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Top Choice Library in St Gallen


St Gallen’s abbey library is one of the world’s oldest and it's Switzerland's finest example of rococo architecture. Along with the rest of the Benedictine monastery, founded by St Gall in 612, the library forms a U…
Cathedral in St Gallen


St Gallen's twin-towered, mid-18th-century cathedral is only slightly less ornate than the world-famous Stiftsbibliothek library nearby. The cathedral features dark and stormy frescos and mint-green stucco embellish…
Gastronomy in St Gallen

Einstein Gourmet

Sebastian Zier and Moses Ceylan head up this Michelin-starred restaurant, elevating French cuisine with outstanding ingredients, originality and presentation panache. Courses are listed in the modern, ingredient-dri…
Swiss in St Gallen


Creaking with 500 years of personality, this late-medieval wine tavern houses a wood-panelled, candlelit restaurant that showcases all the typical Erststock-Beizli (1st-floor tavern) specialities, from bratwurst wit…
International in St Gallen


Floor-to-ceiling windows, slick, monochrome decor and a ceiling funkily lit like a night sky set the scene for market-fresh, season-driven cuisine at Candela. The chef's belief in local sourcing shines in creative d…
International in St Gallen

Wirtschaft Zur Alten Post

Things are a little ritzy at this upmarket but historical Beizl (tavern), where St Gallen specialities like fat veal sausages with rösti are complemented by more original creations such as baby monkfish with warm ve…
Music in St Gallen

St Galler Festspiele

Two-week outdoor opera season held in the square behind the cathedral.
Museum in St Gallen


St Gallen has long been an important hub of the Swiss textile industry, and this museum pays homage to that tradition. The collection brings together many centuries of textiles from all over the world – from fabrics…
Vietnamese in St Gallen


If you're tired of traditional Swiss grub, swing across to this nicely chilled, bistro-style Vietnamese restaurant. Go for a classic bowl of belly-warming pho bo (rice-noodle soup with beef, bamboo shoots and herbs)…
Church in St Gallen

St Laurenzen-Kirche

St Gallen’s cathedral gets all the attention, but this Protestant neo-Gothic church is also beautiful, with its mosaic-tiled roof, delicate floral frescos and star-studded ceiling resembling a night sky. Climb the t…