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A day in Solothurn

I can mark next canton in my Swiss canton challenge as done - Solothurn. If you appreciate the mix of history, charming old buildings and closeness of nature then Solothurn is a place to go. Although I spent there only one day, the city managed to completely charm me.



I visited Solothurn on Saturday which happened to be a market day (market ended around noon). The street where the market takes place was really crowded. Mainly it was farmers selling their fresh produce, cheese and meat but also flowers and plants to the gardeners.


The most prominent site in the town is definitely the cathedral. It's impressively big for such small town. And you can get up to its tower. This is a definite must-do. The views from above are gorgeous! The first photo of this post is also taken from the tower.



If you walk around the old town, you can see several fountains and also interesting small details. Here some of my discoveries:




Of course I visited some museums as well. The first museum I visite…
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I went to the tourist info and they recommended me to just go along the winter hike trail from Klosters to Schifer. And this is what I did. At least in the beginning. Soon I decided that since I do have snowshoes I should actually use them and I decided to follow a summer hiking trail.



In the beginning it was all very nice but then the trail merged into a ski trail and I couldn't go further on it. Instead of walking the same way back I decided to keep the elevation I had gained and go back to the winter hike trail over the snowy hillsides.

 Soon I faced streams and steep hill sides where it was impossible to get through. So I ended up doing a really big round and there were section…