Holidays in St. Gallen - Switzerland
The historic university town close to Lake Constance
St. Gallen lies in the north eastern corner of Switzerland, in the midst of gently rolling hills and a short bus ride from the crystal clear waters of Lake Constance. Founded in the 7th century, the town has always been a centre for learning. Indeed, the Abbey Library contains some documents which are over a thousand years old. The entire Abbey precinct with its Baroque cathedral and magnificent library has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The rest of the Old Town is simply charming, with colourful oriel windows in the old merchant houses, dating from when the town established itself as an important centre for textiles and embroidery.
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Lake Constance and the Thurgau Region
There are some beautiful sights on the doorstep of St. Gallen. Be sure to visit the villages on the shores of Lake Constance, maybe stopping for a leisurely lunch in Steinach, with its gorgeous lake views. The wider Thurgau region has plenty of idyllic farming villages, small castles and vineyards and is renowned for its cycling routes. The interesting medieval towns on the Rhine such as Stein am Rhein and Diessenhofen offer the visitor historic half-timbered houses, cobbled streets, cafés and boutiques - and of course sightseeing boat rides on the famous river.
Toggenburg and the Pre-Alpine Express
Toggenburg is a replete with lush meadows and hills, perfect for leisurely walks or serious hikes on the prepared trails. Try the Unterwasser Trail with its waterfalls, or the Säntis Trail which takes you to the area's most beautiful vantage point over Toggenburg and Lake Constance. There are also crystal clear mountain lakes such as Schönenbodensee to visit. The area's beautiful scenery can also be enjoyed from the comfort of your seat on the Pre-Alpine Express. This highly recommended scenic rail journey takes you from St. Gallen to Lucerne in just over 2 hours - perfect for experiencing the gentle foothills of the Alps en route to lunch and an afternoon's sightseeing.
Schaffhausen and the Rhine Falls
The largest waterfall in Europe is a must see while you are in the area. It is around an hour and half by rail to the historic town of Schaffhausen, where you can enjoy lunch and visit the 16th century Munot fortress. A 10 minute bus ride will then bring you to the magnificent Rhine Falls. This natural wonder is at its most powerful in June/July but is an awesome sight all year round. You can stand on a platform jutting out over the Rhine and experience the spray of the Falls all around you. The nearby castles of Laufen and Worth can be reached by boat.
Two and multi centre holidays are available with the following scenic rail journeys
From St. Gallen, enjoy the scenery on the Pre-Alpine Express to Lucerne
Zurich-St. Gallen scenic line
Stays in two historical towns, with a scenic journey to connect them