St. Gallen, the local capital of north-eastern Switzerland, is the heart of the region, providing every opportunity for cultural pursuits and leisurely shopping expeditions. The historic abbot’s territory with the magnificent baroque cathedral and the rococo library are UNESCO world heritage sites. Buildings by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava lend the historic townscape a highly modern look.
The narrow, winding streets of the old part of town, adorned with bay windows, are ideal for leisurely shopping and eating out in comfort. Wood panelled, old St. Gallen ‘Erststockbeizen’ (cosy restaurants on the first floor of houses in the old town), provide a diverse range of culinary delicacies from haute cuisine to hearty regional specialities.