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Saint Gallen

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St. Gallen at night

Saint Gallen [6] (St. Gallen, German: Sankt Gallen) is in Switzerland.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Zurich International Airport [7] is the closest international airport to St. Gallen. Direct trains between St. Gallen and the airport run twice an hour with a travel time of exactly one hour, see SBB [8]

Alternative airports are the St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport [9] (with connections to Vienna) and the Bodensee-Airport Friedrichshafen [10].

By train[edit]

St. Gallen is a major hub for northeastern Switzerland. Trains between St. Gallen and Zurich depart twice an hour with a travel time of 1h10min. The St. Gallen train station is 500m from the old town and is surrounded by numerous hotels, restaurants, and shops. If you want to get quickly to Munich, 3 times a day the Eurocity from Zurich stops at Saint Gallen. The main train station also acts as terminus for a number of local train lines running to Appenzell and Trogen.

By Bus[edit]

Outside the main train station is a central hub for bus and Postbuses [11] to get around St.Gallen and to surrounding smaller villages.

Get around[edit]

The old town of St. Gallen is almost devoid of traffic and is therefore best enjoyed on foot. The VBSG buses [12] connect to the fringes of the city and run frequently and punctually. Bus tickets can be purchased at major bus stops or on the bus from the onboard vending machine. Standard fare is CHF 2.50 and is valid for one direction only. Taxis are always waiting at the train station and along the Marktplatz in the old town.

The Trogenerbahn [13] is your connection from St. Gallen to great hiking trails in Speicher and Trogen.

Bike rental is available at the train station, but check the opening hours before planning a trip.

By car[edit]

Parking is available underground in the Migros shopping center garage, near the train station. The garage is spacious and safe but like many things in Switzerland it closes on Sunday.

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The St. Gallen Stiftsbibliothek [14], in the Abbey of St. Gallen [15], is St. Gallen's most famous tourist attraction. The Stiftsbibliothek contains many books dating back from the early Medieval times, and the library itself is a stunning piece of baroque architecture.

Within the city center, just a short while from the Stiftsbibliothek, there are several museums:

  • Kunstmuseum St. Gallen [16]
  • Kunst Halle St. Gallen [17]
  • Point Jaune Museum [18]
  • Naturmuseum St. Gallen [19]
  • Textilmuseum [20] which displays St. Gallen's rich history as a center for textile production and design.

If you are interested in beer, visit St. Gallen's local brewery, Schutzengarten [21]. Schutzengarten also hosts a beer bottle museum and a restaurant next door to the brewery itself.

On top of the northern hill at Rotmonten there is the Peter und Paul Wildlife park [22].

On the top of the southern hill there are three little lakes called "die drei Weihern". In the summer you can swim there and you also have a nice view over the city. It is an excellent place to jog or simply spend an afternoon.

At the eastern corner of the city you can find the Botanical Garden [23] which houses over 8000 plants.

In August there is the Inline one-eleven, 111km Inlining Marathon.

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Buy[edit][add listing]

The area between the Bahnhof and Old Town is Marktplatz the main street of a collection of pedestrian-only streets filled with shops. Within the area, there are numerous shoe stores, tea shops, coffee houses, perfumeries, and mainstream clothes stores like H&M.

While the weather is nice, there are occasionally flea markets set up along the streets of Old Town, just a few streets away from the Abbey. If you happen to be lucky and catch a glimpse of some tents, check them out. There are some surprisingly good deals and treasures.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Nothing can be more St. Gallen than the OLMA bratwurst. You can get a juicy OLMA bratwurst, served with a hard roll, at a number of street stands around Marktplatz and around the entire city.

  • Restaurant & Bistro Neubad, Bankgasse 6, +41 71 222 86 83, [1]. closed @ weekends. Traditional Swiss restaurant with excellent kitchen and service in the heart of the old town.  edit
  • Café Colony, Neugasse 46, +41 71 222 16 35, [2]. Classic cafe near the pedestrian area in the center of St. Gallen. Good cakes, pastries etc.  edit
  • US-MEX, Marktplatz, am Bohl 4, +41 71 228 8811, [3]. is a great place for US and Mexican style snacks and variety of drinks.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

St. Gallen has its own brewery that makes at least two beers that are definitely worth a try. These are the "St. Galler Klosterbräu" and the "Schwarzer Bär".

Sleep[edit][add listing]

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under CHF 150
Mid-range CHF 150 to CHF 300
Splurge Over CHF 300


  • Youthhostel St.Gallen (Jugendherberge St.Gallen), Jüchstrasse 25, CH-900, +41 (0)41 71 245 47 77, [4]. Closed during Winter 30 - 100 Fr..  edit


Hotel am Spisertor (

Hotel Sistar

Hotel City Weissenstein

Hotel Vadian (


  • Oberwaid Kurhotel & Privateklinik (Hotels in St. Gallen), Rorschacher Strasse 311 9016 St. Gallen Schweiz, +41 (0)71 282 0000, [5]. The beginnings of the Kurhaus Oberwaid in Switzerland date back to the year 1845. The natural healer and pharmacist Dr. Theodor Hahn opened a "water sanatorium" in the Lower Waid. Three years later Dr. Hahn founded the Kurhaus Oberwaid. From 1931 "the Oberwaid" was led by the Baldegger sisters in a Christian (Franciscan) tradition until 2008. In November 2012, a section for the new "Oberwaid - Kurhotel & Privatklinik" was opened. Already externally, it captivates with its spectacular design. The architect Carlos Martinez, among others, left the old trees in the park and the Mariengrotte in the forest area, respecting the history of the house.  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Rorschach is about 10km to the northeast direct at the Lake of Konstanz. Check it out for the lake and nice promenade. In august there is the international sand-sculpturing contest [24]. From Rorschach to Kreuzlingen you have a nice 40km route for biking and inlining.

South of St.Gallen is the Canton and Town of Appenzell and the Alpstein mountain range. This area of green pastures, steep wooded valleys, pretty farm buildings with a stunning mountain backdrop is picturesque and, apart from the town of Appenzell itself, little visited by tourists. The Alpstein range provides some spectacular mountain walks and is well served with mountain huts and cable cars.

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