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earth, and eleven more perished in their efforts to rescue them.
As the train emerges from the tunnel, the ruins of the castle
of Neu-Wartburg are perceived. Farther on, to the r. of the latter, a
beautiful glimpse of the Bernese Alps is obtained, gradually be¬
coming visible from the Wetterhom to the Doldenhorn. The
line now descends by a long curve to the Aare, which it crosses
at a considerable distance below Olten, and then ascends to the
station on the r. bank.
At the summit of the Hauenstein, ascended in li|4 hr. from stat. Olten
and Laufelfingen, is situated the Frohburg (2772'), a good inn, command¬
ing a beautiful panorama of the Alps, from the Sentis to Mont Blanc;
in the foreground is the Wartburg, and the valley which extends to Lu¬
cerne, traversed by the railroad; to the r. is Pilatus, to the 1. the Rigi.
'|2 M. distant are the ruins of a castle destroyed by an earthquake.;—
The traveller coming from the N., and visiting Switzerland for the first
time, would do well to leave the train at Laufelfingen, and proceed on
foot to Olten over the Frohburg; in fine weather the view of the Alpine
chain, which suddenly becomes visible from the summit of the mountain,
is strikingly beautiful. — About 2 hrs. farther W., on the summit of the
pass of the Obere Hauenstein, is situated the favourite Alpine sanitary
establishment Langenbruck (good road thence to Liestal).
Olten (1325') (*ScHWKizEitHoF; *Hai.bmond; ^Railway-Restaurant.
Passengers to or from Lucerne and Herzogenbuchsee-Bern change carriages;
those from Bale to Zurich keep their seats. Detention of >|4—'|2 hr. On
leaving the waiting-rooms the trains for Bale and Zurich are to the left,
those to Lucerne and Bern to the right), the second town of the canton
of Soleure (2998 inhab., 733 Prot.), is prettily situated on the
Aare. The Parish Church possesses an 'Ascension' by Disteli,
and the Capuchin Church a Madonna by Deschwanden. Extensive
railway work-shops and considerable shoe-manufactories are situated
here. Railway by Aarau to Zurich see R. 7.
To the S. of Olten, visible to the 1. of the line, rises the Wartburg
(*Restaurant), a small chateau recently restored, situated on an isolated
peak several hundred feet above the Aare. *Yiew similar to that from the
Frohburg, and the ascent likewise recommended. From stat. Olten to the
top 3|4 hr.; same distance from Aarburg.
On the height to the 1. is the castle of Neu- Wartburg, a fine
point of view. The train next passes through a short tunnel under
the rock of the castle of Aarburg, and emerges at the station of
Aarburg (1316') (Bar; Krone), a small but wealthy town,
almost entirely rebuilt since the fire of 1840. The picturesque
old castle, formerly a fortress, built in 1660, and provided with
bomb-proof casemates hewn in the rock, was the residence of
the governors and a state-prison till 1798; it is now a house of
correction and arsenal.
The Lucerne line diverges here to the S.E. Stations Niederwyl,
Murgenthal, Roggwyl, Langenthal (*L6we), a thriving village with
extensive timber traffic, and Biitzberg. At Herzogenbuchsee (Ho¬
tel du Soleil; carriages generally changed here) the line to Bern
diverges (p. 13). Stations Inkwyl, Subigen. Beyond Derendingen
the line crosses the Grosse Emme not far from its confluence with
the Aare. Above Soleure, to the r., rises the inn on the Weis-