The crime trail leads through the old town of Solothurn and lets young and old discover interesting corners and the history of the city in a playful way.
You slip into the role of the investigators yourself and go on a crime spree in Solothurn. Equipped with a "crime file", a smartphone and an arrest warrant code, the investigation through Switzerland's most beautiful baroque city can begin. Will you manage to find the stolen gold statues from the cathedral treasury with the help of clues?
Solothurn Crime Trail: Gold statues stolen from the cathedral treasury The room in which the cathedral treasury of St. Ursen Cathedral is housed was broken into. The sacred containers (they are also called arca) with the golden head statues of Ursus and Victor, the two patron saints of the city, were stolen.
According to legend, Ursus and Victor were killed by the Romans around the year 300 AD because they did not want to worship the Roman gods but, as Christians, believed in only one God. The two patron saints are said to have been buried at the site of today's St. Ursus Cathedral, where Christians met secretly at that time.
The break-in must have taken place in the afternoon between 3 and 4 pm. Before and after that, Verena Schneider had a guided tour of the cathedral treasury with guests. The theft was discovered by Verena during the second guided tour at 4.30 pm. Verena Schneider was at Solothurn Tourism between the tours because she was planning an event and needed assistance.
As there are no signs of burglary on the door to the cathedral treasury, the police assume that the perpetrator must either have had a key himself or be a professional lock-picker.
Distance: ca. 3.5 Kilometer
Duration: 2 h 15 – 2 h 45
The trail is designed for children from the age of 7.
Languages: German, French
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In addition to the «crime file», you will need a smartphone and the warrant code, which you will receive at the time of purchase.
Then, as the investigator, you visit the crime scene and, in a sequence that you determine yourself, the places where the possible perpetrators live, work and spend their free time. By means of additional clues that you receive at these locations, you finally succeed in excluding suspects or locating the perpetrator and finally convicting the perpetrator by issuing an arrest warrant. On the exciting search, you will puzzle, puzzle and certainly get to know some new corners of Switzerland's most beautiful baroque city along the way.
The Krimi-Trails Kids are designed for children aged 7 and over. The criminal cases are less complex - and it's never about murder or kidnapping, but rather about sabotage, theft, etc. They are suitable for families, school classes and youth groups with children.
Opening hours Trail
Purchase on site: Please note Solothurn Tourism opening hours: MO-FR 09:00 - 18:30, SA 09:00 - 13:00.
A print version of the crime trail is available from the Tourist Office of Solothurn Tourism.
The Crime Trail can also be purchased online at www.krimi-trails.ch Start from Solothurn possible at any time.
The buyer will receive an arrest warrant code and the "crime thriller file" of the case by e-mail. This includes a description of the criminal case, the order and the suspects in question, as well as an overview of the evidence found at the crime scene.
The price of CHF 32.00 applies to a group of max. 5 people.
BEKB customers benefit from a 20 percent discount. More information under bekb.ch/krimi-trail
Children and adults love detective games!
Detective Trail Kids: For families with children from 7 years old