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Discover Solothurn Tourist attractions


Route 12 with daily service up to Balmberg

The Balmberg recreation area awaits you with plenty of leisure activities and magnificent views of the Are Valley and the Alps. A variety of hikes on the Jura Crest Trail, rock-climbing adventures at the rope park during summer or snow sport in winter offer fun and relaxation for the entire family. More information at: postbus.ch/balmberg


A warm welcome to Switzerland’s most beautiful baroque city There are historic landmarks, ornate fountains, interesting museums, delis and boutiques to discover in the pedestrianised Old Town. There is a wide selection of good restaurants, from fine dining Gault-Millau restaurants to trendy bars, from rustic local cuisine to Greek and Indian food. The town’s cultural and sporting events – such as the Solothurn Film Days, Literature Days, SlowUp and Bike Days – enjoy national and international prestige. Solothurn is also a sporty town, with a cycle network spanning some 500 km, walking trails, golf courses and a rope park.

Solothurn is turning 2,000! Between AD 15 and 25, the Romans built a bridge over the Aare River on the way from Aventicum to Vindonissa and Augusta Raurica. It was here that Salodurum, known today as Solothurn, was founded.

This town brochure contains lots of up-to-date tips to make your stay in Solothurn and the region truly special. We are happy to advise you personally, either by telephone or at our Tourist Office by St. Ursus Cathedral.

Join in our celebration! More information: www.solothurn-city.ch/2000yearsSolothurn

Jürgen Hofer Director, Solothurn Tourism

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Cruising on the Lake of Bienne

Evening Aare cruise Into pure nature

every Wednesday

www.asmobil.ch

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Evening Aare cruise Enjoy exquisite culinary delicacies aboard. Each Wednesday, from May 6th to September 23th 2020, departure Solothurn. Travel centre Hauptgasse 69 c/o Tourismus-Center 4500 Solothurn solothurn@asmobil.ch

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Contents

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The town of Solothurn A day in Solothurn

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The town of Solothurn

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Guided town tours

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Sights

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Museums and galleries

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Culture

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Events

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Shopping

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Food and drink

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Activities

On the water

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Hiking

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Getting active

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Excursions

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Editor: Solothurn Tourismus

Service

Hotels

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Texting: Müllertext, Solothurn Tourismus

Service

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provided by our partners

Town map

Map of the town and the region

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Town map

Backside

Map of the region

Imprint Graphic design: amietkerle – konzept, gestaltung Photos: Tino Zurbrügg, Nadja Frey, Toni Kaiser, Solothurn Tourismus, Print: Vogt-Schild Druck AG 2019/2020 edition

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Biel – Solothurn – Olten


Panoramic Map Biel/Bienne — Solothurn — Olten

Grenchenberge 1405 m ü.M.

Hasenmatt 1445 m ü.M.

Weissenstein 1284 m

MOUTIER

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Basel

A1 A2

SOLOTHURN A5

A7 Zürich

Lucerne

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Geneva

Balmberg 1078 m ü.M.

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A6

A1

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A2 Sion

Passwang 1025 m ü.M.

Belchenfluh 1099 m ü.M. Ober Hauenstein 721 m ü.M.

Thal Nature Park

BALSTHAL A2

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Oensingen

Egerkingen

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Wangen a Aare / CFF ▶

Aeschi Burgäschisee

Wasserämter-Route

Herzogenbuchsee

Langenthal

Chasseral–Weissenstein Bike Aare Kanu www.mountainbiking-in- www.canoeing-in- switzerland.ch switzerland.ch

Mittelland Skate www.skating-in-switzerland.ch


Tips for a day in Solothurn * Booking required. We’re happy to help.

Solothurn for culture vultures

Solothurn for activity lovers

10.30 am Number 11 – guided town tour*

9 am

12 pm

Lunch at Restaurant Kreuz

10.30 am Visit to the tower of St. Ursus Cathedral

2 pm

Visit to the Museum of Fine Arts

www.solothurn-city.ch/stadtfuehrungen

www.kreuz-solothurn.ch

www.solothurn-city.ch

www.kunstmuseum-so.ch

12 pm

Lunch at Restaurant Egge 14

2 pm

Visit to Verena Gorge

6 pm

Dinner at Restaurant Pier11

www.fritz-gastrokultur.ch

5.30 pm Dinner at Restaurant Baseltor www.baseltor.ch

7.30 pm

Individual guided tour of Solothurn

www.solothurn-city.ch

www.solothurn-city.ch/verenagorge

Visit to an evening performance at the Solothurn Town Theatre*

www.tobs.ch

www.pier11.ch

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Solothurn for foodies

Solothurn for families

10 am

9.30 am

Rolls and fresh coffee from the bakery

www.stadtroesterei.ch

www.solothurn-city.ch/detektiv-dachs

10.30 am Stroll through the Old Town www.solothurn-city.ch

12 pm

12.30 pm Lunch at Zunfthaus zu Wirthen www.wirthen.ch

Lunch at Restaurant Salzhaus

www.restaurant-salzhaus.ch

2 pm Visit to the Solothurn Natural History Museum

2.30 pm Public guided town tour for individual guests (Only available in German)*

