Solothurn combines Italian charm with French splendour and the down-to-earth attitude of the German-Swiss. 

From the time of the Reformation until the late 18th century, it was the city where the French ambassador was stationed by the Kings of France, and some of the architecture still testifies to this era of diplomacy. Churches, city gates and towers all bear witness to a stately tradition. Ecclesiastical buildings of European significance such as the St Ursus Cathedral and the Jesuit church are located within a perimeter that can be easily covered on foot. 

The number 11 – a core part of the city’s identity – is omnipresent. Solothurn has 11 churches, 11 museums, 11 fountains, for example. The myth of the number 11 stems from a legend. It was said that the inhabitants of Solothurn lived glum lives. The sound of laughter was never heard. So the kingdom of the elves decided to dispatch 11 little elves to the city, all dressed as children, to show the people how they too could be happy. Since that time, laughter and merriment have been common in the city.

Sascha Meier

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The mechanical engineering industry, precision watchmaking and microelectronics have long been a feature of the Swiss Jura region, and Solothurn is no exception. From this manufacturing tradition have emerged industry leaders able to contend with the best and brightest on the global stage.

The new branch of Banque Bonhôte & Cie SA completes a line of offices running parallel to the Jura mountains, stretching from Geneva to Solothurn.

Banque Bonhôte & Cie SA
Gurzelngasse 22
4500 Solothurn

T. +41 32 722 13 10