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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.

Exterior view and building Solothurn Youth Hostel



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.

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  • Solothurn Youth Hostel
    Am Land
    Landhausquai 23
    4500 Solothurn
  • Check-in: 17:00 - 21:00 Check-out: 08:00 - 10:00

Opening times

Types 2024 2025
Opening dates    
Opening dates 01.03.2024 - 24.11.2024 28.02.2025 - 23.11.2025
Check In/Out    
Check-in 17:00 - 21:00 17:00 - 21:00
Check-out 08:00 - 10:00 08:00 - 10:00
Reception times    
Mon to Fri: 08:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 21:00
Sat and Sun: 08:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 21:00
Meal times    
Breakfast buffet 07:30 - 09:30 07:30 - 09:30
Dinner 18:00 - 19:30 18:00 - 19:30

How to find us

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. 600 m from Solothurn Railway Station, from the nearest bus stop «Postplatz» 300 m 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 300 m 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
  • Shared rooms
  • Barrier-free rooms


Prices (in CHF) and availability

  • Breakfast buffet   inkl.
    Lunch on request CHF 19.50
    Dinner CHF 19.50
    Dinner for children ages 2 to 5 years CHF 8.50
    Dinner for children ages 6 to 12 years CHF 14.50
    Packed lunch on request CHF 10.00

    Yoummi – the catering option from Swiss Youth Hostels 

    • All prices exclusive of taxes CHF 2.– per person/night, including VAT.
    • You have the option to purchase a Membercard, which enables you to benefit from lower accommodation rates. Become a member now!
    • Find our children's prices on the family page
    • Group rates for children ages 2 to 5 years, a flat rate of CHF 15.–; from ages 6 to 12 years, accommodation prices / group prices apply
    • Accommodation of dogs on request CHF 15. – per dog and night, without food
    • Voluntary climate protection contribution CHF 0.30
    • Rates are subject to change
    • All rates in CHF
  • 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 bathroom

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

    The bathroom dimensions are:

    • Width of bathroom 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. 600 m from Solothurn Railway Station, from the nearest bus stop «Postplatz» 300 m 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 300 m 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


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

    Closest pharmacy

    approx. 200 m

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


    Supporting the OK:GO initiative

    Swiss Youth Hostels is part of the OK:GO initiative. This initiative aims to ensure that every tourism provider in Switzerland offers information about the accessibility of its services to the public. Learn more about the initiative here.

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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.

Benefits in the area

  • 10% discount on the offer: Adventure Aare, in an inflatable canoe from Büren to Solothurn



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