www.naturmuseum-so.ch

www.solothurn-city.ch/einzelgaeste

4 pm

4.30 pm Visit to the Chantierwiese playground www.solothurn-city.ch/spielplatz

Aperitif at CafĂŠ & Bar Barock

www.barocksolothurn.ch

6 pm

Dinner at Restaurant Vini al Grappolo

8.10 am

Visit to an evening performance at the Kulturm*

11 pm

Nightcap at the Solheure bar

6 pm

Dinner at Pizzeria Zur GrĂźnen Ecke

www.gruene-ecke.ch

www.algrappolo.ch

Detective Trail (Only available in German)

www.kulturm.ch

www.solheure.ch

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Strolling through the Old Town, taking in the architecture and art, or enjoying the amazing alpine panorama on Mount Weissenstein – Solothurn and its environs have plenty to offer foodies and bon vivants, families, culture vultures, walkers and sports enthusiasts. Leave

Solothurn has the feel-good factor. Guaranteed.

the mundane behind and discover the joys of savoir-vivre.

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History

Following hard times in the early nineteenth century, Solothurn experienced an economic upswing with the arrival of the railway in 1857, quickly developing into an important industrial centre. Today, most of the industry has vanished, and the town has developed a servicesbased economy, offering a great standard of living and a vibrant cultural scene.

When the Romans were seeking a crossing of the Aare over which to build their road from Aventicum to Vindonissa, they decided on a place which the Celts called Salodurum, or “Water Gate”. The settlement which the Romans founded here in around 20 AD also bore the name of Salodurum. In around 330 AD, this small town with temples and baths was converted into a castrum, or fortress, by the Roman military. The impressive remnants of this can still be seen in various parts of the Old Town. The town’s two saints, Ursus and Victor, were venerated as early as 400 AD. In the early Middle Ages, a pilgrimage church was erected over the grave of Ursus, which was maintained by canons from the ninth century onwards. Today, the site is home to the impressive St. Ursus Cathedral. Solothurn was the setting for a political event with international ramifications in 1038 when the Holy Roman Emperor Conrad II held a court here and crowned his son, Henry III, as king of Burgundy. When the last duke of Zähringen died in 1218, the town managed to place itself under the direct rule of the Holy Roman Emperor, and thus became a free imperial city. However, its citizens still had to fight for their freedom of self-determination against the claims of St. Ursus Abbey and neighbouring noblemen. Between 1344 and 1532, the town did then manage to gain a large, albeit rather dispersed, territory, what is today the canton of Solothurn. In 1481, Solothurn joined the Swiss Confederacy. Thanks to the Confederacy’s mercenary alliance with France and the establishment in Solothurn of an embassy for the French king’s ambassador, many patrician families from Solothurn joined the mercenary service and built large fortunes as a result. To this day, the Solothurn townscape is shaped by buildings created to showcase the wealth of these families during the Baroque era. The close ties with France lasted until the departure from Solothurn of the French ambassador after the beheading of the French king in 1792.

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History, interesting facts about landmarks, anecdotes about famous people, legends of saints, witches and scoundrels, a magic number – Solothurn has much to tell. This is why we offer guided town tours on a variety of themes. And there is just as much variety available in terms of how you explore the town and the surrounding area: on foot, by scooter or bike, by boat or by panorama bus. 10


Guided town tours for groups Stroll through the historic Old Town in the company of our tour guide, who will share legends, amusing anecdotes and interesting stories about Solothurn with you.

Detective Trail The Detective Trail is a mystery tour. Using an app or printed-out treasure map, you turn detective to find a treasure chest and learn the combination that opens it. Tricky puzzles guaranteed.

Only available in German and French.

Guided themed tours for groups Discover the secrets of the magic Solothurn number 11 or the mysterious Verena Gorge; learn about saints, ladies, whores and witches; or experience the day-to-day savoir-vivre of Solothurn, all during our exciting themed tours.

Solothurn Food Trail Embark on a scavenger hunt you will truly savour, where every riddle you solve leads to your next delicious destination. Enjoy a tasty reward at each station as you puzzle over your next clue. Available from 1 April 2020. Only available in German.

Public guided tour for individual guests Do you wish to learn more about Solothurn? Then join one of the public guided town tours. Even locals can still learn surprising new things. Book a public guided tour now at www.solothurn-city.ch/ einzelgaeste Only available in German.

