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Things to do in St. Gallen (Canton)

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From Zurich: Bus Day Trip to Heidiland and Liechtenstein

1. From Zurich: Bus Day Trip to Heidiland and Liechtenstein

Visit the incredible alpine world of Heidi on this bus day trip from Zurich. Take a walk in the Old Town in Rapperswil, have free time in the capital of Liechtenstein, and explore Heidi’s village of Maienfeld and in the summer months.   Enjoy pickup from an area next to the centrally-located Zurich HB train station. Board spacious coach and relax while taking in the views on the way to Rapperswil. Follow your guide to the picturesque Old Town and its Medieval Castle, before having some free time explore.  Continue on your journey through Ricken Pass with its panoramic views of the snow-peaked Alps. Reach the pretty hills and valley scenery of the Toggenburg region. Arrive in Vaduz, the capital of the tiny principality of Liechtenstein.  Spend some free time visiting the iconic post office to purchase some prized stamps or stop at a café to buy some coffee and snack. Travel on to Maienfeld, the setting for the Heidi stories.  Head up to Heidi’s village in the summer months on a short walk that leads to a collection of picturesque mountain houses, a village shop, and a heard of goats. In the winter months, head to see the oldest houses of Switzerland in Werdenberg, which is famous for its beautiful castle. Finally, make the bus trip back to Zurich along the banks of Lake Walen, which is guarded by the majestic Churfirsten mountain range. 

Neuhausen am Rheinfall: Smilestones Miniature World Entry

2. Neuhausen am Rheinfall: Smilestones Miniature World Entry

Small but mighty! The miniature world at the Rhine Falls! Adults and children will find mountains up to 6 meters high, castles and palaces, rivers and fields in the impressive miniature world of Smilestones on more than 250 square meters of layout area. Around 23,000 miniature people live in their miniature wonderland with 12,000 little trees, over 100 trains in H0 gauge and many self-driving cars. Embedded in Swiss destinations such as the Alpstein region, the Bernese Oberland or the Rhine Falls, there is much to marvel at and smile about. The modeled landscape resembles a three-dimensional hidden object picture, full of many small scenes with funny details. Binoculars are ready for exciting voyages of discovery. Over 50 action buttons liven up the miniature world even more. Directly above the Rhine Falls, indoor, air-conditioned and open all year round.

Rhine Falls: Coach Tour from Zurich

3. Rhine Falls: Coach Tour from Zurich

As you travel towards the Rhine Falls in northern Switzerland on this coach trip, you’ll pass through the charming farming village of Marthalen, with its traditional frame houses. You’ll also see the 16th-century Munot Fortress and the area’s renowned vineyards. The highlight of the trip will undoubtedly be the sight of the Rhine Falls. This natural feature is located on the Upper Rhine River and has been around since the Ice Age. During the summer you can take an optional boat ride to the middle of the falls, at the heart of the cascading waters, and enjoy the magnificent spectacle from the viewing platforms. Alternatively, you can enjoy a leisurely hour on the banks of the river. The return journey takes you over the border to southern Germany for a short stretch. Back in Zurich, you’ll be dropped off in the city center. A multi-lingual guide leads the excursion. The tour is a great way to start or end your vacation.

Zürich: Appenzell Day-Trip with Cheese & Chocolate Tastings

4. Zürich: Appenzell Day-Trip with Cheese & Chocolate Tastings

Experience Appenzell in a small group on this fantastic excursion. Explore the idyllic region, which still maintains the old traditions, and discover the world of mountains, cheese, and chocolate. Set out on a scenic drive along beautiful Lake Zürich via the City of Rapperswil with its medieval castle to the gently rolling hills of the Appenzellerland with photo stops en route. Discover a typically Swiss farm and taste a glass of fresh cow milk before heading to the Appenzeller show dairy in Stein AR. Find out how natural Swiss milk and herbs are turned into Switzerland's tangiest cheese and marvel at the imposing cellar storing up to 12,500 wheels of cheese. Try to guess the top secret ingredients of the world-famous Appenzeller cheese during a cheese tasting. Go to Brülisau and take the cable car to the Hoher Kasten mountain, where you can admire the panoramic views from a height of 1,800 meters. Visit the impressive revolving restaurant, and enjoy the fantastic panoramic views of the hilly, green Appenzell region, the Rhine Valley, and Vorarlberg. Next, head to a boutique chocolate manufacture and follow the Maître Chocolatier's explanation of the artisan craft of chocolate making before indulging your senses during a chocolate tasting. Back in Appenzell, your tour guide will take you on a short walking tour, showing you the town's beautiful streets, squares, and decoratively painted wooden houses. Discover a traditional bakery and learn more about Appenzeller Biberli (Swiss gingerbread). You then have some time to explore the town on your own and purchase traditional souvenirs.

