Oberdiessbach/Thun/Solothurn/Bern area?

Apr 18th, 2013, 10:02 AM
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Oberdiessbach/Thun/Solothurn/Bern area?

Looking ahead to May 2014 already?! One can dream, right?
Wonderful VRBO in quaint town WITH RAIL/BUS connections!

Have been many times to Sw, including Bern/Murten, never to Solothurn/Altreu (storks).
Would re-visit Langnau Chuechlihus.
Anyone with personal reco's for this area? Must-sees?

NOT aiming for Neuchatel or Gruyeres as using public transport and too long (2-3 hours each way with multiple changes).
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Apr 19th, 2013, 01:17 AM
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Have you any specific question?
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Apr 19th, 2013, 03:13 AM
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YES, Has anyone been to Solothurn or Altreu?
Are they recommended?
Are there any other quaint towns in this vicinity which
are worthy of a visit?
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Apr 19th, 2013, 05:45 AM
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Altreu is not a town; just a few houses, a boat stop and a bus stop. But what are you interested in?
"worthy a visit" doesn't mean the same for everybody.
http://www.bielersee.ch/en/region-au...thurn.454.html

Region des Trois Lacs

Check also
http://www.dreiseenland.ch/en/leisur...s/cycling.html
http://www.neuchateltourisme.ch/en/l...s/cycling.html

This area a lot of sights, like
entirely walled medieval town of Murten
http://www.murtentourismus.ch/en/welcome.cfm?
Roman amphitheatre and Roman Museum of Avenches
http://www.avenches.ch/en/page.cfm/siteetmuseeromain
Roman Villa of Vallon
http://www.pro-vallon.ch/allemand/mo.../mosaiques.htm
biggest Romanesque church of Switzerland and Monastery of Payerne
Nature Park of Grande Caricaie
http://www.myswitzerland.com/en/dest...er-le-lac.html
http://www.bafu.admin.ch/dokumentati...x.html?lang=de
Medieval town and spa of Yverdon
http://www.yverdonlesbainsregion.ch/...ure_Patrimoine
Roman mosaics of Orbe
http://www.yverdonlesbainsregion.ch/en/orbe_region
Monastery of Romainmotier
http://www.yverdonlesbainsregion.ch/...nmotier_region
Castle and Menhirs of Grandson
http://www.yverdonlesbainsregion.ch/en/grandson_region
Menhirs and Dolmen of Onnens
http://www.onnens.ch/textes-1/dolmen...rthoud,38.html
medieval town of Neuchatel with castle, cathedral and many fine museums
http://www.neuchateltourisme.ch/en/decouvertes.html
Biel/Bienne with it's small but fine city center, good museums and a lot to see in the Lake Bienne area
http://www.biel-seeland.ch/en/discov...enne.1239.html
Medieval Bueren an der Aare with wooden brige over the Aar river
http://www.bueren.ch/de/inhalte/tour...anchor=1010025
Natural reserve of Altreu and it's storks
http://www.artenschutz.ch/AareAltreu.htm
Medieval town of Solothurn with baroque cathedral and many museums
http://www.solothurn-city.ch/topic2477.html
La Chaux-de-Fonds, capital of watchmaking
http://www.neuchateltourisme.ch/en/d...onds.1500.html

Gorges of Areuse, Seyon and Taubenloch

boats plying between Yverdon, Neuchatel, Murten, Biel/Bienne, Bueren and Solothurn
Cablecars Biel/Bienne - Macolin/Magglingen, Ligerz - Preles, St-Imier - Mont Soleil, Neuchatel - Chaumont
Many trains (the trains from Yverdon to Ste-Croix, from Neuchatel to La Chaux de Fonds and from Biel/Bienne to Tramelan bring you up to 1000 m of altitude).
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Apr 19th, 2013, 10:14 AM
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Yes, been to Solothurn a couple of times. Love it. Check out the nearby quaint villages (like Wiedlisbach) and the Jura mountains. Very different from the Alps and very beautiful.
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Apr 22nd, 2013, 05:00 AM
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Thanks Ingo--thats what I was looking for--personal recommendations.
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Apr 22nd, 2013, 05:08 AM
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I also like Solothurn very much, although I don't know the villages Ingo mentioned. Very pretty, some excellent restaurants, wine bars and cafes, pleasant to stroll around at any time of day. I'm also a fan of Thun. IMO, I'd pick Thun over Interlaken as a non-village BO base. Better restaurants, better vibe, easier connections to other areas.

It's too bad you'll miss the Art Supermarket in Solothurn, it's a good place to buy original artworks FAR below ArtBasel prices... http://www.solothurn-city.ch/en/even...hurn.5567.html
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Apr 22nd, 2013, 05:16 AM
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In Solothurn, make sure you stop for a pastry at http://www.kaffeehalle.ch/ On snowy days (Solothurn is SO pretty around Christmas time), you have to battle your way in!

Shopping tip: A L'Erbolario store recently opened in Solothurn, just a few doors from the cafe. A great place to pick up excellent Italian soaps and skin products, all beautifully packaged. The only other dedicated L'Erbolario store that I know in Switzerland is all the way down in Lugano, so the Solothurn location is a welcome addition for us fans of the brand in northern Switzerland.
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Apr 22nd, 2013, 09:15 AM
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MMMM...WeisserTee---Kaffeehalle it is!
Konditorei is my middle name ;-)).
The Solothurnertorte looks ausgezeichnet!

Thanks for the tips.
I certainly will have to look into the L'Erbolario line of products before I go. I can hardly wait a whole year...Who knows? Maybe if the new dog gets settled in by Fall I can do a quick solo jaunt this fall (found a great VRBO in Altstadt Bern which I wouldn't mind staying in). Dreams! Dreams!
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Apr 22nd, 2013, 12:15 PM
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I was in Bern last week-end and saw that a fancy cupcake shop has opened near the Markthalle. They looked very tempting. Bern would be a fun place to stay -- and one of my favorite brockis is in Bern (I collect mid-century Swiss art/folk pottery). Maybe we can arrange a Swiss GTG when you come.
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Apr 22nd, 2013, 12:32 PM
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I'm heading to Bern for a conference this weekend so it would great to hear more about Bern as the last time I was there was 10 years ago. We've been to Solothurn multiple times just because it is a comfortable town to stop plus a friend who used to live there. Good ambiance, cafes & restaurants, it has a similar feeling as the Alsatian small villages.
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Apr 23rd, 2013, 04:55 AM
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Cool! I am SO looking forward to my next trip!
Thanks for the L'Erbolario tip--their product line looks intriguing.
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Apr 23rd, 2013, 04:56 AM
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Cool! I am SO looking forward to my next trip!
Thanks for the L'Erbolario tip--their product line looks intriguing.
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