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I am planning to visit Solothurn. A half hour walk from the Solothurn railway station and we visit the Verena Gorge, have a lunch, and walk to the Waldegg castle. Please reply below if you are interested. Also lok at the Meetup site http://www.meetup.com/Meetup-Bern/events/234510960/ ;
added on Thursday, 29th September 2016 by Graham
Great walk, 14 people. We met at 11 at Berne Treffpunkt, all in order, and at Solothurn at 12. We walked through a fair first, then to the Verena gorge, up and back, then at 1.30 pm to the castle. Left at 4.30 and half of us revisited the fair for drinks and to watch the famous Saüli (piglet) races.
Waldegg Castle is rightly considered the most beautiful country manor of the Solothurn patriciate. Here, where ambassadors and the aristocracy once went in and out, visitors can immerse in the same bygone world today - and learn of a time when Solothurn was the seat of the French ambassadors with the aid of a modern, multimedia guide.
From the old town of Solothurn it’s just 30 minutes on foot to the castle Waldegg: A walk that’s well worth it on arriving at the feudal scene - where the final stretch presents an imposing tree-lined avenue leading to the entrance. It was in the 17th century that the powerful Johann Viktor von Beseval gave his orders for the place to be built as a summer residence. The building bears witness to the aristocratic and diplomatic history - and time when Solothurn was the seat of the ambassador to the French king.
Today the castle is a museum - and inside, baroque-furnished salons and massive oil paintings document former, everyday life. And outdoors, baroque-style premises with orange trees and vegetable garden invite you to a leisurely stroll. Thanks to ultra modern multimedia guides, it doesn’t take long to feel transported back through the ages either - to the past world of noble gentry and diplomats.
Technical details: 8 persons registered on Meetup, NO ICB MEMBERS!!!! Why not?
I meet travellers at the Treffpunkt at 10:50, holding a Meetup / ICB sign. Anyone with a GA or 1/2.price abo should take the train at 11:05. Then I leave with my blue Citroen van at 11:10 from the nearby short-term parking (on top of the station). The van takes 5 including me (CHF 5 contribution is welcome). The train arrives in Solothurn at 11:42, and Sonia and Julie should meet us there at the station at 12:00, at the Nr 4 bus stop. Hold up something blue so we can recognise ech other. By this time I should be there with the van and have found a parking space. We could take Bus 4 to St Niklaus stop, or walk. This stop is right near both the Verenaschlucht and the Waldegg castle.
Hi, we meet at the Treffpunkt Berne railway station at 10:50. We take the 11:05 RBS train to Solothurn. I may have room in my car, in which case I leave at 11:10 from the Short Term Parking. Then we meet at the Bahnhof Solothurn at 12 noon.
My number is 077 425 4720. Please send me yours, best by email rather than posting it.
The more I look at Waldegg, the more I like it. Rail to Solothurn at 11:05, then walk or take bus 4 at 11:47 towards Rüttenen, dismounting at St Niklaus. Then we walk through the fascinating Verena Gorge with its Hermitage (Einsiedlerei) - apparently they have just elected a new Hermit! It is a half hour walk but there are many interesting points so it will take longer. http://blog.tagesanzeiger.ch/outdoor/index.php/9265/der-einsiedlerin-heiliger-zorn/
We stop at a restaurant at 1 pm for a lunch or drinks. You are welcome to bring your picnic, there are good stops on the way.
At 2 we walk back to Schloss Waldegg, another half hour, and probably stay 2 hours more more to see the castle and the events happening there. As far as I can see, all the castles are free on this day only.
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