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Excursions for the weekend

Zürich

Solothurn

Luzern

Bern

Berner
Montreux Oberland

Geneva
Weekend proposals
Date Excursions for Saturday
For shopping & sightseeing

Saturday Visit one of the following cities: Bern, Geneva, Montreux, Luzern or Zurich

Excursions for Sunday


-> please note that most of the shops in the cities are closed on Sundays!

Sunday Visit of Jungfraujoch ‘Top of Europe’, Schilthorn or Mount Titlis


Bike-Tour from Solothurn to Biel along the Aare River
Stand-up paddling on the lake of Biel
Excursion to ‘Weissenstein’ – Solothurn’s ‘home mountain’

All the mentioned places are easily reachable by train from the main train station in
Solothurn. The train is the most common and comfortable transport in Switzerland.

For further information on train connections and fares please check at www.sbb.ch
Bern
Facts and figures

Population: 122‘925
Area: 51.6 km2

The city of Bern or Berne is the Bundesstadt (federal city of Switzerland, and with (as of December 2008) a population of
122‘925, the fourth most populous city in Switzerland. In 1983 the historic old town in the center of Bern became a UNESCO
World Heritage Sites, and Bern is ranked among the world’s top ten cities for the best quality of life. Perhaps its most famous
sight is the Zytglogge (Bernese German for "Time Bell"), an elaborate medieval clock tower with moving puppets. It also has
an impressive 15th century Gothic cathedral, the Münster, and a 15th century town hall. Thanks to 6 kilometers of arcades,
the old town boasts one of the longest covered shopping promenades in Europe.
Since the 16th century, the city has had a bear pit (the Bärengraben). The extended and renewed pit off the far end of the
Nydeggbrücke actually contains four bears, including two young. During his visit in Bern in 2009, the Russian president and
his wife gave two more young bears as a private present. They are actually in Dählhölzli, Bern's zoo.
The Federal Palace Bundeshaus, built from 1857 to 1902, which houses the national parliament, government and part of the
federal administration, can also be visited.
Albert Einstein lived in an apartment at the Kramgasse 49, the site of the Einsteinhaus, from 1903 to 1905, the year in which
the Annus Mirabilis Papers were published.
Geneva
Facts and figures
Population: 187‘697
Area: 15.86 km2

Geneva or Genf is the second-most-populous city in Switzerland (after Zürich) and is the most populous
city of Romandie (the French-speaking part of Switzerland). Situated where the Rhône River exits Lake Geneva (in
French also known as Lac Léman), it is the capital of the Republic and Canton of Geneva.
While the municipality itself (city center) has a population (as of 31 January 2009) of 187‘697, the metropolitan area
has 1,240,000 residents, according to a 2007 census. The Greater Geneva Bern area has 2,800,000 residents.
Geneva is a global city, a financial centre, and a worldwide centre for diplomacy and the most important international
co-operation centre with New York because of the presence of numerous international organizations, including the
headquarters of many of the agencies of the United Nations and the Red Cross. It is also the place where the
Geneva Conventions were signed, which chiefly concern the treatment of wartime non-combatants and
prisoners of war.
Geneva has been described as the third European financial centre after London and Zurich, and the world's eighth
most important financial centre by the Global Financial Centres Index, ahead of Frankfurt and Sydney, and a 2009
survey by Mercer found Geneva to have the third-highest quality of life of any city in the world (narrowly outranked by
Zürich). The city has been referred to as the world's most compact metropolis and the "Peace Capital". In 2009,
Geneva was ranked as the fourth most expensive city in the world.
Montreux

Facts and figures


Population: 24,579
Area: 33.37 km2
Montreux is a municipality in the district of Riviera-Pays-d'Enhaut in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland.
It is located on Lake Geneva at the foot of the Alps and has (as of December 2007) a population of 23‘800 and nearly
90‘000 in the agglomeration.

Montreux boasts one of the most beautiful walks along the lake, stretching from Villeneuve all the way towards Vevey. The
main square of the town, Place du Marché, features a statue of Freddie Mercury facing Lake Geneva. Some of the
numerous small villages around Montreux include La Tour-de-Peilz, Clarens, Terr, and Villeneuve. The Château of Chillon
provides a marvelous view of the entire Lake of Geneva and can be easily accessed via bus, walk or boat.
Berner Oberland (Interlaken, Mürren/Schilthorn, Top of Europe)

The famous three mountains Wengen Kleine Scheidegg Grindelwald


Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau

The Bernese Oberland (Bernese Highlands) is the higher part of the canton of Bern, Switzerland, in the southern end of the
canton: The area around Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, and the valleys of the Bernese Alps (thus, the inhabitable parts from
approximately the level of Lake Thun at 558 m).

