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From Rubens to Renoir
Just outside Zurich, only 20 minutes by train, Winterthur makes for an easy half-day excursion. Switzerland's sixth largest city has a number of museums to make the journey worth your while, with the Museum Oskar Reinhart combining an exquisite setting with a renowned art collection.
Reinhart was from one of Winterthur's successful commercial families, descended from the founders of the Volkart Brothers, commodities traders involved in commerce between India and Europe. He chose, however, to focus on art collecting and acquired his first work at just 22 years old. From an original interest in Old Master prints, Reinhart moved on to Impressionist works and other early modernist pieces.
Today the collection can be visited in the house that Reinhart purchased in 1924 and turned into a museum in his lifetime. It's a surprisingly intimate experience with some of the world's great works of art.
The Museum Oskar Reinhart is just one of the cultural highlights included on travel advisor John Clifford's itinerary, visit Stepping Out in Switzerland to read more about the trip he has designed. Other itineraries to Switzerland created by the members of AFAR's Travel Advisory Council and other travel specialists can be found at AFAR Journeys.
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