All our guided tours can be found in the brochures “Guided town tours for groups” and “Public guided tours for individual guests”.

iGuide for individual guests If you don’t fancy a guided tour, you can explore on your own. Borrow an iPad Mini from the Tourist Office or the Stone Museum to launch your own journey of discovery through the world of stone monuments.

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Churches, bulwarks and towers, 11 fountains – there are sights wherever you look. Visit the prestigious Church of the Jesuits and the impressive St. Ursus Cathedral, and marvel at the astronomical clockwork on the Clock Tower. Stroll through the beautiful and wellpreserved Old Town and discover centuriesold buildings dating from various eras.

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St. Ursus Cathedral The St. Ursus Cathedral was built by the architects Gaetano Matteo Pisoni and Paolo Antonio Pisoni between 1762 and 1773. The majestic exterior stairs are impressive. Built of light Jura limestone, the cathedral is a major architectural work in the early Neoclassical style.

Bulwarks and towers The bulwarks built between 1667 and 1772 surrounded 11 bastions. The populace saw these bulwarks as a symbol of oppression and tore nearly all of them down between 1835 and 1880. Only the bastion by the Riedholz Tower and the semi-bulwark by the Krumm Tower remain.

Church of the Jesuits Built between 1680 and 1689, the Church of the Jesuits is regarded as one of Switzerland’s most beautiful Baroque buildings. The main façade is adorned with a statue of the Virgin Mary, and the church’s interior features a high alter dating from 1704.

11 fountains Once used by the local women to wash clothes in, the 11 public fountains of Solothurn are particularly splendid and showcase the town’s wealth during the age of ambassadors. Solothurn has the most fountains of any place in Switzerland. The majority were built in the 16th century.

Clock Tower The oldest part of the building was erected in the early 13th century. The astronomical clockwork was added in 1545. The clock has three hands. The hour hand indicates the hour of day and night. The sun and moon hands turn anti-clockwise and indicate the position of the celestial bodies.

11i Clock At around 3 metres tall and with 11 hours on its clock-face, the Solothurn clock displays Solothurn time and plays the town song using 11 bells, always at 11 am, 12 pm, 5 pm and 6 pm. A harlequin chimes the hours. The clock can be seen on the façade of the UBS building at Amthausplatz 1.

Solothurn Town Hall The town hall is home to the Solothurn government and parliament. Presumably dating from the 14th century, the “crossbowman’s house” was purchased from Balthasar Remp by the government in 1474. The building was extended to the west and south.

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Do you wish to marvel at works by Hans Holbein the Younger, Vincent van Gogh and Ferdinand Hodler? Or gaze in wonder at a bear, rifles, pistols, sabres and rare Roman stones together with your children? Or stroll through opulent 17th-century rooms? Solothurn’s museums offer interesting changing exhibitions and carefully curated collections.

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Museum of Fine Arts The museum’s collection of old masters and Swiss as well as European art is much appreciated by art lovers. Contemporary art is displayed in special exhibitions.

Stone Museum Switzerland’s only stone museum exhibits rare stones from the Roman and Renaissance period, draws attention to the town’s stonework and provides insights into the stonemason’s craft.

Werkhofstrasse 30

Hauptgasse 60

Saturday / Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm

2 pm – 5 pm, Sun.: 10 am – 5 pm

Tuesday – Friday: 11 am – 5 pm,

May to October: Tue. – Sat.:

Natural History Museum The museum features animals, plants and fossils from the region, as well as wonderful special exhibitions. A place where young and old visitors alike can truly enjoy learning more about nature.

Waldegg Castle The Baroque garden, precious furnishings and paintings provide insights into a time when Solothurn had close ties to the French court.

Klosterplatz 2

April to Oct.: Tue., Wed., Thur., Sat.:

Waldeggstrasse 1, Feldbrunnen

Tuesday – Saturday: 2 pm – 5 pm,

2 pm – 5 pm, Sun. 10 am – 5 pm.

Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm

Nov. / Dec.: Sun.: 10 am – 5 pm

Museum of the Old Arsenal There is lots to see here: the historic building, rifles, pistols, sabres, swords, uniforms and flags. The 400 pieces of armour displayed in the armoury are a real highlight.

Galleries Solothurn is home to a range of galleries, whose group or individual exhibitions show works from contemporary Swiss and foreign artists. The changing exhibitions are carefully curated and provide artistic revelations.

Zeughausplatz 1

Tuesday – Saturday: 1 pm – 5 pm, Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm

Historical Museum Blumenstein Stroll through the splendid rooms and let the exhibited objects teach you about the way people lived in Solothurn between the 17th and 20th century. Blumensteinweg 12

Tuesday – Saturday: 2 pm – 5 pm, Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm

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The people of Solothurn love culture. They go to the theatre, opera, jazz and rock concerts, and enjoy cabaret and poetry slams. You will find all the information you need about the many events at the Tourist Office. Here you can also buy tickets and will soon be spending an entertaining evening in the company of the locals.

