Solothurn heroines and heroes

Guided tours


Learn more about Solothurn's heroes and heroines on a tour.

You will not only listen to the heroic anecdotes, but also slip into the role of an important figure in Solothurn's history yourself. They take a closer look at the careers of six exciting personalities who could not be more different.

Starting with Anna Riche - the first woman from Solothurn to be mentioned in the history books. She lived in the 13th century and belonged to the knightly nobility. Through donations and as co-founder of the Franciscan monastery, she played a key role in the town's development.

If you stroll through the streets of Solothurn with open eyes, you will find evidence of Kunigunde von Spiegelberg. But what did the richest heiress far and wide have to do with ironworks and why did her first planned wedding cause such a furore?

From trained organ and piano builder to Swiss guardsman to celebrated painter - the globetrotter Frank Buchser had a turbulent life. Today, his works hang in many a Swiss art gallery, but who would have thought that his political interests would lead to a bloody dispute?Art was also of great importance to Gertrud Dübi-Müller. The photographer had an eye for masterpieces from an early age. Together with her husband, she set up the Dübi-Müller Foundation, ensuring that works by national and international greats such as van Gogh and Pablo Picasso can now be admired in the Solothurn Art Museum.

When you hear "Bill" de Vigier, you probably immediately think of scaffolding. But his worldwide success was by no means pre-programmed. He was actually supposed to follow in the footsteps of his father, who practised as a lawyer. So how did "Bill" de Vigier manage to become a top entrepreneur and what role did his notary play?

The last figure is probably more of an institution with a long tradition. FC Solothurn is one of the oldest football clubs in Switzerland. In its long history, the club never quite made it to the top, but it laid the foundations for Swiss football with an idea and was showered with prizes for it.

The selected personalities have left their mark on social life and the cityscape to this day.

You will hear all this and much more on the guided tour through glorious times from the Middle Ages to the present day.

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