The town centre of cantonal capital St. Gallen, also called the “City of a Thousand Steps”, is just a stone’s throw away. Not to be missed: the old town or “Stiftsbezirk”, a UNESCO world heritage site. St. Gallen is the cultural and economic hub of eastern Switzerland and “Gateway to Appenzell County” with its picturesque scenery. St. Gallen also boasts first-class medical infrastructure, notably including the prestigious cantonal hospital. The city has excellent transport links to Zurich, Winterthur and Lucerne, Konstanz and Munich.
While St. Gallen is a highlight for city trippers, the nearby countryside is ideal for rest and recreation. The banks of Lake Constance from Rorschach to Altenrhein offer outdoor swimming pools, water sports facilities and fascinating museums. The city’s immediate surroundings and the Rhine valley near St. Gallen are a paradise for hikers and cyclists.