Sunday, December 20, 2009


Olten, Switzerland

Olten is not a famous town in Switzerland, except that it lies strategically at the crossways between Bern/Berne and Basel, Zurich and Lausanne or Geneva. And then, while the offshore accounts in Switzerland are all stored in mainframes in and around Zurich (and some bits in Geneva, Basel, or Lugano), the physical stock certificates of all Swiss bank clients safe keeping accounts are actually held in a vault in Olten some meters underground surrounded by the ground water of the river Aare.

So as a train hub many travelers go through or change tracks in Olten every day, yet few make a stop to have a look at the lovely old town and formerly strategic bridge above the Aare river.

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