Entertainment & events in Solothurn
Solothurn is a sociable town with a vibrant arts and cultural scene. Regular annual events play a significant role in the national calendar. Solothurner Film Days (DE) is an important annual film festival and the Solothurn Carnival is always very lively.
Check the Hello Switzerland Events page and sign up for the Hello Switzerland Newsletter to keep up to date on expat events in your area. Solothurn Tourism and local newspapers frequently publicise fun upcoming events.
Solothurn press & online media
The local newspaper Solothurner Zeitung (DE) provides information about upcoming local and regional events. Pool! lists the latest cultural events in Solothurn with links to more than 50 venues and their programmes.
English language publications
International and foreign language newspapers are available at larger city newsstands and kiosks and at the train station. Swiss news is a monthly national newspaper focusing on events from an expatriate's perspective. Swiss Info is an online publication featuring daily news articles about Switzerland, published in many languages. Two other good English periodicals are The Local and Swiss Style.
Libraries such as the Zentralbibliothek Solothurn (DE) have English books, publications and other media.
Hello Switzerland Magazine is written by expats for expats. It is published quarterly and free of charge, containing articles and events for those living in Switzerland, as well as information for those still in the relocation process. Receive it for free when you sign up for a free profile online and check the box in your profile.
Mothering Matters & Fathering Too is an excellent online journal for parents in Switzerland. It covers, in English, topics in health, education, travel, bilingualism and child development.
Solothurn radio & television
The Swiss national public broadcaster (SSG/SSR) provides regional television channels in Switzerland's official languages via cable, installed in most homes. International channels are available on digital internet and telephone packages. The Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) lists licensed broadcasters in Switzerland.
English-language radio stations in Solothurn
BBC World Service is available on digital Satellite: Hot Bird 8-13º east. Other English radio, like World Radio Switzerland, can be received via DAB+ radio or streamed over the internet. Programming includes contemporary music, chat, BBC news, interviews, lots of great contests, and local goings on for the English speaking community.
If you have a favourite radio programme back home, check online to see if they offer streaming or podcasts.
Cinema & culture in Solothurn
Explore Solothurn's vibrant cultural scene. Visit one of the many friendly restaurants along the banks of the Aare in the old town or try Tiefmatt restaurant above the mist in the mountains. Of many fun city events, a few notable ones include Solothurn Beer Days (DE), Bike Days and Art Supermarket (DE).
Popular live music venues include Kulturfabrk Kofmehl, Discotheque and Bar Eleven, Aarequai during summer and Landhausquai during winter. Restaurant Chutz is a must for jazz lovers. For something out of the ordinary, visit the Grüne Fee absinthe bar. Tickets for many concerts and events can be purchased through Ticketcorner and Star Ticket.
MuseSol (DE) lists current exhibitions and programmes in Solothurn's museums. Kreuz Kultur (DE) also hosts regular cultural, literary and musical events. Theatres in Solothurn include the Solothurn City Theatre (DE), Kulturm Solothurn (DE) and the Mausefalle (DE). Energy Park (DE) is an exciting events museum with new things on all the time. Altes Spital (DE) is a culture and convention centre with a library.
Solothurn's six cinemas (DE) coordinate their programmes for variety and have regular special offers. Monday entrance is at a reduced price. Learn more about cultural events and things to do in Solothurn in the articles Enjoying Solothurn and Family Activities in Solothurn.
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