St. Gallen – World Heritage city in the four-country border region.
Against the impressive backdrop of the Alpstein massif and the Säntis, close to idyllic Lake Constance, and situated in the four-country border region that includes Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein, is the historical town of St. Gallen. This metropolis of Eastern Switzerland is just one hour’s drive from Zurich and is ideal for excursions to the mountains, the lake or the neighbouring countries. However, it is not just its unique location that makes St. Gallen a popular holiday destination. An important town in Eastern Switzerland, it stands out due to its unique abbey district too, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1983. Admire the original monastery plan from the 9th century in the new exhibition room.
St. Gallen is also impressive thanks to the old town with its winding alleys and decorated bay windows, cosy cafés, exciting museums, theatres and festivals. These perfectly encompass the traditional and the modern, archaic customs and high-tech, and therefore make St. Gallen a first-class cultural town. The rural environment also has plenty to offer: enjoy an unforgettable trip on one of the theme boats on Lake Constance, cool off in the historical bathing hut in Rorschach. You might also wish to replenish your energies in the countryside, discovering the beauty spots in the nearby excursion area and wine region of the Rhine Valley.
Thomas Kirchhofer, Director of Tourism, St. Gallen – Lake Constance Tourism