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St. Gallen
Cultural and economic centre of Eastern Switzerland

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World Heritage City St.Gallen

The spiritual centre of the Occident, birthplace of St.Gallen Bratwurst and Swiss beer and home of the largest open-air living room: just some of the reasons why the St.Gallen-Lake Constance region inspires art and culture enthusiasts worldwide.

Abbey library

The most famous building in today's monastery area is the Abbey Library: 170,000 printed books and unique copies of the 2,000 original medieval manuscripts can be admired here in what is probably the most beautiful rococo hall in Switzerland.

Monastery district, oriel and city lounge

Meanwhile, the tourist magnet is the mummy, which rests together with its double coffin in the Abbey Library. A guided tour can be booked at St.Gallen-Bodensee Tourism at Bankgasse 9 right next to the monastery district. Right next door is the Chocolaterie Kölbener, which serves coffee, homemade cakes, tarts and chocolate. We continue to the "Bleicheli" quarter. Its streets, benches and fountains were covered with a red coating by the renowned Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist and the architect Carlos Martinez. "The art project is called the "City Lounge" and offers locals and guests a unique place to linger. The tour continues through the southern Old Town with its cobbled alleys and 111 oriels. One of the most beautiful - the Pelikan oriel - is located on Spisergasse.

First-storey pub

If you visit St.Gallen, you will not be able to avoid the typical first-floor pub in the city. And it shouldn't be either. Since the beginning of the 19th century, the quaint, small restaurants on the first floor of historic buildings with their sloping floors and low ceilings have been inviting visitors and locals alike to enjoy and linger in their ambience, lovingly designed menus and original St.Gallen gastronomy.

Peter and Paul Game Park

A dinner with a view of the city and Lake Constance: this is what Restaurant "Peter und Paul" has to offer. It belongs to the game park of the same name and boasts a large garden terrace and very good cuisine. The park itself is situated on a hill northeast of the city centre and is home to deer, wild boars, lynxes, ibex and marmots.

Old Town / Nightlife

Oberer Graben, St.Gallen. In the years before the First World War, an embroidery was planned here. During the world economic crisis, however, demand fell drastically and the planned factory rooms became apartments. The name "Embroidery" was revived only a few years ago with the restaurant of the same name and reminds of the original plans. The best homemade burgers in the region are served. In the northern old town beats the heart of nightlife. Here, in the so-called Bermuda Triangle, there are over 20 different small and large bars. Whether alternative, modern, traditional, rocky, relaxed, whether for dancing, drinking, talking or celebrating: each of these bars is worth a visit. On warm summer evenings, there is partying outside in the alleys.


The church of St. Laurenzen is, together with the cathedral, the most important church in the city. The present building dates back to the 15th century, was completely redesigned in 1850/54 and since then has presented itself as a basilica in neo-Gothic style. From the tower, visitors have a breathtaking view of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The guided tour takes place at 10 a.m. in the morning - the tower is closed at all other times.

Three ponds

The hiking trail through the Mühlenenschlucht gorge to the "Drei Weieren" - the local recreation area of the St.Gallen inhabitants. During the summer months, the area is a popular destination for swimming, sunbathing and picnics. It also offers a fantastic view of the city with its UNESCO World Heritage Site as far as Lake Constance. The most beautiful picture can be found in the photo spot of the "Grand Tour of Switzerland".

Tourist-Information St. Gallen
Bahnhofplatz 1a
9000 St. Gallen
Phone +41 (0) 71 2273726