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Truly in the middle of things: in the baroque centre of Solothurn, the "town of 11s", you stay right next to the River Aare and look out over the rooftops of the old town.

Solothurn

Solothurn

The number 11 appears everywhere in the former residence of the ambassador of the French royal family. There are 11 churches and chapels in the picturesque old town, 11 historic fountains between the patrician houses, and 11 museums. The Cathedral of St. Ursus, a towering symbol of the town, was built in 11 years, the façade is three times 11 metres tall, 11 bells hang in the tower, and the outer staircase is made up of three times 11 steps. And what do the locals enjoy drinking on the banks of the Aare? "Öufi" (11) beer, of course. Magical moments can also be had without numbers games, though, such as in the rugged Verena Gorge, in the stork village, on a panoramic excursion to the Weissenstein mountain, or at the Film Festival.

  • Solothurn Youth Hostel
    Am Land
    Landhausquai 23
    4500 Solothurn
    Switzerland
Classic

By train:

From SBB station on foot in 5 minutes, over the Kreuzacker bridge and left into Landhausquai

By car:

No parking space by the hostel.

Barrier-free journey:

(approx. 600m from Solothurn Railway Station, from the nearest bus stop ‘Postplatz’ 300m to the Youth Hostel)

From Solothurn Railway Station, take the No. 1 bus in the direction of Oberdorf (2 minutes), and alight at the stop ‘Postplatz’. All buses provide wheelchair access. From here continue for around 300m along the embankment (downstream) on the Landhausquai until you reach the Youth Hostel.

The Youth Hostel does not have any parking spaces.

Room categories

  • Number of beds
  • Single room
  • Double rooms
  • Family rooms
  • Shared rooms
  • Barrier-free rooms

Infrastructure

Prices & availability

  • Breakfast buffet inkl.
    Lunch on request 17.50 CHF
    Dinner 17.50 CHF
    Dinner for children aged 2–5 years 8.50 CHF
    Dinner for children aged 6–12 years 14.50 CHF
    Packed lunch on request 8.50 CHF
    • All prices exclusive of taxes CHF 2.– per person/night, including VAT.
    • Non-members pay a daily sur-charge: CHF 7.–, families CHF 14.–, Groups: CHF 55.– / CHF 99.–
    • Children aged 2 to 5 stay for just CHF 15 and children aged 6 to 12 for just CHF 25 per night in the parents’ or grandparents’ room, including breakfast. Babies aged from 0 to 1 stay in a cot, where available, free of charge. Children’s prices do not apply to double rooms.
    • Group rates for children aged 2–5 years, a flat rate of CHF 15.–; from 6–12 years, accommodation prices / group prices apply
    • Voluntary CO2-Compensation CHF 0.30
    • Rates are subject to change
    • All rates in CHF
  • Details and prices

    Rötisaal

    Our seminar room is ideally suited for training courses, workshops, talks and other events. The infrastructure and warm atmosphre in the room are an ideal basis for the success of your event.

    Room size: 110 m² (11.5 m long / 9.5 m wide, 3.5 m high)

      Rental price YH guests*
    1 day CHF 150.- CHF 100.-
    ½ day CHF 100.- CHF 80.-
    Evening CHF 80.- CHF 50.-

    * For groups of 10 or more persons staying overnight in the Youth Hostel

    Basic infrastructure (included)

    • Chairs
    • Tables
    • Overhead projector
    • Flipchart
    • Screen
    • Blackboard
    • TV
    • DVD
    • slide projector
    • Lectern
    • Small music system
    • 4 pin boards

    Extras on payment of surcharge: beamer CHF 80.00

    Seminar catering as a package (from 10 persons)

    When you book a room in Solothurn Youth Hostel, the following catering variants are offered:

    • Simple: mineral water in the room, 1 break catering - CHF 13.-/pers.
    • Classic: mineral water in the room, 2 break caterings - CHF 19.-/pers.
    • Top: mineral water in the room, 1 meal with starter/main course & coffee - CHF 28.-/pers.
    • Deluxe: mineral water in the room, 1 break catering, 1 meal with starter/main course & coffee - CHF 34.-/pers.

    Catering à la carte

    • Coffee/tea CHF 3.-
    • Croissant CHF 1.50
    • Mineral water 1l CHF 5.-
    • Orange juice 1l CHF 5.-
    • Seasonal fruit CHF 1.50
    • Sweets during tea time CHF 3.-
    • Different aperitifs from CHF 9.-/pers.

    We cook with seasonal and regional products. We will be pleased to take your individual requests into account.

    Special information

    • No self-catering
    • Only drinks may be consumed in the room!
    • Refreshments on request

    Activities

    Rope park, canoe tour, cycle and mountain bike tours and much more besides.

