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St. Gallen-Lake Constance Inspirations


Contents Welcome to Eastern Switzerland


Our transport network: tightly interwoven and comprehensive. 5 Enjoy your stay to the fullest!


World cultural heritage and churches


Culture and museums


The textile Region of Eastern Switzerland 


Old town and city life


Be seduced by St. Gallen on a city tour


Rorschach and Altstätten city tours


Gastronomy, cuisine, night life




Special events


The wild side of the region


Fun, pleasure and countryside culture


Hiking and walking


Rorschach, the Mediterranean port city 


Forum Würth Rorschach 


The Rhine Valley – the valley of discovery


25 good reasons to enjoy Rhine Valley wine


Altenrhein, Rheineck, St. Margrethen and Altstätten


Welcome to “Four-Nations Corner”


St. Gallen – Star City


Eastern Switzerland in winter


Event Highlights 2014/2015


Map of the Lake Constance region


Map of St. Gallen


Map of Rorschach


Map of Altstätten


The contact addresses marked with the numbers




refer to the map on the cover. Imprint Publisher: St. Gallen-Bodensee Tourismus, 9001 St. Gallen Design: E,T&H Werbeagentur AG BSW, 9401 Rorschach Photo: Daniel Ammann, 9000 St. Gallen; Roland Gerth, 9425 Thal; kurzschuss photography gmbh, Damian Imhof, 9042 Speicher; Christof Sonderegger, 9424 Rheineck; SHOT media, Daniel Marc Frei, 9008 St. Gallen; Tobias Schmid und Sohn, 9442 Berneck; Ernst Schär, 9016 St. Gallen; Alan Meier, 8005 Zürich; Further pictures made available; Printing: Ostschweiz Druck AG, 9300 Wittenbach; Printed in Switzerland

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Grüezi! A hearty welcome to the St. Gallen-Lake Constance region, a world away from everyday life, in the quadrangle between Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein. Enjoy our region with all of your senses: Feel the Lake Constance wind on your skin. Enjoy the cheerful hustle and bustle and the marvellous culture in the historic city centre of St. Gallen. Marvel at the magnificent Alpine panorama on the peak of the Säntis Mountain and discover picturesque villages that have been pampered by nature and history.

You can find us here.









Luzern Bern



Genf Lugano

 Zürich



 Konstanz Romanshorn Rorschach Altenrhein FL St.Gallen




Appenzell Vaduz


Luzern Voralpen-Express Appenzeller Bahnen SBB


> Zürich 60 min 60 min

> Altenrhein 20 min 35 min

> Friedrichshafen 60 min 95 min

> Stuttgart 150 min 220 min

> München 150 min 190 min

> Innsbruck 140 min 250 min

> Salzburg 225 min 420 min

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Jackpot? Swiss Casinos! Admission to Swiss Casinos St. Gallen is free of charge. We’re open from 12:00 pm to 3:00 am (4:00 am on weekends). You must be 18 years old and carry a valid government-issued form of identification (ID, passport or driver‘s license). We ask our guests to dress smartly (gentlemen with collar) in keeping with the ambiance of the casino.

St. Jakob Strasse 55 9000 St. Gallen

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Our transport network: tightly interwoven and comprehensive. In the St. Gallen-Lake Constance region, you benefi t from a tightly meshed transport network with attractive timetables. Long-distance connections are optimally scheduled to slot in with the local train and bus network. Enjoy the view from on board as you travel between St. Gallen, Lake Constance and Säntis!

“Euregio Bodensee” day pass If you want to take cross-border journeys in the Lake Constance region, you may want to buy the “Euregio Bodensee” day pass. This allows you to travel throughout Switzerland (St. Gallen – Appenzell Vorderland – Lake Con stance), Austria (Feldkirch – Lake Constance) and southern Germany (Lindau – Friedrichshafen – Ravensburg).

The Rorschach-Heiden mountain railway will whisk you away on a panoramic journey from Lake Constance to the Appenzell region.

“Ostwind” – climb aboard and enjoy! The “Ostwind” common system of fares offers a straightforward zone-tariff system for journeys in the cantons of St. Gallen, Thurgau, and Appenzell Ausserrhoden and Innerrhoden. With an Ostwind ticket you can travel within the selected zones for the duration of the ticket’s validity using any type of public transport. The Ostwind area comprises 27 transport companies with a route network covering 2700 km, all sharing a common price system. The straightforward zone-tariff system applies for all journeys by train and bus within the Ostwind area. You can use all the available rail and bus services as often as you like within the zones you have paid for and as long as the ticket is valid.

Variety guaranteed On the Ostwind and individual journeys, you can experience the full range of our public transport offering. With fast, modern trains and a well-developed local rail system, the SBB (Swiss Federal Railways) ensures quick, convenient connections within our region and further afi eld to cities in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. The SOB (South Eastern Railway) will take you from Romanshorn on Lake Constance to Lucerne in central Switzerland – passing through the heart of the fairytale landscapes of Thurgau, Toggenburg and the cantons of inner Switzerland. A particular highlight is the AB (Appenzell Railway), which connects the city of St. Gallen to the entire Appenzell region, providing an endless variety of travel experiences.

Contact addresses (Schweizerische Bundesbahnen) (Verkehrsbetriebe der Stadt St. Gallen)

Lots of discounted travel options For occasional single journeys, the individual ticket is ideal. When purchasing a multi-journey ticket with six validation boxes, you save 8%. The day pass is most suited to return journeys on the same route. Six day passes are available on a multi-day pass with an 8% discount.

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Pioneering spirit and tradition of international reputation

Eastern Switzerland is internationally renowned for its textile tradition and its special expertise in this sector. ■ Ideas for trips and presents

Textile hotels Radisson Blu Hotel★★★★S, St.Gallen

The offering of «Textilland Ostschweiz» opens the doors to Eastern Switzerland’s rich textile legacy.

Einstein St.Gallen★★★★S, Hotel Congress Spa

■ Sleep in textile dreams In cooperation with the founding members of «Textilland Ostschweiz» – all prestigious textile companies – leading hotels in Eastern Switzerland offer special textile surprises and special «Textilland» rooms, which are furnished with hand-chosen textiles.

Schloss Wartegg, Rorschacherberg

■ Bookable as package Starting at CHF 135.00 (€ 112.00) per person, the package includes: the accomodation (breakfast included) in a Textile room, entrance fee to the Textile museum St.Gallen, a small Textile present, a guided tour with an iGuide and, if booked online at or, a guided city tour through the historic centre as a present.

Hotel Heiden★★★★ Hotel Hof Weissbad★★★★S, Weissbad/Appenzell Grand Resort Bad Ragaz★★★★★, Bad Ragaz Hotel Vadian★★, St.Gallen Best Western Hotel Walhalla★★★★, St.Gallen OBERWAID Kurhaus & Medical Center, St.Gallen

Hotel Uzwil★★★★

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Enjoy your stay to the fullest! In the St. Gallen-Lake Constance region, you can find an attractive range of ­accommodation – from simple cottages to luxurious business hotels. Find and book the accommodation you want easily and conveniently at

Overnight stays with lots of extras St. Gallen-Lake Constance Tourism offers you a variety of accommodation with interesting additional services. We would be happy to advise you – in person, over the phone or via the web. With every booking via, you will receive free participation in a guided tour of the old town as a gift from us. Unadulterated theatre pleasure Your next trip to the theatre in St. Gallen will be as easy as can be. Simply tell us what show you want to see and we will organise the ticket for you as well as overnight accommodation in your preferred hotel category. Fun across four nations Discover the “four-nation” region around Lake Constance with the BodenseeErlebniskarte privilege card and take advantage of countless free extras and discounts. “Soul-soother” – the cultural city experience Let your soul be soothed in the city of books and learning. Visit the world-famous cathedral and the Abbey Library, known as the “pharmacy of the soul”. You can discover further cultural highlights in the superb St. Gallen Museum. And don’t miss the heavenly hot chocolate in the Chocolaterie am Kosterplatz.

tiles. Then visit the world-renowned Textile Museum to find out why St. Gallen is truly a cut above when it comes to textiles. Cosmic magic in St. Gallen Experience the atmosphere of St. Gallen during Ad­vent: Among insiders, St. Gallen is known as a great place to be at Christmas. And rightly so: We have one of the biggest illuminated Christmas trees in Switzerland – directly against the backdrop of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, a delightful little Christmas market and lots of special Christmas events. Another high point is the uni­ que, breathtakingly beautiful star illuminations, which can be seen in St. Gallen’s streets and squares. ... and much, much more We also offer attractive accommodation options with tickets for regional large-scale events such as the Military Tattoo, the St. Gallen Festspiele outdoor opera or the Sand Sculpture Festival.

