Winterthur was a revelation. Only 20 minutes away from Zurich, this is the sixth largest city in Switzerland and is a playground for explorers.

On a Tuesday morning, I walked a few steps away to explore the weekly market in the heart of the Old Town. Every Tuesday and Friday, the farmer’s market has many local visitors. The stalls here sell everything from cheese, oils and dressings, breads and meat, flowers, vegetables, fruits and related items.

I noticed most of the vendors were seniors who had grown or made the product themselves at home. They were very friendly and communicated with me in gestures and broken English expressions. They sold seasonal specials like asparagus, celery, kale, snow peas, raspberries and spring flowers, amongst many others.

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The area is blocked off to keep traffic away.
The first kiosk with flowers I came across.
Swiss love colourful flowers to decorate their balconies and doors.
Seasonal flowers only for 3 Francs.
And the flower stalls kept me quite occupied.
Woman buying some plants for her space.
An array of shrubs, plants and herbs.
Most vendors were seniors.
Many vegetable vendors were selling asparagus because they are in season.
A variety of mushrooms.
Fresh tomatoes for salad and meals anyone?
Herbed, flavoured and many other types of cheese.
And olives.
A cart selling cheese in front of the Frauenzentrale Winterthur, a non-profit organisation.
The heart of the Old Town, which transforms itself for the market.
Ending my market trail on Metzggasse.

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Where to eat

Stricker’sStrickerstrasse 8, 8400 Winterthur; +41522136969

Les Wagons, Lagerplatz 17a, 8400 Winterthur; +41525085017

Where to stay

Hotel Wartmann, Rudolfstrasse 15, 8400 Winterthur; +41522600707

Good to know

-Markets are held every Tuesday and Friday (if the Friday is a holiday, the market will be held on the Thursday. If the Tuesday is a holiday, the market is cancelled).
-Time: 8am to 12pm (approximate).
-Location: Steinberggasse and Metzggasse, Winterthur (Map)
-Currency: Swiss francs (CHF).
-To know more check Winterthur Tourismus website.

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Which local markets have you visited?

Note: I was invited on this media trip by Switzerland Tourism with Swiss Travel System.  

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Amrita Das

I have been a travel and culture independent journalist. My bylines have appeared in many publications worldwide including National Geographic Traveller India, Lonely Planet Magazine India, The Indian Express and World Travel Magazine. A fellow of Media Ambassadors India-Germany 2019 program by Robert Bosch Stiftung and Centre for Media Competence, University of Tübingen. Currently, I am the photo editor for RoundGlass Sustain, a wildlife and conservation e-publication. I live in India.

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8 thoughts on “Photo Story: Winterthur Local Market, Switzerland”

  1. We stayed in Zurich for 1 day and it has been very hectic so we could not visit places like this . This is a wonderful travelog and glad that I came across this

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