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St. Gallen
ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 1, Rorschach–Herisau
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St. Galler Panoramatour
St. Galler Panoramatour
Route 970, St. Gallen (Haggen)–St. Gallen (Schwarzer Bären)
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Gallusweg
Gallusweg
Route 938, Arbon (TG)–St. Gallen
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St. Gallen
Obstgarten-Route
Obstgarten-Route
Stage 1, Arbon–Herisau
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Ostschweizer Wein-Route
Ostschweizer Wein-Route
Stage 2, Weinfelden–St. Gallen
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Kartäuser-Fürstenland-Route
Kartäuser-Fürstenland-Route
Stage 2, Wil SG–Rorschach
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Herzroute
Herzroute
Stage 12, Herisau–Altstätten
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Alpine Panorama Route
Alpine Panorama Route
Stage 1, St. Margrethen–Appenzell
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Appenzeller Route
Appenzeller Route
Stage 1, St. Gallen–Gais
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Appenzeller Route
Appenzeller Route
Stage 2, Gais–St. Gallen
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Appenzeller Aussichtsroute
Appenzeller Aussichtsroute
Route 998, Heiden–St.Gallen
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Konzil Radweg
Konzil Radweg
Route 55, St. Gallen–Kreuzlingen
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Mountain biking in

St. Gallen
Wildmannli Bike

Skating in

St. Gallen
St. Gallen Skate
St. Gallen Skate
Route 65, Rorschach–Bischofszell
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St. Gallen
St. Gallen

St. Gallen

The compact metropolis of eastern Switzerland between Lake Constance and Appenzellerland has a charming, traffic-free old town. Colourfully-painted oriel windows are a town feature. The Abbey precinct with the cathedral and Abbey Library has been accorded UNESCO World Heritage listing. St. Gallen is world renowned for its embroideries.
St. Gallen’s most famous landmark is its Baroque cathedral with the Abbey Library, which houses some 140,000 documents – in part hand-written and over a thousand years old. The library probably also has Switzerland’s most beautiful Rococo hall. The entire Abbey precinct was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1983.

The name and foundation of the town stem from the Irish missionary monk Gallus who founded a hermitage here around 612. From 747, the then St. Gallen monastery was already following Benedictine Rule, which required the contemplative study of books and accordingly also stipulated the presence of a library. In the Middle Ages, the town developed into an important hub of culture and education in Europe. Later, the St. Gallen embroideries attracted international recognition and brought prosperity to the town.

St. Gallen is a university town with a focus on the economic sciences. The home town of the renowned «Mummenschanz» theatre group offers a varied cultural offering with theatres and museums. In summer, the romantic art-nouveau Dreilinden-Weiher open-air pool with its splendid views over the town attracts visitors to swim.

The excellent location in the four-country corner Switzerland, Germany, Austria and the Principality of Liechtenstein make St. Gallen the best starting point for excursions into the Appenzellerland with the Säntis, and to Lake Constance. Whether by rail or bicycle, the cycling and inline paradise of Lake Constance can be reached quickly along the Lake Constance Cycle Path. The combination of rail ‘n’ bike allows captivating tours to be undertaken which cross national borders. For walkers, the ‘Bridge Trail’ which passes over 18 brides in the Sittertobel near St. Gallen is an experience: much about the design and construction of bridges is learnt en route. A six-hour section of the ‘Route of St. James’ leads from Rorschach to Herisau via St. Gallen.

The Voralpen-Express connects Lake Constance with Lucerne via St. Gallen in 2:45 hours. This 149-km-long transversal travelling across the foothills of the Alps is interesting from a technical rail viewpoint, but also impresses with stunning landscapes such as the Toggenburg, Lake Zurich, and hill moor of Rothenturm.

Highlights

  • Abbey precinct with cathedral and Abbey Library – landmark of the town, library with 140,000 documents, some of which are over a thousand years old.
  • Old town – charming, traffic-free old town for shopping and strolling; typical features are the burgher houses with colourfully painted oriel windows dating from the 16th to 18th century; excellent gastronomy.
  • New Art Gallery – doesn’t see itself as a museum, but as an experimentation venue for contemporary art, international and regional projects.
  • ‘Schoggiland’ - Maestrani chocolate factory in Flawil, production can be followed from the visitors’ gallery, no prior booking required.
  • Textile museum & library – embroideries from Switzerland and abroad from the 14th to 20th century.
  • Abtwil Säntispark – many-facetted leisure and water park with wave pool, water slide, brine baths and sauna village.
The compact metropolis of eastern Switzerland between Lake Constance and Appenzellerland has a charming, traffic-free old town. Colourfully-painted oriel windows are a town feature. The Abbey precinct with the cathedral and Abbey Library has been accorded UNESCO World Heritage listing. St. Gallen is world renowned for its embroideries.
St. Gallen’s most famous landmark is its Baroque cathedral with the Abbey Library, which houses some 140,000 documents – in part hand-written and over a thousand years old. The library probably also has Switzerland’s most beautiful Rococo hall. The entire Abbey precinct was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1983.

