Surrounding sights of Solothurn include: Oberdorf, Weissenstein, Nidenloch, Wiedlisbach and Wangen.
Weissenstein (ski area)
For Weissenstein (10km/6mi) leave Solothurn by the Bieltor and Bielstrasse and bear right along Weissensteinstrasse into a road which runs through the watchmaking town of Langendorf (artificial ice-rink in winter) to Oberdorf. 4.5km/3mi: Oberdorf station (658 m/2,159ft), from which a chairlift (2,369 m/7,773ft, 16 minutes) ascends to the Weissenstein (1,284 m/4,214ft).The road then climbs in steep bends up the Nesselboden (1,051 m/3,448ft), with a celebrated view of the Alps extending as far as Mont Blanc. Marked footpaths lead to various viewpoints in the hills, which offer excellent skiing in winter.A botanical garden showing plants specific to the Jura is open June and July.
Nesselboden - Planet Way
There are numerous walks along marked paths around the Nesselboden, of which the Planetenweg (Planet Way) is recommended. It represents on a scale 1 to 1 billion the distance between the sun and the planet Pluto. Other walks encompass the flora (Botanical Garden) and geology of the Jura.
For safety reasons visitors to the "Nidenloch" caves must report to the Gasthaus Hinterweissenstein before and after visiting the caves. In the entrance are wire cable ladders; stout footwear is essential.
Altreu (Stork Colony)
Not far to the west of the Weissemstein area at Altreu is the oldest and most well-known stork colony in Switzerland with at present over 200 wild storks.
Feldbrunnen - Waldegg Castle
Schloss Waldegg is a center for culture which has communication between the regions of Switzerland as its aim. The museum depicts the history of the French embassy in Solothurn (1530-1792).
Address: Waldeggstrasse 1, CH-4532 Feldbrunnen, Switzerland
Opening hours: Mar 31 to Oct 31: 2pm-5pm
Nov 1 to Dec 31: 10am-5pm
Nov 1 to Dec 31: 10am-5pm
Always closed on: Easter - Christian, Pentecost Monday (Whit Monday) - Christian
Entrance fee: FREE
Facilities: Gift shop, Restaurant or food service
Wangen on the Aare (medieval castle), Switzerland
About 10km/6mi northeast from Solothurn is the medieval little town of Wangen, with a very well-preserved medieval center which is almost of a square design. The covered wooden bridge over the Aare was built in the 16th C. Worth seeing are the parish church of the Holy Cross and St Maria (1825; 14th and 15th C. frescoes) and the castle (restored 1680; Baroque ceiling paintings by J. Werners). The Gemeindehaus by the clock tower contains documents about the town's history and ceramics.
The little picturesque town of Wiedlisbach was, like Solothurn, founded by the Counts of Fribourg (ca. 1280). A corner tower remains from the old fortifications in the "Hinterstädtli", and in St Catherine's chapel (Katharinenkapelle; 1338) there are Late Gothic frescoes. The Kornhaus contains a small local collection of ceramics, glass and tin from Bernese and Solothurn studios.
Alt Falkenstein Local Museum, Balsthal, Switzerland
This popular tourist destination, Alt Falkenstein in Balsthal, houses a museum with a diverse collection of items. Highlights of the Alt Falkenstein Local Museum include arts and crafts, a ceramic collection, fossils, weapons and three rooms furnished in 18th and 19th century style.
Museum of Musical Automatons, Seewen, Switzerland
The Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments houses the collection of Dr. H.C. Heinrich Weiss-Stauffacher with over 500 mechanical instruments and orchestrions on display.
Local Museum, Bellach, Switzerland
The local village museum in Bellach houses tools and agricultural equipment as well as a furnished kitchen and bedroom display.
Village Museum, Langendorf, Switzerland
The Langendorf Village Museum has temporary exhibits as well as a collection of Lenco production machinery.
Straw House, Muhen, Switzerland
A popular site in Muhen is the thatched roof or straw house that features a living room, bed chambers, a kitchen, ploughs, and tools for farming.
Swiss Comb Museum, Mumliswil, Switzerland
Combs and hair decoration made from horn and early plastic are included in this museum that outlines the history of the comb factory Muemliswil.
Easter Egg Festival, Wolfwil, Switzerland
This annual festival runs through the Easter season, usually in late March or early April.
Village Museum, Zeihen, Switzerland
Zeihen Village Museum houses a local history collection, footwear, and agriculture exhibits.
Local Museum, Halten, Switzerland
Halten has a small open air museum including textiles and trades implements.
Art Gallery, Grenchen, Switzerland
Over 8,000 contemporary works of art including painting and sculpture by Swiss and international artists are on display at the Grenchen Art Gallery.
Giuseppe Mazzini Memorial Room
Schönenwerd is a village with a variety of buildings from different eras. The Paul Gugelmann Museum and the Bally shoe museum are highlights for visitors.
Bally Shoe Museum
One of the earliest collections of shoes and shoe related items can be found in Schonenwerd, west of Zurich. Housed in the 18th C. home of Mr. Bally who founded the company in the middle of the 19th C., it is one of the most important shoe collections in Europe.