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Solothurn Town Theatre Plays, operas, concerts, dance performances. All year, the Biel Solothurn theatre orchestra offers the finest in cultural entertainment at Switzerland’s oldest theatre venue. The recently renovated theatre is already worth the visit for the breath-taking Baroque frescoes from 1778/79.

Altes Spital – Culture The cultural programme at this former hospital offers gems of cabaret-style entertainment all year round. Event formats include acoustic nights, breakfast stories, Tuesday jazz and improv theatre, as well as selected concerts, theatre and cabaret.

Theatergasse 18

Oberer Winkel 2

Mausefalle Theatre This small theatre near Solothurn central station is run by a group of volunteers. High-class comedies, who-done-its, dramas and children’s theatre all form part of the programme.

Solothurn Concert Hall This Baroque concert hall is the venue for choral and instrumental music, performed in concerts, children’s musicals and cabaretstyle events.

Allmendweg 8, Zuchwil

Untere Steingrubenstrasse 1

KreuzKultur The Kreuz Cooperative Solothurn organises cultural events including weekly concerts, theatre performances, readings, etc. KreuzKultur is a cultural meeting point in which to discover, relax and enjoy.

Kulturm The thick historic walls of the “culture tower” contain a venue that plays host to a great variety of events, from high-quality cabaret and intimate concerts by famous Swiss artists, through to lounge concerts with local musicians.

Kreuzgasse 4

St. Urbangasse 15

Kulturfabrik Kofmehl The Kofmehl “culture factory” is famed for its concerts featuring international artists, as well as its parties, readings, film nights, cabaret and comedy events. There is a vibrant and diverse cultural scene awaiting discovery here.

Cinemas Six cinemas offer a wide range of cinematic experiences in the afternoons and evenings. There are also special events such as Cinedolcevita, afternoon cinema for seniors, and ladies’ night.

Kofmehlweg 1

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Things kick off in January with the Solothurn Film Days, the Swiss film industry’s biggest festival. The cineastes have barely departed before the carnival revellers take over. In spring, the nationally prestigious Literature Days take place, followed by the Bike Days, the country’s key cycling festival. These and other events make Solothurn such a vibrant town full of joie de vivre.

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Solothurn Film Days For over 50 years, the Solothurn Film Days have been presenting a selection of Swiss films each January. This event is a driving force in Swiss cinema culture and a place where audiences and film-makers can interact. With over 68,000 guests, it is among Switzerland’s most prestigious cultural events and the key festival for the Swiss film industry.

Carnival In Solothurn, carnival begins on 13 January, when the town’s name is changed to Honolulu. “Dirty Thursday” starts at 5 am with the Chesslete torch-lit procession to drive away the winter. Another highlight is the carnival procession on Sunday and Tuesday. The madness ends on Ash Wednesday with the burning of the “Böögg”, or bogeyman.

Bike Days Solothurn The Swiss cycling festival is a must-visit event, and not just for bike aficionados. Solothurn provides a venue for a whole range of bike manufacturers and retailers to display their products. The town’s immediate surroundings also offer a variety of terrain for different test routes and tournaments. There’s plenty to marvel at during the events.

Solothurn Literature Days The Literature Days allow authors to engage with their readers, while visitors can enjoy the huge range of events on offer: readings with Q and A sessions, panel discussions, workshops, music and theatre, translation workshops, literary exhibitions, and film-screenings and events in schools.

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Even the locals lose track of all the events taking place in the town and surrounding area throughout the year. Families look forward to the circus and Christmas market. Beer lovers get together on the Beer Days, and cyclists during the SlowUp in Bucheggberg. The HESO Trade Fair in autumn is an essential event for home-sick locals, and the Weissenstein Run is popular among ambitious runners.

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Spring

Summer

Autumn

Winter

Beer Days Experience vibrant Swiss beer culture

Märetfescht Market stalls and music in Solothurn’s Old Town

Solothurn Cheese Day A food festival for cheese lovers

The Nativity Depiction of the Christmas story in the Old Town

Solothurn Literature Days The key event in the literary calendar

Weissenstein Schwinget Traditional wrestling on Mt. Weissenstein

International Museum Day Swiss museums present cultural heritage

Circus Knie Switzerland’s biggest circus

SlowUp Solothurn – Buechibärg Cars are banished along a 46-km route Bike Days Solothurn Cycling festival with a real party vibe Route Gourmande A culinary adventure through Solothurn BEKB Family Day Great fun for young and old

Saucony Light Run Night-time running event with light shows, music and special effects

Uhuru Festival Music and dancing on Mt. Weissenstein Solothurn Summer Films Cinema on the Krumm Tower bulwark Weissenstein Run Mountain run with great views

