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Flights to Sankt Gallen

image of Sankt GallenKnown as Sankt Gallen in the German language, or Saint Gallen in English, this historic city is situated in the north east of Switzerland. Sankt Gallen is famous for its World Heritage Site, the Abbey of St Gall, and is a popular gateway into the Appenzell Alps.

The closest airport for flights to Sankt Gallen is the St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport (airport code: ACH). However, most flights will take about 24 hours when departing from Johannesburg, including layover delays. Lufthansa has two connections, in Frankfurt as well as in Vienna, and Austrian Airlines offers the same route. A flight to Sankt Gallen with Egyptair will take you through Cairo and then Vienna. Virgin Atlantic and British Airways have the same flight available with connections in London and also Vienna. An alternative that may be faster is to fly to Zurich instead and take the train from there to Sankt Gallen which takes one hour.

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The Tourist Attractions of Sankt Gallen:

Abbey of Saint Gall
By far the most famous and important tourist attraction in Sankt Gallen is the Abbey of Saint Gall. This very important religious site has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983 and the complex of buildings includes one of the most plentiful medieval libraries in the world. The abbey itself has existed since 719 and was one of the main Benedictine abbeys in Europe for several centuries.

The library is a major attraction here, and even if you’re not interested in seeing a great number of very old books you can still enjoy the lavish baroque architecture that includes highly detailed frescoes.

Museums in Sankt Gallen
You may consider the abbey’s library to be a museum, and in addition to this Sankt Gallen has several others to visit in the city centre. You can find out more about the city and the surrounding region’s history and culture at the Historical and Ethnographical Museum, which also includes collections from cultures around the world.

Sankt Gallen has a couple of art museums too. Paintings and sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries are on display at the main Sankt Gallen Art Museum, while the Sankt Gallen Art Gallery has modern art from Switzerland and around the world. Other museums include the Textile Museum, the Point Jaune Museum, and the Beer Bottle Museum.

Schutzengarten Brewery
The Beer Bottle Museum is part of the Schutzengarten Brewery, the local brewery for Sankt Gallen. The brewery is actually the oldest in Switzerland so it has a lot of history, and if you’re a beer fan it’s a great place to visit!

Appenzell Alps
As well as the attractions in Sankt Gallen itself, the city is the gateway into the Appenzell Alps. The scenery is absolutely spectacular here, so it’s well worth taking some day trips into the Alps.

When Should You Visit?:

Sankt Gallen has a climate much like the rest of Switzerland though being one of the highest elevation cities in the country it often gets more snow in the winter time and will be a few degrees cooler than most other places. Summertime is pleasant with warm temperatures from June to September and is hence a good time to visit Sankt Gallen for sightseeing.

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