All from a single source and at the lowest price! All the offers presented on this page and more can be arranged directly through us:

Where textile dreams become a reality – even at night! St. Gallen is known throughout the world as a city of textiles. Chanel, Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani and other big designers source lace from St. Gallen. Major fashion shows in Paris, Milan or New York display haute couture to which St. Gallen has also made a significant contribution. Experience the “city of textiles” that is St. Gallen up close with our special “Textile Package”: Stay overnight in a special room furnished using selected St. Gallen tex-

· Book at · The broadest range of hotels and holiday rentals in the region · Best-price guarantee We look forward to hearing from you, either in person, over the phone or via the internet! Best-price guarantee and a free city tour as a gift with all online bookings of hotels and arrangements.

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Heaven and earth. United in one room. The world-famous St. Gallen Globe combines depictions of the heavens and the earth on the same sphere. And it is just one of the fascinating assets of our ancient abbey library.

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Our straightness can be felt here already from the outside. The University of St. Gallen, one of the leading business universities in Europe: over 7000 responsible, entrepreneurial individuals are educated here for the economy and for society, who later will hopefully be just as straight as the city of their education.

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We don’t make a drama out of our World Heritage Site, we’d rather perform an opera. Once a year the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the middle of St. Gallen’s Abbey district changes from a cultural highlight into a backdrop. During the St. Gallen Festspiele festival it acts as a fascinating stage for enthralling operas at the Klosterhof or stirring dance shows in the Cathedral.

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A Mediterranean climate without the Mediterranean. With mountains and valleys to boot. The picture-perfect municipality of Thal is known as “the village of vines�. A mild Mediterranean climate has turned the area’s majestic Hausberg mountain into an imposing vineyard, which offers both excellent grape varieties and a sensational view over Lake Constance.

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World cultural heritage and churches St. Gallen’s history, with its monastic displays of splendour and evidence of medieval, civic pride and economic boom, are visible at every turn.

The Abbey Precinct, with its splendid baroque cathedral and the Abbey Library, constitutes a unique historic ensemble, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Cathedral The former Abbey Church and present-day cathedral, which is a work of the late baroque era, was built between 1755 and 1767. This monumental sacred building with its impressive dual tower facade has an interior of equal magnificence.

Abbey Library In the Abbey Library, one of Switzerland’s most beautiful rococo halls, you can marvel at 170 000 printed books and furthermore some examples of the 2 000 original medieval handwritten manuscripts that are displayed in temporary exhibitions. More than 400 volumes are a thousand years or older. Municipal Church of St. Laurence The Reformed Protestant Church of St. Laurence, which was built from 1850 to 1854, is a listed building and is considered to be an architectural monument of national importance. During the Reformation, St. Laurence was regarded as the mother church of the Reformed Protestant citizens. From the tower of St. Laurence you can enjoy magnificent views over the city of St. Gallen.

With its twin towers, the Cathedral, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, defines the cityscape of St. Gallen.

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Real treasures can be admired at the Stiftsbibliothek or the Abbey Library.

The St. Laurence church, built in the 12th century, is still very much part of the rich cultural religious life today. Contact addresses 1

Abbey Library, Klosterhof 6d, Postfach, 9004 St. Gallen,

Tel. +41 (0)71 227 34 16, 2

Church of St. Laurence, Marktgasse 25, 9000 St. Gallen,

Tel. +41 (0)71 226 67 92 Church in the city of St. Gallen. The Internet portal for all locations and offers of the regional churches in the city of The lavishly painted interior of the cathedral is richly decorated with stucco work and carvings.

St. Gallen at:

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Culture and museums St. Gallen is an art lover’s destination. Whether it is Baroque, Rococo, Classicism or Art Nouveau, whether Wannenmacher, Giacometti, Richard Serra or Joan Miró – a walk through the Eastern Swiss metropolis St. Gallen almost resembles a visit to a huge museum.

A past, which is rich in culture and history, and a thriving present characterise the cityscape; famous artists and architects of different eras have left their mark. A red lounge for everyone For a while now, parts of the Bleicheli district have been presenting themselves as a “public lounge” for citizens and visitors of the city. For the “City lounge” art project, public squares and streets of the historic city centre district have been covered over completely with a red carpet. This artwork was created by the renowned Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist and the architect Carlos Martinez from the Rhine Valley. Stone-like light sources are suspended above the

red lounge, bestowing an atmosphere beyond comparison down onto the district. Contemporary architecture Famous names emphasize modern features and entice you to go on an architectural expedition: Firstly, on the Rosenberg is the monumental building designed by Basel-based architects Herzog & de Meuron, which serves as the head office of the Helvetia Versicherungen (Swiss insurance firm). Secondly is the Lagerhaus designed by Austrian architect Heinz Tesar and, of course, a further famous name is the Spanish artist Santiago Calatrava, who caused a furore beyond the city boundary, among other things with his “shell” made of glass and steel.

The city lounge by Piplotti Rist and Carlos Martinez next to the Raiffeisen bank is illuminated by stone-shaped lights.

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St. Gallen’s plasterwork bears a fascinating variety of cultural forms – from the traditional to the avant-garde.

St. Gallen Theatre and Concert With enthralling musicals, opera productions and plays, the St. Gallen Theatre is well known far beyond the city boundaries and even the national borders. “St. Galler Festspiele” festival The St. Gallen Festspiele festival offers a musical spectacle in a league of its own. This open-air festival takes place every year over almost two weeks from the end of June to the beginning of July against the unique backdrop of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a firm fixture on the international festival calendar. The programme offers firstclass stagings of well and lesser known works from the enchanting world of opera.

The museums in the city park are a feast for the eyes at any time of the day.

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Lokremise In recent years, a multi-sector cultural centre has been created in the former circular locomotive depot at St. Gallen railway station. Here, the St. Gallen Theatre and Concert, the St. Gallen Art Museum, the Kinok art house cinema and the “Lokal” restaurant offer an inspiring programme from culture to culinary delicacies for people of all ages, any requirements and gusto.

Compact art and culture: St. Gallen museum district In the museum district, the museums are lined up like pearls on a string; first and foremost, the Art Museum with its masterpieces from more than 500 years of occidental art history. Furthermore, the Historical and Ethnological Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen (art gallery) and the Museum im Lagerhaus are well worth a visit or two.

Sophisticated gastronomy, cinema, performances and hands-on art: there’s a world of possibilities at the Lokremise.

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What creatures roamed the St. Gallen area in prehistoric times? You’ll find the answers – and much more – in the Natural History Museum.

The Sitterwerk In the industrial area of Sittertal in St. Gallen, visitors, craftsmen and scientists often meet. The Sitterwerk, with its art library, material archive, atelier and the boiler house “Josephson” offers interesting insights into living culture and the art scene.

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Performing arts at their best Switzerland offers the world’s best selection of performing arts. This applies particularly to the city of St. Gallen. The internationally renowned FigurenTheater, for example, was founded in 1956 and ­offers entertaining and highly skilled puppet and marionette shows for children and adults. The ­theatre ensemble “parfin de siècle” will have you dreaming of the old days; indeed they never fail to get the public chuckling and reflecting on the past and the present. The Kellerbühne surprises with an array of unconventional, humorous productions – cabaret, music and literature live. Another highlight is the Theater 111 with its witty and stimulating ­productions.