Gustofestival Haute Cuisine Solothurn

Winter wonderland A Christmas village for all ages

Oktoberfest Solothurn Beer-themed fun in the Rythalle

Ambassadors’ Manger Manger with historic figures

HESO Popular autumn trade fair in Solothurn

Advent in Abbey Advent exhibition in the Capuchin Monastery Solothurn

Mineral & Gem Show Thousands of gemstones and fossils to admire

Christmas market “Chlausemäret” Magical Christmas market with Santa Claus

Circus Monti Fascinating circus acrobatics

Street Food Festival Food from around the world Join the game! The bulwark ditch is transformed into a playing pitch

Solothurn Art Supermarket Art to suit every budget

Christmas market Christmas magic with mulled wine by the Aare embankment Solothurn Film Days The key festival for the Swiss film industry

Wallierhof Day Fun and games at the farm

Carnival Traditional celebrations with carnival music and story-singing

Holzweg Thal for kids Educational play afternoons in the great outdoors Solothurn Music Festival Showcase concerts in Solothurn venues

www.solothurn-city.ch/events

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Take a leisurely stroll through the alleys, gaze in at the shop windows and browse for something special in one of the boutiques or little designer stores. Fancy a coffee and some cake? You can enjoy this outdoors in good weather, or inside one of the cosy cafés. And don’t be surprised by the crowds in the town centre on a Saturday morning – Solothurn’s locals love shopping at the market.

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Suteria For over 40 years, Confiserie Suteria has been offering a wide selection of home-made sweet and salty treats. The legendary Original Solothurn Torte is made of melt-in-the-mouth hazelnut meringue with a light cream filling.

Chuchilade A magical shopping experience in the Old Town, offering a wide range of products for the home and kitchen, interiors and gardens, as well as inspiring gifts.

Hauptgasse 65

Hauptgasse 62

Confiserie Hofer A wide range of home-made pralines, truffles and cream tortes are sold at the three cafés. The confiserie is famed for its “Zmorgeturm”, or “breakfast tower”, and its Solothurn Cake won a gold medal at the “Swiss Bakery Trophy”.

Lila, schöne Dinge This boutique shop offers trendy, colourful or classically simple items to brighten up everyday life and make it homelier. Simply nice things for the home, as a gift, or just because.

Stalden 17

Stalden 39

Kerzenjeger This general goods store in the heart of the Old Town is a real treasure-trove for those with discerning tastes. Its range encompasses candles in all shapes and colours, selected varieties of tea, gourmet delicacies, premium spirits, decorative objects and even small pieces of furniture.

Spielhimmel Toys for indoors and outdoors. The selection of puzzle games, board games, card games, ball games, wind toys, books, spinning tops and magician’s accessories is exceptionally large.

Hauptgasse 36

Theatergasse 14

Markets The colourful weekly market, where you will find fresh products and specialities, takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The monthly market offers a great range of goods; the flea markets are popular with collectors; and the Christmas markets are a source of good cheer in December. 23


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In Solothurn, there are many excellent restaurants offering a wide range of cuisines – from fine dining to trendy bars, from rustic local cooking to Greek and Indian food. Diners enjoy sitting under the trees or on the terrace overlooking the Aare, and not just in fine weather. In summer, there is a real Mediterranean vibe to be found in the bars and restaurants along the Landhausquai road.

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La Couronne The lifestyle from the age of ambassadors is reflected in the cuisine and given a modern interpretation at this restaurant. Everything revolves around French food culture here. In summer there are two terraces on which to see and be seen.

Genossenschaft Kreuz During the Solothurn Film Days and Literature Days, the Kreuz is heaving with people. And on other days and evenings too, you will find a colourful mix of people enjoying good food and drink here. Carnivores and vegetarians alike will love the menu.

Hauptgasse 64

Kreuzgasse 4

Roter Turm With its 13 Gault-Millau points, the rooftop restaurant La Tourelle offers a panoramic terrace with unique views out onto Solothurn’s Old Town. In the Turmstube, guests can enjoy classic Solothurn dishes in a nostalgic ambience.

Zunfthaus zu Wirthen This pub is located inside the building of the former Innkeepers’ Guild, which dates back over 500 years. The house specialities of wafer-thin savoury tart and the exclusive flambéed skewer, prepared directly at the table, are famed throughout Solothurn.

Hauptgasse 42

Hauptgasse 41

Zum alten Stephan This is Solothurn’s oldest restaurant. A place once frequented by visitors to the market is now a homely meeting point. Great flavours and the use of lovingly prepared, fresh ingredients are what matter here.

Solheure Restaurant Bar Lounge The Solheure shapes the town’s culinary scene as a hangout for night-life lovers, who in summer particularly enjoy its large terrace right by the River Aare. This former abattoir has been stylishly converted into a trendy restaurant with a hugely popular range of freshly-prepared dishes.

