Sankt Gallen is the most important city of Eastern Switzerland - only it does not look like a city... it's often called the city of books, but by looking at it you'll see that it's more like a large village.
The city gets its name from an Irish monk, Gallus, who founded it in 612 AD. During the 8th and 9th century it became one of the great intellectual centers of Europe. Even today its university is supposed to be Switzerland's best university, especially for economics.
Fondest memory: The city of books and learning is my favourite for its old library (Stiftsbibliothek) which counts about 2,000 illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages... Amazing even if you are not a calligraphy bum like me.
As for the rest... the city is a major producer of linen and embroidered cotton fabric, which we call Sankt Gallen lace. Because of its centuries long tradition, this lace is truly peculiar. You can admire it cheaply... as in window-shopping.
Begin your tour from the train station (Bahnhof). Just opposite is the tourist office where you can gather all sorts of information about what to see and do.
Dominating the town is the cathedral, its twin towers visible from most points.
This is an up-to-date map of the city of Sankt-Gallen.
The star sights of Sankt-Gallen are numbered here :
- The Abbey Precinct : coloured in blue
- The Cathedral -46-
- The Stiftsbibliothek (Abbey Library) -47-
- The Lapidarium -not shown-
- The St.Laurenzen-Kirche (Church of St.Lawrence) - 48-
- Karlstor -54-
- Vadian-Denkmal -52-
- Hauptbahnhof (railway station) -41-
- Hauptpost (mailroom) -42-
The other yellow dots are some other curiosities of Sankt-Gallen, there's the list :
40 - Kuntshalle
43 - Rathaus (Town Hall)
44 - Stadhaus
45 - Kant. Regierung
49 - St.Mangen-Kirche
50 - Waaghaus
51 - Station Mulheggbahn / Gallus-Gedenkstatte
53 - Broderbrunnen
55 - Notfall-Einsatzzentrale
56 - Theater St.Gallen
57 - Kellerbuhnen am Mullertor
58 - St. Galler Figuren Theater
59 - Tonhalle
The pink dots are some suggested hotels for your stay in Sankt-Gallen.
I put it under General Tips, not Must-See activities, 'cos not everyone wants to go here during their holiday. But if you do, no sweats! It's a pleasant place. I forgot my backpack on the St. Gallen bus, so my host Philipp took me there to get it back.
Don't forget stuff and just go here for fun, ya know! "cuz you have to pay 10 francs
Favorite thing: When you visit St. Gallen in begin of October,you have to go to Olma an annual agriculture festival with an amusement park(so called "Jahrmarkt").There you must eat a "Olma-Bratwurst"!Thats the worlds famousest original sausage of St. Gallen.
Window shop. There are many trendy shops with fashionable clothes. Funny, even in summer you get the feeling that preparing your wardrobe for winter is very serious business.
Fondest memory: Narrowly escaping one of the violent hailstorms that seem to occur whenever we visit Europe in summer. We don't see too much hail in Southern California. You can never really pick your weather on a short trip, but we agreed we were lucky to see this City on an 'atmospheric' day. I'm sure its very different in sunshine.
Favorite thing: Take a short walk to Dreiweihern. This place is located above the city and you'll have great views of St.Gallen, with good weather you'll even see the lake of Constance and in the night, the lights are very beautiful and very romantic...
Fondest memory: What do you think is that? A church? Or a residence of someone very important? Nope. This is a LIBRARY. This is an extraordinary library not only externally. It is also very beautiful and stylish from the inside. Unfotunately it was closed the morning that I dedicated to walking down the streets of Sankt Gallen, so I can not tell you about MY impressions of its interior. But I saw a postcard, and that was an astonishing one!
Fondest memory: This picture is made just by pointing camera slightly over people's heads, and clicking a shutter button. I acted so to show that everywhere your eye falls down, is something to see. Unfortunately, there was a bad weather that day, so the snow on a picture is a bit unnaturally looking. Sorry about that!
Make sure that you will be in a city centre. Sure, it's a bit complicated to visit St. Gallen and not to visit a city centre, because everything important, like train and bus stations, post office, shopping centers and restaurants are all in the city center.
Fondest memory: I liked the web of town streets - like in any ols European town, they are well stochastically organized, and any of them has its own face.
Fondest memory: Santis is not the best place for skiing although it is a ski resort. The views however are astonishing.
Fondest memory: All the houses are used nowadays for living and business, but they are still looking in a good old style. The town was especially charming thanks to preparations to christmas.