connection (either to Zurich or Winterthur). I just want all the commodities (shopping, primary school) within easy walking/bike distance and it seems most places do have primary school. Garden & Garage is important. We are looking at a 4 BR and from what I see our budget will be alright for an ok place (yeah, hell, I mean, the limit is the Stars, I just saw this stunning house at Engel & Völkers...a dream...a nightmare price, obviously).

Right now we live in a place with approx. 12000 people, two minutes to the fields, five minutes to the supermarkets, 10 minutes to the train Station, 20-30 mins to work for both of us, so I'd love something similar (even though I don't have a clue if/what I will work there, as I "only" wanna work part time)

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Right now we live in a place with approx. 12000 people, two minutes to the fields, five minutes to the supermarkets, 10 minutes to the train Station, 20-30 mins to work for both of us, so I'd love something similar (even though I don't have a clue if/what I will work there, as I "only" wanna work part time)
Look at the villages in the Tösstal, places like Kollbrun, Rikon would meet all your requirements, with trains ever 30min to Winterthur, and a beautiful quiet peaceful countryside location
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Re: Living in Winterthur

I live about 5min walking distance to the city. Good things here are;

- Special biking lanes
- Nice parks and jogging/walking paths
- Beautiful altstadt
- Zurich airport is near
- Environment is really clean
- Different kind of restaurants

Bad things;
- For a foreigner, speaking other languages than german, this is not the place to stay if not capable of learning fluent swiss german in the first 24h after arriving, this is only concerning guys or woman with lower than C-cup
- Still small enough city that everyone knows everybody, which is someway good thing, but usually it is like group of teenager girls speaking bad about each other
- Polices are using sirens 24/7, even when they could only use the lights, like during the Mon-Thu nights when there is no traffic..
- Not much open areas -> no wind and air is not changing -> really thick air to breath, especially at summer times. Today seems to be refreshing exception
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Re: Living in Winterthur

Living in Oberwinterthur for the last seven years. Winterthur falls, for me, into the category of not-too-big and not-too-small, thus retaining much of the choice and services of a larger city, while not losing all the friendliness of a small town or village.

Basically, you can easily enough reach a level where you can sit at the Stammtisch, without having to learn the banjo.

I actually would avoid having to move away from Winti, so I'd have to admit I'd recommend living there.
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