St. Gallen Theatre and Concert, Museumstrasse 2/24,

9004 St. Gallen, Tel. +41 (0)71 242 06 06,, Lokremise St. Gallen, Grünbergstrasse 7, 9000 St. Gallen, 5

Historical and Ethnological Museum, Museumstrasse 50,

9000 St. Gallen, Tel. +41 (0)71 242 06 42, 6

Natural History Museum St. Gallen, Museumstrasse 32,

9000 St. Gallen, Tel. +41 (0)71 242 06 70, 7

Art Museum, Museumstrasse 32, 9000 St. Gallen,

Tel. +41 (0)71 242 06 71, 8

Museum im Lagerhaus, Davidstrasse 44, 9000 St. Gallen,

Tel. +41 (0)71 223 58 57, 9

Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Davidstrasse 40,

9000 St. Gallen, Tel. +41 (0)71 222 10 14, 10

Sitterwerk, Sittertalstrasse 34, 9014 St. Gallen,

Tel. +41 (0)71 278 87 09, 11

FigurenTheater St. Gallen, Lämmlisbrunnenstrasse 34,

9004 St. Gallen, Tel. +41 (0)71 223 12 47, 12

Theater parfin de siècle, Mühlensteg 3, 9000 St. Gallen,

Tel. +41 (0)71 245 21 10, 13

Kellerbühne, St.Georgen-Strasse 3, 9000 St. Gallen,

Tel. +41 (0)71 223 39 59, 14

Theater 111, Grossackerstrasse 3, 9000 St. Gallen,

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Experience Swiss textile craftsmanship. Up close. Dare to glare: intriguing exhibitions in the fascinating St. Gallen Textile Museum show, from surprising perspectives, just how creative and important the industry once was here.

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The textile Region of Eastern Switzerland – a great history Since the Middle Ages, the textile branch has contributed to the economy and history of St. Gallen. Innovative strength and inventive talent were and are the main reasons why this industry sends its products all over the world. The textile products of St. Gallen are much in demand by the haute couture, architecture and medical technology industries.

The origin of the development of the textile industry in Eastern Switzerland came with the blossoming of the linen industry in the 8th century. Around 1350, the industry started to detach itself from the strict control of the church. With the help of so called “Leinwandschauern” or linen quality controllers and a seal of approval, it began to write a success story which lasts up to this day. In the early 18th century, linen was replaced by cotton. The economic success changed the look of the city and lead to the building of sumptuous villas, palace-like

factories, museums and a concert hall, in which the decorative form of art nouveau is reflected. The Textile Region of Eastern Switzerland “Textilland Ostschweiz” The textile region of Eastern Switzerland “Textilland Ostschweiz” provides tourists with a range of attractions, which bring to life the textile know-how and heritage of this area. There are special textile rooms, textile souvenirs, theme tours and there is also soon to be a textile trail.

Alongside its unique collection, the Textile Museum surprises with intriguing exhibitions.

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Textile art from the other side of the world: the textile museum shows unusual specimens.

Textile Museum: Lacework with tradition It was and still is world-famous: St. Gallen embroidery, represented for instance by the St. Gallen fashion house A-K-R-I-S. Renowned designers such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani and others use lace from St. Gallen. At the same time hardly any prominent fashion show in Paris, Milan or New York will deny itself presenting the appropriate haute couture using St. Gallen lace. So, what would a textile city like St. Gallen be without a textile museum? In the Textile Museum you can see how St. Gallen has “woven” its way to success – quite literally. Here you can marvel at interesting exhibitions of historic embroidery and lace centres, as well as presentations of contemporary textile art.

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Textilmuseum St. Gallen, Vadianstrasse 2, 9000 St. Gallen,

Tel. +41 (0)71 222 17 44, Contemporary textile art is demonstrated by these evening dresses made out of fabrics from St. Gallen.

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After hearing the lowest bell chimes in Switzerland, you can sing the highest praises of our old town. The imposing towers of our cathedral produce the lowest bell chimes in Switzerland. It’s an acoustic event that you cannot afford to miss during your visit. Why not experience it before hitting the shops in the picturesque narrow streets of the old town? Peace and quiet included.

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Old town and city life The city was founded, and thus developed the way it did, thanks to a wandering monk, who once drove away a bear in the Mülenenschlucht gorge. He saw this as a sign that he should set up his hermit’s dwelling here, and so the foundations for the establishment of the city and canton of St. Gallen were laid.

Traces of this fascinating history as well as buildings from the Baroque period and the richly decorated houses which belonged to the drapers of St. Gallen can be marvelled at on an informative stroll through the old part of the city.

City of oriels Looking skywards in St. Gallen is worthwhile: The 111 preserved oriels on the town houses in the vehiclefree, historic city centre are ostentatiously ornate. What’s more, they have names that are as imaginative as “Camel oriel”, “Pelican oriel” and “Swan oriel”.

The pleasant garden restaurants are a popular place for unwinding.

There are 111 well preserved bay windows to be discovered on a stroll through the city of St. Gallen.

One spectacular architectural treasure is the opening mussel made from steel and glass by Santiago Calatrava.

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Be seduced by St. Gallen on a city tour How did St. Gallen come to be founded by an Irish monk in 612? Why is the worldfamous Abbey Library also known as the “pharmacy for the soul”? And what is meant by “white gold”?

Guided tours – public or private The best way to really get to know St. Gallen is to take a guided city tour – through the Old Town, if you like with a subsequent visit to the Textile Museum, or through the UNESCO World Heritage Site with the Cathedral and Abbey Library. Our knowledgeable and multilingual guides recount fascinating stories about St. Gallen as well as episodes and anecdotes from its history, thus giving a comprehensive impression covering the city’s golden age through to the present day. Both public and private tours are available depending on availability and preferences.

Tailored to your interests You can choose between getting to know the city on a classic tour, or booking a themed tour according to your specific interests. A broad range of topics can be covered – from the city’s textile history to contemporary art or gastronomic specialities. Whatever you choose to focus on, you can be sure you’ll be in expert hands on your journey of discovery through this multifaceted city. Please note: certain theme tours are offered in German language only.

Our tours give you the chance to get to know the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the St. Gallen Abbey complex better.

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Culinary city tours Offering a particularly entertaining and appetising experience of the city, our culinary city tours are sure to be memorable. From the “Tryout Tour” to the “Culinary Walk around Town” or the “Pub Tour”, all the way through to the experience that is “Dining in Gallus’s Day”, you’ll find an intriguing range of possibilities. Audio Tour A stroll through St. Gallen with Gallus, Vadian and Hedwig Scherrer to guide you: To give you a chance to explore this unique city at any time, St. GallenLake Constance Tourism offers an audio-visual city tour that uses the latest generation of pocket PCs. Over 90 minutes you will be guided through St. Gal-

len by the voices of a historian, the city’s founder Gallus, the reformer Vadian and the art nouveau artist Hedwig Scherrer. You can start the city tour either at the railway station or at Gallusstrasse (by the Abbey complex). Well-known figures from St. Gallen will guide you from sight to sight through your headphones using sound and images. “Let‘s go!” There is no more pleasant and, at the same time, more time-efficient way to get to know a city than a city tour. It allows you to discover all the lovely spots of this city in a short space of time – and will form the ideal basis for exploring St. Gallen on your own afterwards. Detailed information on all tours can be found at

The details and stories imparted by the city tour breathe life into everything you see.

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Rorschach and Altstätten city tours Rorschach, the most southerly port town on Lake Constance, and Altstätten, the medieval centre of the Upper Rhine Valley, are well worth an enticing journey of discovery. Experience the two extraordinary towns in an unforgettable tour.

Rorschach – an exquisite port town On this tour you will discover the region’s oldest market towns, the Kornstadt, the Leinwandstadt and the Industriestadt. Join a tour of the port city at the southernmost bay of Lake Constance! We will guide you to splendid mansion houses, through secluded courtyards, to old factory buildings, washing spots and to the legendary Badhütte, one of the oldest and best maintained bathing facilities on Lake Constance. We tell stories of well-travelled merchants, Abbot’s grain store managers, Italian factory workers and royal summer guests in “Rorschach-les-Bains”. Altstätten – simply inviting Discover this thriving town which presides over the Rhine Valley from its gently elevated position. The picturesque streets and squares, the cosy arcade on Marktgasse and the neat facades invite you to stroll and to linger. On a city tour you can find out all the important facts about the history of the town and its inhabitants. Not far from Rorschach port stands the nineteenth-century Jakobsbrunnen fountain, a monument to the Jakobskapelle chapel, which was a refuge for pilgrims on the way to Santiago de Compostela in the early Middle Ages.

