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Founded by a monk named Gallus in 612 A.D, St. Gallen is one of Switzerland’s most historic cities. The twin towers of the 18th-century cathedral form the city’s most famous symbol. Inside, the intricate Baroque paintings, frescoes and statues make this one of the country’s finest cathedrals. The Abbey Precinct, comprising the cathedral, monastery and Abbey Library, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The pedestrian-only old city is full of Renaissance and Baroque architectural treasures. There is a trio of fine museums, which you can visit for a low price on a single ticket. Kids will love the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum, as ...

Founded by a monk named Gallus in 612 A.D, St. Gallen is one of Switzerland’s most historic cities. The twin towers of the 18th-century cathedral form the city’s most famous symbol. Inside, the intricate Baroque paintings, frescoes and statues make this one of the country’s finest cathedrals. The Abbey Precinct, comprising the cathedral, monastery and Abbey Library, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The pedestrian-only old city is full of Renaissance and Baroque architectural treasures. There is a trio of fine museums, which you can visit for a low price on a single ticket. Kids will love the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum, as parents peruse the wide range of art (from 17th-century Dutch masters to Warhol) next door at the Museum of Art. The Textile Museum is devoted to this area’s famous embroidery and lace. St. Gallen is a business and transport hub for the region, and it makes a convenient base for visits to the Appenzell region, Lake Constance and the nearby postage-stamp country of Lichtenstein. The Alps are a short train ride away.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: St. Gallen is located in the northeastern part of Switzerland in a valley around 700 meters above sea level, between Lake Constance and the mountains of the Appenzell Alps
  • Language: German, French, Italian, Romansh
  • Currency: Swiss Franc
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    St. Gallen is fine any time of year, but the surrounding region is best seen in the warmer months (April-October).