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Solothurn Travel Guide: 37 reviews and 104 photos

Between French and German Culture

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. Most of the houses and buildings are made from white stone, pale Solothurn marble which is mined from the neighbouring mountains.

Clock Tower

In every Swiss town are 2 musts (I think): the clock tower and fountain. The clock tower, the city oldest structure was built in the first half of the Twelfth Century. Below it are the two city patrons from 1583, Urs and Viktor.

Town of 11's

Ask a Solothurner about the "holy Solothurn number 11". You'll be told that in 1481 Solothurn became the eleventh canton to join the Swiss Confederation. Or that this splendid baroque city contains eleven churches and chapels, eleven historic fountains and eleven towers.

It is no wonder that even the cathederal of Saint Urs has eleven altars and eleven bells, and that its imposing staircase leading down from the main door is made up of flights of eleven steps.

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  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2007 at 11:16 AM

    You won't believe it but I've never been to lovely Solothurn yet - only to Weissenstein mountain nearby.

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