The name and foundation of the town stem from the Irish missionary monk Gallus who founded a hermitage here around 612. From 747, the then St. Gallen monastery was already following Benedictine Rule, which required the contemplative study of books and accordingly also stipulated the presence of a library. In the Middle Ages, the town developed into an important hub of culture and education in Europe. Later, the St. Gallen embroideries attracted international recognition and brought prosperity to the town.

St. Gallen is a university town with a focus on the economic sciences. The home town of the renowned «Mummenschanz» theatre group offers a varied cultural offering with theatres and museums. In summer, the romantic art-nouveau Dreilinden-Weiher open-air pool with its splendid views over the town attracts visitors to swim.

The excellent location in the four-country corner Switzerland, Germany, Austria and the Principality of Liechtenstein make St. Gallen the best starting point for excursions into the Appenzellerland with the Säntis, and to Lake Constance. Whether by rail or bicycle, the cycling and inline paradise of Lake Constance can be reached quickly along the Lake Constance Cycle Path. The combination of rail ‘n’ bike allows captivating tours to be undertaken which cross national borders. For walkers, the ‘Bridge Trail’ which passes over 18 brides in the Sittertobel near St. Gallen is an experience: much about the design and construction of bridges is learnt en route. A six-hour section of the ‘Route of St. James’ leads from Rorschach to Herisau via St. Gallen.

The Voralpen-Express connects Lake Constance with Lucerne via St. Gallen in 2:45 hours. This 149-km-long transversal travelling across the foothills of the Alps is interesting from a technical rail viewpoint, but also impresses with stunning landscapes such as the Toggenburg, Lake Zurich, and hill moor of Rothenturm.

Highlights

  • Abbey precinct with cathedral and Abbey Library – landmark of the town, library with 140,000 documents, some of which are over a thousand years old.
  • Old town – charming, traffic-free old town for shopping and strolling; typical features are the burgher houses with colourfully painted oriel windows dating from the 16th to 18th century; excellent gastronomy.
  • New Art Gallery – doesn’t see itself as a museum, but as an experimentation venue for contemporary art, international and regional projects.
  • ‘Schoggiland’ - Maestrani chocolate factory in Flawil, production can be followed from the visitors’ gallery, no prior booking required.
  • Textile museum & library – embroideries from Switzerland and abroad from the 14th to 20th century.
  • Abtwil Säntispark – many-facetted leisure and water park with wave pool, water slide, brine baths and sauna village.

Arrival and return St. Gallen

Adresse

St.Gallen-Bodensee Tourismus
Bankgasse 9
9001 St.Gallen
Tel. +41 (0)71 227 37 37
info@st.gallen-bodensee.ch
www.st.gallen-bodensee.ch

Services

Accommodation

B&B Orion
B&B Orion
St. Gallen
Hof Hohenwiesen
Hof Hohenwiesen
St. Gallen
Jugendherberge St. Gallen
Jugendherberge St. Gallen
St. Gallen
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Places of interest

Abbey District of St.Gallen
Abbey District of St.Gallen
Bridge building in Eastern Switzerland
Bridge building in Eastern Switzerland
City Lounge
City Lounge
Historical and Ethnological Museum SG
Historical and Ethnological Museum SG
Old Town of St.Gallen
Old Town of St.Gallen
Textile Museum
Textile Museum
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Hiking in

St. Gallen
ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 1, Rorschach–Herisau
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St. Galler Panoramatour
St. Galler Panoramatour
Route 970, St. Gallen (Haggen)–St. Gallen (Schwarzer Bären)
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Gallusweg
Gallusweg
Route 938, Arbon (TG)–St. Gallen
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Cycling in

St. Gallen
Obstgarten-Route
Obstgarten-Route
Stage 1, Arbon–Herisau
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Ostschweizer Wein-Route
Ostschweizer Wein-Route
Stage 2, Weinfelden–St. Gallen
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Kartäuser-Fürstenland-Route
Kartäuser-Fürstenland-Route
Stage 2, Wil SG–Rorschach
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Herzroute
Herzroute
Stage 12, Herisau–Altstätten
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Alpine Panorama Route
Alpine Panorama Route
Stage 1, St. Margrethen–Appenzell
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Appenzeller Route
Appenzeller Route
Stage 1, St. Gallen–Gais
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Appenzeller Route
Appenzeller Route
Stage 2, Gais–St. Gallen
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Appenzeller Aussichtsroute
Appenzeller Aussichtsroute
Route 998, Heiden–St.Gallen
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Konzil Radweg
Konzil Radweg
Route 55, St. Gallen–Kreuzlingen
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Mountain biking in

St. Gallen
Wildmannli Bike

Skating in

St. Gallen
St. Gallen Skate
St. Gallen Skate
Route 65, Rorschach–Bischofszell
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