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Solothurn
Seeland-Solothurn-Weg
Seeland-Solothurn-Weg
Stage 4, Bätterkinden–Solothurn
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Weissenstein-Passwang-Weg
Weissenstein-Passwang-Weg
Stage 1, Solothurn–Welschenrohr
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Solothurner Uferweg
Solothurner Uferweg
Route 486, Solothurn–Zuchwil
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Cycling in

Solothurn
Mittelland Route
Mittelland Route
Stage 5, Solothurn–Ins
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Mittelland Route
Mittelland Route
Stage 4, Aarau–Solothurn
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Le Jorat–Trois Lacs–Emme
Le Jorat–Trois Lacs–Emme
Stage 3, Aarberg–Burgdorf (Kirchberg)
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Jurasüdfuss-Route
Jurasüdfuss-Route
Stage 1, Olten–Grenchen
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Aare Route
Aare Route
Stage 5, Biel (Nidau)–Solothurn
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Aare Route
Aare Route
Stage 6, Solothurn–Aarau
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Bucheggberg-Route
Bucheggberg-Route
Route 801, Herzogenbuchsee–Heinrichswil–Büren a.A.
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Wasseramt-Route
Wasseramt-Route
Route 802, Solothurn–Subingen-Burgäschisee–Herzogenbuchsee
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Mountain biking in

Solothurn
Chasseral–Weissenstein Bike

Skating in

Solothurn
Mittelland Skate
Mittelland Skate
Stage 8, Solothurn–Biel
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Mittelland Skate
Mittelland Skate
Stage 7, Olten–Solothurn
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Canoeing in

Solothurn
Aare Canoe
Aare Canoe
Stage 3, Solothurn–Wangen a.A.
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Aare Canoe
Aare Canoe
Stage 2, Büren a.A.–Solothurn
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Solothurn
Solothurn

Solothurn

Solothurn is regarded as the finest Baroque town in Switzerland, where Italian grandeur is combined with French charm and German practicality. The so-called «ambassador’s town» is at the southern end of the Jura by the River Aare, about 30 km east of Biel/Bienne.
From the 16th to the 18th centuries, the Catholic town of Solothurn was the residence of the French king’s ambassador. Fine Baroque and Renaissance buildings, such as the noble Palais Besenval, and magnificent religious buildings meet the visitor at every end and turn – the Old Town has eleven churches and chapels and the same number of fountains and towers. Truly magnificent is the St.Urs Cathedral, with a façade donated by Louis XIV, and an Italian-style staircase in front. Inside are wonderful Baroque stuccos. The town walls, which are still intact in some places, were built according to the principles of the French military engineer Vauban.

Between the beautiful historic monuments, the patrician buildings and the sturdy fortifications, the traffic-free Old Town is a pleasant place to wander, with lots of small shops and inns. On warm summer evenings, it is very pleasant to sit in the garden restaurants and bars by the Aare.

The town has a range of cultural attractions going far beyond the regional, including the Solothurn Film and Literature Days. The museums range from the History Museum to the internationally acclaimed Natural History Museum, the cathedral treasury, a Museum of Stones, the PC Museum and Schloss Waldegg, not to mention a collection of sentimental light fiction. Finally, in the «Altes Zeughaus» is one of the largest weapons collections in Europe.

Children are made particularly welcome in Solothurn: the Toy and Puppet Museum is just one of the amenities specially for children. If you follow the tips in the Guide for Children and Families, the tour of the town becomes an adventure in search of castle ghosts and dinosaur tracks, with a climb up to the St. Urs Tower.

A little outside the town is the romantic Verena gorge with its chapel and hermitage, a popular destination for walkers. Hikers and cyclists will find an extensive network of footpaths and 600 km of cycle tracks in the surrounding area and along the Aare. Solothurn is on two national cycle routes: the Mittelland Route and the Aare Route.

Highlights

  • Old Town – one of the finest and most compact Old Towns in Switzerland, with many Baroque highlights and a marked French influence.
  • St. Urs Cathedral, made of pale Solothurn marble, is the most important Early Classical building in Switzerland, and has 11 altars.
  • Museum of Fine Art – important collection of Swiss Art from 1850 onwards, with works by Cuno Amiet, Ferdinand Hodler, Bernhard Luginbühl, Meret Oppenheim, Jean Tinguely.
  • Boat ride on the Aare (in summer) – to the Stork Colony in Altreu and via Büren, whose Old Town features in the National Inventory of Heritage Sites, to bilingual Biel/Bienne.
  • Weissenstein – Solothurn’s local mountain (1291 m) with nostalgia chairlift and the Hotel Kurhaus Weissenstein in the Jugendstil. Fine views of Central Switzerland and the Alps. Popular area for walking, cycling, cross-country skiing and sledging.
  • Magic Park theme park in Riedholz near Solothurn – no need to go on a world tour – discover various corners of the world in this family-friendly park.
Solothurn is regarded as the finest Baroque town in Switzerland, where Italian grandeur is combined with French charm and German practicality. The so-called «ambassador’s town» is at the southern end of the Jura by the River Aare, about 30 km east of Biel/Bienne.
From the 16th to the 18th centuries, the Catholic town of Solothurn was the residence of the French king’s ambassador. Fine Baroque and Renaissance buildings, such as the noble Palais Besenval, and magnificent religious buildings meet the visitor at every end and turn – the Old Town has eleven churches and chapels and the same number of fountains and towers. Truly magnificent is the St.Urs Cathedral, with a façade donated by Louis XIV, and an Italian-style staircase in front. Inside are wonderful Baroque stuccos. The town walls, which are still intact in some places, were built according to the principles of the French military engineer Vauban.