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St. Gallen-Bodensee Tourismus,

Bahnhofplatz 1a, 9001 St. Gallen, Tel. +41 (0) 71 227 37 37, Fax +41 (0) 71 227 37 67, Information and reservation for Altstätten city tours 17

Tours in Altstätten, Museum Society

Schloss Prestegg – Haus für Geschichte und Kultur, Gerbergasse 2, 9450 Altstätten, Tel. +41 (0)71 755 20 20 With its delightful medieval flair and lively gastronomy, Altstätten invites you to stroll and linger through and through.,

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Gastronomy, cuisine, night life Good food in the St. Gallen-Lake Constance area has a long history. If your are looking for a quaint atmosphere in which to dine then look no further than the “Erststock Beizli” or 1st floor restaurants where guests are served in a traditional atmosphere the original way. Those who favour local food should always keep an eye open for the culinary seal of approval.

St. Gallen is famous for its charming restaurants in the old part of the city, where you can try tasty specialities.

By tradition an enjoyable region In the picturesque houses of the old part of the city, you can find culinary enclaves which the locals refer to as “Erststock Beizli”. They enjoy popularity not only due to their location and quality but they are also the perfect places to enjoy traditional recipes in rustic rooms in peace and quiet. Such is their appeal that you will no doubt find connoisseurs amongst the many satisfied guests. Specialities Beyond all expectation, there is one speciality which has gained truly widespread recognition – the St. Galler Bratwurst or grilled sausage. Crisp and brown straight from the grill and made from veal it is a true classic. Whether bought on the street or in a restaurant it always finds its way into everyone’s mouths. One thing visitors should know is that they are always traditionally enjoyed not with mustard but with a “Bürli” or bread roll.

For those with a sweet tooth, the city of St. Gallen naturally also has a chocolate side. In the Chocolaterie on the Klosterplatz it is a must to try a hot chocolate such as a “Priestertrunk” and to let yourself drift away into the sweet world of “Minörli” and “Munzli” (chocolate specialities from St. Gallen). Typical sweet souvenirs from St. Gallen can also be found in the many confectionery stores such as Scherrer, Doessegger or Roggwiler where you can buy St. Galler Spitzen (a chocolate with an embroidery pattern printed on it) or monastery seals also made from chocolate. One other popular souvenir of the region is Lebkuchen or gingerbread known as “Biber” which can also be eaten on the spot. Culinarium – Genuss aus der Region (delicacies from the region) For those with a passion for regional products and local recipes from the Eastern part of Switzerland it is advisable to keep an eye open for the cachet

“Genuss aus der Region”. The idea of the association “Culinarium” is to rediscover a conscientious diet according to the time of year. Today you can find more than 1000 regional products made by distinguished companies. There is a delicious choice– cheese and other milk products, meat and meat products, fish, flour, bread and baked goods, vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, vegetable oils, syrups, jams, blends of teas, wine and beer and also hampers and appetizers. The quality of the products is high throughout the range and for this reason they are widely recognised both nationally and internationally. For further information see:   Enjoyable city tours The best way of experiencing the gastronomical history of the city is by special culinary guided tours. One such tour is the “Speisen wie zu Gallus’ Zeiten” or “Eating like they did in the times of Gallus” which gives insights into the customs and habits of the Middle Ages. The tour is peppered with anecdotes and the food is eaten only with a spoon. Or there is the “Probiererli-Tour” a tour where the entertaining history of the Bratwurst, Biber and chocolate is made tasty. Nightlife and going out You won’t have any trouble looking for bars or clubs for an exciting nightlife, as St. Gallen has a wide selection. Who knows, maybe the evening in St. Gallen’s Grand Casino, playing Black Jack or Roulette, will end with a huge win!?

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Atmospheric evenings with special flair.

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“Erst-Stock-Beizli” (first floor restaurants) www.apost. ch 19

Cafés / confectioneries 16

St. Gallen-Bodensee Tourismus, Bahnhofplatz 1a,

9001 St. Gallen, Tel. +41 (0)71 227 37 37, 20

Swiss Casinos St. Gallen, Grand Casino St. Gallen AG,

St. Jakob-Strasse 55, 9000 St. Gallen, Tel. +41 (0)71 394 30 30, Not to be missed: St. Galler Bratwurst or grilled sausage.

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Shopping St. Gallen is the shopping centre of Eastern Switzerland. Here you can choose between a stroll through the picturesque old part of the city with its noble boutiques and specialist shops or you can pay a visit to our biggest shopping centre directly next to and under the FC St. Gallen football stadium. Shopping here definitely has extra flair.

With over 50 specialist shops, the shopping arena is the biggest shopping centre in Eastern Switzerland and is a mecca for everyone who likes their shopping connected with events. In the pedestrian zones of the city such as Multergasse, Spisergasse, Marktgasse and Neugasse you can study the window displays in comfort and the next café is never far away. Traditional shops interchange with international fashion chains and offer a shopping experience, which can stand comparison with anything else in Switzerland.

The modern Shopping Arena is a popular shopping hotspot.

Fresh vegetables, fruits and specialties from the region are presented to market shoppers.

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Carefully chosen specialist shops and boutiques in the pretty little streets like here in Spisergasse make St. Gallen one of the finest shopping experiences.

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Shopping Arena St. Gallen, Zürcher-Strasse 464,

9015 St. Gallen, Tel. +41 (0)71 314 13 13, Bustling activity in Multergasse.

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Some people are always hopping in St. Gallen. Particularly the world-class riders at the CSIO, the biggest equestrian event in Switzerland. It takes place every year in St. Gallen, drawing thousands of people to the stadium and keeping hundreds of thousands glued to their TV screens. Perhaps you’ll soon be one of them!

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Special events Regardless of when you visit this region, there’s always something going on. If it’s highbrow culture from renowned composers you’re after, then you should come here for the St. Gallen Festspiele festival. If you want to learn all about agriculture and its fine produce – and indeed sample some of it – then a visit to the OLMA trade show is a must. For round-the-clock culture, the Museum Night is not to be missed. So you see: it’s worth a visit at any time of year.

Race day St. Gallen-style: The bet’s on – who will bring home the bacon?

“Aufgetischt” The “Aufgetischt” street festival in May is just one more reason to come to St. Gallen. Jugglers, mu­ sicians, dancers and clowns lure a total of over 25,000 visitors to the city centre and provide top entertainment. CSIO Switzerland The pigs at the OLMA are not the only ones doing the running in St. Gallen. The annual CSIO Switzerland show in Gründenmoos is a world-class equestrian event. Here the world’s best showjumpers compete individually for the Longines Grand Prix and in teams

for the Nations’ Cup. It is also a great event to “see and be seen” at, with a varied supporting programme that promises plenty of fun, good food and fashion. St. Gallen Festspiele During the Festspiele festival, the Klosterhof of St. Gallen’s Abbey complex with its magnificent cathedral becomes the backdrop for true opera rarities. Often they are works with biblical content and big, audience-rousing chorus scenes. There are also other opera and concert highlights in the cathedral, the theatre and in the historic Tonhalle concert hall.

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The oldest and most popular Open Air in Switzerland. The Open Air St. Gallen in Sittertobel has taken place every year without exception since 1977.

Open Air St. Gallen Every summer, about 25,000 music fans make the pilgrimage, lugging kit and caboodle, to East Switzerland’s Sittertobel for the country’s oldest openair festival, where they spend four days not only living in tents, but more importantly celebrating each other and today’s hottest bands. Open Air St. Gallen is legendary; visitors from Switzerland and abroad rave about the festival’s unique atmosphere. And the legend lives on: Festival-goers can look forward to interesting headliners in the future too! Military Tattoo – where the music plays! The first tattoo in eastern Switzerland took place in 2012 in the St. Gallen Athletics Centre in front of over 13,000 jubilant spectators. The planning for more tattoos is well underway. Alongside an artistically choreographed bagpipe spectacular with renowned formations from all over the world, an atmospheric backdrop always provides for that special Highland feeling. Museum Night A World Heritage Site city by night? That’s an experience in itself. And you’ll see that at St. Gallen’s Museum Night there’s no sneaking quietly along the streets with your eyes fixed on the way ahead. At the start of September, doors and gates around town stay open from 6.00 p.m. to 1.00 a.m., inviting night wanderers to catch a peek inside museums after dark. Around 30 museums and institutions take part in this extraordinary cultural event and shine the spotlight on their collections and exhibitions.

