Sankt Gallen Travel Guide

  • Sankt Gallen
    by jorgejuansanchez
  • Sankt Gallen
    by jorgejuansanchez
  • Sankt Gallen
    by jorgejuansanchez

Sankt Gallen Highlights

  • Pro
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    Shibiru says…

     A city with inlands' touch. 

  • Con
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    Dabs says…

     Wish we had arrived earlier in the day! 

  • In a nutshell
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    amsterdam_vallon says…

     Hey! It's on the World Heritage List...it's a star sight!! 

Sankt Gallen Things to Do

  • visit mountain resort amden

    Amden and Weesen - the perfect combination of alpine idyll and southern ambience. The elements water, air and earth unite into a harmonious nature paradise and invite you to enjoy unforgettable summer holidays.

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  • heidiland

    Heidi would be thrilled if she could see her homeland now, in all its magical, natural summer beauty. Stretching beneath the mighty chain of the Churfirsten are Lake Walen and other smaller, sparkling mountain lakes. In the thermal baths in Bad Ragaz, walkers soothe their legs; at Kerenzerberg, families enjoy toboggan and scooter rides; and up on...

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  • Marktplatz

    yMarktplatz has been the main square of the market of the city during the Middle Ages. It is located on the northern side of the old town and it is surrounded from beautiful houses built in the 17th and 18th century. Some of them are elegantly painted, others are in wood and masonry and decorated with sculptures in relief. Many of them have got...

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  • Stiftsbibliothek

    Stiftsbibliothek is wonderful and from 1983 it is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Stiftsbibliothek was saved from the destruction during the Reform. The main room was planned by Peter Thumb between 1758 and 1767 and it is a wonderful Baroque masterpiece with elaborate rococo decorations. The floor, in wood, is elegantly inlay while...

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  • Stiftskirche: the altars

    Wonderful are the baroque altars with plasters and fantastic paintings of Saints. The main altar is a work of J.S.Moosbrugger (1810) and the painting showing the Assumption Of the Lady made by Francesco Romanelli in 1645. The confessionals and magnificent carved wooden choir was made by J.To.Feichtmayer among 1763 and 1768.More photos in this...

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  • Stiftskirche: interior

    The wonderful interior of the church has got a single nave with a centrale dome preceded and followed by spans that create the aisle and the presbytery. The presbitery is separated by elegant railing made by J.Mayer in 1771. The walls and the spans are decorated with rococo decoration of green plasters made by the brothers' J.G. and M.Giggl, and by...

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Sankt Gallen Restaurants

  • cozy atmosphere in lazy sundays

    It`s a small coffee house with good atmosphere in a small street in the old city of St.Gallen. It was sunday morning and I wanted to have breakfast there...the breakfast buffet was reeeeeally small and very expensive. So I asked for something beside that...I ate a small bretzel...and hot chocolate. The people there looked happy and satisfied...it`s...

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  • under construction - castle

    There are two restaurants bearing the same name in Sankt Gallen, but you will recognise the one I'm talking about by its man in armour and with a sword painted on its white wall. Zeughaus, in fact, means old armoury. This cosy small restaurant specialises in (revisited) traditional dishes... All good, all on the heavy side, as tradition wants it.

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  • Taste one or more of the 32 types of...

    The restaurant is very small and local...no luxury, but they have 32 different recipes of the tipical swiss food, made with potatos: Roesti. Hmmmm... I had one that was probably called Hawai: with cheese and lots of fruits...it tasted soooo good...and it was too much:-)the portions are pretty big.There's another type that tastes like pizza.

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Sankt Gallen Nightlife

  • Exotic atmosphere

    It`s a cozy place to go, drink something and talk with your friends. It`s dark...candle lights...very romantic, if u want to take someone special there. There are many people smoking waterpipes and sitting on nice sofas and pillows. I think u can go how u want to go...they don`t control who gets in. But it`s a place that from the decoration u see...

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  • Dancing the whole night

    It`s a great place to go have fun in St.Gallen... there are very few places to go out there...and this one is great...sometimes u can even see some shows there...when I went there with a friend we saw capoeira and salsa...it was "un, dos, tres" night. U can go how u want to go...with jeans, with high heals...what ever u are up to wear:-)

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  • Monday night like many places...

