Hiking & nature

Weissenstein

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.

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  • Special offer with 10% discount Take advantage of 10% reduction on the Oberdorf–Weissenstein journey and return, or 10% reduction on the Oberdorf–Weissenstein single journey or the reverse.
  • Timetable & tickets From Oberdorf Railway Station, it is an 11-minute ride in the Weissenstein cable car to the top of the mountain.
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    Walking trails

    Weissenstein Planet Trail

    The 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.

    Key figures

     Difficulty Medium
     Lenght 11.5 km
     Duration 3.45 rs
     Start Weissenstein
     Finish Untergrenchenberg
     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.

    Key figures

     Difficulty Medium
     Lenght 8.3 km
     Duration 3.30 hrs
     Start Oberdorf SO
     Finish Balmberg
     Ascent 798 m
     Descent 394 metres of elevation 

     

    The highest Solothurn peak

    The 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.

    Key figures

     Difficulty Medium
     Lenght 12.7 km
     Duration 4.30 hrs
     Start Lommiswil, Station Im Holz
     Finish Gänsbrunnen
     Ascent 825 m
     Descent 724 metres of Elevation
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      Availability Today (Sunday) open

      Summer timetable, Weissenstein cable car

      1 May to 1 November 2021
      Mon–Sat      08.30–17.30 hours
      Sun              08.30–17.45 hours
       
      Subject to change without prior notice.

      Sparangebot 10% Rabatt

      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.

      Benefit form:

      • 10% discount on the Oberdorf–Weissenstein ascent/descent by cable car

      Discounted rate for the cable-car ride from Oberdorf to Weissenstein

      • CHF 16.20 Standard fare, one way instead of CHF 18.00
      • CHF 25.20 Standard fare, return instead of CHF 28.00
      • CHF 8.10 Concessions*, one way instead of CHF 9.00
      • CHF 12.60 Concessions*, return instead of CHF 14.00

      *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

       

      Can I also buy the special offer offline?

      Yes, you can buy the special offer as a "RailAway-Kombi" in the BLS Travel Centers and at the ticket counters in the Swiss train stations 

      Notes

      Picnic and barbecue spots

      There are several beautiful sports for this on Mt. Weissenstein.

      Playground

      New, large playground at Hotel Weissenstein.

      Arrival

      From Oberdorf Railway Station, it is an 11-minute ride in the Weissenstein cable car to the top of the mountain.

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