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    • Day24

      A few days in Switzerland

      February 2 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 41 °F

      Headed to the airport at the crack of dawn for a flight to Zurich. Met Klaus’s friends Stephan and Milar for lunch in the super charming town of Wil. Checked into Hotel Walhalla in St. Gallen, changed and headed to Jelena and Dalibor’s house for dinner. (They arranged to surprise Dennis, Jelena and the kids with us in Switzerland) Got carryout Thai food and had a nice evening with everyone. Next day woke up, walked around downtown St. Gallen and went to Dennis and Jelena’s for dinner. First time having raclette! Had fun playing with the grand kids before heading back to the hotel. Next morning we had breakfast packed up and went to the small town on Appenzell for lunch and walking around with everyone.Read more

      What a lovely family. [Martha]

      2/8/22Reply
      Traveler

      Such adorable little ones!

      2/10/22Reply
      Traveler

      ❤️

      2/13/22Reply
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    • Day1

      Beschenkt und inspiriert auf den Weg

      September 1 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Am Vorabend erlebte ich noch eine beflügelnde Veranstaltung in der Brache St.Fiden, einem lebendigen, bunten und ermutigenden Zwischennutzungsprojekt in St.Gallen. Genau solchen unkonventionellen Initiativen möchten wir auf unserer Reise auf die Spur kommen.
      Im Garten meines Elternhauses konnte ich die ersten Aepfel von meinem Bäumchen ernten; diese Aepfel und der weitere Segen aus Mutters Garten kommen mit ins Auto. Beim Abschiedsbesuch bei Therese im Freiburgischen haben wir die üppig wachsenden Krautstiele (Mangold) zu Capuns verarbeitet.
      Und schließlich hat das Blättern in Thereses Buch über die Kraniche uns wieder mit Reise-Inspirationen erfüllt. Auf geht's.
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    • Day212

      Swiss Nash Hash 2021

      July 31, 2021 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      After a prelube event in Ravensberg, Germany, we moved on over to St Gallen, Switzerland for Swiss Nash Hash. It was a most excellent event hosted by the Winterthur-Schaffhausen H3. The theme was "We Never Run Out of Up.". They certainly proved that on two trails, first on Friday evening, followed by a 17 km (10+ mile) main event on Saturday. Good food, good fun, and great to see so many old friends.Read more

    • Day2

      Mittagessen auf dem Land

      January 29 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

      Nach dem wunderbaren Nachtessen und dem langen Trail sind wir heute etwas faul. Auf dem Weg nach St. Gallen zu Guido entspannen wir uns auf einem Parkplatz bei Apero, Drohnenflug und einem Mittagsschläfchen.Read more

    • Day4

      Tag 4 // Enjoy

      September 6, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

      "Enjoy" heißt unser Hotel heute, für den Tag passt das nur so halb. Wir vorhergesagt hat sich der Wetter Trend fortgesetzt. Kühl und windig statt sonnig warm, dazu phasenweise starker Wind und fertig ist das Wohlfühlwetter.
      Glück hatten wir zumindest mit dem Regen, denn der hat uns verschont. Knapp scheint es gegen Ende gewesen zu sein, denn da sind wir auf nassen Straßen unterwegs gewesen, von oben kam jedoch nichts mehr runter.
      Nach einigen schönen Abfahrten war der Rheinfall bei Schaffhausen unser erster Stop. Der Weg dorthin führte ab der Schweizer Grenze über hervorragend ausgeschilderte Radwege. Bis auf ein fehlendes Schild hätten wir heute kaum eine Karte gebraucht. Das fehlende Schild hatte spürbare Auswirkungen, denn es verleitete uns unwissentlich auf eine für Räder gesperrte Landstraße. Ein äußerst freundlicher Motorrad Fahrer machte uns jedoch auf diesen Fehler aufmerksam und leitete uns zurück auf den richtigen Weg. Aber auch an Stellen wo der Radweg Straßen kreuzte hielten die Autos zumeist für uns an, so dass der Schweizer Verkehr einen positiven Eindruck hinterlässt.
      Von der umliegenden Landschaft haben wir leider nicht viel sehen können, zumiest hingen die Wolken tief und ergaben so ein trübes Gesamtbild.
      Bis Konstanz ging es fast durchgängig mit Blick auf das Wasser durch Obstbaum Plantagen. In Konstanz nutzen wir die Gunst der Stunde und setzen nochmal nach Deutschland über um ohne Währungsumrechung die Vorräte aufzufüllen bevor wir dann in schweizerischen Rorschach unser Quartier bezogen.
      Inzwischen regnet es wieder und wenn es doof läuft wird es bis morgen Abend nicht mehr aufhören. Insofern heißt es alle vorhandenen Kleider gut zu trocknen um im Tagesverlauf nochmal eine trockene zweite Garnitur nachlegen zu können. Wie weit es dann schlussendlich geht werden wir sehen, ein Zimmer ist noch nicht gebucht.
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      Ist das in Arvon? Gute Fahrt, drücke die Daumen für besseres Wetter! Grüße, Dr. Bob

