Welcome to the canton of Solothurn
The canton of Solothurn is the next stop on our quest for delicious artisanal Swiss cheeses.
Our Discoveries in Solothurn
Overview of the Canton
Land Area: 790,45 km2
Population: 269’441 inhabitants (December 2016)
Admission to the Swiss Confederation: 1481
Language: Swiss German
Solothurn (originally Salodurum) was founded as a Roman town during the reign of Emperor Tiberius (14-37 AD).
In the 16th century, the French ambassador to Switzerland had a rich and baroque influence on the city. Today, the old town of Solothurn is known as the best preserved baroque town in Switzerland.
The Magic Number 11
Visit Solothurn and you will quickly realize how special the number 11 is for this city. Solothurn was the 11th canton to join the Swiss Confederation. The city has 11 churches, 11 historical fountains, and 11 towers. St. Ursus Cathedral took 11 years to build and has 11 houses and 11 bells, as well as 11 steps. We have heard that Solothurn has a clock with only 11 hours.
The number 11 has a special meaning even today where the local beer in Solothurn is called Öufi-Bier (in English, Eleven Ale). There is a boat called Öufi-Boat and a bar called Eleven. On your next visit to Solothurn, see if you can find any other references to the Eleven.