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Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a landlocked Alpine country in Central Europe. The country, which borders Germany to the north, France to the west, Italy to the south, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east, was historically a confederation, and has been a federation since 1848. Switzerland is a federation of relatively autonomous cantons, some of which have a history of confederacy that goes back more than 700 years, arguably putting them among the world's oldest surviving republics. With an area of 41,285 square kilometers, Switzerland is a relatively small country. Switzerland comprises three basic topographical areas namely the Swiss Alps, the Swiss plateau, and the Jura Mountains. Switzerland has four official languages namely German, French, Italian and Romansh.
The city of Solothurn is the capital of the district of Solothurn in Switzerland. It is situated on the Aar River, at the foot of the Jura Mountains. The city calls itself Switzerland's biggest Baroque City. The old town was built between 1530 and 1792 and shows an architectural combination of Italian Grandezza, French style and Swiss ideas. In 2004, it had a population of 15,137 and an area of 6.29 square kilometers.
The sights of interest are the Old town, the Clock tower, the Cathedral of St. Ursus, the Church of the Jesuits, the Weissenstein mountain, the Verena Gorge and the Hermitage and Waldegg Castle. Solothurn has a special likeness to the number eleven. The Canton of Solothurn was the eleventh to become part of the Swiss Confederation. There are eleven churches and chapels, as well as eleven historical fountains and eleven towers. It is a city with endless recreational opportunities, rich history, and modern day luxuries.

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