International Club of Berne

Walk in Solothurn - Verena Gorge, Hermitage, and Waldegg Castle

Sunday, 2nd October 2016 at 11am

Location: Treffpunkt at the Berne railway station

This event is in the past.

The first Swiss Day of the Castles!!! under the slogan “Lets storm the castles!” will take place on Sunday 2nd October 2016. More information about the castles here:

Anyone interested in Thun, Spiez, Oberhofen or Jegenstorf?

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 ;



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Graham wrote
at 7:45pm on Sunday, 2nd October 2016
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.
Graham wrote
at 10:00am on Sunday, 2nd October 2016
Rain has stopped and will not start again ... see the forecast on .
Graham wrote
at 12:04am on Sunday, 2nd October 2016
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.

Graham wrote
at 11:30pm on Saturday, 1st October 2016
Who was Saint Verena?

Who is the hermit? In 2014, Sister Benedikta

Now (2016, 5 days ago) - a German policeman

About the Hermitage (Einsiedlerei)

Graham wrote
at 10:44pm on Saturday, 1st October 2016
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.

Pilatus was great ...
Graham wrote
at 7:34am on Saturday, 1st October 2016
I'm not online all day ... going up Pilatus ... but will answer any questions this evening. There are 6 attendees so farm most from Meetup. Graham
Graham wrote
at 11:41pm on Friday, 30th September 2016
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.
Graham wrote
at 4:36pm on Friday, 30th September 2016
If the weather is poor, the event will still take place. There may be showers.
Graham wrote
at 4:00pm on Friday, 30th September 2016
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.

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.

I haven't done this walk before, but it looks just right for me: short and easy and interesting.



By Graham 1 day ago

Great Party. Why were you not there? The Committee would like to know what can be improved with our planning and information.

Wednesday 11 December 7:00 pm - Café Français

Thursday 12 December 6:00 pm - German Café
Thursday 12 December 7:30 pm Service of Carols and Lessons at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Bahnhofplatz. Over 500 of the English-speaking community will be there!

Friday 13 December 6:30pm - T.G.I.F! (Thank Goodness It’s Friday) at Restaurant Pittaria

Friday 13 December from 8:30 pm - Christmas Party at the English-speaking Club


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