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Travel – Sankt Gallen, in the north eastern part of Switzerland

Sankt Gallen or St. Gallen , which means Saint-Gall in French, is in the north eastern part of Switzerland. It is the capital of Canton of St. Gallen in Switzerland. It is a seventh century hermitage of Irish monk, Saint Gall. The hermitage is located at the river Steinach and was built in 612. It is in a valley around 700 meters (2,300ft) above sea level and is considered the highest cities in Switzerland. It is a large urban agglomeration with 160,000 inhabitants in it today. It represents the center of eastern Switzerland and is known for its economic base.
The Abbey of St. Gall a UNESCO World Heritage Site is the main attractions of the city. The city library contains books which belong to the 9th century. The transport of the city links to Germany, Austria and to the rest of the country. It is also the gate to the Appenzell Alps. It snows in winter here. The town is situated between Lake Constance and the mountains of the Appenzell Alps.
This town has been the member of the Swiss Federation since1803. The official language spoken here is German. Its land area is of the Size 2026 km².
It is a traffic-free old town. The special feature of this town is its Colorfully-painted oriel windows. In the UNESCO World Heritage listing, the Abbey precinct with the cathedral and Abbey Library has been entered.

• Public City-Tours May until October
• Classic tour incl. visit at the Abbey Library and Textile Museum: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday in July and August daily.
• Theme tours:Tuesday (only in German).
• OLMA, the traditional Swiss Fair for Agriculture and Nutrition in autumn.

Musical events
• The symphony orchestra St. Gallen: The symphony concerts are performed at the city theater and in the city concert hall.
• St. Gallen Open Air Festival takes place in the nearby sitter valley the first weekend in July. During the summer open air opera are performed.
• St. Gallen is also home of the Nordklang Festival which takes place in February.

Places to see
• Abbey precinct with cathedral and Abbey Library – These are in the UNESCO World Heritage listing and are the landmark of the town. This library includes 140,000 documents, which are a thousand years old. The library contains books which belong to the 9th century.
• Old town – This town is charming and traffic-free where shopping and strolling are done. The typical features are the burgher houses. The special feature of this town is its Colorfully-painted oriel windows that date from the 16th to 18th century; excellent gastronomy.
• New Art Gallery – It is a venue for contemporary art, international and regional projects. It is not a museum as understood.
• St. Gallen Art Gallery: It comprises of national and international modern art.
• ‘Schoggiland’ – Maestrani chocolate factory in Flawil.
• Textile museum & library – The textile museum includes the historical laces, embroidery and cloth embroideries from Switzerland and abroad which date back from the 14th to 20th century.
• Abtwil Säntispark –It is a leisure and water park with wave pool, water slide, brine baths and sauna village.
• Beer bottle museum; It is located at the Schützengarten brewery which is the oldest brewery in Switzerland.
• Santis – It is a viewpoint at 2502 meters in the Alpstein rambling paradise. One can enjoy the spectacular views of the ‘Alpenkranz’ (crown of Alps) and into 6 countries (cableway from Schwägalp).
• Theater St. Gallen: It is a modern and an extravagant building where operas, operettas, ballet, musicals and plays are performed.
• The Historical and ethnographical museum: This museum has several collections of regional early history, city history, folk art, cultural history as well ethnographical collections from all over the world.
• The Trogenerbahn is a connection from St. Gallen to great hiking trails in Speicher and Trogen.
• The other places to see are the reformed church of St. Laurenzenkirche, the Catholic Parish church of St. Maria Neudorf, the Cantonal library and archives, the Art and Natural History museum, the Museum in Lagerhaus and the Cantonal archive, Drei Weieren and nouveau-bath houses.
• In the city, the main train station, main post office, University of St. Gallen, Cantonal School, City Theatre and the towers Lokremise with Wasserturm and the Tröckneturm and Wildlife park Peter and paul, City park at the theater and Cantonal school park are worth seeing.
• The city has a Concert hall where a grand art nouveau style of concertslike classsic, symphony, and jazz are performed.

How to get there

• By plane: St. Gallen has its own small airport Airport St. Gallen-Altenrhein and the closest international airport to St. Gallen is Zurich International Airport. There are direct trains to St. Gallen from the airport. They run twice every one hour. The other alternative airports are the St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport which connects to Vienna and the Bodensee-Airport Friedrichshafen.
• By train: There are trains between St. Gallen and Zurich. The travel time is 1h10min. The train station of St. Gallen is 500m from the old town. To get to Munich, the Eurocity from Zurich stops at Saint Gallen. There are many local train lines running to Appenzell and Trogen.
• By Bus: From the train station there are many buses and Postbuses to get around St.Gallen.
• Get around: Inside the town, one can take VBSG buses that connect to the part of the city. Taxis are present near the train station and along Marktplatz in the old town. Since the place is traffic-free, one can travel even by foot.
• Bike rental is available at the train station, but check the opening hours before planning a trip.
• By car: The A1 motorway links St. Gallen with St. Margrethen, Zürich, Berne and Geneva.

Best time to visit / climate:

The best time to visit is in summer that is around June to august. This time will match with the weather and the events mostly. All the activities can be best enjoyed at this time along with visiting and touring the place.

Location on Google Maps:

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Directions from Zurich to Sankt Gallen on Google Maps:

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Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

• Tripadvisor (hotels, restaurants)
• http://www.holidaycityeurope.com/stgallenhotels/
• http://www.hotels-and-more.ch/en/sankt-gallen/sankt-gallen/

Blogs / Sites about Sankt Gallen:

• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Gallen
• http://wikitravel.org/en/St._Gallen
• http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Tourism-g188068-St_Gallen-Vacations.html
• http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-city/Switzerland/St.%20Gallen/tpod.html
• http://news.esadeblogs.com/tag/st-gallen/

Images and photos of Sankt Gallen

Google Image Search
• http://www.infohub.com/pictures/images_st_gallen_4259.html
• http://goeurope.about.com/cs/switzerland/a/st_gallen_sw.htm
• http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Europe/Switzerland/East/Sankt_Gallen/
• http://www.galenfrysinger.com/switzerland_st_gallen.htm
• http://www.fotosearch.com/photos-images/st-gallen.html
• http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/LocationPhotos-g188068-St_Gallen.html

Videos of Sankt Gallen

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St. Gallen Sights on Youtube:

University of St. Gallen on Youtube:

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