A photo tour of St Gallen

October 10, 2012, 4 Comments

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.

Inside the Abbey

Carved Oriel window

City centre shutters

A window for bear lovers

The Red District

The handsome train station

The world on his shoulders

4 Comments on "A photo tour of St Gallen"

  1. Veronica Thursday November 15th, 2012 at 02:34 AM · Reply

    How is it, walking this carpeted streets? Is it not very red?

    • Diccon Bewes Thursday November 15th, 2012 at 11:37 AM · Reply

      It is very red!!

  2. Chuck Bumpilori Friday January 18th, 2013 at 02:40 AM · Reply

    Wonderful City!!

  3. Wellness Monday August 12th, 2013 at 05:55 AM · Reply

    Yes, I’ve visited St. Gallen during my recent trip to Switzerland in August 2013. The St. Gallen Cathedral is very beautiful with its elaborate wood carvings and painting on the ceiling ! But the altar section was under renovation so I didn’t get a chance to see the complete structures. But your picture presented above has provided me an idea on how it looks like. I attended the Sunday mass there on the day of my visit. My visit to the city was on a Sunday so the streets were empty and pretty quiet. It’s best to go around by foot. But I wasn’t able to go to The Red District.

    Each city in Switzerland has its own charm so it’s pretty difficult to compare and say that one city is better than the other. Each city is unique and stands on its own.

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