St. Gallen

St. Gall close to Lake Constance

The city of St.Gallen is a World Heritage site, the lively centre of eastern Switzerland and an all-round cultural classic. Included on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1983, the St.Gallen abbey district with its baroque cathedral and the famous abbey library is the centrepiece of the city. Numerous museums inspire visitors hungry for knowledge and a vibrant cultural life with a first-rate three-segment theatre, numerous cabaret shows and regular festivals maintain the city's excellent reputation as a centre of eastern Swiss life.

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UNESCO World Heritage

The historic abbey district with the magnificent baroque cathedral and the famous abbey library is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the heart of the city.

Old town

The winding streets of the old town with its bay windows are the perfect place to shop and enjoy a bite to eat. A wide range of dishes are on offer in the traditional wood-panelled St. Gallen “Erststockbeizen”, including haute cuisine and regional specialities.

City of textiles

St.Gallen is renowned worldwide as a city of textiles; famous designers such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani and create top-end items in St.Gallen and hardly any of the major fashion shows in Paris, Milan or New York fail to present their haute couture.


In the oldest professional theatre still in use in Switzerland, theatre and music fans can enjoy famous performance and during the St. Gallen Festspiele in the summer, the cloister of the abbey district is transformed into a magnificent setting for opera performances under the stars.

Must-dos in St. Gallen

  • learn lots of interesting facts about St. Gallen during a guided tour of the city
  • enjoy the view from the “Drei Weieren” over the city and the lake
  • marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage abbey district
  • linger in the largest living room in Switzerland, the “Roten Platz”
  • eat an original St.Gallen bratwurst in a legendary
  • “Erststock-Beizli”


The right place at any time of year:

  • Spring tip: 
    take a walk around the “Drei Weieren” above St. Gallen
  • Summer tip:
    visit the St.Gallen Festspiele in the cloisters of the UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Autumn tip: 
    visit the famous abbey library which houses some 170,000 hand-written documents which are a thousand years old
  • Winter tip:
    visit the St.Gallen Christmas market boasting one of the most attractive selection of Christmas lights in Switzerland

Experiences in St. Gallen

Nature Museum St.Gallen

The exhibition invites visitors to actively explore the regional fauna and flora in seven thematic sections. The centrepiece is the biggest 3D relief map in Switzerland that represents the area from...

Art Museum St.Gallen close to Lake Constance

Art Museum St.Gallen

The Art Museum St.Gallen, with its attractive, temporary exhibitions of contemporary and modern art, enjoys international renown. As a treasure chest of eastern Switzerland, the museum houses an...

Historisches und Völkerkundemuseum St. Gallen in der Nähe vom Bodensee

Historical and Ethnological Museum, St.Gallen (HVM)

History of Art and Culture, Archaeology, Ethnology, and contemporary issues as well as Children's Museum offering exciting learning experiences. The Historical and Ethnological Museum provides...

Guided city tour in St. Gall close to Lake Constance

Guided tour of St.Gallen

The best way to experience St. Gallen is a 1 hour guided tour of the historic old town with its romantic alleyways. Or in order to explore the city on your own, we offer you an audio-visual city tour...

Events in St. Gallen

St. Gallen is the “Star City”

29. November until 24. December

Every year, the cultural capital of St.Gallen transforms into the City of 700 Stars in the month before Christmas. For four weeks starlight illuminates the old town of St.Gallen, creating a mystical...

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St. Gallen Festspiele

28. June until 12. 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...

Tours including St. Gallen

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

UNESCO World Heritage on Lake Constance

3-4 days
Lake Constance in winter

Culture, nature and pure relaxation in winter

6-7 days
Birnau abbey church at Lake Constance

A journey back in time to the Baroque era

4 days

Holiday offers including St. Gallen

Cathedral in St. Gall close to Lake Constance
from CHF232.50 per person

Contact address

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