The old town of Winterthur is also the cultural center of the city. So there are many restaurants, bars and pubs in the old town. At the end of July, the Albanifest takes place in Winterthur, the largest Old Town Festival in Europe, and a month later the Winterthurer Musikfestwochen take over the old town for two and a half weeks with concerts. In addition to these major events, there are several special markets and festivals throughout the year such as the Winterthur Carnival in February, the Afro-Pfingsten Festival in late May or the three-week Christmas market in December.
Architecturally the whole old town is respectable, in particular the town house, built by Gottfried Semper, the city hall, the city church, the central station, the former Waaghaus, the Haus zur Geduld, the Haus zur Sonne, the Haus zum Warteck or the Judd-Brunnen in the Steinberggasse.
Most of the museums are located in the old town: in the historic old town itself the Gewerbemuseum with the clock collection Kellenberger at the church square, the museum Briner + Kern in the town hall passage and the Kunsthalle Winterthur in the Waaghaus. At the edge are located on the Stadthausstrasse the Museum Oskar Reinhart, near Obertor in Lindengutpark the traditions museum with the same name. With the Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Naturmuseum Winterthur and the Münzkabinett, three other museums are just a few meters away from the official border of the district.