St Gallen tourist information & hotel reservations.
We warmly welcome you to visit St. Gallen and wish you a wonderful vacation.
Sankt Gallen is located 85 kilometers east of Zurich, 156 kilometers east of Basel and 15 kilometers south-west of Rorschach. The resort is situated at 660 meters elevation and its belonging valley is among the most popular places in the north-eastern part of Switzerland. From St. Gallen you can easily explore Lake Constance, Mount Säntis, and the Appenzell countryside. The first settlement in the place of today’s St. Gallen was founded by the Irish monk Gallus in the beginning of the 7th century. The village became an important cultural centre during the 13th century as well as a free imperial town. Sankt Gallen became part of the Swiss Confederation in 1454 and now has a population of around 75 000 people and is the capital of a canton.
The Old City is perhaps the place you should definitely not miss in Saint Gallen. You will walk along narrow streets from the middle ages and see half-wooden houses with lithe towers and oriels.
Stiftsbibliothek (Abbey Library)
The library is located at Klosterhof 6 and offers around 130 000 books. Some of them are from the 8th to 15th century and contain well-preserved illustrations from the Renaissance period. The hall of the library is in rococo style with beautiful paintings on the ceiling and wall decorations. You can also see a plan of the Abbey from the beginning of the 9th century.
St Gallen Domkirche (Cathedral)
This cathedral is located at Klosterhof and with its twin towers represents a perfect sample of baroque architecture. It was built in 1756 in the place of a gothic abbey from the 14th century. Don’t miss the east side of the cathedral with the altar – probably its most amazing architectural feature.
St Gallen Transportation
Sankt Gallen is located on the train connection between Zurich with Munich. There are many trains from both cities and the trip from Zurich lasts about 75 minutes. From St. Gallen you can take other trains to several places in the area.
In addition to the train connections, there are many buses travelling across the region. By bus you can get also to remote places like Rorschach and Appenzell and many others nearby villages.
For flights, trains and car-rental reservations as well as for buses, coaches and taxi ski transfers refer to the general Switzerland Transportation page!