Genusstag St. Gallen’s annual Genusstag or “Indulgence Day” is further proof that food is not just for nutrition. Food and its preparation are fun, and represent a social event as well as a unique experience for the senses. At the “Indulgence Market” on Marktgasse, exhibitors from the region present their produce. Here you can taste, compare and of course also buy. Olma Messen St. Gallen The wedding fair in January marks the beginning of the annual trade show calendar of exhibition organiser Olma Messen St. Gallen. A total of fifteen trade shows and over 100 events, such as conferences, concerts and meetings, take place at the modern St. Gallen exhibition site. The high point comes in October, of course, with the OLMA – the trade show for agriculture and food. And it’s here that the comical pink sows the locals call “Säuli” race against one another in the legendary “Säulirennen”.

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Whether old or young, here everyone’s swimming in art nouveau. The venerable old “Drei Weieren” natural baths above St. Gallen are so breathtakingly beautiful, with their art-nouveau-style architecture, that they will surely leave you breathless. And not just when you’re underwater.

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The term “happy cows” was invented specially for these two. Here on the alp the air is still pure, the grass beautifully lush – and stress is a foreign concept. In other words, the perfect place for you and your family to take some time out from your hectic schedule just to be and enjoy. Anyone who can’t find happiness here really must have the heart of a bovine.

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The wild side of the region The zoo and the wildlife park are ideal places for the whole family to go on safari. Visit the zoo, where you can find more exotic residents, or the wildlife park, with native animals in natural enclosures.

Abenteuerland Walter Zoo, Gossau For animal-lovers the Abenteuerland Walter Zoo in Gossau, the oldest private zoo in Switzerland, is a real highlight and offers fun for old and young. It is a visitor magnet with a reach well beyond the canton’s borders. The Amur tigers are a particular attraction as they have almost died out in the wild. The “Tierli Walter”, as the park is affectionately known, is also famous for its chimpanzee breeding programme, its nighthawk programme and its petting zoo. Go apes for the Walter Zoo in Gossau.

Wildpark Peter und Paul, St. Gallen The Wildpark Peter und Paul wildlife park is a very special place that is situated in a stunning location with views over the city, and incorporates a prealpine landscape that is charming in any season. The park is well known for its ibex breeding programme and is home throughout the year to red, sika and fallow deer, chamois, steinbocks, marmots, wild boar, lynx and wildcats.

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The enchanting Amur tigers are just one of the many highlights at the Walter Zoo in Gossau.

Botanic Garden, St. Gallen St. Gallen and its surrounding area offer many oases of peace, such as the Botanic Garden with its 8000 labelled plants from all over the world. Another curiosity is the “Planetenwanderweg” wal­ king trail that begins in the Botanic Garden. The route presents a model of our solar system to a scale of 1:1 billion with models of all the planets. The walk ends with Pluto in Obersteinach and takes around two hours. The Botanic Garden in St. Gallen is not just a discovery trail, but also a green oasis of peace and relaxation. Contact addresses 22

Wildpark Peter und Paul, Kirchlistrasse 92,

9010 St. Gallen, Tel. +41 (0)71 244 51 13, 23

Abenteuerland Walter Zoo AG, Neuchlen 200,

9200 Gossau SG, Tel. +41 (0)71 387 50 50, 24

Botanical Gardens, Stephanshornstrasse 4,

9016 St. Gallen, Tel. +41 (0)71 288 15 30, The rocky heights of the Wildpark Peter und Paul.

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Fun, pleasure and countryside culture Throughout the year, in the region there is something to discover for sporty types, those with a sweet tooth or cultural explorers. Everyone will find something to please them here.

Säntispark Amusement Park Around 64 000 m2 in the Säntispark Amusement Park in Abtwil near St. Gallen are the setting for bathing fun, sports, games, fitness and shopping.

would like to get their hands sticky in the chocolate pot, there is a chocolate moulding course where you can create your own bar of chocolate, an Easter rabbit or Father Christmas.

SchoggiLand maestrani Sweet experiments await you at “SchoggiLand” or Chocolate Land belonging to the Maestrani Chocolate Shop in Flawil. Here at the 80 metre long visitor gallery you can follow the chocolate manufacturing process and visit the factory shop. For those who

Degersheim The village of Degersheim with its aromatic, fresh air is well worth a visit. The “Rond um Tegersche” nature trail is the optimum way to discover the village at its best.

800 liters of water per second rush through the longest wild water slide in Switzerland at Säntispark, carrying and whirling big and small alike.

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You can create your own chocolate in SchoggiLand maestrani.

You can get really close to nature and discover the beauty of the region when walking. Contact addresses 25

S채ntispark Freizeit, 9030 Abtwil, Tel. +41 (0)71 313 15 15, 26

SchoggiLand maestrani Schweizer Schokoladen AG,

Toggenburger-Strasse 41, 9230 Flawil, Tel. +41 (0)71 228 38 88, 27

Go to S채ntispark: The pleasure of the Roman-Irish baths lasts two and a half hours and has twelve stages. It is the purest, most indulgent health spa for body and soul.

Touristinformation Degersheim, Bahnhof SOB,

9113 Degersheim, Tel. +41 (0)71 375 68 41,

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Hiking and walking If you are interested in being active in some beautiful nature, there are a great number of well-developed walking and hiking trails in the St. Gallen and Lake Constance area.

St. Gallen Bridge Trail The St. Gallen Bridge Trail is located in the “Sitterund Wattbachlandschaft” nature and landscape conservation area. The largely near-natural area adjacent to the river is a habitat for many protected and endangered species of animals and plants. During the varied hike along the River Sitter, you will learn a lot of interesting facts about the construction and design of the bridges. The overall hiking time is approximately 2 hours.

Circular hikes along the “Witzwanderweg” trail, Walzenhausen On this unique circular hike you can enjoy a magnificent view over the whole of Lake Constance and on to the hills of southern Germany, the “Rhine Delta” nature reserve and Rorschach bay. The “Witz­ wander­weg” themed trail takes you from Walzenhausen to Heiden, keeping you entertained with numerous Appenzell jokes en route. The walk takes around two and a half hours.

St. Gallen panorama trail On this tour you can enjoy the magnificent panorama of St. Gallen with its Abbey Precinct. In summer, the art nouveau public baths of the “Drei Weieren” invite you to go for a cooling splash. On the trail along meadows and woods you will also traverse various quarters of St. Gallen and discover the city from different angles. The hiking time is approximately 3 hours.

Rorschach – Altstätten Walk The walk from Rorschach on Lake Constance to Altstätten in the Rhine Valley of St. Gallen has many different things to offer. Time and again it captivates with breathtaking views of Lake Constance and the outlet of the River Rhine. Furthermore, you walk through splendid hillside vineyards, wild and romantic mountain regions and old villages.

The Brückenweg or bridge trail is a diverse walk along the river Sitter.

“Gallusweg” Gallus Trail Walk in the footsteps of the Irish monk St. Gallus who, in 612, came from Arbon to St. Gallen, where he established his hermitage in the Mülenenschlucht Gorge. A hundred years later, this small cell developed into the monastery, and the City and the Canton of St. Gallen later grew around it. The hiking time is approximately 4.5 hours.

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Foxtrail The Foxtrail is Switzerland’s most enthralling paper chase, where the participants have to constantly think laterally. After all, the Foxtrail fox does everything to ensure that its tracks across St. Gallen remain undiscovered. This trail means exercise, excitement and teamwork!

Atmospheric scenery at the Schlossweiher in Untereggen.

The Bathing Hut in Rorschach is a popular destination for people who are out for a stroll.

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Foxtrail, Tel. +41 (0)71 329 80 00,

Hiking Trails,, Picturesque Gübsensee at the edge of St. Gallen.

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Even those who don’t move a muscle can move the masses. As this prize-winning work at the International Sand Sculpture Festival impressively shows. This event takes place every year on the lakeshore in Rorschach and attracts teams of artists from all over the world as well as thousands of wide-eyed fans.

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With so much poetry you really wish you could make time stand still. What a pity that we can’t – not even with this moving view of Rorschach. But it is possible to take time not only to see but also to experience beautiful things. Fine dining with a view over the lake, a leisurely shopping tour, a cruise by ship… the possibilities are endless.

