St Gallen may be named after an Irish monk but it is one of the prettiest cities in Switzerland. A few weeks ago I packed my passport and hopped on the train for the 2.5-hour ride across to the eastern side of the country. With 73,000 people St Gallen is the 8th largest city in Switzerland, but the old town is compact and manageable for walking around. Perfect for exploring the hidden corners and admiring the beautiful Oriel windows.
Munich has Oktoberfest, St Gallen has Olma, the huge agriculture and countryside fair. It runs for 11 days, this year starting on 11 October, and is possibly most famous for having its own Bratwurst. If giant sausages aren’t your thing or you don’t like big crowds, then wait for a week or two before heading east.
Until then I thought I’d give you a glimpse of one of the best cities in Switzerland, so here’s a little photo tour of my favourite bits – starting with the Unesco-protected abbey (pictured above) at the heart of the city.