Swiss Plateau

Next to the Jura and Alps, the Swiss Plateau forms one of the three main regions of Switzerland. It includes some flat, but largely hilly area between the Jura and Alps. Beautiful landscapes can be found here. Quiet rivers in a pastel colour. Cantilevered roofs protect abundant Emmental farmhouses. Rolling hills descend from the Alpine foothills to the plains of Zealand. In the north, the Jura ridge greets above Lake Biel, Solothurn and the Oberaargau. The prosperity of the villages is reflected in the cities: thick walls, covered footpaths, streets, enlivened by fountains with figures that tell of a sonorous past, including the capital of Bern for example (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site). In medieval towns, time seems to stop. Alpine foothills and the Jura mountain ranges offer superb winter sports and hiking in the summer. Gems of the locals: Emmental, Gurnigel / Gantrisch region, Weissenstein high above Solothurn.

Olten

Olten, the intersection of the railway lines north and south, Basel and Chiasso, West and East, Geneva and St. Gallen. Olten is known as the capital of the canton of Solothurn as well for the meeting point for train station buffs, which is equally close for all Swiss. Olten offers an excellent meeting infrastructure. The historic old town invites you to linger. Tourists preferably walk in the car-free pedestrian zones with interesting buildings and attractive shops and boutiques. In addition, the district has an active music and varied cabaret scene.

Oltner Museums

Nature museum, art museum, historical museum, archaeological museum, securities museum, museum for historical bonds and shares

Highlights

Gretzenbach: largest Thai temple in Switzerland, castles, ruins, palaces, churches and chapels, hikes, bike tours, Tüfelsschlucht, Allerheiligenberg, Ballon, Jura faces, climbing walls, quarries, rock climbers, 18-hole golf course, solar bobsleigh run in Langendorf in Oberen Hauenstein, smaller ski areas, cross country ski area, Olten old town, Belchenfluh: Distinctive boundary point between the Canton of Solothurn and the Basel region, Jacob's ladder near Egerkingen: ascent to the 100th ladder with 180 steps, Bally Park: shoe manufacturer Bally from 1868 created a landscape park in the English style with thatched stilt houses on the Aare near Schönenwerd

Events

Oltner Shrove Tuesday, Olten cabaret days, Oltner Chilbi, Book Fair Olten, Olten dance days, 23 shooting stars, Christmas market in the cloister garden