A day in Solothurn

River Aare

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.

Old roofs

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.

Market day

Happy shoppers
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.


Climbing up the stairs

View 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 visited, was art museum. It takes about an hour to go through it. The temporary exhibitions during my visit were not that impressive but there are some really nice paintings in the permanent display.

Solothurn Art Museum
I also went to the old armory. The whole collection is about the military history of Switzerland. If you are into such things then it's a definite must-see. If not, you can easily skip this museum.

My favorite museum is a little bit further from the city center - Blumenstein museum. It's an old summer manor of a rich family that lived in Solothurn in 18th century. The museum displays 18th century lifestyle. The building is absolutely gorgeous and really invokes your imagination about how the family lived there and kept themselves occupied with.

Blumenstein museum

Inside Blumenstein

Inside Blumenstein
Very close to Blumenstein (about 5 minutes walk) starts a hiking trail to a hermitage (Einsiedelei). The hike is about 20 minutes one way and this was the definite highlight of my trip. You walk in a serene surroundings  - along Verenabach (a small stream) through fairy tale like woods. The hermitage itself is very small but nice. It is more the journey itself that leaves the lasting impression.
Here are some photos of the walk: