The Riedholzturm is the northern cornerstone of the city of Solothurn and, together with the redoubt, forms the only remaining part of the former full bastion. The Riedholzturm is the second tower on this site. Its predecessor, the Nydeckturm, served among other things as a powder magazine. As a result of a lightning strike in 1546, the stored powder exploded and so did the buildings. Today's tower was subsequently built at the highest point of Solothurn's old town. It is the only remaining baroque full bastion with moat in the whole of Switzerland.
During the summer months, the room on the ground floor and its platform at lofty heights can be hired for private events. Request location here.
The towers, gates and fortresses can be seen from afar. They are diverse in shape and form: round, semi-circular, angular or crooked. Along the city walls you can reach the various towers or climb the stairs and discover the landmarks of our city from a height.
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The Riedholzturm is a remnant of 11 redoubts that once protected Solothurn.
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The Riedholzturm is located at the end of the Old Town near the Baseltor. It is only a 10-minute walk from Solothurn railway station. Guests arriving by car can park at the Baseltor multi-storey car park.