We are pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Ann, a member of the Solo Travel Society on Facebook. Ann lives in the United States, and submitted the following report about Solothurn. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers!
Solo travel rating: 1 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult. Please see chart below)
Languages spoken: German, French, English
Reasons to Visit Solothurn
Solothurn is a walled medieval town located in the northwest corner of Switzerland. It is known as the finest Baroque city in Switzerland with 18 of its buildings on the Swiss Inventory of Cultural Property of National and Regional Significance. Inside the medieval gates is a town of flourishing stores (I bought hiking boots and a sweater), lovely Swiss coffee shops (the pastries are amazing), and restaurants.
The city sits at the southern end of the Jura mountain range so there are plenty of hiking and walking opportunities. Buses run from the city center to a gondola that takes you to Weissenstein, the mountain overlooking the town, the Kurhaus Hotel, and the beginning of trails that pass by Swiss cows and tiny pubs serving beer and food. There's also a lovely hike through the Verena Gorge to a quiet hermitage and tiny church.
The Aare River runs through Solothurn and in the summer, boats leave the dock for a beautiful boat ride past villages including Altreu which has a stork colony. You can catch a return boat to Solothurn or use the very punctual Swiss transit system of trains and buses for the return trip.
I came from Colmar, France to Solothurn which required a change of trains, but there are direct trains on the Swiss rail system from Geneva and Zurich. I like staying in hostels when I travel and the Solothurn Youth Hostel is located in a historic building overlooking the Aare River.
Solo Travel Destination Rating System
Safety – 1 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)
Language – 2 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)
Navigation – 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)
Culture – 1 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)
Average Rating – 1 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult)