Hotel Vadian - the cosy city hotel in the heart of St.Gallen, only a few
steps from the cathedral and the world heritage site, the Abbey Library. Right in the center of the town, yet only
a heartbeat away from the countryside.
St. Gallen, the metropolis of Eastern Switzerland, nestling
between the region of Appenzell and Lake Constance bids you a warm
welcome. The traffic-free old town, with wonderful oriel windows and
stylish art nouveau buildings, invites you for super shopping spree or a
The imposing cathedral and Abbey Library (Stiftsbibliothek) are under UNESCO
protection as a World Cultural Heritage and are famous all over the
world. Take time to enjoy the excellent choice of cuisine in one of the
picturesque oldtown restaurants. With its many educational institutes and the renowned HSG University, Europe’s leading
University of Economics, the city is one of the most important educational centrse in the
region around Lake Constance.
Culture and Events
A variety of cultural events take place in Theatre of St. Gallen, the Tonhalle, the various Museums, such as the Textile Museum or the Art Museum,
or some of the small theatres located in the vicinity of the abbey, such as the Kellerbühne or the Parfum de Siecle. The OLMA Autumn Exhibition and the St.Gallen Open Air
Concert also draw thousands of visitors to St. Gallen every year. The region around St. Gallen
offers an attractive range of leisure activites and possiblities for excursions.
History of St.Gallen
The city of St. Gallen owes its name and its existence to the wandering Irish
monk Gallus, who came from Lake Constance around 612 to the high valley of
Steinach. In the 8th century a monastery was erected around his cell, and later
In the monastery of St. Gallen art and science were avidly cultivated, as is
testified to in the world renowned library, where you can marvel over the many
books and artifacts. The foundations of the library’s tremendous literary
treasure were laid in the Middle Ages. The ancient monastery edifices, however,
did not withstand time either; they were torn down in the mid- 18th century. At
that time the present baroque buildings were erected alongside the splendid
In the city of St. Gallen a so called guild constitution was brought into being
around 1350. From that time onward, the six trade guilds and the association of
elite businessmen, named “zum Notenstein”, held sway over the city. Crafts and
trade have flourished here since its beginnings, with linen production
dominating until the 18th century, followed by the cotton and embroidery
The tradesmen of St. Gallen have actively sold their textiles since the
late Middle Ages. As a result of the French revolution of 1798, the sovereign
abbey, the city, and the republic of St. Gallen were bereft of power. In their
stead, the monastery was rebuilt and the city became the capital of the canton
bearing the same name.
Weekend and Seasonal Prices
New in 2015: If you stay overnight on Saturdays or Sundays, you pay less. You also profit from lower prices during the holiday season from July to mid-August. Please note, that these price reductions are not offered during the OFFA or OLMA trade fairs or during the St. Gallen OpenAir Festival.
Nordklang Festival 07. Februar 2015
The unique festival with bands and musicians from northern Europe. From folk to experimental music - there's something for every taste. With the festival pass you can listen to the pleasurable sounds of scandinavian music in various locations throughout town.