Friedhofplatz 10

Ritterquai 10

Egge14 This pub features vintage décor from the 1950s to the 1970s, giving it the cosy atmosphere of yesteryear. The menu features seasonal, local and international dishes, served with beer and wines from around the world.

Attisholz Switzerland’s biggest industrial wasteland has been brought back to life – now boasting open-air concerts, colourful art on the walls and culinary treats on every plate. Big city vibes for all, right on the banks of the Aare River.

Friedhofplatz 14

Attisholzstrasse 10, Riedholz

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In times gone by, the Aare was used to transport goods; today, it is valued for its leisure opportunities – for walks along its banks, a refreshing dip in summer, and enjoying beautiful sunsets. And there is ample water-based fun to be had elsewhere in the immediate vicinity – at Zuchwil Sports Centre, for example, or outdoors at Lake Burgäschi or in a canoe ride starting in Biel/Bienne.

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Aare canoe route no. 1 Exploring the Swiss Plateau in a canoe on the River Aare is a fascinating experience. The journey begins in Biel/Bienne, continues through Büren an der Aare and Solothurn, and ends in Wangen an der Aare. A diverting yet peaceful canoeing adventure through secluded landscapes.

Solothurn Riviera In summer, there is a Mediterranean holiday vibe along Solothurn’s Landhausquai road by the Aare. Locals and visitors alike are drawn to the trendy bars and cosy outdoor lounges. People-watching and savoir-vivre are celebrated at the Riviera.

Boat ride on the Aare On the ride from Solothurn to Biel/ Bienne, you will encounter storks in Altreu, see the historic town of Büren an der Aare, and experience the impressive locks in Port. This cosy boat ride is regarded as one of the most beautiful in Switzerland.

Büren an der Aare This little town has many sights in store for visitors: the castle of the former reeves, the town hall, the two town fountains, the arcades and the splendid wooden bridge over the Aare. The river journey from Solothurn to Büren an der Aare takes 90 minutes.

Solothurn Lido Solothurn Lido is idyllically situated and offers views of the Jura mountains. It has sunbathing areas, swimming pools, a diving tower, direct access to the River Aare and a paddling pool for children, complete with a giant water slide.

Altreu The trip begins with a boat ride from Solothurn to Altreu. The boat docks directly by the Restaurant Zum Grüene Aff. The Witi information centre provides interesting facts about the storks and their habits. The centre was declared a European Stork Village by the EuroNatur Foundation.

Zuchwil Sports Centre The centre offers activities for athletes and families. In summer: outdoor pool, minigolf, tennis. In winter: ice skating and ice hockey. All year: indoor pool, spa, sauna park, gym, training centre with sports hotel.

Lake Burgäschi This moraine lake in the border region between the cantons of Solothurn and Bern was created during the last ice age. It is believed to be a remnant of the Rhone glacier. Visitors can walk around the lake and enjoy a dip at the quaint lakeside baths in summer.

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The trails through the Verena Gorge or up to Mt. Weissenstein are beautiful and popular walks. Yet there are also plenty of walks to be enjoyed on the Balmberg and Grenchenberg, as well as the nearby Bucheggberg and Thal Nature Park. In our walking brochure you will find a wide range of walks, ranging from easy strolls through to the Jura high-altitude trail tour, which takes several days.

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Verena Gorge Following a leisurely stroll through the Verena Gorge, located some 20 minutes from Solothurn’s Old Town, you will reach the hermitage. The path leads through the forest, along a babbling brook and to the chapels and the still-inhabited hermit cabin.

Weissenstein cable car A visit to Mt. Weissenstein is rewarding in any season. During the 10-minute scenic cable-car ride, you can enjoy the views of the Swiss Plateau and the Alps. A great experience for the whole family as you travel up to 1,280 m above sea level.

Mt. Weissenstein Depending on the weather, a spectacular alpine panorama awaits you here: at 1,280 m above sea level, you can enjoy views stretching from Mt. Säntis to Mont Blanc. The first Jura range can be explored via countless walking trails. Mt. Weissenstein is reachable by cable car from Oberdorf.

Weissenstein Express The train line from Solothurn to Moutier leads through the Weissenstein Tunnel: travel from German- to French-speaking Switzerland and discover this diverse region with its breathtaking Jura peaks and wonderful sights.

Balmberg Balmberg, which is easily reached by postbus, is also the starting point of longer and shorter walks: towards Weissenstein and the Röti peak, or towards Stierenberg and Chambefluh ridge. The Balmberg is particularly alluring in autumn, offering sunshine, seas of mist and splendid views.

Thal Nature Park The Thal Nature Park lies nestled in the mountain ranges of the Solothurn Jura, between Weissenstein and Wasserfallen and within easy reach of Basel, Bern and Zurich. Here you can enjoy peaceful walks or bike rides.