Between the beautiful historic monuments, the patrician buildings and the sturdy fortifications, the traffic-free Old Town is a pleasant place to wander, with lots of small shops and inns. On warm summer evenings, it is very pleasant to sit in the garden restaurants and bars by the Aare.

The town has a range of cultural attractions going far beyond the regional, including the Solothurn Film and Literature Days. The museums range from the History Museum to the internationally acclaimed Natural History Museum, the cathedral treasury, a Museum of Stones, the PC Museum and Schloss Waldegg, not to mention a collection of sentimental light fiction. Finally, in the «Altes Zeughaus» is one of the largest weapons collections in Europe.

Children are made particularly welcome in Solothurn: the Toy and Puppet Museum is just one of the amenities specially for children. If you follow the tips in the Guide for Children and Families, the tour of the town becomes an adventure in search of castle ghosts and dinosaur tracks, with a climb up to the St. Urs Tower.

A little outside the town is the romantic Verena gorge with its chapel and hermitage, a popular destination for walkers. Hikers and cyclists will find an extensive network of footpaths and 600 km of cycle tracks in the surrounding area and along the Aare. Solothurn is on two national cycle routes: the Mittelland Route and the Aare Route.

Highlights

  • Old Town – one of the finest and most compact Old Towns in Switzerland, with many Baroque highlights and a marked French influence.
  • St. Urs Cathedral, made of pale Solothurn marble, is the most important Early Classical building in Switzerland, and has 11 altars.
  • Museum of Fine Art – important collection of Swiss Art from 1850 onwards, with works by Cuno Amiet, Ferdinand Hodler, Bernhard Luginbühl, Meret Oppenheim, Jean Tinguely.
  • Boat ride on the Aare (in summer) – to the Stork Colony in Altreu and via Büren, whose Old Town features in the National Inventory of Heritage Sites, to bilingual Biel/Bienne.
  • Weissenstein – Solothurn’s local mountain (1291 m) with nostalgia chairlift and the Hotel Kurhaus Weissenstein in the Jugendstil. Fine views of Central Switzerland and the Alps. Popular area for walking, cycling, cross-country skiing and sledging.
  • Magic Park theme park in Riedholz near Solothurn – no need to go on a world tour – discover various corners of the world in this family-friendly park.

Arrival and return Solothurn

Adresse

Region Solothurn Tourismus
Hauptgasse 69
4500 Solothurn
Tel. +41 (0)32 626 46 46
info@solothurn-city.ch
www.solothurn-city.ch

Services

Accommodation

B&B Maison Aimée
B&B Maison Aimée
Solothurn
Hotel Ambassador
Hotel Ambassador
Solothurn
Hotel Bären
Hotel Bären
Solothurn
Hotel Roter Ochsen
Hotel Roter Ochsen
Solothurn
Hotel Roter Turm
Hotel Roter Turm
Solothurn
Hotel an der Aare
Hotel an der Aare
Solothurn
Jugendherberge Solothurn
Jugendherberge Solothurn
Solothurn
Klosterhotel - Porta Secunda
Klosterhotel - Porta Secunda
Solothurn
Restaurant und Hotel Baseltor
Restaurant und Hotel Baseltor
Solothurn
TCS Camping Solothurn
TCS Camping Solothurn
Solothurn
Zunfthaus zu Wirthen
Zunfthaus zu Wirthen
Solothurn
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Places of interest

Solothurn Churches
Solothurn Churches
Solothurn Clock Tower
Solothurn Clock Tower
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Hiking in

Solothurn
Seeland-Solothurn-Weg
Seeland-Solothurn-Weg
Stage 4, Bätterkinden–Solothurn
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Weissenstein-Passwang-Weg
Weissenstein-Passwang-Weg
Stage 1, Solothurn–Welschenrohr
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Solothurner Uferweg
Solothurner Uferweg
Route 486, Solothurn–Zuchwil
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Cycling in

Solothurn
Mittelland Route
Mittelland Route
Stage 5, Solothurn–Ins
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Mittelland Route
Mittelland Route
Stage 4, Aarau–Solothurn
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Le Jorat–Trois Lacs–Emme
Le Jorat–Trois Lacs–Emme
Stage 3, Aarberg–Burgdorf (Kirchberg)
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Jurasüdfuss-Route
Jurasüdfuss-Route
Stage 1, Olten–Grenchen
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Aare Route
Aare Route
Stage 5, Biel (Nidau)–Solothurn
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Aare Route
Aare Route
Stage 6, Solothurn–Aarau
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Bucheggberg-Route
Bucheggberg-Route
Route 801, Herzogenbuchsee–Heinrichswil–Büren a.A.
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Wasseramt-Route
Wasseramt-Route
Route 802, Solothurn–Subingen-Burgäschisee–Herzogenbuchsee
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Mountain biking in

Solothurn
Chasseral–Weissenstein Bike

Skating in

Solothurn
Mittelland Skate
Mittelland Skate
Stage 8, Solothurn–Biel
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Mittelland Skate
Mittelland Skate
Stage 7, Olten–Solothurn
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Canoeing in

Solothurn
Aare Canoe
Aare Canoe
Stage 3, Solothurn–Wangen a.A.
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Aare Canoe
Aare Canoe
Stage 2, Büren a.A.–Solothurn
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