Music legend Tina Turner lived out her final days pottering around the picturesque lake-side village in Switzerland that she called home.
The multi-million singer would casually stroll through the streets of Küsnacht shopping for designer clothes and gourmet food.
At other times she would sit on a chair in the local park, staring across the Zurichsee Lake at the snow-covered mountains that mark this Alpine nation.
And despite having a personal butler and a full set of staff, the star would drive herself around the narrow lanes in her Porsche Cayenne.
Tina Turner managed to make the most of her years in the peaceful lake town called Küsnacht, where she had lived for the past 26 years
The musical icon was known to casually stroll the streets of the idyllic village, where she would sometimes drive herself around the narrow lanes in her Porsche Cayenne
The Simply the Best hitmaker stepped back from the public eye nearly 20 years ago, retiring to Chateau Algonquin
Today the 83-year-old entertainment icon is remembered by her neighbors as ‘modest’, ‘friendly’ and ‘polite’.
Butcher Benny Lang told DailyMail.com: ‘Tina Turner would come into town to do the shopping sometimes. She had a butler but she liked to go herself, with her husband Erwin.
‘They particularly liked the Moreira Gourmet House. It is the best place in the area 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 married in 2013.
In the same year Tina acquired Swiss citizenship and gave up her US passport.
Turner, who learned to speak German to be eligible for Swiss nationality and picked up the distinct Swiss dialect, took up yoga classes at the Horn public park, a few minutes walk from her sprawling chateau.
A neighbor revealed: ‘When she first came to live here she took up yoga. She attended classes held in the park.’
Tina and her husband Erwin were big fans of the Moreira Gourmet House, her go-to for her favorite gourmet foods 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 just a few minutes walk from her sprawling chateau
The musical icon would sometimes sit on a chair in the local park, staring across the Zurichsee Lake at the snow-covered mountains that mark this Alpine nation
Tina Turner and her husband Erwin Bach shopping in Milan, Italy, April 5, 2008, shortly before her retirement
Another added: ‘She liked to go to the park and sit by the water. It is a very peaceful place.
‘She would say ‘Gruezi’, how we say ‘hello’ in Swiss-German, to people walking their dogs. She was very friendly.’
Turner also frequented the Laredo designer clothes shop.
Shop assistant Arzu Oezoguz said: ‘Ms Turner would come into the shop.
‘She was very modest. She would come in with her husband Erwin.
‘She was not conceited. I would say ‘Hello, Ms Turner’ and she would say ‘hello’ back.
‘She liked shoes. We have some very nice shoes here, made by Italian designers. They cost about 1,000 Swiss francs.
‘We also sell clothes. Our dresses cost about the same.
‘Ms Turner liked to buy these. And she bought cashmere sweaters for her husband Erwin.’
Shop assistant Arzu Oezoguz said Turner also frequented the Laredo designer clothes shop
The shop employee said opted for Italian designer shoes and bought cashmere sweaters for her husband
The couple began dating after meeting in a German airport in the mid 80s, kicking off Turner’s love affair with Europe
Fans paid tribute and left flowers outside the Zurich home of Tina Turner following 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 lady.’
Another resident, who wished to be named only as Carmen, said: ‘I would see Tina Turner walking in the street with her husband.
‘They seemed very relaxed and happy together.’
A short drive from the Switzerland’s financial capital Zurich, Küsnacht is home to many wealthy expat residents.
English is widely spoken in the high-class shops and restaurants that mark out this ancient village.
One resident said: ‘Wealthy people are live their life in peace here.
‘We leave them alone and let them be who they want to be.
‘That is why they come to live here.’
SWISS CHATEAU RENTAL WHERE TINA TURNER DIED IS SOLD TO MULTI-MILLIONAIRE BUSINESSWOMAN
Tina Turner’s lakeside Swiss chateau has sold, it has emerged just days after her death.
Chateau Algonquin, where fans and well-wishers have flocked to pay their respects, is now owned by a multi-millionaire Swiss business woman.
The impressive estate, which includes a four-story main building, a large garden, a two-story boathouse and is set in 1350 acres of grounds, had been home to Turner and her husband Erwin Bach for the past 22 years.
Tina Turner’s idyllic home in Switzerland, where she passed away on May 24 at the age of 83 from natural causes
But the couple never owned the sprawling property in the upmarket villager 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 Lake Zurich.
And it was at the chateau in 2013 where Tina and Erwin tied the knot in an elaborate wedding ceremony in front of many international celebrity guests.
Now the villa – which Turner named after her native American Algonquin ancestors – has been sold, the land registry office in Küsnacht confirmed, according to local Handelszeitung.
Turner and her husband purchased another property further along the lake in the village of Staefa, as weekend retreat in 2021
However, widower Erwin is not expected to be forced out, as the new owner businesswoman Ines Kaindl-Benes is believed to have bought the property as an investment, the newspaper reported.
Kaindl-Benes is the president of the Board of Directors of the family-owned wood processing company Swiss Krono Group in Lucerne, with a personal fortune valued at some $988million.
The purchase price paid for the chateau has not been released but it is estimated to have changed hands for up to $86million in cash.
Two years ago Turner and her husband Erwin purchased another property further along the lake in the village of Stäfa, as weekend retreat.
The lake-side estate is comprised of ten buildings, with a private pond, stream, swimming pool and boat deck, set in six acres of grounds.