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Olten is a small picturesque town in northern Switzerland. It is the capital of Olten district, within the canton of Solothurn. Olten covers 11.49 sq km (4.44 sq mi) and has a population of 18,000 (2011 estimate). Its geographical location makes it an ideal rail hub, as it is just 30 minutes by train from Zürich, Bern, Basel and Lucerne.

Alte Brücke, OltenAlte Brücke, Olten
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Olten was founded in 1201, originally called Oltun. Its location on the Aare River makes it an important medieval trading town. The Old Town is located on the bed between the river Aare and Dünnern. Within the town are remnants of Roman era settlements as well as those from the medieval age. These historic sites are now preserved as heritage sites of national significance.

Medieval house in OltenMedieval house in Olten
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The Alte Brücke, or old bridge, provides access to the Old Town of Olten. The most distinctive feature of the Old Town is the church belfry. The church itself was demolished in the 19th century. There are other sights in town worth seeing which I will list below.

Visiting Olten

Olten can easily be reached by train from Zürich, Bern, Basel and Lucerne.

Sights & Attractions in Olten

  1. Kunstmuseum
    The local art museum exhibits works by Martin Disteli along with other paintings and sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries.
  2. Stadtkirche
    The town church built in the Neo-Classical style. The interior is decorated with paintings by Martin Disteli

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