St.Gallen-Lake Bodensee

Cathedral in St. Gall close to Lake Constance

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In the hilly, pre-Alpine landscape set against the imposing backdrop of the Alpstein massif by Lake Constance lies the St. Gallen-lake Constance region. With its UNESCO World Heritage abbey district, the city of St. Gallen is a must for cultural travellers. On the shores of Lake Constance between Rorschach and Altenrhein, the lake attracts visitors with open-air pools, water sports and fascinating museums. The rural area around St. Gallen is a wonderful hiking and cycling area with never-ending views over Lake Constance and the mountains.

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Must-dos in the St-Gallen Lake Constance region:

  • visit the St. Gallen abbey district, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • take the cog railway from Rorschach to Heiden
  • visit the “bathing hut” in Rorschach
  • marvel at the artists’ sand sculptures in August
  • Visit the textile museum in St.Gallen
  • try a St. Gallen Bratwurst (without mustard)
  • visit the Forum Würth in Rorschach right on the lake shore
  • linger in Switzerland’s largest outdoor living room - the “roten Platz” in St. Gallen
  • stroll around the “Drei Weieren” in St. Gallen
  • marvel at the collection of books in the abbey library in St. Gallen
  • take a boat trip up the old Rhine to Rheineck

The right place at the right time of year:

  • Spring tip:
    enjoy the view over the city and Lake Constance  from the Drei Weieren above St. Gallen.

  • Summer tip:
    visit the “bathing hut” in Rorschach.

  • Autumn tip:
    get to know the Rhine valley wine on the wine growing way in Thal.

  • Winter tip:
    marvel at the abbey library in St. Gallen, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Selected experiences in St.Gallen-Lake Bodensee

Maestrani's Chocolarium

Discover - Marvel - Enjoy. Maestrani's Chocolarium is the only Swiss chocolate factory that lets you enter into the very heart of its production site - and tells you how happiness comes into the...

Bad Ragaz-Wangs Pizol railways close to Lake Constance

Bad Ragaz-Wangs Pizol railways

At the beginning of the St. Gallen Rhine valley, the Pizol climbs to an altitude of 2,844 metres between Bad Ragaz and Wangs. A unique natural landscape opens up around the peak offering breathtaking...

Abbey library in St.Gallen close to Lake Constance

Abbey Cathedral of St Gall, UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Abbey Cathedral of St Gall, the abbey library and the surrounding monastery buildings - in short the St. Gallen Abbey District - was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. This...

Selected events in St.Gallen-Lake Bodensee

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St. Gallen Festspiele

29. June until 13. July

Every year, the cloisters of the St.Gallen abbey district with the its magnificent baroque cathedral serves as the backdrop for an opera drama. Additional dance and concert highlights will be...

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Sand sculptures at the Rorschach Festival

11. August until 09. September

Rorschach with beach and sand fever: Every summer international teams of artists create extra-large sand monuments from 250 tonnes of quartz sand on a different theme every year. The transitory works...

Christmas Market in the city of stars St.Gallen close to Lake Constance

The city of stars St.Gallen

30. November until 23. December

During Advent, St. Gallen becomes an atmospheric Swiss city of stars. Some 700 stars twinkle above the old town where the lovingly decorated gabled huts of the Christmas market stand shoulder to...

Selected tours in St.Gallen-Lake Bodensee

Abbey Cathedral of St Gall, UNESCO World Heritage Site close to Lake Constance

UNESCO World Heritage on Lake Constance

3-4 days

The lake for active holidaymakers

4 days

Discover the Lake Constance region with the...

3 days

Selected holiday offers in St.Gallen-Lake Bodensee

Aerial photograph of St. Gall in winter close to Lake Constance

St.Gallen: Fun in four countries

2 nights from CHF229.50 pro Person
Christmas Market in the city of stars St.Gallen close to Lake Constance

Festive magic in the city of stars

1 night from CHF122.00 pro Person

Contact

St.Gallen-Bodensee Tourismus, Bankgasse 9, 9001 St.Gallen, Switzerland