    You can find more information at www.solothurn-city.ch

    Have you any other needs or special wishes? The youth hostel team will be pleased to help you arrange your individual seminar programme. Please send your enquiry to: solothurn@youthhostel.ch

  • Barrier-free stay

    While the rooms are relatively small, the Hostel has very generous facilities. The Youth Hostel is also attractive for wheelchair users, due to the ideal location on the River Aare (on asphalt footpath, offering barrier-free access).

    Solothurn Youth Hostel has four barrier-free rooms with washrooms.

    Barrier-free accommodation

    Room Barrier-free beds per room
    4 3-bed rooms with barrier-free shower/WC 1 bed

    Access to the hostel is via a ramp.

    The Youth Hostel has a wheel-chair compliant elevator that connects the various stories.

    • The width of the corridor in front of the elevator is 500 cm
    • The width of the elevator door is 90 cm
    • Elevator width: 108 cm
    • Elevator depth: 150 cm

    The room door width is 77 cm.

    Barrier-free wet cell

    A barrier-free toilet is located on the first floor. The four 3-bed rooms feature fully disabled-friendly en-suite bathrooms.

    The wet cell dimensions are:

    • Width of wet cell door: 77 cm
    • WC seat height: 42 cm
    • The washbasin is wheelchair accessible: 75 cm
    • Shower seat
    • No shower handle

    Barrier-free journey

    By train / by foot

    Approx. 600m from Solothurn Railway Station, from the nearest bus stop ‘Postplatz’ 300m to the Youth Hostel

    From Solothurn Railway Station, take the No. 1 bus in the direction of Oberdorf (2 minutes), and alight at the stop ‘Postplatz’. All buses provide wheelchair access. From here continue for around 300m along the embankment (downstream) on the Landhausquai until you reach the Youth Hostel.

    By car

    The Youth Hostel does not have any parking spaces. The public multi-storey car park (chargeable) is 10 minutes from the youth hostel.

    Useful information

    Links for public transport

    Taxi

    • INVA Mobil wir bewegen Menschen
      Grabackestrasse 6
      4500 Solothurn
      Tel.: +41 32 622 88 50

    Closest pharmacy

    approx. 200m

    • Hirsch-Apotheke Forster + Co
      Hauptgasse 53
      4501 Solothurn
      Phone: +41 32 622 32 86

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  • Haus am Land

    The Haus am Land in Solothurn’s old town can look back on a long and eventful building history. The historic town of Solothurn was established in the early Middle Ages within the former Roman fort which was of significant importance as “Salodurum” on the military road from Aventicum (Avenches) in the direction of Augusta Raurica (Augst) and Vindonissa (Windisch). It is therefore to be assumed that on the “Land”, the landing stage on the River Aare, buildings were constructed for handling goods in very early times.

    A history stretching back over more than 800 years
    Archaeological excavations in 1992 and 1993 in connection with the conversion of the youth hostel uncovered evidence of a stone building measuring 13 x 6 metres with the remains of a fireplace and an oven from the 13th century.

    At some time between the 15th and 17th centuries, a number of these small parcels of land were amalgamated in order to build a single large building upon it. After various interventions and conversions, the result was a grand hall, 23 metres in length and 11 metres in width, the dimensions of which already corresponded with the present-day east and centre section.

    In those days, the building belonged to Victor Biss, the bailiff of Falkenstein, and served him and his family as a dwelling house. Mismanagement or possible weather-related harvest failures forced the bailiff into debt with the city fathers, with the result that he was forced to hand over the building to the patrician town.

    From customs house to schoolhouse

    For some time, the town of Solothurn could find no use for the house. It was only after a few years that agreement was reached to relocate the trading and customs house – at that time a long distance from the landing stage – to the River Aare. An extension on the west side and an additional storey in 1682 with two massive gable cranes served as a store. A large room, regularly used for theatrical performances, was also created in the attic at this time.

    With the abolition of the tithe in 1837, the trading and customs house lost its importance. It was only in 1868 that the town council decided to convert the building into a schoolhouse. With a major demolition of parts of the classical-style building, it was converted into a schoolhouse with a central section and two side wings. After completion, it housed the French Bourbaki Army for short period in 1871. Thereafter, the Haus am Land served as a schoolhouse for around 120 years. The cramped conditions in Solothurn old town were scarcely conducive to modifications and enlargements however, with the result that new school buildings outside the old town walls took over its functions.

    The youth hostel

    This meant that a new use had to be found for the building and in 1992 a start was made by incorporating conference rooms and a youth hostel. During the three-year conversion, interference with the building substance of the historic structure was deliberately kept to a minimum. The solidity of the protected outer shell in stone and brickwork contrasts with the feel of precision and high-tech of the internal steel and glass construction. Externally, the contemporary interventions are mainly apparent through the extension built in the yard. The exposed concrete façade with its precisely positioned openings extending over the entire building height is the dominant feature of the old-town courtyard which had hardly been used up to that time.

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  • CHF 6 discount on a ticket for Kulturfabrik Kofmehl

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