Solothurn Travel Guide

  • Solothurn
    by jorgejuansanchez
  • Solothurn
    by jorgejuansanchez
  • Solothurn
    by jorgejuansanchez

Solothurn Things to Do

  • Clock Tower

    The city oldest structure was built in the first half of the Twelfth Century. Construction of the clock storey in 1467 and installation of the astronomic clockworks with the famous astronomy clock dial in 1545. Below this group of figures: the knight, death and between them a "Mannli", the King of Fools. Since 1545, the Grim Reaper has turned over...

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  • St. Ursen Cathedral

    On the top step of the St.Ursen Cathedral (built between 1762 and 1773) an uplifting feeling is kindled; you are standing on the famous Pisoni flight of stairs flanked by J.B. Babel's figure fountains of Moses and Gideon.Inside this most important Early Classical Swiss structure of pale Solothurn marble, you find the imposing high altar in the form...

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  • Biel Gate

    Biel Gate (Bieltor) is the port to Western side of the town. It has a clock, of course. I did not check if it shows the right time.

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  • Basel Gate

    A masterful fortified structure at the eastern entrance to the city, which forms an extraordinary architectural group together with St.Ursen Tower. After the Schwabian War in 1504, the master builder Hans Gibelin began with the construction that was completed in 1535.

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  • Basel Gate

    Basel Gate is the eastern entrance of the old town. It was built 1504 - 35. It is a mighty city gate with strong fortifications to both sides.

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  • Fortifications

    Large parts of the fortifications are preserved and are well worth to explore.In the small alley Lýwengasse and at Westringstrasse a few remains of Roman walls are to recognise.Along the northern edge of the old town the medieval walls with a couple of towers are well preserved.South of the Aare river, near Wengi bridge, you can find the remains of...

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  • Fountains

    Like in Bern and Fribourg, for example, Solothurn has a number of fountains with figures, to find on the small squares in the old town.These figures were made by Hans Gieng and his student Laurent Perroud in the 16th century, mostly modelled after those in Bern and Fribourg.I saw four of them: Mauritius-, Simson-, St. Georg- and Justice fountain....

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  • Town Hall

    The town hall is one of the most impressive buildings in Solothurn.Its massive tower was is the only remain of the first building at this place from 1476.The facade was re-modeled from 1623 on in Renaissance (better: manieristic (?)) style, finished in 1711. Very unusual, but beautiful.In the tower on the northern side you can find a fascinating...

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  • Zeughaus

    The Zeughaus (arsenal) was built 1610 - 14 in Baroque style. Nowadays it is home of the armour museum. It is claimed to be the second biggest armour collection in Europe!

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  • Clock Tower

    The clock tower is a landmark of the town. Built in the first half of the 12th century it is the oldest originally preserved building of Solothurn.The stunning astronomical clock with figure play dates from 15/16th century.

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  • Jesuit Church

    The Jesuit Church was built 1680 - 89 in Baroque style. Inside you find magnificent stucco works of artists from Ticino.The rich decorations, stucco with frescos, a number of altars with beautiful paintings are truly unbelievable.

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  • St. Ursen Cathedral

    The cathedral was built 1763-73 by Matteo and Paolo Antonio Pisoni (Ascona) in classical style (a first in Switzerland). Inside take a look at the beautiful stucco works by Francesco Pozzi, the organ and the altars.The rich treasure contains e.g. a script ("Hornbacher Sakramentar") from 983.For great views climb up the tower (60 m).

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  • CITY GATE

    THIS WAS THE CLOSEST GATE, THE BIEL GATE TO OUR HOTEL, THE KRONE. THE HOTEL WAS NOT IN THE OLD TOWN BUT ADJACENT TO IT.

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  • THE OLD TOWN CENTER

    THESE BUILDINGS WERE AROUND A SQUARE FILLED WITH OUTDOOR CAFE'S AND RESTAURANTS AND MANY TOURISTS. I HAD NEVER HEARD OF THIS TOWN BUT LOOKING AT ALL THESE PEOPLE SOMEONE IS RECOMMENDING A VISIT. IT WAS A UNIQUE BUSY CITY, ESPECIALLY AT RUSH HOUR.

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  • CATHEDRAL ON THE HILL

    WE DIDN'T GO UP THERE BUT THOUGHT IT LOOKED VERY IMPRESSIVE FROM BELOW IT'S LOCATION. iT IS NAMED THE CATHEDRAL OF ST. URSUS. IT IS BUILT OF A LOCAL LIMESTONE CALLED SOLOTHURN MARBLE.

