Destination & Experience
The St. Gallen-Lake Constance region is nestled in the rolling foothills of the Alps against the impressive backdrop of the Alpstein massif with the Saentis Mountain.
The contrasts of this region create varied vacations for everyone: St.Gallen, the metropolis of Eastern Switzerland with the Abbey District, which has been declared a World Heritage Site, is a real tip for city travel fans. On the shores of Lake Constance, from Rorschach to Altenrhein, the lake attracts visitors with outdoor swimming pools, water sports and exciting museums all about driving and flying. The rural region of St.Gallen is wonderful for hiking and cycling and offers countless views of the lake and mountains.
St.Gallen is known around the world for its textiles. Designers from numerous fashion companies use lace from St.Gallen and present it at top fashion shows. Lace from St.Gallen is worn by many celebrities such as Michelle Obama, Madonna and Adele.
Eastern Switzerland is internationally known for its textile tradition and specialist knowledge in this industry.
Did you know...
... that around 1910, more than half of the world’s production came from Eastern Switzerland?
... that embroidery accounted for one fifth, and therefore the biggest export sector, of the Swiss economy?
From yarn, embroidery and underwear to fashionable and functional textiles with state-of-the-art technology: Eastern Switzerland is a true “textile region” shaped by its history that is constantly being reinvented by its numerous successful enterprises.
Round off your stay in Eastern Switzerland with a textile room! In the Textilland Junior Suite of the Einstein St.Gallen, you can sleep in textile dreams created by the renowned textile company, Jakob Schlaepfer.
Discover the most beautiful side of the textile city of St.Gallen – with your personal guide, the free "TextileStGallen" app. Enjoy!
In 1983, the “Abbey District St.Gallen” became a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its extraordinary importance for humanity. The Abbey Library of Saint Gall is one of the oldest and most important abbey libraries in the world. The abbey’s cathedral was built from 1755 to 1766 and is used as a place of worship by the Diocese of St.Gallen.
At 2,501.9 m above sea level, the Saentis is the highest mountain in the Alpstein region. From its peak, you can see Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, France and Italy.
The Aescher mountain inn was built in 1846 which makes it one of the oldest mountain inns in Switzerland. The Aescher can be reached by cable car from Wasserauen to Ebenalp, then a 15-minute hike which takes you through a cave.