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Mount Säntis – 2502 metres of pure fascination! The summit of Mount Säntis affords breathtaking views across six countries. But virtually as limitless as the views is the range of things to see and do on Säntis and Schwägalp. Authentic experiences await you amidst some of the most beautiful natural scenery in Europe. ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

Panoramic views across six countries Schwägalp/Säntis Nature Discovery Park Excellent network of hiking trails Daily Säntis breakfast and Säntis lunch Appenzell Sunday brunch Romantic full-moon rides Sunrise rides in July and August

Säntis-Schwebebahn Hotel, Gastronomie, Events CH-9107 Schwägalp

T +41 71 365 65 65

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Rorschach, the Mediterranean port city Lying between the gently rolling hills of Appenzell and the expanse of Lake ­ onstance, Rorschach, the little port with that southern flair, invites you to enC joy a relaxing holiday on the Swiss side of Lake Constance. This charming town boasts a history stretching back over a thousand years.

As early as 947, Rorschach gained the right to hold a market, and during the Middle Ages it developed into one of the most important trading places on the Swiss shore of Lake Constance. Many grand townhouses now bear witness to this in the lively town centre, as does the Kornhaus, the symbol of Rorschach and Switzerland’s most beautiful grain store. Badhütte Rorschach A visit to Rorschach’s Badhütte bathing complex – known by the locals simply as “Badi” – takes water

lovers on a nostalgic trip back 100 years. Rorschach is also the ideal starting point for boat trips, for example through the nature protection area of the Old Rhine to the picturesque town of Rheineck. Museum im Kornhaus The exhibition in Rorschach’s Museum im Kornhaus was completely overhauled in the winter of 2010/2011. Now interactive, it invites you to get involved, to experience, touch, try, experiment and to learn – a museum of experience for young and old.

Always worth a visit: the Museum im Kornhaus, with its idyllic location on the lake.

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Auszeit auf dem Bodensee Relaxing time – on lake Constance

Mit den Schiffen der Schweizerischen Bodensee Schifffahrt erreichen Sie die attraktiven Ausflugsziele rund um den Bodensee direkt und bequem. Für das leibliche Wohl sorgt unsere vielseitige Bordgastronomie. Willkommen an Bord! With the Swiss boat cruise company you can easily reach a vast number of very attractive destinations for excursions. A variety of snacks and hot dishes will make your stay even more enjoyable. Welcome on board!

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Fägnäscht Children have a lot of energy and the biggest indoor play area in eastern Switzerland is perfect for burning it all off. Covering around 2000 m2, children up to 12 years old have the chance to romp around, climb and explore to their hearts’ content. There are trampolines, climbing labyrinths, electric go-carts, fun shooters and much more. A good solution for parents and sitters, regardless of the weather. Sand Sculpture Festival Every August sand is turned into art in the town of Rorschach. Fifteen tons of sand are transported to the lake each year for the international Sand Sculpture Festival. Teams of artists from all over the world compete against one another, using this fi nely-grained building material to create impressive sculptures several metres high, all marvelled at by thousands of visitors.

Playing is fun in Fägnäscht.

After a visit to the Museum im Kornhaus you can lie on the jetty and watch the sun go down.

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Where will your journey take you? From Rorschach port you can explore the whole of Lake Constance and even the Old Rhine.

Coop Beachtour – top-class beach volleyball Sun, sand and Lake Constance: In August the Coop Beachtour brings plenty of excitement and fun to Rorschach port. Here you can watch the top Swiss beach volleyball tournament series live – and still free of charge! On centre court, the best beach volleyball teams in Switzerland battle against international big-shots for the tournament trophy as 1200 spectators look on. International DJs and speakers guarantee infectious sounds – whilst dancers provide the breath-taking choreography. Various show tournaments, which take place every evening on a second court set up especially for this event, bring that finishing touch of entertainment to the Coop Beachtour. The guest’s comfort and wellbeing is ensured in the beach village with cosy food tents and bars managed by the gastro-crews from local associations. The Coop Beachtour is an exciting sporting experience.

Unforgettable boat trips Rorschach port will awaken your wanderlust. It is from here that proud white and blue Lake Constance boats depart in all directions – to Bregenz, Lindau and Romanshorn. There you have numerous other ways of continuing your journey, for example travelling on to Friedrichshafen or to the popular Mainau garden island. Another particularly intriguing trip is a journey along the stretch of river known as the Old Rhine, which takes you through a landscape of dreamily beautiful riverbanks to the picturesque town of Rheineck.

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Tourist Information Rorschach, Hauptstrasse 56 / Hafen-

bahnhof, 9401 Rorschach, Tel. +41 (0)71 841 70 34, 30

Museum im Kornhaus, Hafenplatz 2, 9400 Rorschach,

Tel. +41 (0)71 841 40 62, 31

Fägnäscht, Gewerbepark, Industriestrasse 21,

9400 Rorschach, Tel. +41 (0)71 845 55 00, 32

Sand Sculpture Festival, Verein Pablo/Postfach,

9401 Rorschach, Tel. +41 (0)79 634 49 32, 33

Coop Beachtour, c/o Swiss Beachevent / PTH Consulting

GmbH, Neumühlestrasse 14, CH-9403 Goldach Tel. +41 (0)71 845 34 45, Schweizerische Bodensee Schifffahrt,

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Forum Würth Rorschach – an unforgettable way to experience art! Würth Haus was designed according to plans by Zurich-based architects Gigon / Guyer and lies directly by the freely accessible Rorschach Lake Constance promenade. From outside, the building is a sight in itself, but it is also well worth taking a look inside.

First-class art wherever you look!

Würth Haus, an architectural gem.

In just a short time, the elegantly discrete glass building on the Lake Constance cycle path (one of Europe’s most popular cycle routes) has developed into an unmistakable eye-catcher. Würth Haus ­provides employment for around 200 people and houses an art exhibition (Forum Würth Rorschach), an art shop, a cafeteria and a self-service restaurant, which are all open to the public. Take the time to enjoy this impressive building with everything it has to offer; you will be sure to take home some nice memories.

ures have been made accessible to the public. The Forum Würth Rorschach exhibits an intriguing selection of this large collection.

World-class works of art With the Forum Würth Rorschach, Würth Haus houses the fifteenth public art collection of wellknown German entrepreneur and patron of the arts Reinhold Würth, who built up his father’s local bolt and screw wholesaler into a global corporation employing over 66,000 people. The Würth collection now comprises over 15,000 works of modern and contemporary art, as well as many important latemedieval paintings and sculptures. These treas-

Bringing art to the young and old A varied range of guided tours and workshops takes visitors on an inspiring journey through the world of art. The Würth team tailors the museum’s educational work to different needs and thus gives a wide-ranging audience access to fascinating art experiences. In the art shop visitors can find exclusive art-related goods and an extraordinary selection of art books, exhibition catalogues, posters, postcards, gift items, games and much more.

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Würth Haus Rorschach, Churer-Strasse 10, 9400 Rorschach,

Tel. +41 (0)71 225 10 70,

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The Rhine Valley: Getting there’s easy. It’s leaving that’s hard. Simply beautiful: that’s the only way to describe the Rhine Valley, nestled softly amid glorious nature. Anyone choosing to spend their holidays here knows how difficult it is to return home. But don’t let that worry you: it will be here waiting for you when you come back.

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For 600 years, people have enjoyed more than just the view. Picturesque Weinstein Castle has stood high above the vineyards of Marbach for over 600 years. Above its own vineyards, to be precise. So after drinking in the intoxicating panorama, lovers of fine wines will no doubt want to indulge in a drop of liquid pleasure. Or two.

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The Rhine Valley – the valley of discovery The Rhine Valley spreads out at the foot of an imposing mountain backdrop and offers countless surprises. This is where forward-looking ingenuity meets warm hospitality and a life rich in cultural. Welcome to your journey of discovery!

The elegant bridges along the Rhine allow you to switching back and forth from the Swiss to the Austrian Vorarlberg side.

Agritourism St. Gallen’s Rhine Valley is known not only for its wine and vineyards: recently a variety of agritourism offerings have come into being. Several different businesses offer attractive accommodation packages, such as the Heiterhof, the Steigmatt, the Ribelhof or the Rosentürmli. The experiences here range from sleeping on straw, lama trekking and crystal cave exploration to petting zoos and orchard discovery trails. Of course no stay would be complete without a proper “Buurä-Zmorgä” farmhouse breakfast. Relaxing on the Alpenrhein The Alpenrhein – as the section of the Rhine between its source and Lake Constance is known – offers countless possibilities for sport and relaxation. Well-marked and maintained cycle paths along the Rhine offer good opportunities for excursions and tours – including for guests wanting to enjoy the river on rollerblades unhindered and

free of cars. A particularly interesting feature is the renaturated sections at the mouth of the River Ill (near Oberriet) and the Old Rhine, which comprises the village of Diepoldsau and attracts visitors with its campsite, bathing beach and numerous “wild” bathing spots. Experience the Rhine’s history up close In the Austrian-Swiss “Rheinschauen” Museum in Lustenau (Austria), you can discover the varied history of the Rhine with all its high waters and flooding. In doing so, you’ll get a fascinating insight into the culture, the technology and the nature of the Rhine’s alpine valley. A particular highlight is the former work train of the international Rhine regulation authority. The “Rheinbähnle”, as it is affectionately known, offers extraordinary excursions, including to the mouth of the New Rhine on Lake Constance.