Grenchenberg This walk begins in the town of Grenchen. The signposts guide you to Stierenberg and the Wäsmeli, a walk of approx. 90 minutes. The route continues along an easy trail to the Upper and Lower Grenchenberg, the highest point at 1,348 metres above sea level. Enjoy nature in all her glory.

Hiking in the Solothurn Jura You will find a comprehensive range of walks in the “Hiking in the Solothurn Jura” brochure or at www.solothurn-city.ch/hiking

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There are popular cycling routes leading through Solothurn. Whether you prefer a mountain bike or e-bike, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery along the banks of the Aare or up in the Jura mountains. You will also see idyllic villages and large farms. Inline skaters are in paradise here, as the riverside is wonderfully flat. And golfers appreciate the region’s two well-tended, 18-hole courses.

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With the e-bike The Solothurn region is fun to explore in the saddle of an e-bike. The regional cycle routes offer you pristine nature, with idyllic landscapes, sleepy farming villages and storks in their rooftop eyries.

Chasseral – Weissenstein – bike route no. 44 Cycle along the Jura range and enjoy the amazing views of the Swiss Plateau and the snowcovered Alps. This tour is a real sporting challenge, with a climb of over 1,200 metres.

Bucheggberg tour The gentle slopes of the “Buechibärg”, as it is known locally, are great for cycling tours. Ride through the gentle landscape and past beautiful farmhouses, whose roofs stretch down almost to the ground. The cycle route leads to Solothurn via Biberist, Lüterkofen and Lüterswil.

Tissot Velodrome Grenchen Tissot Velodrome features a 250-metre wooden cycling race track in a multi-purpose hall that also has great infrastructure for other forms of cycling, indoor sports and events. Why not take in a race or a guided tour?

Wasseramt route no. 802 This tour traverses the Wasseramt district, from Solothurn along the Aare to Lake Burgäschi and on to Herzogenbuchsee. Along the way, you will encounter the theme of water in a whole variety of forms. This easy route covers a 17-km distance and a climb of 130 metres.

Swiss Plateau skate route no. 3 Inline skating through the Three Lakes Region: the route links Romanshorn with Estavayerle-Lac and runs right through Solothurn. Doing the entire route is best left to experienced skaters. The leisurely short tour through the Solothurn region is also suitable for beginners and families.

Swiss Plateau and Aare route no. 5 and 8 This route from Aarau to Solothurn follows the Aare as it winds its way through the charming landscape. After Solothurn comes Altreu, famed for its stork colony. This is a great spot for a picnic. The sounds of the storks can be heard far and wide. This easy route is also suitable for families.

Golfing At 6,584 metres, the 18-hole championship course at the Wylihof golf club is the longest in Switzerland. Limpachtal golf course features 18 varied fairways, 14 water obstacles and a 666-metre long fairway on hole 11, a European record.

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What are you interested in? Alt-Falkenstein Castle between Oensingen and Balsthal, or 500,000-year-old geological history at the Grenchen Boulder Garden? A guided tour of Airport Grenchen or a lama trek through Bucheggberg? Climbing, bowling, billiards or big jumps in a bike park? We are certain that you will have plenty of fun in Solothurn and its surroundings.

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Dinosaur tracks in Lommiswil In a quarry above Lommiswil is Europe’s largest area of tracks left by quadruped dinosaurs. A viewing platform reveals at least nine sets of tracks with over 400 dinosaur footprints. These are most visible in slanting light, so visits in the early morning or late afternoon are best.

Balmberg Rope Park The rope park sits amidst a natural forest. The trees are linked with ropes and different kinds of bridge. 10 courses of varying difficulty levels offer a thrilling adventure for young and old alike.

Holzweg Thal, Thal Nature Park This adventure trail allows you to experience the forest and the natural resource that is wood in an artistic and playful way with your mind, heart and hands. The installations by artist Sammy Deichmann provide new and surprising insights into nature and await discovery.

Swiss Writer’s Path Olten Fun for the whole family all year round! As you wander, listen to audio tours narrated by nationally celebrated authors, such as Alex Capus, Franz Hohler, Pedro Lenz, Peter Bichsel and 16 others. Use your smartphone at one of the nearly 60 listening stations to scan the QR code and treat yourself to a selection of short stories. Everyone will love the family tour, featuring beloved Swiss children’s songwriter Christian Schenker and including nine funny songs, two exciting stories, an explorer’s map and a CD.

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Treat yourself to a long weekend of culture or take a well-earned break after a strenuous cycling tour at one of Solothurn’s many hotels. From 4-star boutique hotels to youth hostels, from designer hotels to bed & breakfasts – the selection of accommodation in and around Solothurn is great and caters for every pocket. One thing you can’t put a price on is the hospitality you will find here.

