Surprising Solothurn (Soleure in French) is something special. It looks and feels different to the rest of Switzerland in a way that's hard to pin down. The beautiful baroque Old Town, with its grey cobblestone streets, feels distinctly more European than Swiss, with definite Germanic and Italianate influences and a little less of the French and Roman flavours more commonly seen in this part of the country.
The imposing, 66m-tall facade of the magnificent St Ursus Cathedral, standing majestically among fountains, piazzas, churches and city gates, gives weight to Solothurn’s claim to be Switzerland’s most beautiful baroque town.
Solothurn is often overlooked, but it's well worth spending a day or a night here, if you're looking for a beautiful, historic location that's by the water at the foot of the mountains and retains a sleepy, rural vibe, especially after dark when the few day-trippers leave.