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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 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.


  • 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.
  • Säntis – lookout point at 2502 metres in the Alpstein rambling paradise, offers views of the 'Alpenkranz' (crown of Alps) and into 6 countries (cableway from Schwägalp).