Known by many fashion lovers for its buoyant textile industry (St. Gallen produces embroidery for a wealth of international designers), this petite and perfectly formed town has charm in spades. From its renowned ornate bay windows ‘orioles’, which used to signify people’s wealth, to stunning historical buildings, there are an abundance of gems waiting to be found around each corner.
Must-see architectural wonders in St. Gallen include: The Abbey Cathedral of St Gallen, a Baroque masterpiece, the 15th century Church of St. Lawrence, and the Abbey Library of Saint Gall, a UNESCO World Heritage site. If more modern architecture is your thing, then ensure you visit the Pfalz of St. Gallen, home of the cellar vaults, which were converted into unique meeting rooms in 1999 by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The entrance features a spectacular modern gate with a large curved arch, that's simply screaming for an Instagram photo.
When it comes time to retire for the evening, if you're looking for a unique place that won't break the bank, stay at Hotel Vadian, a budget hotel that gives its proceeds to support its care home for those less fortunate.
With so much to see and do, one thing's for certain, you'll be spoilt for choice in this magical town!
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Key dates to visit:
The International Buskers Festival (featuring contemporary street arts): 12-13 May 2017
St. Gallen Festival (arts festival): 2017 dates TBC
St. Gallen Open Air Festival (outdoor music festival): 29 Jun- 2 July
*During my visit I was hosted by the Tourist Board of Lake Constance and Hotel Vadian