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Three Swiss cultural treasures

Solothurn - Lucerne - Zurich

CHF 899.00 for 3 nights  Prices per person in double room. The offer is bookable all year round.

We have picked out three pearls for you from the wide range of cultural activities on offer in Switzerland. The cities of Solothurn, Lucerne and Zurich. A wide range of cultural activities awaits you in all three cities: from architecture and museums to the visual arts in theatres and playhouses. Enjoy your short holiday.

Day 1: Solothurn - the baroque city


Your cultural trip begins in Solothurn, the most beautiful baroque city in Switzerland. From the 16th to the 18th century the royal Solothurn was the residence of the envoy of the French king, the so-called "Ambassadors". Beautiful baroque and renaissance buildings, such as the noble Palais Besenval, as well as sacral magnificent buildings accompany you at every turn - the old town has eleven churches and chapels and just as many fountains and towers. Between the beautiful monuments, patrician residences and defiant fortified buildings, you can stroll leisurely through the traffic-free old town with its many boutiques and small inns. The city has a cultural programme of national importance, including the Solothurn Film and Literature Days. The variety of museums ranges from the Historical Museum to the internationally awarded Museum of Nature, a Stone Museum, the ENTER PC Museum or SchlossWaldegg to the Cabinet of Sentimental Trivial Literature. Finally, in the "Altes Zeughaus" museum you can marvel at one of the largest collections of weapons in Europe.

The holy number of Solothurn.
The number 11 has a special significance in Solothurn and is omnipresent throughout the city. In Solothurn, for example, there are 11 museums, fountains, chapels and churches and a clock with a dial that shows only 11 hours. The masterpiece of the "magic elf" is St. Ursen Cathedral, Solothurn's landmark. Master builder Gaetano Matteo Pisoni from Ascona was so fascinated by the "Eleven" atmosphere in 1762 that he completely adapted the church's architecture to it. The bell tower measures 6 x 11 metres, 11 bells hang in the tower, 11 altars decorate the cathedral, visible at the same time only from a single place in the main aisle, from the eleventh black stone. The chairs are arranged in rows of eleven. The monumental open staircase consists of 3 x 11 steps. The number of pipes of the large organ is divisible by 11. The construction period lasted 11 years (1762 - 1773). Here even the beer is called "Öufibier" (eleven in Solothurn dialect).

 Our tips for you:

  • St. Ursen Cathedral
  • Waldegg Castle and Verena Gorge
  • 11 a.m.
  • Municipal theatre (programme)

Your hotel
You will stay in the second oldest inn in Switzerland, the 4* "La Couronne" Hotel on the Kronenplatz, directly opposite St. Ursen Cathedral. The hotel has been welcoming its guests for more than 500 years. The history of the hotel naturally includes a number of illustrious guests such as Casanova, Napoleon, Jane Fonda and Sophia Loren. 

The table for your dinner is reserved in the hotel's own Le Restaurant. Here the La Couronne team and hosts look forward to spoiling you with their culinary delights.

Day 2: Lucerne - the city of lights


After a hearty breakfast in the boutique hotel La Couronne, you set off on your journey to Lucerne.

Halfway there is Olten, the literary city of Switzerland. A few years ago, the Swiss Writers' Trail was launched there. The Olten writers Alex Capus, Franz Hohler, Pedro Lenz and other writers seduce you into walking and listening on audio tours. The stories are read by the people themselves and are closely linked to their personality and location. Explore the extremely broad and diverse literary scene from classical to cabaret to poetry slam.

The Swiss Writers' Trail will celebrate its 5th anniversary in 2021. The colourful programme of the numerous events and further information can be found here.

From Olten it is only a good half hour to Lucerne. During the ride you will enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Sempach and the approaching Alps. You will reach Lucerne in the late afternoon. The townscape is dominated by the covered, medieval Chapel Bridge, which with its gable paintings is considered one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe. Another of the city's landmarks is the Musegg Wall, which has been preserved in its original fortified form with the exception of a tower.

Historic houses decorated with frescoes line picturesque squares such as the wine market in the car-free old town. Lucerne is a city of squares and churches. The Jesuit church dating from the 17th century is considered the first sacred baroque building in Switzerland and the two towers of the Hofkirche have become an integral part of the cityscape. The dying lion, which was carved into the rock in memory of the heroic death of the Swiss who fell in the Tuileries in 1792, is one of the most famous monuments in Switzerland. And with the 112-metre-long Bourbaki Panorama, Lucerne has one of the few remaining monumental circular paintings in the world.

In Lucerne, tradition and modernity stand side by side, as the city has also made a name for itself for innovative design. One of the architectural highlights is the futuristic Culture and Convention Centre (KKL) designed by the French star architect Jean Nouvel. The KKL is also the landmark of the "Festival City of Lucerne" with a wide variety of cultural events throughout the year.

