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St. Gallen

St. Gallen

St. Gallen is the metropolis of eastern Switzerland, situated between the Appenzell and Lake Constance. 

The city was founded around a Benedictine abbey in 720. From the 10th century, the city became a glowing cultural and intellectual example until the Reform stifled its growth. Today, with its unique baroque-like architecture, the city still harbours some of the buildings that made it famous such as the cathedral or the library of the abbey. 

St. Gallen is the home of the embroidery and cotton industries in Switzerland and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the heart of the old town, artisanal businesses and many restaurants are a delight to explore. During the summer, St. Gallen is the starting point of numerous excursions as it is situated at a crossroads between Switzerland, Germany, Liechtenstein and Austria. 

As an important cultural centre for many centuries, the city has conserved its heritage thanks to many museums and the restoration of its medieval landmarks. 

Photos credit: ©Swiss Tourism


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