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Kyburg Castle - Winterthur - Stein-am-Rhein - St. Gallen

Price: 162.00 EUR
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Countries: Switzerland
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Route: Zurich - Kyburg Castle - Winterthur - Stein-am-Rhein - St. Gallen - Zurich
Duration: 11 h
Our firs stop will be at Kyburg which is one of the best know castles in the region and is a Swiss heritage site of national significance. Kyburg is more like a village and there are a number of charming homes with beautiful gardens. The view from the tower overlooking the village below is also very picturesque .The castle is first mentioned in 1027 under the name of Chuigeburg ("cows-fort"), which name points to an original use as a refuge castle for livestock. The modern spelling Kyburg first occurs in the 1230s (other spellings of the 11th to 13th century include Chiuburch, Cogiburk, Kuiburc, Chuͦweburg, Chyburc, Qwiburg, Kiburc, Chiburg, Kibor, Kyburc, Kiburg). The castle has plenty of rooms to visit, including an armory, dungeon, courtrooms, castle chapel, shop and small restaurant. Kyburg village is also very charming and the walk up to the castle is also very pretty. Our next stop will be at Winterthur which is a treasure trove of art, history and nature. The name Winterthur originated from the roman city of „Vitudurum“. The people of Kyburg founded the city which received the so called right of city by the „Habsburgians“ in 1264. In 1467 the city was financially broken and taken over by the large city Zurich until the Year 1798.  The medieval heart of the city is full of life no matter what the time of day. Shops, restaurants, markets and festivals bring the charming Old Town to life and provide a meeting place for locals, visitors and businesspeople alike. The pedestrian zone in the charming Old Town is considered to be Switzerland’s largest. Venerable mansions in and around the Marktgasse, the City Church, the Fisher Maiden’s Fountain and the famous Town Hall Passage are great attractions. Our next stop in this tour will be at Stein am Rhein in Switzerland which is a little bit like exploring the known unknown.  It’s also one of the best-preserved medieval old towns in Switzerland – famed for its timber architecture and magnificent paintings on the façades of the old buildings.The Old Town is one of the most beautiful and best preserved medieval old towns in Switzerland, famous for its painted houses dating from 15th to 18th centuries. The paintings are wonderfully vibrant and depict scenes from history, the bible and myths and legends. The town hall dates from 1539 and was renovated in the late 19th century with additional historical paintings. The former Benedictine abbey is worth a visit to see the convent houses, cloister buildings and the abbey chapel, with some fabulous frescoes dating from around 1500. Among the sights are the Monastery of St. Georgen, one of the best-preserved Medieval monastery complexes. The Hohenklingen Castle, which was built high above the town in 1225, brings to life the colorful history of Stein am Rhein. It is here that the oldest house of worship in the Canton of Schaffhausen is found, a church dedicated to St. John the Baptist in the midst of wall remnants of the Roman fortress Tasgetium, which was built in the 3rd century A.D. Our last stop will be at the St. Gallen which is a canton and a city in the eastern part of Switzerland. In 610, an Irish monk called Gallus chose this spot for his hermitage. Later on, in 747, a Benedictine abbey was founded. With the addition of a library in the 9th century, it became a center of learning. The famous cathedral and abbey library are a must to visit. The whole abbey precinct was declared a World Cultural Heritage in 1983. St. Gallen was an important producer of linen which was exported throughout Europe. St. Gallen's embroidery is known around the world.  St. Gallen features one of the most picturesque old towns in Switzerland: many of the houses and buildings being from the 16th and 18th century, sometimes with painted facades, often adorned with wrought-iron signs and carved and painted wooden oriel windows. Walk along the pleasant alleys and browse through the many small and charming shops. During our visit to St.Gallen you will see  St. Gallen Cathedral which was built from 1755 – 1767 by the architects Peter Thumb and Johan Michael Beer, the cathedral is a marvelous work from the late baroque period.  Abbey Library, Lapidarium and Court Wing . The Abbey library is one of the oldest libraries in the world. The main room designed by Peter Thumb in 1758-1767 is again a baroque masterpiece. The library contains more than 150’000 books and manuscripts, some dating from the 8th to the 11th centuries. After we will return to Zurich.
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