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

Kulturmuseum St.Gallen

Culture Museum St.Gallen

The Culture Museum’s interesting exhibitions address art and culture, archaeology, ethnology and contemporary issues. A children’s museum also provides exciting learning experiences.

Textilmuseum St. Gallen

Textilmuseum St. Gallen

The Textile Museum St.Gallen houses one of the most important textile collections in Switzerland. Fabrics and embroideries from all over the world, pattern books, design drawings and photographs...

Art Museum St.Gallen close to Lake Constance | © Daniel Ammann

Art Museum St.Gallen

A treasure chest of eastern Switzerland, the St.Gallen Art Museum houses an abundant collection of paintings and sculptures from the Late Middle Ages to the present. With its attractive, temporary...

Events in St. Gallen

St. Gallen – The City of Stars

St. Gallen – The City of Stars

30. November 2023 until 06. January 2024

During Advent, St. Gallen once again becomes the atmospheric "Swiss City of the Stars". Around 700 stars are shining on the night sky of St.Gallen during advent, bathing it in a magical light.

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St.Gallen Festspiele

23. June until 07. 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

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Lake Constance City Hopping

1-3 days
Birnau abbey church at Lake Constance

Travelling through Baroque Heaven at Lake Constance

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

Treasures of the Past at Lake Constance

5 days

Contact address

St. Gallen-Bodensee Tourismus, Bankgasse 9, 9000 St.Gallen, Switzerland