Solothurn Cathedral

Standing proudly within the charming old town of Solothurn, the St. Ursus Cathedral dominates the cityscape with its twin towers and baroque architectural brilliance. Read more

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This spiritual haven, often referred to as Solothurn Cathedral, is a testament to the city's historical importance and its longstanding relationship with the Catholic Church. Constructed between 1762 and 1773, the St. Ursus Cathedral is a masterful example of baroque architecture. It was designed by Gaetano Matteo Pisoni and Paolo Antonio Pisoni, replacing a former church that had its origins in the early Middle Ages.
The exterior is characterized by its twin towers, which reach a height of 66 meters, and the grand façade showcasing an intricate array of sculptures, representing various religious figures, including Saints Ursus and Victor, to whom the cathedral is dedicated.
Stepping inside, visitors are met with a breathtaking interior. The main nave is adorned with a series of frescoes and gilded details. The high altar is a masterpiece, displaying a blend of marble, gilded woodwork, and an elevated platform from which the cathedral's priests address the congregation. Particularly noteworthy is the organ, which dates back to 1772 and is often the centerpiece of musical concerts held within the cathedral's walls.
Beneath the cathedral lies the crypt, which houses the relics of St. Ursus. This sacred space is adorned with various altars and offers a more intimate setting for prayer and reflection.
Solothurn, often referred to as the most beautiful baroque city in Switzerland, offers a harmonious blend of historical charm, cultural richness, and scenic beauty. The St. Ursus Cathedral stands as its crowning jewel, drawing both pilgrims and tourists alike to admire its architectural splendor and spiritual significance.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Solothurn Cathedral

Old Arsenal Museum

Just a short walk away, this museum offers an extensive collection of historical armory, showcasing Solothurn's military past.

Clock Tower (Zeitglockenturm)

An iconic medieval gate tower, where visitors can learn about its ancient clock mechanism and enjoy panoramic views of the city.

Solothurn Museum

Housed in a former Jesuit church, the museum displays artifacts and exhibits highlighting the history and culture of the region.

St. Joseph Church

A beautiful neo-Gothic church that stands as another testament to Solothurn's rich religious heritage.

The Landhaus

Located on the banks of the River Aare, this Renaissance building with its unique rounded façade has served various administrative functions over the years.

Verena Gorge Hermitage

A peaceful sanctuary located within a scenic gorge, providing a serene escape from urban life.

Solothurn Film Festival

If you happen to visit in January, this festival transforms the city into Switzerland's film capital, with a selection of national and international cinematic delights.

Holzbrücke Bridge

A historic wooden bridge over the River Aare, offering picturesque views of the city and its surroundings.

The Baseltor and Bieltor Gates

These two preserved medieval gates are a reminder of the city's fortified past and its historical significance.

Weissenstein Mountain

Located just outside Solothurn, it's an ideal spot for hiking, with paths leading to a summit that offers breathtaking views of the Swiss Plateau and the Alps.

What else to visit
In and around Solothurn Cathedral

Bern (29.86 km)

Picture a city where medieval charm meets modern lifestyle, encased by the breathtaking Swiss Alps—welcome to Bern, the capital of Switzerland.

Augusta Raurica (38.75 km)

Dive into the enthralling history of the Roman Empire at Augusta Raurica, the best-preserved ancient Roman archaeological site in Switzerland.

Basel (39.37 km)

Basel is a vibrant Swiss city, ideally situated at the meeting point of France, Germany, and Switzerland. Its rich history, impressive architecture, and love for the arts make it a fascinating destination for travelers.

Murten (44.35 km)

Journey to the quaint town of Murten, where medieval charm meets serene lakeside views, creating a tapestry of history and natural beauty in Switzerland's Fribourg region.

Thun (50.48 km)

Nestled between Lake Thun and the imposing peaks of the Bernese Alps, Thun is a Swiss paradise waiting to be explored. It offers an enchanting blend of natural beauty, historical richness, and modern amenities, making it a must-visit when in Switzerland.

Hallwyl Castle (51.17 km)

Nestled on two islands in Lake Hallwil, the majestic Hallwyl Castle beckons visitors to delve into Switzerland's rich history. With its well-preserved architecture and stunning surroundings, it offers a fairy tale setting right out of a storybook.

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