      9/7/19Reply
      JaMa on Bikes

      Ja in Arbon, denke das meinst du. Der Tipp mit der Schweizer Seite war gut ;)

      9/7/19Reply
       
    • Day3

      Abbey of St. Gall and St. Gallen

      April 11 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

      Sankt Gallen is a town in eastern Switzerland that grew up around the Abbey of St. Gall. St. Gall, formerly Gallus, was originally from Ireland. He was one of the companions of Columbanus on his 7th century mission. He is said to have left the mission to set up his hermitage here. The Abbey grew up around the hermitage, and the town grew up around the Abbey.
      Most of these pictures are in and around the abbey. The 1st picture is the facade of the cathedral built on the location of the Abbey church looking across one of the exterior courtyards. The 2nd picture is the nave of the cathedral. The 3rd picture was a bit of a surprise. They call it the Corona Bible. It seems that during the pandemic, people took to copying sections of the scriptures. This text is a complications of lots of these comprising the entire Bible all in the original handwriting.
      The next 3 pictures are taken around the abbey that is a large complex of buildings.
      The 7th picture is in the abbey cellar which is a vaulted space. It has been set up as a museum of the history of the abbey. To the left is a model of the abbey church under construction.
      The 8th picture is the famous library of St. Gall. This is one of the oldest monastic libraries in the world and was an important center of learning and collection of knowledge in the middle ages. And it is a stunningly beautiful place.
      The last picture looks at a bit of the old town of St. Gallen.
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    • Day5

      Saint Gallen City / Abbey, SG

      February 10, 2020 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌬 6 °C

      Saint Gall

      The compact metropolis of eastern Switzerland between Lake Constance and Appenzellerland has a charming, traffic-free old town. Colourfully-painted oriel windows are a town feature. The Abbey precinct with the cathedral and Abbey Library has been accorded UNESCO World Heritage listing.

      St.Gallen’s most famous landmark is its Baroque cathedral with the Abbey Library, which houses some 170,000 documents – in part hand-written and over a thousand years old. The library probably also has Switzerland’s most beautiful Rococo hall. The entire Abbey precinct was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1983.

      The name and foundation of the town stem from the Irish missionary monk Gallus who founded a hermitage here around 612. From 747, the then St.Gallen monastery was already following Benedictine Rule, which required the contemplative study of books and accordingly also stipulated the presence of a library. In the Middle Ages, the town developed into an important hub of culture and education in Europe. Later, the St.Gallen embroideries attracted international recognition and brought prosperity to the town.

      St.Gallen is a university town with a focus on the economic sciences. The home town of the renowned «Mummenschanz» theatre group offers a varied cultural offering with theatres and museums. In summer, the romantic art-nouveau Dreilinden-Weiher open-air pool with its splendid views over the town attracts visitors to swim.

      The excellent location in the four-country corner Switzerland, Germany, Austria and the Principality of Liechtenstein make St.Gallen the best starting point for excursions into the Appenzellerland with the Säntis, and to Lake Constance. Whether by rail or bicycle, the cycling and inline paradise of Lake Constance can be reached quickly along the Lake Constance Cycle Path. The combination of rail ‘n’ bike allows captivating tours to be undertaken which cross national borders. For walkers, the ‘Bridge Trail’ which passes over 18 bridges in the Sittertobel near St.Gallen is an experience: much about the design and construction of bridges is learnt en route. A six-hour section of the ‘Route of St. James’ leads from Rorschach to Herisau via St.Gallen.

