St. Gallen typifies the baroque beauty and natural splendour synonymous with serene Swiss cities. The antique beauty of the Old Town is enhanced by the impressive mountain perimeter, while legendary landmarks dramatically punctuate the cityscape. A vibrant and vivacious atmosphere exudes from the population of St. Gallen’s prestigious university, injecting a youthful energy into the gastronomic and social scene. Due to its strategic location amidst Austria, Germany and Liechtenstein, the city enjoys a cosmopolitan culture that becomes most prominent in its food and culture; excellent exhibitions present artistic pioneers while refined and rustic restaurants serve signature specialities inspired by the region.
Undoubtedly the city’s most legendary landmark, the Covent of St. Gall is a beautifully baroque example of world-class architecture. Backed by the dramatic and dazzling structure of the Cathedral, the abbey is shrouded in rich history that principally derives from its renowned library, home to 170,000 ancient books and an almost 3,000 Egyptian mummy. The abbey is hailed as a healing place for the soul so ensure you spend a consecrated afternoon wandering the confines.
Intricate and intriguing, the aesthetically delightful collection of exhibits at the Museum of Textiles takes visitors on a journey through centuries and styles. Highlights of the 30,000 strong collections include fabric from Egyptian graves sites and delicate embroideries from the 14th century. Exhibits pay homage to the importance of textiles in the context of St. Gallen’s industrial prosperity.
Sample the creative and cosmopolitan cuisine of this stunning Swiss city with a visit to Zur alten Post, a restaurant that seamlessly combines the rustic and the refined. Nestled in the historic heart of St. Gallen’s atmospheric Old Town, the restaurant boasts a cosy and charismatic atmosphere that is complimented by delectable dishes inspired by a rich regional heritage. (Gallusstrasse 4, St. Gallen 9000, Switzerland)