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St. Gallen

St. Gallen
St. Gallen
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By Air

St.Gallen has its own small airport Airport St.Gallen-Altenrhein near Lake of Constance, with regular flights to Vienna and other destinations.

By Train

St.Gallen is closely tied to the national Swiss Federal Railways network and has InterCity connections to Zurich and the Zurich International Airport every half an hour.St.Gallen is the hub for many private railways such as the Sudostbahn (SOB), connecting St.Gallen with Lucerne, the Appenzeller Bahnen with connections to Appenzell and the Trogenerbahn to Trogen which also serves as a tram in downtown.

By Bus

The town has a dense local bus transportation system operated by the VBSG, which is well established on the valley floor and less on the hills.As St.Gallen is located near the Appenzell mountain area it offers also many Postauto (post bus) connections.The agglomeration also has its own S-Bahn System (overground local trains).

By Road

The A1 motorway links St.Gallen with St.Margrethen, Zurich, Bern and Geneva.In 1987 the city motorway was opened which conveys the traffic through two tunnels (Rosenberg and Stefanshorn) almost directly below the city center.

Key places to visit
Collegiate Church of St. Gallen, Abbey Library of St. Gallen, Theater St. Gallen, Peter and Paul Wild Park, St. Gallen Open Air Festival, St. Gallen Children's Festival, Pantalla Latina, St. Gallen Symposium


Places to Visit

Collegiate Church of St. Gallen

is a Roman Catholic church in the city of St. Gallen in Switzerland.It serves the Diocese of St. Gallen as a cathedral and was since it was built 1755-1766 bis 1805, the church of the monastery of St. Gall.The Collegiate Church was together with its abbey in 1983 as a UNESCO world heritage added to the list of protected World Heritage values.The initiative to rebuild the abbey church is the 18th Century when the old church of the monastery of St. Gall, the ninth in the core of the Century came disrepair was.Based on the plans of Gabriel Loser and Johann Caspar Bagnato led Peter Thumb from 1755-1757, the nave and the rotunda.The demolition of the old building began on 2 May 1755, the foundation stone for the new building was held on 29 August 1756 under Abbot Celestine Gugger of Staudach place in the already partially completed shell.

Abbey Library of St. Gallen

is the monastery library of the former Benedictine Abbey of St. Gall.This arose from the cell, the Irish monk St. Gallus to 612 in the upper valley of the Steinach founded.The Abbey Library of St. Gallen is the oldest library in Switzerland and one of the largest and oldest monastery libraries in the world.It has 2100 manuscripts, 1650 incunabula (printed works to 1500) and early printed books (published 1501-1520) and about 160,000 books.In 1983 the library was combined with the Convent of St. Gallen in the UNESCO World Heritage Site was added.The number of manuscripts in the monastery of St. Gall grew constantly.The oldest, 850-880 resulting catalog of the main library records, divided by subject, with 294 entries total of 426 titles.To these were added a school and a church library and private book collections.

Theater St. Gallen

The Theater St. Gallen is a performing arts center for opera, musical, ballet and theatre in St. Gallen, Switzerland and considered to be the oldest professional theatre in Switzerland.The current building was designed by the Swiss architect Claude Paillard and inaugurated with Beethoven's Fidelio on March 15, 1968.The building houses two stages, the larger one allows 742 persons and the studio 100 persons to attend.Each year about 20 new productions are introduced.Among them in 2009, the theater featured the world premiere of The Count of Monte Cristo, a musical by Frank Wildhorn.The theatre's 390 annual performances are seen by about 140,000 attendees.

Peter and Paul Wild Park

is on the hill Rose hill northeast of St. Bile in the neighborhood Rotmonten.He belongs to an important recreation area of the city.The wildlife park is home to several predominantly domestic animal species such as ibex, lynx, deer, wild boars, marmots etc.Admission is free and possible at any time.The park includes a restaurant with large terrace It is owned by the local civil parish of St. Gallen.In the 90 years of the 20th Century was the attempt to create an enclosure for bears to years of political and financial debate failed.The bears would be the city whose emblem he has been given.

St. Gallen Open Air Festival

is one of the oldest and largest open-air festivals of Switzerland.It is the only major Swiss festival, which took place without interruption since its founding in 1977.It is held annually on the last weekend of June in Sittertobel at St. Bile instead.The OpenAir St. Gallen with 96,000 admissions in 2007 was the second largest behind Swiss-German Openair Frauenfeld (100,000) and ahead of Gampel (75,000).The founder of OpenAir St.Gallen festival called Freddi "Gagi" violinist.At that time hobby clubs and organizer of concerts Gagi and his colleagues want to create, especially for the regional and Swiss bands a platform. They are fascinated by the idea of peaceful community experience and want to allow the audience to experience this in a nice area in the camp is possible.In the tent city there will be loud Gagi opportunity for deepening, talk, learn to know each other.

St. Gallen Children's Festival

is a colorful ceremony in the Swiss city of St. Gallen.It takes place every three years since 1824.At the children's festival the school children of urban school buildings draw in festive costumes in a parade through town to the children's party place in order to perform various performances.On the big meadow above the town gather each with more than 30,000 people.The festival was in the list of living traditions in Switzerland included.Today is the feast in the regular rhythm of every three years towards the end of the school year (May-June).The next execution is scheduled in summer 2012 exception only after four years since 2011 in St. Gallen the Swiss music festival was held.

Pantalla Latina

is the Latin American Film Festival in St. Bile, which since 2009 is held each year in November.The "Pantalla" (canvas) shows current movies and short films from Latin America in the original version and for the first time in Eastern Switzerland.Program to be documentaries, comedies, dramas included but also controversial films that make a contribution to political debate and contemporary Latin American culture.The audience votes on the short films in a competition to win one for the price.

St. Gallen Symposium

is an annual symposium on the campus of the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland which brings together distinguished leaders from business, science and politics as well as some of the most talented youngsters from around the world.They come together to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing the world in the fields of management, the entrepreneurial environment and the interfaces between business, politics and society.The St. Gallen Symposium is organised by the International Students Committee (ISC) St. Gallen a non-profit student initiative at the University of St. Gallen.The first International Management Symposium took place in May 1970.

Right Time to Visit

April - July