From Zurich: Private Trip to Liechtenstein and Heidiland

5. From Zurich: Private Trip to Liechtenstein and Heidiland

Escape from reality for the day and immerse yourself in the fairytale-like landscapes of Liechtenstein and Heidiland. After getting picked up from your hotel in Zurich, sit back and relax as you travel to the medieval Rapperswil Castle, where you can admire 600 rose varieties in Rapperswil Rose Garden. Later, proceed to Vaduz in Liechtenstein, where you can witness the magnificent Vaduz Castle, as well as the Cathedral of St. Florin, Government House, and the City Hall. At the Vaduz Tourism Office, get the change to stamp your passport with a Liechtenstein stamp for CHF 3.00. Next, you may choose to visit Gutenberg Castle, located in the town of Balzers, where you can admire panoramic views of the town below. Afterward, continue to Swiss Heidiland, which gets its name from Johanna Spyri’s world-famous Heidi story. Spend some time admiring the picturesque village. Follow the Heidi Path to discover all of the locations described in Spyri's book and even pay a visit to the authentic Heidi house. At the end of the day, get dropped off back at your hotel in Zurich.

Capture the most Photogenic Spots of St.Gallen with a Local

6. Capture the most Photogenic Spots of St.Gallen with a Local

Join a local tour guide and discover St. Gallen through your camera lens on a short city walk. Get to know the city from an insider’s point of view and take stunning pictures at the same time. After meeting your guide in the heart of the city center, continue around the city's 3 lakes, stopping at the best spots for photos along the way. As you capture the beauty of St. Gallen with your camera you will also discover local spots and hidden gems. Don't miss the opportunity to see an alternative side of the city, full of history and unique beauty. Don't forget to book the experience at a suitable time in order to guarantee the best lighting for your pictures.

St. Gallen: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

7. St. Gallen: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Listen or read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour at the much-photographed St. Gallen railway station! Visit the unique Red Square created for an innovative project, while the Broderbunnen will cool you down with its wonderful aesthetics and unique statues. Take a photo in the Textile Museum building, which will amaze you with its exhibits, and let yourself be lost in the beauty of the Gallusbrunnen, adorned with St. Gallen on him. Visit the incomparably beautiful Abbey of Saint Gall. You will also pass by the Ortsbürgergemeinde, an old mansion with a long history. Admire the iconic St. Lawrence Church with the unique panoramic view offered by its tower. The central and historic market place will enchant you and your camera! The icing on the cake of this unique experience will be St. Mangen Church, the oldest church in town!

St.Gallen Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Audio Tour

8. St.Gallen Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Audio Tour

Get to know St. Gallen at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts.  After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device (via a link and login credentials received upon booking), use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of St. Gallen’s most important attractions on foot. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour. As you walk through the city, enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day. Start your tour at the much-photographed St. Gallen railway station! Visit the unique Red Square created for an innovative project, while the Broderbunnen will cool you down with its wonderful aesthetics and unique statues. Take a photo in the Textile Museum building, which will amaze you with its exhibits, and let yourself be lost in the beauty of the Gallusbrunnen, adorned with St. Gallen on him. Visit the incomparably beautiful Abbey of Saint Gall. You will also pass by the Ortsbürgergemeinde, an old mansion with a long history. Admire the iconic St. Lawrence Church with the unique panoramic view offered by its tower. The central and historic market place will enchant you and your camera! The icing on the cake of this unique experience will be St. Mangen Church, the oldest church in town!

St.Gallen’s Art and Culture revealed by a Local

9. St.Gallen’s Art and Culture revealed by a Local

Explore the city that began as a monastery and discover why thousands of art lovers from all over the globe visit St. Gallen each year. Home to countless cultural events and well-preserved cultural and literary heritage from the Middle Ages, St. Gallen is multi-faceted and will come alive with the descriptions given by your local guide.  Whether you are visiting St. Gallen as a newcomer or as a returning tourist, this tour is sure to please. Wander past colorful street art and get to know the city's galleries and museums. Learn about Gallus and Otmar as well as modern and young artists who have recently joined the scene.

Zurich: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

10. Zurich: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Listen or read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour of the Landesmuseum with unique exhibits about Swiss culture and civilization! Visit Bahnhofplatz with its magnificent statue and learn about Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, a man to whom we probably owe what we are today. Photograph Lindenhof with its unique aesthetic and admire the St. Peter church, the oldest church in Zurich. Then the Zurich Town Hall awaits you with its unique mix of styles. Lake Zurich will continue your beautiful journey into the heart of the city. Admire the unique Zurich Opera House with excellent acoustics! The Grossmünster will amaze you, while the old town of Zurich with its unique alleys will be the icing on the cake of this unique tour.

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What people are saying about St. Gallen (Canton)

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 434 reviews

BEST EXPERIENCE EVER...WALTER IS AMAZING!!! Our tour guide was Walter and our Driver was Mark. They were both so awesome! Mark is such a great driver, he made the drive super smooth, even getting into the tightest roads. Walter is my favorite human on earth. He was sooooo enthusiastic and funny, my husband and I enjoyed him giving us the tour soooo much. Walter gave us so much information and facts in a fun way and made everything so much more fun! I would 100% recommend this tour if you're in Zurich and I hope you get lucky and have Walter as your guide because he made our trip!

Plenty to see and experience on the journey. The guide was very informative. The tour struck the right balance between travel and free time, ensuring sufficient and regular breaks in the journey but not having too much time to waste in some of the smaller locations where there was less to see.

Extraordinary tour! The perfect way to get to know new and distant places. Guide (Peter) extremely knowledgeable, helpful and downright funny. One of the best tours I've ever done!

Peter was our guide and he was incredible! Armando was our driver. Peter is funny and so knowledgeable. He made the trip truly enjoyable and I am so glad we went.

Excellent tour of the Alps, Heidiland, and Lichtenstein.