As a first stop we suggest Interlaken, situated between the Lakes of Thun and Brienz, the perfect place to buy some typical
Swiss souvenirs. From here, you can explore the whole region and visit mountain villages, such as Grindelwald, Wengen or
Mürren or higher up, to the Kleine Scheidegg, the Jungfraujoch ‘Top of Europe’ or the Schilhorn, all accessible by public
transport.

The Kleine Scheidegg (elevation 2061 m) is a high mountain pass below and between the Eiger and Lauberhorn peaks in the
Bernese Oberland, Switzerland. It connects Grindelwald with Lauterbrunnen.

Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe: The highest train station of Europe (3454m above sea level)

Schilthorn: (by cableway) Revolving Restaurant Piz Gloria and scenery for James Bond Movie "On Her Majesty's Secret
Service“ – and enjoy the spectacular view to Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau.

Equipment: For trips to the Schilthorn and Jungfraujoch warm clothes and good shoes are required.

For more information: www.jungfrau.ch or www.schilthorn.ch


Luzern / Engelberg / Mt. Titlis

Chapel bridge & water tower Luzern, Old Town Mt. Titlis & Rotair Gondola

Luzern: Sightseeing and shopping:


Visit the picturesque old town on the right bank of the River Reuss with historical buildings clad in frescos and the old market
squares. Stroll over the town’s landmark, the famous Chapel bridge constructed in first half of the 14th century as a part of the
city's fortifications and named after St. Peter's Chapel, which is located nearby. Good shopping possibilities for Swiss souvenirs
and watches/jewelleries.

Can be combined with:

Engelberg / Mt. Titlis: From Luzern, you can reach the Swiss mountain resort in just 45 minutes by train. From there you can
continue in another 45’ up to Mt. Titlis in the famous ‘Rotair’ (80-person gondola), the first revolving gondola of the world. Enjoy
a "round view panorama trip" to the top.

Excursion to Pilatus or Rigi (with boat, cable car, gondola..)

For more information check www.luzern.com


Stork cycling tour from Solothurn to Biel
Fascinating riverscapes: experience culture and a great deal of nature
along the Aare on the stork cycling tour.
This easy tour offers you a fascinating programme of contrasts, with baroque
churches on one hand and the meandering Aare, hares and storks on the
other hand. We recommend a stop at the Witi Altreu information centre en
route (stork settlement), at the observation tower next to the original Aare loop
at Meinisberg, or at the 108 metre long wooden bridge in Büren.
You can also stop for a swim in either the Aare river along the bike route, or at
the end of the trip in the lake of Biel.

Bike rental: at Solothurn main station, return: at Biel main station.


More information: www.rent-a-bike.ch or www.sbb.ch (timetable/Leisure travel
offers)
Stand-up paddling on the Lake of Biel
Enjoy the experience of gliding over the water on your stand-up paddle

Rent your SUP and enjoy a couple of relaxing hours on the lake of Biel.
You can either just cruise on the lake, or participate in the so-called ‘Race
around Nidau’ where you make a tour on your own with a GPS watch, on the
lake, canal and river.

SUP rental: at Sunset Supstation in Nidau. From the train station in Biel, you
can reach it within 15 minutes walking. Please reserve the board in advance.
https://sunsetshop.ch/rent/
Weissenstein – Solothurn’s local mountain

Weissenstein

The Weissenstein is Solothurn’s local mountain in the Jura mountain range, with an altitude of 1’395m.
The Jura is a mountain range in the north-western part of Switzerland, bordering to France. The highest peak is 1’700m.
You can go up to Weissenstein by gondola. If visibility is good, you have a fantastic view to the Alps.
In winter it is ideal for sledging and in summer for biking. All year round you have plenty of hiking options and several
restaurants to enjoy some typical Swiss specialities.

How to get there:


From Solothurn main station take the regional train in direction to Moutier, the stop is called ‘Oberdorf / SO’. It takes 14 minutes
and stops directly next to the gondola station.

http://seilbahn-weissenstein.ch/ (homepage in German only).


Fitness in Solothurn
Flowerpower Gym

It’s located just next to the train station Solothurn.


Daily entrance tickets can be purchased at CHF 29.00, which includes access to the fitness as well as to the wellness area.

http://www.flowerpower.ch/StandortServices/Standorte/Solothurn

Swimming pool
There is an open air swimming pool in Solothurn, where you can not only swim in the pool, but also in the Aare river.

Jogging
Many routes, along the Aare river or in the Weissenstein area.

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