    Monday night like many places in Europe is very quiet.We watched Swiss TV and our German fluent son translated. We planned the next day'sassault on the Alps.

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Sankt Gallen Transportation

  • Public transport in Switzerland is...

    The best way to get around the city, not only St. Gallen, but in Switzerland in general is by train and by bus. 'Cause if you get a car, you'll probably have problems to find parkings...and if you find them. You can be sure that they are expensive.At the main station you can get some more information about it...depending on how long you are...

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  • St Gallen trips away

    In St. Gallen Railway Station, you may notice another small station. There is a narrow Gauge railway station which belongs to the Appenzell Railway. This station brings you steeply up hill and then on to the Appenzell region. Visiting Appenzell Town isnt a long trip.Also near the main station you may notice the Orange Tram which goes to Trogen on...

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  • Moving in Sankt-Gallen

    The service is very good. The tickets and the one-day card (6 chf) can be bought from the distributor at the station or in the bus.

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Sankt Gallen Shopping

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    by angiebabe Updated Jul 10, 2008

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    I reckon a lot of things to be bought in Switzerland can be actually cheaper than the UK and elsewhere - except chocolate - which for a country that makes the stuff its an amazing and sorry state that chocolate here is pretty expensive and might actually be the most expensive country in the world to buy chocolate!!

    But during the sales prices are even lower and during the sales at present reductions even as much as 70 % are the go.

    So i got a 30 franc top for 9 something franc which is only about £4!
    Lots of things were really good buying - even good quality sheets were reduced 70%! And souvenirs with the Swiss red cross etc were good buying too such as wallets and purses, key rings, cups and pens - great for taking gifts home from one easy purchase.

    What to buy: Bargain reductions at the Co-op shop. All sorts - clothes, home furnishings.
    and also good souvenirs, not reduced though but good prices eg 6 and 7 francs for coin purses and wallets with the swiss red cross symbol.

    What to pay: lots reduced, up to 70%

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Sankt Gallen Local Customs

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    by call_me_rhia Updated Sep 24, 2006

    In Sankt Gallen you can find 111 oriels. Oriels are small wooden balconies that adorn old traditional homes - especially homes of rich merchants. All these oriels are carved and decorated; many date back to the 17th and 18th century, with their peak period between 1650 and 1720.

    These oriels have a name each, often taken from the animal world. Some examples are Camel Oriel, Pelican Oriel and Swan Oriel. Obviouslt this had to do with the main design that was carven on them. The one in the photo has some lion-like creatures on it.

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Sankt Gallen Warnings and Dangers

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    by Don_Camilo Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    The air is much thinner, and can have amusing side effects...my girlfriend seemed to find the Desert Menu especially hilarious.

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Sankt Gallen Tourist Traps

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    by barcodex Written Aug 24, 2002

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    As everywhere in Europe, shops are closed early. So if you are in immediate need of something, it could be a great problem for you. When I was first day in Sankt Gallen, I had a head ache and I was forced to walk for about an hour before I located an apotheke, opened after 5 pm (it was 9 pm actually when I started my searches). So be sure that you have at least medicines always with you.

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Sankt Gallen What to Pack

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    by will-care Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Having a folding umbrella at hand is not a bad idea.

    Photo Equipment: Film, batteries, and camera accessories are expensive everywhere in Europe. Buy these things in the U.S.

    We were lucky to have borrowed a digital camera. We took over 100 pix and were able to erase the clunkers right on the spot.

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Sankt Gallen Off The Beaten Path

  • Go to Appenzell

    I went to Appenzell through the Appenzeller-Land and it was a really nice trip. At the last sunday in April they make use of their democracy - they sign via hand about all the political decisions of the last year. This is called "Landsgemeinde" and tere are a lot of nice sweets which belong to this.The villages in Appenzeller-Land are build of...

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  • See the city from the top.

    St. Gallen is in a valley...on top of one hill you'll see the university at the other top, there are three little lakes, where people go walk, talk, date, swim (even in summer it's sooo cold!), study, read...etc...to get there you should go by foot, 'cause you'll see many pretty things. Just remember: it's a long way up. They are caled : Drei...

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Sankt Gallen Favorites

  • sankt Gallen

    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...

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  • St. Gallen

    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.

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  • Sankt-Gallen City Map

    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...

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