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Hike the Rhine Valley – spectacular views included The varied Rheintaler Höhenweg hiking trail connects Lake Constance to the Sarganserland region, taking walkers high above the Rhine Valley. The views over the mouth of the Rhine and the lake, the vineyards and the cultivated terraces are as fascinating as the wild and romantic mountain landscape. Hikers who are interested in history are also well catered for here, since the trek, which takes a total of six days, passes a number of old castles and fortresses. The route winds its way along easy pathways and is marked as the “Rheintal-Höhenweg” almost all the way; however, a map is always useful too. The first section, which leads to Wildhaus, can be accessed easily via bus connections.

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Crystal Cave Kobelwald, 9463 Oberriet,

Tel. +41 (0)71 761 19 77, Hot-air balloon rides offer spectacular views of the Rhine Valley.

The Rhine Valley offers unforgettable cycling experiences just as you like it.

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25 good reasons to enjoy Rhine Valley wine Vines have been cultivated in the Rhine Valley for hundreds of years. Most r­ ecently, 25 Rhine Valley wine producers have given this lovely tradition a boost with pioneering innovations and considerable investments - and with the establishment of the “Rheintalwein” association.

“Wine that’s like the valley: Simply unique.” The Rhinetalwein association works to ensure the highest quality and the preservation of the natural and cultural landscape. No less varied than the nature are the individual characters of the vintners and their wines, which combine tradition with innovation. The association comprises only vineyards which are able to prove a consistent and lasting standard of quality. The trademark is the word “Rheintaler”, which is supplemented by the claim “Wine that’s like the valley: simply unique.”

Twenty-five Rhine Valley characters Sixteen cellar operators, nine self-marketers and around 100 vintners (full and part time) provide for unforgettable wines, whose 40 grape varieties over 114.3 hectares – predominantly on hillsides – mature in the gentle Rhine Valley sunshine. The uniqueness of the wine-producing regions is revealed in the different types of soil and rock, which create various aromatic nuances in the same varieties of grape. The vintners, too, are unique – unmistakable characters, who have come together to

Forty grape varieties mature under the gentle sun of the Rhine Valley. These produce some truly good tipples.

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form the Rheintalwein association. Every one of the 25 producers has its own philosophy (from “organic” or “traditional” to “creative”). However they all have one thing in common: love of the region. Experience the wine whilst walking Berneck’s village square marks the starting and finishing point of a marked circular wine trail. Whilst on route, you can find out everything you need to know about the grapes and work in the vineyard. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the well-known Berneck wine in one of the hostelries or wine cellars. With around 42 hectares of vines, Berneck is the largest wine-producing community in the canton of St. Gallen. Welcome to the Rhine Valley wine region! Variety, quality and a breathtaking landscape are good reasons for any wine-lover to experience Rhine Valley viticulture up close. The rapid developments of the last few years have led to several of the 300 wine varieties on offer being awarded international prizes.

Matured with a good grounding: Rhine Valley wine.

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Verein Rheintalwein, Tramstrasse 16a, Postfach 5,

9442 Berneck, 0041 (0)71 747 55 55, 37

Altstätten: 38

Balgach: 39

Berneck: 40

Heerbrugg: 41

St.Margrethen: 42

Thal: 43


A sight like this warms any vintner’s heart!

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Altenrhein, Rheineck, St. Margrethen and Altstätten Only a stone’s throw from Rheineck lie Thal and St. Margrethen. Exciting insights into the past are available here thanks to the Aviation Museum and the Heldsberg Fortress Museum.

The Altenrhein Aviation Museum is situated in the grounds of the airport. Historic aircraft and aeroplane engines, information on the aviation tradition in Altenrhein with the Dornier Company and the aviation works will whisk you to the fascinating world of the skies. Directly adjacent to Altenrhein Airport, you can visit the Market Hall in Altenrhein; it was the last building to be designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser and its construction was started during the artist’s lifetime. The new Market Hall, based on the design by the “Master of the irregular form”, was completed in September 2001.

If you follow the former course of the river upstream, you will get to St. Margrethen, which has housed a famous health spa for over 300 years. In this mineral health spa, the warm springs invite you to have a relaxing outdoor bath, even in winter. Another popular tourist destination is the Heldsberg Fortress Museum. In the heart of St. Gallen’s Rhine Valley, Altstätten – Switzerland’s easternmost town – invites you to take a stroll. As a historic market location, Altstätten has been the centre of the region since time immemorial. Worth a visit: the late baroque “Haus

The Market Hall in Alternrhein is the last building created by Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

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The nearby mountain slopes offer impressive views of Lake Constance.

zum Raben” town palace and the Placidus Chapel, which was built in 1648. Another attraction in St. Gallen’s Rhine Valley is the Kobelwald Crystal Cave; as an accessible, water-bearing cave with a large crystal deposit, it is unique in Switzerland.

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Aviation Museum Altenrhein, Postfach, 9423 Altenrhein,

Tel. +41 (0)79 430 51 51, 45

Market Hall Altenrhein, Knotternstrasse 2,

9422 Staad am Bodensee, Tel. +41 (0)71 855 81 85,

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Fortress Museum Heldsberg, 9430 St. Margrethen,

Tel. +41 (0)71 733 40 31, 47

Tourist Information Altstätten, Breite 9, 9450 Altstätten,

Tel. +41 (0)71 750 00 23, 35

Crystal Cave Kobelwald, 9463 Oberriet,

Tel. +41 (0)71 761 19 77,

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Welcome to “Four-Nations Corner” A dream-like, truly diverse landscape stretches between Säntis, Lake Constance and the Walensee. Whilst in other places you would need to travel hundreds of kilometres, here in eastern Switzerland, Austrian Vorarlberg and southern ­Germany everything is close by. Come with us on a voyage of discovery!

Schwägalp und Säntis – always worth a trip Schwägalp and Säntis leave a lasting impression no matter what time of year you visit them. In summer you can expect budding nature, enchanting dawn outings, magnificent walks, educational excursions or a fine lunch on Säntis followed by a spot of sunbathing on our terraces. And in winter there are ­romantic lantern-lit routes through the fairytale winter landscape along with varied paths for snow­ shoeing. Kronberg – crowned by a bob sled run Do you fancy going up to 1663 metres above sea level, enjoying magnificent panoramic views, filling your lungs with fresh air, tasting typical Appenzell specialities, walking up or down convenient and

safe pathways, flying round the tight curves of a bob sled run, or swinging from tree to tree like Tarzan, with family, friends, colleagues or just on your own? Then we look forward to seeing you! The Rhine Falls – a thundering natural phenomenon The Rhine Falls drop from a height of 23 metres to a pool 13 metres deep, with between 250,000 and 600,000 litres of water falling every second. The proud rocks standing in the middle of this gigantic mass of water can be reached by boat and climbed, offering breathtaking moments. A boat trip across the pool or a charming trip to Rheinau completes the experience. Other highlights include the Schloss Laufen and das Schlössli Wörth castles with their outstanding gastronomy.

At the summit of the Säntis you can enjoy a breathtaking 360-degree view.