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Solothurn Hotels

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  • Bad Kyburg

    Talstrasse 15, Solothurn, 4586, Switzerland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Swiss Q an der Aare

    Oberer Winkel 2, Solothurn, Solothurn, CH-4500, Switzerland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Zunfthaus zu Wirthen

    Hauptgasse 41, Solothurn, 4500, Switzerland

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

Solothurn Restaurants

  • Oriental food at its best

    The pittaria was rated Switzerland's best takeaway restaurant in 2004. You can get a variety of oriental food for takeaway. Or you may choose to sit down, have a cup of spiced tea and chat with Sami, the owner who's Palestinean. In either case you'll go back again... Falafel

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  • Where writers and filmmakers meet for...

    In the Kreuz you enjoy a creative, fresh, organic cusine. Menus are rarely a usual combination of ingredients and still you do not have to be too daring to try them. For sure there'll be something which suits your taste also. The interior is wooden and the restaurant is always pretty full with people who're not too introvert. Especially during the...

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  • On the Walking Street

    When walking in the center you may stop for a while and sit on the chair of some little cafe for a beer or two. When resting you may look people walking by from the church to the market place, or vice versa.

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Solothurn Nightlife

  • La fée verte - abSINthe

    "Die grüne Bar" (the green fairy) is Switzerland's first absinthe bar. The drink was banned in 1910 and has been allowed again in 2005 only. Despite being illegal, it has been produced in the vallée des joux for all these years and so expertise has not been lost. The "Grüne Fee" is the place where you can witness the art of making the infamous...

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  • Nights in the barn's cellar

    The Hidden is situated in some sort of run-down barn at Solothurn's West End and you wouldn't recognise at first sight that this could be a club at all. But it is and even a pretty cool one. They are not open all weekends, they open for special theme parties (soul, d'n b, electro, ska, etc.). Check the website for party dates. Do not go too early,...

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  • ChillOut at the river

    A great Chillout Bar/Lounge at the river Aare with good drinks and fingerfood until late. The building is a former slaughterhouse - but don't let this keep you from going there! SolHeure is especially nice in summer when you can sit outside right by the river. Occasionally there are also clubbing events in there. There's an arthouse cinema in the...

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Solothurn Shopping

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    by Zorra80 Written May 24, 2008

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    The translation of "Tausendschön" would be something like "thousandfold beauty". You find that beauty in a side street near the Aare river in a small enticing shop.
    "Tausendschön" is a gift shop with all kinds of small, pretty gifts such as beautiful silk scarves, funny old postcards, arabic jewellery and much more.

    What to buy: All kinds of small gifts, from funny postcards to home decoration to jewellery

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Solothurn What to Pack

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Solothurn Off The Beaten Path

  • Wiedlisbach

    This (very) small town is actually in the canton Bern but really close to Solothurn - just 10 km/6 mi away. It is located at the foot of the Jura mountains at a strategic position on early trading routes. Wiedlisbach was founded by the counts of Froburg in the 13th century, prospering well in the following centuries but didn't participate in the...

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  • Aare River Promenade

    Right by the river Aare, vis a vis of the old town, we had a picnic. Very enjoyable to sit on a bench under the huge trees and watch the old town and the Jura mountains towering up above.

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  • THROUGH THE LOCK

    WE HAD TO GO THROUGH A LOCK SYSTEM ON THE RIVER. I ASSUME THE LOCKS WERE BUILT TO MAKE THE RIVER EASY TO NAVIGATE.

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Solothurn Favorites

  • Old Town Stroll

    The old town of Solothurn is very compact, mostly located on the northern bank of the Aare river. It is very charming with wonderfully preserved houses from medieval to (mostly) Baroque style, historical fountains, narrow cobbled streets and lots of sights.It is very enjoyable to stroll through the old town, watch around, have a coffee or so in one...

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  • "Eleven"

    Solothurn seems to be addicted to the number "eleven".1481 it joined the Swiss Confederation as 11th canton.The town has 11 churches/chapels, 11 historical fountains and 11 towers.The cathedral has 11 altars and 11 bells. The big staircase in front of the cathedral has three parts of each 11 stairs.Isn't it crazy?

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  • bratsch's General Tip

    Solothurn is often described as the prettiest Baroque town in Switzerland. Indeed there is a unity of architechture there which is rare in Europe. In the center very little has changed since the 18th century.

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