A walkers’ paradise with impressive, far-ranging views
Fog or mist hovering over the entire Swiss Plateau, with sunny, clear skies above – this is Mt. Weissenstein. Solothurn’s ‘local mountain’, part of the first and highest Jura range, is a true walkers’ paradise. Here you will find mountain peaks offering far-ranging views, dreamy campfire spots, playgrounds set amidst nature and, here and there, a welcoming mountain inn or two.
The cable car takes you up onto Mt. Weissenstein in around 11 minutes, where – when the weather is good – you can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view ranging from Mt. Säntis to Mont Blanc. Gaze in wonder at the lovingly cultivated Jura garden, with its 200 or so plant species, and enjoy great food and drink on the terrace of the newly renovated Hotel Weissenstein.
Weissenstein Planet TrailThe Planet Trail from Mt. Weissenstein to Untergrenchenberg is an adventure for the whole family. Every kilometre walked represents a billion kilometres in the solar system, giving an inkling of the sheer scale of the cosmos. During the walk, the view of the River Aare and the crest of the Alps is a pleasure for everyone; the far-ranging views from Mt. Säntis to Mont Blanc are near-legendary. There are also at least two peaks directly along the way that provide great views, namely the Hasenmatt and the Stallfluh. And, as the cherry on the icing, there are countless mountain inns offering hearty local food for you to stop at, as well as numerous campfire sites for a relaxing break.
|Ascent||487 metres of elevation|
|Descent||472 metres of elevation|
Weissenstein Panorama Tour
Shortly after setting out on this walk, you will reach the “Bubichöpfli” climbing area. Climbing enthusiasts can tackle the rock faces here.
The walking trail leads in steep hairpin bends via Gartenmatt and up onto the Hinterweissenstein. From here, the Panorama Tour truly lives up to its name. Weissenstein, Röti and Balmberg are the names of the beautiful vantage points. The snow-capped Alps twinkle in the distance, and far below the River Aare wends its way across the Swiss Plateau. There are countless campfire sites along the way, perfect for an extended rest.
Tip: Before starting the tour, why not view the dinosaur footprints at Lommiswil Quarry? Simply follow the brown signposts from Oberdorf Railway Station.
|Descent||394 metres of elevation|
The highest Solothurn peakThe starting point of this walk over the Hasenmatt to Gänsbrunnen is the “Im Holz” station in Lommiswil. Soon after setting off, you will reach the dinosaur footprints in Lommiswil Quarry. The numerous footprints are clearly visible from the viewing platform. The ascent then leads you through the colourful beech forest to the highest point in the canton of Solothurn, the Hasenmatt. At the summit cross, you can enjoy wonderful views of the Alps and the Swiss Plateau. The next interim stop is then just a few metres’ descent at the Bergrestaurant Althüsli, before continuing along the path via Chessel and Rüschgraben to Gänsbrunnen.
|Start||Lommiswil, Station Im Holz|
|Descent||724 metres of Elevation|
Summer timetable, Weissenstein cable car
Sun 08.30–17.45 hours
Cable-car ride, Oberdorf–Weissenstein
- 18.00 Standard fare, one way
- 28.00 Standard fare, return
- 9.00 Concessions*, one way
- 14.00 Concessions*, return
*Concessions: Half-Fare travelcard / GA travelcard, children aged 6 to 15.99, OASI/IV, military
Prices in CHF incl. VAT / Prices and products subject to alteration
Take advantage of the RailAway offer with a 10% discount on the rides up to and down from Mt. Weissenstein. The discount applies to the journey there and back by public transport, e.g. with a day ticket, a supersaver ticket or a GA travelcard/regional travelcard.
- 10% discount on the Oberdorf–Weissenstein ascent/descent by cable car
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