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Sankt Gallen 2014 The Swiss city St. Gallen is a well-developed industrial region. However, this is not the only notable fact about this place as much attention here is paid to the arrangement of the city, the restoration of ancient architectural structures, especially the facades of houses with numerous bay windows. Textile industry is among the well-developed sectors of the economy of the city. St. Gallen’s development started in the XV century. This place is also famous for its printing, paper, machinery industries, embroidery, as well as high-quality service sector.
The city got its name from the famous monk-preacher St. Gallus, who had settled on this land. Later Benedictine monasteries, which had been powerful in Europe at that time, started appearing here, turning the settlement into a city. The ancient abbey library, which had survived through centuries, is the priceless heritage and the memory of the city’s founder. The library is decorated in the rococo style. The library keeps a unique collection of ancient manuscripts and first printed books.
St. Gallen is the city of amazing architecture. Here not only historic monuments are beautifully decorated with stucco, frescoes and mosaics, but the ordinary houses as well. Living quarters are no less grand and stunning with their stone carvings and bas-reliefs. Among other attractions are St. Catherine's Monastery, the Cathedral, Charles Gates, numerous old towers, University of St. Gallen which has brought international fame to the city, and Textile Museum that exhibits best examples of fabrics, famous lace and amazing artistic compositions made of textile. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
In the medieval time, many defense installations were built in the city. The only remaining part of the city wall is the gates of St. Charles. They were built in 1570 for monastery priests. Through these gates, they could pass not facing with citizens. There were many serious conflicts between the abbey and the inhabitants of the city back then. Now, the ancient gate harmoniously fits into the city landscape. You can see a few old buildings and symbolic monuments nearby.
Sankt Gallen The most beautiful architectural monument is the Church of St. Lawrence. The very first church in its place was built in the 12th century. For many years, it remained not only religious, but political, and a cultural center. The exact date of the construction of the church which is seen today is unknown. The first written mention of it dates back to 1225. At the beginning of the 16th century, a beautiful organ, which is considered its main decoration, was established there.
In the vicinity of the city, travelers can visit ancient Rapperswil castle. It got its name in honor of the first owners, representatives of a noble family. The erection of the castle began in 1220 and lasted 10 years. Despite the solid age, the fortress was perfectly preserved to our days. It is located in a very beautiful suburban area. Next to the castle, popular pedestrian routes start. The most spectacular photos of the historical monument can be done in summer. At this time of the year, part of its facade is ivy-covered.
Sankt Gallen Nearby, is a beautiful Verdenburg castle. It is considered one of the most spectacular medieval castles in the region. It was built over 700 years ago. However, its appearance did not almost change. Now, within the walls of the castle is a Regional Museum. Its visitors can see many interesting historical exhibits and works of art of different eras. The museum has a large collection of ancient weapons and paintings of the 17th to 19th centuries. In some parts of the castle, the atmosphere of the past centuries was completely restored. There is also an ancient fighting platform in the fortress, which now serves as an observation platform for visitors. It is available for climbing for all comers.

City tours, excursions and tickets in Sankt Gallen and surroundings

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Map of all shopping areas
Shopping streets in Sankt Gallen
♥   Shopping area ' Multergasse' St. Gallen, 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Neugasse' St. Gallen, 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Marktplatz' St. Gallen, 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Marktgasse' St. Gallen, 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Spisergasse' St. Gallen, 0.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Sankt Gallen
♥   Castle 'Burgruine Neu-Montfort' , 23.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Burg Alt-Schellenberg' , 24.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Burg Neu-Schellenberg' , 25.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Burg Schattenburg' , 27 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Neues Schloss Meersburg' , 31 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Sankt Gallen
♥   Nature Park 'Tiroler Lechtal' , 87 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Schwarzwald' , 93.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'Kaunergrat-Pitztal-Kaunertal' , 100.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale dello Stelvio' , 139.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Sankt Gallen and around
♥   Art museum 'Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein' Vaduz, 33.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Sankt Gallen from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Sternensauser

From the series “The Longest Ski-Lifts and Cable Trams in the World”
Sternensauser is about 2 kilometers, so it’s the longest aerial runway of its kind on the planet. Driving upside down has been originally conceived as a fun ride. Experienced travelers say that trip by zip-line is no less impressive than parajumping and a feeling of free flight simply unique. It’s also worth mentioning that Sternensauser is available in summer only. The fare is about 70 Swiss francs. … Read further

Neue Leuchtturm Lighthouse

From the series “Top 15 Most Fascinating Lighthouses”
The walls are decorated with outstanding handmade drawings. They tell the visitors a story of seafaring development on the Boden See. Earlier, in the 12th century, there was another lighthouse, which was quite small. In the middle of the 19th century it was decided to destroy the old lighthouse and to build the new one – Neue Leuchtturm. It has been working since 1856. Time passed, technologies had been developed and fire lightning was placed by electrician lightning. In 1936 that happened with the lighthouse and in the 1990s its systems were all automatized. Last time the lighthouse isn’t used regularly, it works only in the worst weather conditions. … Read further
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