      The Voralpen-Express connects Lake Constance with Lucerne via St.Gallen in 2:45 hours. This 149-km-long transversal travelling across the foothills of the Alps is interesting from a technical rail viewpoint, but also impresses with stunning landscapes such as the Toggenburg, Lake Zurich, and hill moor of Rothenturm.

      Winter

      Located between Lake Constance and Appenzell with its famous library, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the traffic-free Old Town delights guests with brightly painted oriel windows, pretty boutiques and cosy cafés.

      Summer

      Located between Lake Constance and Appenzell with its famous library, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the traffic-free Old Town delights guests with brightly painted oriel windows, pretty boutiques and cosy cafés.

      Abbey of Saint Gall
      In St. Gallen you'll find history at every turn. The city's landmark is the Convent of St. Gall with its Baroque cathedral. The convent, including the library and monastery archives, was added to the Unesco World Heritage List in 1983.

      Even today, the spirit of the once active Benedictine monks is palpable when you enter the world famous Abbey Library, which also is called the Seelenapotheke (healing place of the soul).

      The abbey precinct with its magnificent Baroque cathedral forms a unique historical ensemble. The Abbey Library - with Switzerland's most beautiful non-ecclesiastical Baroque hall - now contains 170,000 books. 50,000 of these are housed in the Baroque hall, where the 2,700 year old Egyptian mummy Shepenese is also to be found. The heart of the Abbey Library collection consists of 2,100 manuscripts of which some are on display at each of the current exhibitions. The entire abbey was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1983.

      One striking feature of the old city is its many 16th to 18th century burgher houses with their splendid and often brightly painted bay windows. The city boasts a varied gastronomy with venues ranging from the traditional first-floor restaurants to the welcoming street cafes. Here you'll be tempted to linger and enjoy local and international specialities. The town is also an ideal starting point for hikes within the Appenzell and St. Gallen region.
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    • Day1

      Arrived in St Gallen!

      August 20, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

      My flat is really nice and well located. A girl called Josie is renting the second room and we have a large kitchen and sitting room which is great. I booked it on the way here and it was actually cheaper than the 6 bed hostel dorm in the city 🧐Read more

    • Day1

      Coffee in old, traditional "Kaffeehaus"

      August 20, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

      St Gallen is beautiful! My flat in the hills in the north is really nice and comfortable. I will head into the old town now to see the famous Abbey of St Gallen and then might head up to a wilderness park in the northRead more

      Traveler

      Hello Harry, where is this Kaffehaus in St. Gallen? Regards, Yvonne

      8/24/19Reply
       
    • Day13

      Appenzell

      June 8, 2018 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 21 °C

      Endlich angekommen in der Schaukäserei hatten wir erst einmal großen Hunger... es gab eine ganz leckere Käsesuppe 😋 danach gingen wir ins Museum - doch leider war auch heute der offizielle Teil - das Schaukäsen vorbei 😬.
      Aber das Museum war so interaktiv und interessant aufgebaut, dass es trotzdem viel Spaß machte.
      Zum Schluss konnten wir uns noch unsere eigene Kräutermischung kreieren aus Mandarinenminze, Zitronenmelisse, Majoran, Liebstöckel und Orangenthymian.
      Beeindruckend war auch der Blick auf 13.500 Käselaiber (ich hatte versucht, die Käse zu zählen und 11.450 geschätzt 😳).
      Sie werden von einem Roboter regelmässig gepflegt .... mit einem Arbeitsgang werden 5 Käse aus dem Regal herausgezogen, zum Wendeautomat gefahren, gewendet und wieder ins Regal zurückgeschoben.
      Auf dem Weg durchs Museum gab es auch eine Käsekostprobe von 5 verschiedenen Appenzeller Käsesorten 😋
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Sankt Gallen, St. Gallen, سانت غالن, Sankt-Galo, San Galo, Saint-Gall, San Gallo, Sanctogallum, 9000, Son Gagl, Санкт-Галлен, San Gallu

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