Our tips for you:

  • Lion monument with glacier garden
  • Spreuerbrücke - the oldest wooden bridge in Switzerland with the original death dance pictures
  • Museum "Rosengart Collection
  • Lucerne Kleintheater - where Emil began his career. (Programme)
  • "South Pole" - contemporary culture (programme)

Your hotel
You will spend the night at the historic Hotel Schweizerhof*****. For 175 years the Hauser family, now in its 5th generation, has been welcoming its guests. Located directly on Lake Lucerne, just a few steps from Lucerne's old town, you will sleep under the roof as Leo Tolstoy, Richard Wagner and Mark Twain once did. As the "Festival Hotel of the City of Lucerne", the hotel documents its cultural significance even in today's Lucerne.

In the hotel's own restaurant "Pavillon", the restaurant team welcomes you for dinner.

Day 3: Zurich - the cultural capital


Enjoy your breakfast in the Restaurant Pavillon of the Hotel Schweizerhof with a magnificent view of Lake Lucerne and the mountains.

On your way to Zurich, visit the city of Zug, known for its low taxes and the headquarters of numerous companies, was founded by the Kyburgers. The town's landmark is the Zytturm, from which you have a magnificent view of the old town, Zugerberg and lake.

The Counts of Kyburg are said to have founded the town at the beginning of the 13th century. The 52-metre high Zytturm also dates from this period. Initially built as a simple wall passage to the Old Town, it was raised and supplemented over the centuries until it finally got its present form with bay windows and a steep hipped roof. In 1574 the large clock was installed, which gave the tower its name. Below this main clock is an astronomical clock with four hands that indicate the week, the phase of the moon, the month and the leap year.

In the old town itself is the late Gothic town hall built around 1505 and the church of St. Oswald, which dates from the same period.

Stroll through the historic centre, through winding, narrow streets and along the lake. In one of the many cafés you can try the fine Zug church cake - here the original.

After a short detour in Zug, the largest city in Switzerland awaits you: Zurich. Museums, concerts, theatres and festivals: as a friend of art and culture, you will find a lively cultural scene in Zurich. Zurich is not only home to important institutions such as the Opera House or the Kunsthaus. Many small cultural businesses, events and initiatives ensure a lively cultural scene. The Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich is one of the leading orchestras in Europe and presents around one hundred concerts per season with a good hundred musicians. The Schauspielhaus also offers an extensive programme: whether ancient, classical or modern - you can enjoy a performance at the Schauspielhaus almost every day. From concerts to dance and film festivals to the popular Theater Spektakel: Zurich celebrates a colourful cultural programme all year round.
Museum lovers can look forward to countless exhibitions on a wide range of topics. Whether art and design, natural sciences, the world of football, money or even sewing machines - there is a suitable museum for every interest.

Our tips for you:

  • Fraumünster with the windows by Marc Chagall
  • Museum Riedberg - Art from the cultures of Asia, Africa, America and Oceania.
  • Tram line 4 - Discover Zurich art, culture and design
  • "Blüemlihalle" Giacometti frescoes in the Regional Guard City of the Zurich City Police
  • Gallery district in the Löwenbräu area

Your hotel
Since 1838, the legendary Savoy Baur en Ville has been enthroned directly on Paradeplatz, the centre of Zurich's banking district. The world-famous shopping mile, the Bahnhofstrasse, is right on the doorstep. All sights can be reached on foot or with a short tram ride. There is nowhere else in Zurich where you can stay more centrally.

The Ristorante Orsini, one of the best restaurants for classic Italian cuisine in Zurich, is part of the hotel. Immerse yourself in the Tuscan ambience, which conveys an Italian attitude to life from the very first moment. Enjoy a lively Italianitá with pure joie de vivre and Italian cuisine of the highest standard.

Day 4: See you soon!


After breakfast you decide on the further course of the day. Experience the cultural diversity of the city centre on foot or take advantage of your Zürich Card and explore the surrounding area by public transport. Our programme "Three Swiss cultural pearls" ends in Zurich.

Mobility on the road


Enjoy a relaxed journey to and between the "cultural pearls" by public transport. We will be happy to issue the ticket at your expense.

Of course you can also use your own car. Please note that parking fees are charged in the cities.

Including


  • 1 overnight stay each with rich breakfast in the hotels
  • La Couronne, Solothurn
  • Schweizerhof, Lucerne
  • Savoy Baur en Ville, Zurich
  • One multi-course gourmet dinner per city in the hotel's own or partner restaurant
  • (Secret) tips on cultural sights
  • Free use of the hotel's own bicycles at La Couronne
  • Access to the wellness oasis and the fitness area at the Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne
  • Free admission to the Luxor fitness club in Zurich
  • Zurich Card for 24 hours (valid from 14h00 on the day of arrival in Zurich until 14h00 on the day of departure): for free travel in 2nd class by tram, bus, train, boat and cable car in the city of Zurich and surroundings, small boat trip and Limmat boats, free admission or reduction in 43 museums, 50% reduction on the guided tour of Zurich Old Town and many other experiences
Possible additional service:

Luggage transport from hotel to hotel can be added for an extra charge of CHF 120 per person
Train tickets: Solothurn - Lucerne (via Olten) and Lucerne - Zurich (via Zug):


Discount   
2nd Class1st Class
with half-fare travelcard
CHF 27.50CHF 48.20
without discount
CHF 51.40CHF 90.40


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