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Hotel Ambassador Niklaus-Konrad-Strasse 21 4500 Solothurn

La Couronne Hotel Restaurant Hauptgasse 64 4500 Solothurn

phone +41 (0)32 621 61 81 reception@ambassador-hotel.ch www.ambassador-hotel.ch

phone +41 (0)32 625 10 10 info@lacouronne-solothurn.ch www.lacouronne-solothurn.ch

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Hotel an der Aare       S Oberer Winkel 2 4500 Solothurn

phone +41 (0)32 622 75 71 info@astoria-solothurn.ch www.astoria-solothurn.ch

phone +41 (0)32 626 24 00 info@hotelaare.ch www.hotelaare.ch

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Genossenschaft Kreuz Solothurn Kreuzgasse 4 4500 Solothurn

phone +41 (0)32 626 24 70 info@baeren-solothurn.ch www.baeren-solothurn.ch

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H4 Hotel Solothurn        Schänzlistrasse 5 4500 Solothurn

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TCS Camping Solothurn Glutzenhofstrasse 5 4500 Solothurn

phone +41 (0)32 623 11 10 mail@porta-secunda.ch www.porta-secunda.ch

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phone +41 (0)32 322 55 33 reception@roterochsen.ch www.roterochsen.ch

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airporthotel grenchen Flughafenstrasse 123 2540 Grenchen

phone +41 (0)32 622 96 21 info@roterturm.ch www.roterturm.ch

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phone +41 (0)32 645 12 12 walker@ursundviktor.ch www.ursundviktor.ch

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Sporthotel Amselweg 59 4528 Zuchwil

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Gasthof Sonne Hauptstrasse 20 4557 Horriwil

Mövenpick Hotel Egerkingen Höhenstrasse 12 4622 Egerkingen

phone +41 (0)32 614 14 88 info@sonne-horriwil.ch www.sonne-horriwil.ch

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Hotel Balsthal Falkensteinerstrasse 1 4710 Balsthal

phone +41 (0)32 674 41 61 info@sternen.ch www.sternen.ch

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You will find lots of tips and information in this brochure and on our website. Do you have a question or particular concern? Then please call us or visit us at the Tourist Office. We will be happy to advise you and ensure that you have a wonderful stay in Solothurn and the region. We look forward to your visit.

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Tourist Office opening times Monday – Friday, 9 am – 6 pm Saturday 9 am – 1 pm Solothurn Tourismus Hauptgasse 69 CH-4500 Solothurn phone +41 (0) 32 626 46 46 info@solothurn-city.ch Vouchers Surprise your nearest and dearest on a special occasion with a gift voucher from Region Solothurn Tourismus. We will be happy to issue you with vouchers for guided town tours or with credit vouchers.

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Bike hire Solothurn SBB Train Station – Rent a bike. Please complete your rental agreement at the SBB counter before collecting your bikes from the bike station on the basement level.

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Monday – Friday, 8 am – 7 pm Saturday / Sunday 9 am – 5.30 pm phone +41 (0)32 621 45 64

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The friendly toilet The “friendly toilet” is a toilet facility made accessible for public use by a restaurant or bar. Use of the toilet is free, even if you are not a customer. Participating venues are marked with a sticker at the entrance. Rythalle toilets The entrance is opposite the bulwark ditch. The toilets are free to use. Wheelchair-friendly toilet. Monday – Friday, 10 am – 6.30 pm Saturday / Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm phone +41 (0)32 621 45 64


MUSESOL Swiss Writer’s Path (in German) • An experience for the whole family, 365 days a year • Audio tours with more than 30 listening stations with stories by Alex Capus, Franz Hohler, Pedro Lenz, Peter Bichsel and a further 14 writers.

MUSEUMS AND COLLECTIONS IN THE CANTON OF SOLOTHURN

• Family tour with Christian Schenker with 9 cheerful songs, 2 exciting stories, an explorer’s map and fun puzzles

Guided tours Olten’s landmarks Historic Town Center

1 h / 1 ½ h: 150.– / 180.–

City Tower

WELCOME

1 h: 160.–

Capuchin Monastery / Monastery Church

1 ½ h: 190.–

www.musesol.ch

Literature / Special topics Olten’s writers

1 h / 1 ½ h: 160.– / 190.–

Rail city

1 ½ h: 190.–

Tüfelsschlucht (Devil’s Gorge) near Hägendorf Old town during Advent

2 h: 210.– 1 h / 1 ½ h: 160.– / 190.–

These offers and many more can be booked on request at any time. (Price per group in CHF. Rates are subject to change). In addition, there are regular public guided tours.

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Solothurn - Tourist guide  

In our "Tourist guide" brochure, you'll find up-to-date tips that will turn your stay in Solothurn and its region into a real experience: si...

Solothurn - Tourist guide  

In our "Tourist guide" brochure, you'll find up-to-date tips that will turn your stay in Solothurn and its region into a real experience: si...

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