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Olten Things to Do

  • by Bimalaggarwal Updated Apr 4, 2011

    A former Chef at the British Royal House has converted the former castle-cum-restaurant into a tourist affair.
    Its located on the top of a small hill, with spectacular view all around.
    Its better to go there on a clear day.
    Its a small castle, but the restaurant is good, though one may find it expensive.

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    by yumyum Updated Mar 13, 2011

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    This city tower was first built in 1521 as the clock tower of the city church was rebuilt in 1461 after a fire in 1422. In 1844 the city church was torn down as it was in a bad state.

    From 1676 until 1682 a floor was added to the tower and it got a baroque appearance. It has been renovated three times since.

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    by yumyum Written Mar 13, 2011

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    Olten has this lovely old wooden bridge. When you walk from the railway station to the old town you can cross this bridge on foot.

    It was first mentioned in 1295. Later is burnt down during several wars in the years 1375/1383/1653 and in 1798. On top of that it was been destroyed by high floods and ice in 1408/1480/1568 and 1651. Today's form dates back to 1803.

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    by yumyum Written Mar 13, 2011

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    The building that houses the restaurant Rathskeller dates back to 1673. When you enter from the main entrance you will immediately notice you are in a very old building as the roofs and walls are not quite straight. This however adds to the charm of the place. Also note the old tiled oven on the left as you enter.

    The restaurant also has an upper floor which we didn't visit. The toilet is downstairs and definitely not wheelchair accessible. You may be interested to know that there is also a back entrance and that the backside of the building is also covered in paintings.

    Inside the ground level room which is called "Altstadtrestaurant" there are mostly large tables which strangers share without problems. When we visited there were mostly locals there either men to drink a beer, families to eat one of the many burgers and fries, couples or groups of young people. On the walls there are loads of old arms. Note the lamps with the theme of the different cantons too.

    Favorite Dish: I opted for a Schnitzel with french fries which was yummy and cost CHF 21.50.

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    by yumyum Written Mar 13, 2011

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    Olten is a crossroads for trains between the east-west axis as well as the north-south one. Even though it's an important railway hub not all the trains stop here. Outside the train station there are busses to various villages too.

    In the main station hall on the platform I found a memorial dedicated to Johann Jakob Speiser the founder of the Centralbahn (picture no. 2).

    In the main underground passage there are several fast food places for a quick bite.

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