Solothurn is located next to the River Aare and features the impressive St. Ursus Cathedral © Solothurn Tourismus / Tino Zurbrügg

Solothurn: the most beautiful baroque town
An aura of urban ambience, historical scenery and a diverse gastronomic scene: Solothurn is packed with charm
1 Jul 2024

The historic city of Solothurn, at the southern edge of the Jura and directly at the Aare, is well worth a visit. It has a varied history, a wide range of cultural activities, and wonderful nature experiences are guaranteed. Even the journey there is beautiful: Solothurn is easily accessible by public transport and promises a great way to get in the mood for a cool romantic city trip.

Old town and city tours

When you stand in the heart of the Old Town at the Kronenplatz in front of the mighty St. Ursus Cathedral, you have arrived in Solothurn. It’s recommended to plan enough time to visit this important Swiss early classical building. And on a fascinating guided tour through the town, you will discover the secrets of the city. Accompany a city guide on a tour through the picturesque alleyways of this historic old town, across magnificent squares and past numerous sights. Immerse yourself in Solothurn’s baroque past and discover the vibrancy of its present. Guided English city tours are available every Saturday at 2:30pm until 26 October 2024.

Art and culture

Solothurn is around two thousand years old and has experienced and seen much in its time, evidenced by vast amount of art and culture it has to offer. It is home to a wide range of impressive art and nature museums with collections of significant value. The ‘Old Arsenal’ in the middle of the Old Town is very popular and has shaped the cityscape for over 400 years. Incidentally, it is the only arsenal in Switzerland that has retained its original character even after being converted into a museum. Another highlight of course is Waldegg Castle. Beautifully situated, this country estate of the Solothurn patriciate is rich in history.

Solothurn’s Riviera promises a lot of savoir-vivre! © Nicole Schafer

Shopping & indulgence

If you are up for some shopping after the museum tour you will not be disappointed. The beautiful stores and stylish boutiques in the heart of the old town leave nothing to be desired. Of course, the baroque town also takes account of the sustainable change of the times: whether it’s ecological body care, fairly produced fashion or second-hand offers – there’s room for everything on a shopping tour through the enchanting alleyways. Following your shopping spree, if you are looking for somewhere to eat, the small town at the River Aare has one of the highest densities of restaurants and bars in Switzerland. It even has its own Riviera, which exudes a Mediterranean vacation atmosphere with its secluded terraces and colorful parasols.

Local mountain and Weissenstein cable car

Solothurn’s local mountain, the Weissenstein, offers plenty of nature, and is perfect for families, ambitious hikers, or simply for those who wish to take a break. Travel in the Weissenstein cable car directly up the mountain and enjoy the fascinating panorama. An easy circular hike directly from the cable car mountain station or a challenging ridge hike, both are unforgettable. And of course, the culinary delights at the mountain restaurants should not be left out when you are up the mountain. The Weissenstein is an outdoor paradise in every season, even in winter when you can plan snowshoe hikes, cross-country trails and speedy toboggan rides that promise unforgettable moments in the heart of nature.

Aare & boat trips

That’s not all you can experience when it comes to beautiful natural events: the boat trip on the Aare from Solothurn to Biel is relaxing and quietly meditative. The nearly 3-hour course connects the baroque town of Solothurn with the bilingual town of Biel/Bienne. This waterway is also considered to be one of the longest and most beautiful in Switzerland. On the leisurely route, you can see the storks in Altreu, the historic town of Büren an der Aare, and the impressive lock in Port. Guests can also enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch, or coffee and cake on board. 

* Simone Leitner is Content Creator for Solothurn Tourism
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