Host City Winterthur


Welcome! The city of Winterthur is pleased to host the ESKA European Championships 2021. As the sixth largest Swiss city and home to nine different karate clubs and schools, the city is ideal as a host. The new AXA-Arena as the central venue, accommodation close to the city center for every budget and short distances thanks to the good accessibility by the public transport make Winterthur the ideal partner for this major event.

Around 500 top athletes from 30 different European nations fight for titles, fame and honor in Winterthur and offer the local audience as well as the guests who have traveled here a not quite everyday spectacle. Around the organizing committee, a large number of helpers ensure that the athletes, the teams and the visitors have everything. The city of Winterthur honors this commitment as host city and supports the event. You too can support the ESKA European Championships 2021: come by and witness great Japanese martial arts. I am sure: it’s worth it.

Michael Künzle


Michael Künzle – Mayor of Winterthur

A glimpse of the city

Despite its industrial tradition, Winterthur is also a “garden city” with a large number of parks and gardens. As a matter of fact, 40 percent of the urban area are green areas. Winterthur is recognized as a city with a high quality of life.
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.

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