Music legend Tina Turner spent her last days wandering around the quaint Swiss lakeside village she called home.
The multi-millionaire singer casually strolled the streets of Küsnacht shopping for designer clothes and gourmet food.
At other times, she sat in a chair in the local park, gazing across Lake Zurichsee at the snow-capped mountains that characterize this alpine nation.
And despite having a personal butler and full staff, the star cruised through the narrow lanes in her Porsche Cayenne.
Tina Turner managed to make the most of her years in the peaceful lakeside town called Küsnacht, where she had lived for 26 years
The musical icon was known for strolling casually through the streets of the idyllic village, where she sometimes drove around the narrow lanes in her Porsche Cayenne.
The Simply the Best hitmaker retired from public life almost 20 years ago, retiring to Algonquin Castle
Today, her neighbors remember the 83-year-old entertainment icon as “modest”, “friendly” and “polite”.
Butcher Benny Lang told DailyMail.com: ‘Tina Turner sometimes came into town to shop. She had a butler but she liked to go herself, with her husband Erwin.
“They particularly liked the Moreira Gourmet House. This is the best place in the region to buy smoked salmon and white truffles. That’s what they bought there.
Tina Turner moved to Küsnacht in 1995 when her German husband Erwin Bach got a job running the Swiss offices of EMI Music in nearby Zurich. They got married in 2013.
In the same year, Tina acquired Swiss citizenship and renounced her American passport.
Turner, who learned to speak German to qualify for Swiss citizenship and learned the distinct Swiss dialect, took yoga classes at the Horn public park, a short walk from his sprawling castle.
A neighbor revealed: ‘When she first came here she started yoga. She took lessons given in the park.
Tina and her husband Erwin were big fans of the Moreira Gourmet House, her go-to for her favorite gourmet dishes such as smoked salmon and white truffles, local butcher Benny Lang told DailyMail.com.
She had also started taking yoga classes at Horn Park, located a short walk from her sprawling castle.
The musical icon would occasionally sit in a chair in the local park, gazing across Lake Zurichsee at the snow-capped mountains that mark this alpine nation
Tina Turner and husband Erwin Bach go shopping in Milan, Italy on April 5, 2008, shortly before her retirement
Another added: ‘She loved going to the park and sitting by the water. It is a very peaceful place.
“She would say ‘Gruezi’, as you say ‘hello’ in Swiss German, to people walking their dogs. She was very friendly.
Turner also frequented the Laredo designer clothing store.
Saleswoman Arzu Oezoguz said: “Ms. Turner would come into the shop.
“She was very modest. She would come with her husband Erwin.
“She was not pretentious. I would say “Hello, Mrs. Turner” and she would say “Hello”.
“She liked the shoes. We have some very nice shoes here, made by Italian designers. They cost around 1,000 Swiss francs.
“We also sell clothes. Our dresses are about the same price.
“Mrs. Turner liked to buy them. And she bought cashmere sweaters for her husband Erwin.
Saleswoman Arzu Oezoguz said Turner also frequented the designer clothing store in Laredo
The store worker said she opted for Italian designer shoes and bought cashmere sweaters for her husband
The pair began dating after meeting at a German airport in the mid-1980s, kicking off Turner’s love affair with Europe.
Fans paid tribute and left flowers outside Tina Turner’s Zurich home after her death on Wednesday
She added: “Other times I would see her driving around the village in her Porsche Cayenne.
“She was a very polite woman.
Another resident, who wished to be named only Carmen, said: ‘I would see Tina Turner walking down the street with her husband.
“They seemed very relaxed and happy together.”
A short drive from Zurich, the financial capital of Switzerland, Küsnacht is home to many wealthy expat residents.
English is widely spoken in the upscale shops and restaurants that dot this ancient village.
A resident said: “Rich people live their lives in peace here.
“We leave them alone and let them be whoever they want to be.
“That’s why they come to live here.
RENTAL SWISS CASTLE WHERE TINA TURNER DIED IS SOLD TO MULTIMILLIONAIRE BUSINESSWOMAN
Tina Turner’s Swiss lakeside castle has been sold, it emerged just days after her death.
Algonquin Castle, where fans and well-wishers flocked to pay their respects, is now owned by a multi-millionaire Swiss businesswoman.
The impressive estate, which includes a four-story main building, a large garden, a two-story boathouse and is situated on 1,350 acres, has been home to Turner and her husband Erwin Bach for the past 22 years.
Tina Turner’s idyllic home in Switzerland, where she died on May 24 aged 83 of natural causes
But the couple never owned the sprawling property in the upscale village of Küsnacht outside Zurich. They simply rented it from the owner.
The music icon and her EMI executive husband moved there in 1998 because Turner wanted direct access to Lake Zurich.
And it was at the castle in 2013 that Tina and Erwin were married in an elaborate wedding ceremony in front of many international celebrities.
Now the villa – which Turner named after his Algonquin American ancestors – has been sold, the Küsnacht land registry office confirmed, according to the local Handelszeitung.
Turner and her husband have purchased another property further along the lake in the village of Staefa, as a weekend retreat in 2021
However, widower Erwin is not expected to be evicted as new businesswoman owner Ines Kaindl-Benes is said to have bought the property as an investment, the newspaper reported.
Kaindl-Benes is the chairman of the board of directors of the family wood processing company Swiss Krono Group in Lucerne, with a personal fortune valued at some $988 million.
The purchase price paid for the castle has not been disclosed, but it is believed to have changed hands for up to $86 million in cash.
Two years ago, Turner and her husband Erwin bought another property further along the lake in the village of Stäfa, as a weekend retreat.
The lakeside estate is comprised of ten buildings, with a private pond, stream, pool and boat deck, on six acres of land.