I’m a proud Saint Gallen Citizen. I wasn’t born here and didn’t raised here but i call this city my home since 2001. When someone asks me what they should know when visiting Saint Gallen for the first time, I don’t always know where to start as there’s so many things to do in Saint Gallen. I sincerely hope you enjoy your stay Saint Gallen!
I recommend you to walk in Saint Gallen! The city is not that big and it’s enjoyable! If you need to go further take the train, a taxi or a bus.
The Swiss rail network is a wonder. Taxis are generally very expensive in Switzerland and if you’re in a rush, traffic will make it about the same speed (or slower) than by bus. Sometimes, walking is even faster. Train and Bus etiquette includes not making eye contact. Of course you’re allowed to look around, but don’t be that creep who stares directly at someone the whole time. It’s weird and creepy.
There are no subways in St.Gallen. For a reasonable price, you can also rent a car with a navigation system. You need to show your international driver’s license and passport to rent a car. You can even take a helicopter
tour over the cathedral – depending on your budget (helisitterdorf.ch ↗).
Saint Gallen is a great location if you want to add on an exciting day trip to your holiday! Zurich or Appenzell is only one hour by train.
St.Gallen’s old town is just marvelous! Just walk around there shuffling down cobblestone paths on St.Gallen’s narrow streets, staring at medieval cathedrals and sunny squares full of people. You don’t really need a map nor an itinerary to discover it. Just going by foot everywhere and stumbling on interesting things is fulfilling enough. Go eat some local food in one of the countless restaurants, stroll the narrow streets checking the cute stores around.
Eat all the delicious food
St.Gallen is safe most of the time, but you need to use your common sense and not leave your items out unattended. Even train stations close to midnight were totally safe without any unsavoury characters! If you’re not feeling good about a situation, get out of there. I generally don’t like walking in parks late at night.
The Swiss in this part of the country are friendly. No one will hassle you on the street and the tourist presence is minimal but if you need anything you can stop anybody on the street and they will try their best to help you.
Get all your answers here. The friendly staff will welcome you with really good, exciting and informative city tours. Here you can find brochures, guides and all sorts of information for the perfect stay. I really recommend you to do a tour!
Bankgasse 9 | st.gallen-bodensee.ch ↗
Keep exploring! Saint Gallen is magical. Anything can happen in Saint Gallen. Have you been to Saint Gallen? Did you fall in love with Saint Gallen? What did you like the most? What inspires you the most? Write me on Facebook or Instagram or mark me in your pictures! #thisismysaintgallen