St. Gallen

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    • Day 3

      Abbey of St. Gall and St. Gallen

      April 11, 2022 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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    • Day 10

      St-Gaal et Rheinfal

      July 4 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      Aujourd’hui, visite du village de St-Gaal, plus précisément de l’Abbaye et sa majestueuse bibliothèque (cherchez des images sur Google, vous comprendrez). La cathédrale était magnifique, l’orgue immense jouait lorsque nous l’avons visitée.

      Nous avons ensuite visité le musée à l’intérieur de l’abbaye où se trouvaient d’anciens artefacts de la ville (St-Gaal s’y serait établi au 7e siècle), clés de voûtes, livres anciens (certains de plus de 1000 ans). Nous avons ensuite enfilé des pantoufles de feutre afin de visiter la bibliothèque impressionnante. Une architecture superbe, des boiseries travaillées aux planchers de bois à motifs, des livres du plancher au plafond, de très vieux globes terrestres (avant l’arrivée des Européens en Amérique), un sarcophage et sa momie, bref, de quoi satisfaire ma famille de curieux.

      Nous avons ensuite repris le train jusqu’à Rheinfal pour aller voir les chutes du Rhin. Des très belles chutes avec une eau turquoise dans un décor enchanteur. Un petit musée rigolo, une belle promenade et hop, on reprend le train pour revenir à la maison. On a arrêté en chemin pour manger dans un petit fast-food de gare quand même très bon. Ça faisait du bien au niveau prix aussi, car les restos sont très chers en ville.
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    • Day 21


      July 15 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Der letzter Stopp auf unserem Rückweg nach Deutschland war im schönen St. Gallen bei Flo und Claudia. Nach einem überragendem Essen aus dem heissen Shabu-Shabu Topf, gab es für uns noch eine heisse Dusche und dann ging es ins Bett.Read more

    • Day 5

      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.


      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.


      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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    • Day 1

      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

    • Day 1

      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

    • Day 1

      Los gehts!

      December 1, 2022 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 3 °C

      Eure Kinder werden sich später nicht an das Zeugs erinnern, das ihr ihnen gekauft habt. Sie werden sich an die Zeit erinnern, die ihr gemeinsam hattet.

      In diesem Sinne packen wir unsere Sachen und machen uns auf den Weg nach Südostasien.Read more

    • Day 18

      Saint Gallen

      July 20, 2020 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Baroque à souhait, Saint Gallen change des villes médiévales que nous avons visitées depuis le début du voyage. Son abbaye possède une remarquable et très riche bibliothèque, autant pour son contenu que pour son contenant. Chaussons obligatoires pour fouler le parquet !Read more

    • Day 212

      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

    • Day 16

      St. Gallen

      July 11, 2017 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

      We arrive at St. Gallen after driving across the Alps to check in at our first Air BnB. Toni chose well here with a comfortable apartment close to the centre of town and Toni's cousin Raphaella. We had dinner with Raphaella and her family with lots of conversation and planning a activities for the next couple of days. It was quite late by the time we got to bed after what had been a long day.

      The next day, Martina, Raphaella's daughter had the day planned out for us. Together with her family we had brunch in the town centre and then a tour the town. St. Gallen is very picturesque place. The town while modern is at the same time very traditional architecturally and has one of the nicest cathedrals I have seen. From the town centre we visited the very taditional Swiss town of Appenzell. This is a quaint village with its own brewery and cheese factory. All set amongst rolling green hills, cows with tall grey mountains as a backdrop.

      Later in the day we visited Lake Bodence to the north of St. Gallen, which forms the border between Switzerland and Germany. It has a very nicely developed forshore with parks and avenues of trees. The lake supports all kinds of water activities but was quite choppy when we were there.

      The next place we visited was a parkland in the hills behind the city, providing a complete view of St. Gallen below it. The park is a forest setting with a series of 3 cascading lakes that have been set up for swimming, water polo and diving. This a a really good setup for all the locals to use.

      Lastly we noticed what appeared to be many little huts amongst what looked like flower and vegetable gardens. This was correct. Most people live in apartments without land, so the council rents out tracts of land for any residents prepared to pay a small yearly fee to have access to grow their own fruit, vegetables. One of Carmelo's friends showed us around and allowed us to try some of his fresh veggies. It was amazing to see some of these little gardens.

      Everywhere you looked there was a photo to be taken with every scene that could be a post card. A genuinely pretty place with a good balance between a modern town a traditional town and a country ambience.
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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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