Klangweg walking trail – experience sounds at every turn The path at the foot of the Churfirsten mountains covers two stages from Alp Sellamatt in Alt St. Johann to Oberdorf beyond Wildhaus, and was expanded in 2013 to include the Schwendisee lake. It includes a total of 26 sound installations along the route that can be tried out and played with. The Klangweg route is partially accessible for disabled people and offers a cultural experience for the whole family in the middle of the magnificent Toggenburg mountain landscape. Tamina Gorge – the rush of millennia Just a few metres from the Old Bad Pfäfers spa complex is the entrance to the mysterious Tamina Gorge. Here visitors can experience the immense power of water up close. A tunnel built in 1987 now leads to a new and safe route through the rocks past the small thermal spring (36.6 °C) and on to the water-source grotto. Before or after visiting the gorge, don’t forget that Switzerland’s oldest baroque-style bathing complex still welcomes visitors – a source of hospitality in a wild and romantic location. Pfänder – for a fascinating display of birds With its unique view over Lake Constance and 240 alpine peaks, the Pfänder mountain (1064 metres) is one of the region’s best known viewpoints. Whether you choose to go walking, visit the wildlife park, watch the birds of prey flying display, or simply relax and enjoy the view from one of the restaurants – your day on the Pfänder will be an unforgettable experience.

The Rhine Falls thunder violently into an 13-metre-deep pool – and high above them stands the majestic castle Schloss Laufen.

Mainau island – a paradise in Lake Constance Boasting lush blooms throughout the year, a park with a collection of trees over 150 years old and the baroque splendour of a castle complex and church, all with a Mediterranean character – Mainau, the garden island in the middle of Lake Constance, is always worth a visit. Vaduz – unadulterated art and culture At the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein in Vaduz you’ll find an impressive collection of artwork comprising contemporary art and its roots – from Monet to ­Picasso. Works from the private collection of the Prince of Liechtenstein create an exciting contrast to the world of the Old Masters. To enable you to get a good overall impression during your visit to Vaduz, we recommend you take a tour with the ­Citytrain Vaduz, which is the most convenient way to take in all the sights.

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Konstanz – celebrating the ecumenical council As a “historic city with a young heart”, Konstanz simply has it all, offering everything day visitors and holidaymakers could wish for: a unique location on Lake Constance, numerous sights and attractive pedestrian zones that invite you to stroll, indulge and shop. From 2014 to 2018 the city will celebrate the 600th anniversary of the historic Council of Constance. The jubilee celebrations will incorporate an event with a Europe-wide impact, comprising exhibitions, events and festivals. You won’t want to miss it!

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For our guests we fetch the stars from the sky year after year. Anyone visiting St. Gallen during Advent will have stars in their eyes, because the city is transformed into a star-filled wonderland. The romantic Christmas market is another attraction, as is the decorated old town. What is possibly the biggest Christmas tree in Switzerland also competes for visitors’ attention.

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St. Gallen – Star City During winter and on Christmas, the time for contemplation returns to the region. Cities, towns and villages are decorated with lights and snow completes the wonderful scenery.

During the advent season there are 700 stars which sparkle over the streets and squares of the old part of the city. Each star measures 2 metres in diameter and consists of 14 rays, which corresponds to the number of districts. The city centre is immersed in a unique sea of light, which the people of St. Gallen last year elected as the most beautiful Christmas lights in Switzerland. In addition to this optical highlight, there is also a harmonious accompanying programme of angel tours, Christmas walks, concerts in the St. Gallen cathedral, exhibitions and readings. In this way the jewel-like old part of the city of Eastern Switzerland makes a special name for itself during the advent period and therefore, carries the title of Star City. The Christmas tree lights up the splendid winter scenery.

The Christmas market in the old part of the city offers a lot of surprises.

Unique: huge Christmas tree in the middle of a UNESCO world heritage site. When the lights are lit in St. Gallen during advent, it is not just the children’s eyes that glisten. Every year, the huge Christmas tree is put up directly in front of the splendid baroque towers of the cathedral and festively decorated. In December the St. Gallen Christmas Market, with its festively decorated stalls, invites you to stroll through the many winding alleys of the historic city centre. In addition to Christmas tree decorations, St. Gallen arts and crafts and various Christmas items, it also offers a variety of delicacies such as Appenzell rarebits, raclette cheese and the delicious St. Gallen bratwurst. If you wish to warm up, hot punch an fruity mulled wine are offered everywhere. Those who would like to listen to stories and anecdotes about the Christmas city, can do so by taking part in the “Weihnachtliches St. Gallen” circular guided tour, which is offered by St. Gallen-Lake Constance Tourism during the pre-Christmas season (except Sundays). You can experience a thrilling show, breathtaking acrobatics and a select four-course menu in the music hall in the Walter Zoo Adventure World in Gossau, far from the noise and the hectic pace of the daily grind. At Christmas time, the Shopping Arena also attracts you into the mall with a very special programme: night shopping until 10 pm surrounded by the merrily decorated Christmas market.

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Eastern Switzerland in winter As soon as St. Gallen and the region fall into the grip of winter, it brings warmth to people’s hearts. At this time of the year the region also offers many attractions and exciting Winter Sports activities.

In winter, St. Gallen has a special kind of magic.

During winter there are many exciting activities offered. There is ice skating on 3 frozen lakes called “Drei Weieren” or you can go inside the skating arena at Lerchenfeld, exhilarating winter walks in the wild life park “Peter and Paul” or a sledge ride from the Restaurant Waldegg to St. Georgen.

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St. Gallen-Bodensee Tourismus,, 23

Abenteuerland Walter Zoo AG,

Tingel-Tangel-Variété, Neuchlen 200, 9200 Gossau SG, Tel. +41 (0)71 387 50 50, 29

Tourist Information Rorschach, Hauptstrasse 56,

Hafenbahnhof, 9401 Rorschach, Tel. +41 (0)71 841 70 34,

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Event Highlights 2014/2015 January / February Ferienmesse St. Gallen (tourism trade show), Olma Messen St. Gallen, Magic Comedy Festival Switzerland, St. Gallen, Nordklang Festival, St. Gallen, Altstätten Fasnacht (carnival) with “big bang”, Tschätteri-night and international parade, St. Gallen Fasnacht (carnival), March / April A Cappella Festival, Rorschach, Offa, Ostschweizer Frühlingsausstellung (East Switzerland Spring Exhibition), Olma Messen St. Gallen, Honky Tonk Festival, Altstadt St. Gallen, May / June Aufgetischt! St. Gallen buskers festival in the Abbey complex, St. Galler Musicaltage (musical days), Theater St. Gallen, CSIO St. Gallen, Sportanlage Gründenmoos St. Gallen, Rorschacher Stadtfest (town festival), New Orleans meets St. Gallen, St. Gallen Open Air St. Gallen, Sittertobel St. Gallen, St. Gallen Festspiele auf dem Klosterplatz (opera festival) July / August Military Tattoo Festival, Athletik Zentrum St. Gallen, Kulturfestival (cultural festival) held in the courtyard of the “Historischen und Völkerkundemuseum” (historical and ethnological museum), International Sand Sculpture Festival, Rorschach, St. Galler Fest (city festival), St. Gallen city centre, Beachevent Rorschach, September / October International “Rund um den Bodensee” cycle marathon around Lake Constance, St. Gallen Museumsnacht (museum night), St. Galler Genusstag (“indulgence day”), St. Gallen city centre, Weihern Unplugged, Dreilinden St. Gallen, Olma, Swiss trade show for the agriculture and food industry, Olma Messen St. Gallen, Oldtime Jazz am See, Rorschach, November / December St. Gallen Christmas market, Advent auf dem Lindenplatz, Rorschach,

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Attractive all-inclusive offers plus best-price guarantee for hotel rooms at When you book on line we will give you a free ticket to the guided tour of the old town.

“Aufgetischt”, the International Buskers’ Festival. “Aufgetischt”, the International Buskers’ Festival, a multi-facetted street festival full of variety, which is held each year in the monastery quarter.


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We’re looking forward to seeing you! In front of the imposing backdrop of the Alpstein Mountains with the Säntis, lying in the Alpine foothills landscape, opposites collide to bring together a “strong” holiday offering. Visit the St. Gallen-Lake Constance region with its numerous excursion attractions – You’ll be thrilled. Your excursion and holiday advisor:

St. Gallen-Bodensee Tourismus Bahnhofplatz 1a 9001 St. Gallen Tel. +41 (0)71 227 37 37 Fax +41 (0)71 227 37 67

Tourist Information Rorschach Hauptstrasse 56 / Hafenbahnhof 9401 Rorschach Tel. +41 (0)71 841 70 34 Fax +41 (0)71 841 70 36

Tourist Information Altstätten Breite 9 9450 Altstätten Tel. +41 (0)71 750 00 23 Fax +41 (0)71 750 00 24

Tourist information Abbey Precincts Gallusstrasse 11 9000 St. Gallen

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