Eastern Switzerland is a region of exceptional diversity, stretching from Lake Constance to the Appenzell region, Toggenburg, Heidiland, and Glarnerland. Tourists are drawn to the numerous lakes, picturesque peaks, cozy mountain railways, museums, and natural spectacles.
In St. Gallen, a city nestled between Lake Constance and Säntis in a green high valley, one finds the ambiance of a global city. International students stroll on cobblestone streets while designers discuss the latest fashion trends under the overhead wires of electric buses. The city offers a vibrant cultural scene with first-class theaters, numerous festivals, performances, and concert highlights, underscoring its reputation as the metropolis of Eastern Switzerland.
The Abbey District with its Baroque cathedral and the Abbey Library, which houses over 170,000 ancient documents, is the landmark of St. Gallen and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1983. The library features Switzerland's most beautiful Rococo hall. The monastery was founded around the year 612 by the Irish wandering monk Gallus. St. Gallen is also internationally known for its embroidery, which has brought prosperity to the city. As a university town with a focus on economics, St. Gallen attracts students from around the world.
St. Gallen's charming location in the Four-Country Corner of Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and Liechtenstein attracts countless tourists annually. Overall, Eastern Switzerland is a region full of cultural and natural treasures.