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The canton Solothurn

by Jorge Sanchez - 3 years, 3 months ago

When I got off the train in Solothurn, a lady whom I asked how to get to the downtown, came along with me and during half an hour or so showed me the most remarkable sights of the town. Except a few big cities, Switzerland is composed by small and pretty towns with beautiful buildings. That was the case of Solothurn with the houses dating mainly from the XVI to the XVIII centuries, that reminded the Italian Baroque style of architecture. Along a pedestrian street all the tourists’ attractions were gathered. The main watch tower, my new friend told me, was older than the one in Berne. Curiously, besides that tower, there was a restaurant reputed to be the older in the world, according to her. I refused her argument, saying that according to the Guinness Book of Records that nomination falls in Restaurante Botín, Madrid, which is open permanently since the beginning of the XVIII century. We crossed the River Aare and separated. She still had to catch a bus to her little village. Back to the other side of the river I entered the Catholic Church, at the end of the pedestrian street, admired the Basle Gate and enjoyed the view of the Baroque buildings all around the town. I even had time to have chocolate in a cafeteria recommended by my new friend. Very satisfied with the beautiful places that I had visited, I left peacefully Solothurn and travelled to Fribourg.


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