Solothurn, on the River Aare at the south foot of the Jura mountain range, is also known as St. Ursen City, Wengi City, the City of Ambassadors, Switzerland's most beautiful baroque city, and the city of culture.
The name "St.Ursen City" recalls the legend of the two Roman legionnaires, Urs and Victor, who were beheaded in Solothurn due to their Christian beliefs. In honour of their martyrdom and the associated miracles, both were declared city saints. St. Ursen Cathedral dominates the city skyline and is its emblem.
Solothurn's history dates back to Roman times. As early as 350 BC the Romans built their "Castrum Salodurum", a bell-shaped walled fort. The remains can still be seen at Friedhofplatz and in Löwengasse.
Solothurn is a German speaking town but communication in French and English is possible in the city center.
Solothurn is served by one of the most efficient passenger rail services in the world, the Swiss Federal Rail (SBB) system. Trains run roughly each half-hour between 4AM and 1AM every day to and from Geneva, Zurich, Bern, and points in between.
Solothurn is also connected by boat to the bilingual town of Biel/Bienn. Boats by the BSG take 2 hours 50 minutes to complete the journey between the two towns an leave two (Spring/Fall) or three (Summer) times a day.
The town is small enough to be easily explored on foot. The old town is north of the train station, across the river.
The cathedral st. Urs and Victor and its tower which can you can go up.
The clock tower and the rest of the old town.
Einsiedelei im Verenaschlucht (Hermitage in the Verena gorge) , which you can reach in a 45-minute walk north of the city. It's located in a forest and is a beautiful place to walk around, especially in the evenings when candles are lit and placed in between the rocks throughout. Look for signposts and ask around. Please don't abuse this off-the-beaten-path gem and keep it quiet and peaceful as it is a path of meditation.
Solothurner torte, a dessert with creme sandwiched between two biscuits. You're bound to like this if you like the Luxemburgerli of Sprungli in Zurich.
Restaurant Brücke (Restaurant Brücke), Hauptstrasse 2, 5013 Niedergösgen, ☎ +41 62 849 11 25, . In Restaurant Brücke in Niedergösgen the area of Canton Solothurn's culinary philosophy is special. Through the careful processing of high quality ingredients and fine cooking experience how culinary classic and contemporary dishes for treats with a difference - a wonderful treat for you as a guest.
SolHeure, Ritterquai 11, CH-4500. On the bank of the river Aare you will find this nice bar/restaurant which used to be the old slaughterhouse of the town. But don't be afraid to go there, nothing reminds of the ancient times. http://solheure.ch
Kofmehl, Kofmehlweg 1, CH-4500. Well known concert venue located a little bit outside of the old town - but still reachable by foot. Check their lineups on the website. Even international bands go there for a gig. http://kofmehl.net
An der Aare, Oberer Winkel 2, CH-4500, (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: 41 (0)32 626 24 10). Member of Swiss Quality Hotels Internatioal. Centrally located three star hotel in the Baroque city of Solothurn, 150m to the city center and only 800m to the railway station. One-person room from 120CHF Two-person room from 157CHF (rates 2009). www.hotelaare.ch www.SwissQualityHotels.com
YouthHostelSolothurn, Landhausquai 23, CH-4500. The youth hostel in Solothurn is located next to the river Aare. The building used to be the first school in town and offers nice and cozy rooms. Next to the hostel are several good bars and restaurants. Dorms start at CHF 31.50 for Members. Doubles with shower/wc CHF 49 per person. http://youthhostel.ch/