historic site

Verena Gorge and hermitage

Unterer Winkel 1, Postfach 245, 4522 Rüttenen

Peace and relaxation in the Verena Gorge

Just outside the city of Solothurn is the idyllic Verena Gorge – a place of mystical power. There is still a hermit living there to this day. The entrance to the Verena Gorge is a pleasant 20–30-minute walk from the centre of town. The romantic route takes you through the woods along a babbling brook to the hermitage. The little hermitage building and the Magdalena and Ölberg grottoes are a captivating sight.

Tip: the Verena Gorge is particularly magical at Christmas.

You can find more information about the Verena Gorge at the tourist office.
Route: Solothurn – Verena Gorge – Verena Chapel
Hike length: 50 minutes
Distance: 2 km
Elevation: 40 m
Requirements: this walk is pushchair-friendly.

Guided tours
Guided tours or torchlit hikes through Verena Gorge can be booked via Solothurn Tourism.

Getting there
On foot: from the centre of Solothurn to the entrance of the gorge (approx. 20 minutes)
By bus: take bus no. 4 towards Rüttenen (get off at ‘St. Niklaus’)


Good to know

St. Martin’s Chapel is not open to the public. The lit interior can be viewed through a small window in the door from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am–5 pm.
Please note: the Verena Chapel and St. Martin’s Chapel are closed from 18 January to 17 February 2021.

Free entrance.


Bürgergemeinde Stadt Solothurn
Unterer Winkel 1, Postfach 245
4522 Rüttenen

Phone +41 32 622 62 21