Top things to do

Top Choice Cathedral in Solothurn

St Ursen-Kathedrale

Architect Gaetano Matteo Pisoni restrained himself with the classical Italianate facade of Solothurn’s monolithic 18th-century cathedral, but went wild inside with a white-and-gilt trip of wedding-cake baroque.
Top Choice Gallery in Solothurn

Kunstmuseum

The centrepiece of Solothurn's Fine Arts Museum is Ferdinand Hodler’s famous portrait of William Tell (looking a bit like a red-haired, bearded Goliath in a white hippy top and short trousers). The Madonna of Soloth…
Top Choice Italian in Solothurn

Cantinetta Bindella

This refined Italian eatery attracts a devoted crowd with its candlelit interior and leafy walled garden where linen tablecloths spread beneath the trees. The menu embraces all things Tuscan.
Landmark in Solothurn

Zeitglockenturm

A knight, a king and a Grim Reaper jig on the hour atop this 12th-century astronomical clock with its hands reversed so the smaller one shows the minutes. It's on Marktplatz, which springs to life during the Wednesd…
Church in Solothurn

Jesuitenkirche

The unprepossessing facade of this church (1680–89) disguises an interior of baroque embellishments and stucco work. All the ‘marble’ in here is fake – mere spruced-up wood and plaster.
Bar in Solothurn

Solheure

Old stone walls, kitsch-meets-cool chairs and a sun-flooded riverfront terrace ensure that half of Solothurn can be found at this trendy riverside bar in a former warehouse.
Film in Solothurn

Solothurner Filmtage

The most prestigious celebration of the Swiss film industry takes place over eight days at a variety of venues in town. Book accommodation well in advance.
Museum in Solothurn

Museum Altes Zeughaus

Fresh from extensive renovations completed in late 2016, the early 17th-century rust-coloured facade of this vast, multi-windowed arsenal museum is a reminder that Solothurn was once a centre for mercenaries, many o…
Fountain in Solothurn

Gerechtigkeits-Brunnen

West of the clock tower, this fountain (1561) portrays a blindfolded Justice, holding aloft a sword, while the four most important contemporary figures in Europe sit at her feet: the Holy Roman Emperor, the Pope, th…
Middle Eastern in Solothurn

Pittaria

Gregarious owner Sami Daher serves heavenly mint tea and bargain-priced Palestinian cuisine (homemade mango chutney, creamy hummus, crunchy falafel) at this laid-back eatery featuring bench seating adorned with Pers…