Sammlung Oskar Reinhart am Römerholz

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Spring at last! We are lucky enough to live very close to a large green area, in the middle of the woods more or less, but also with easy access to a few restaurants and cafés and museums. Today was far too gorgeous to spend it indoors, so even though we went to the Oskar Reinhart Collection Am Römerholz, we stayed outside in the gardens.


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The Oskar Reinhart Collection "Am Römerholz" in Winterthur consists of some very fine European art, mostly French 19th century paintings. The collection is now in public ownership, but still housed in the collector's residence, in a purpose-built picture gallery. Oskar Reinhart (1885-1965) came from a family of wealthy Swiss merchants, but retired from the family business at 39 to devote himself entirely to his growing art collection. He donated his collection and the villa housing it to the Swiss confederation, which opened it tot he public in 1970.


"Am Römerholz" was built from 1915 to 1918 on a hillside at the edge of the woods for a Winterthur industrialist. Oskar Reinhart bought the villa in 1924.


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The grounds are lovely, surrounded by the lush green woods, with the villa and the garden offering a beautiful view of Winterthur.


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The gardens are among the most beautiful and best-preserved historic gardens in Switzerland.


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Mister Ducky and his Swiss newly-found lady friend tagged along as well.



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