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St. Gallen, Switzerland Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 9
Total Sleeping Rooms 541
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 120
Committable Meeting Rooms* 120
Convention Center Space 9,184 Sq. Mtr.
Average Hotel Room Rate CHF 243
Average Daily Meal Cost CHF 162
Average Weekly Car Rental CHF 408
*Maximum for a single hotel

St. Gallen, Switzerland Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's Meeting and Event Planning Guide to St. Gallen, a city guide for meeting professionals. From its charming, compact Old Town, complete with narrow streets, lively squares, and street cafes to its surrounding agricultural region with pastoral hiking and cycling areas, St. Gallen is a historic eastern Switzerland destination known for melding its rich past with its modern, thriving present. Surrounded by the three countries of Austria, Germany, and Liechtenstein, St. Gallen is well situated for excursions to nearby Lake Constance and mountain areas including Appenzellerland and Mount Saentis. With its famous Baroque cathedral presiding over the city, St. Gallen is home to a UNESCO World Heritage district, as well as a variety of restaurants, attractions, and unique event spaces.

St. Gallen's convenient eastern Switzerland location is only 50 miles from Zurich, 130 miles from Bern, and 225 miles from Geneva. St. Gallen is within a one-hour car or train trip from Zurich Airport, which is Switzerland's largest and busiest airport for international flight connections, and accommodates approximately 24 million passengers each year. Zurich Airport features direct access to Swiss Federal Railways service; as Switzerland's largest travel and transport company, Swiss Federal Railways links St. Gallen with such destinations as Zurich Airport and Bern.

Boasting a central St. Gallen location convenient to public transportation, the bright, modern Olma Messen St. Gallen accommodates a range of banquet, congress, seminar, and party events. Olma Messen St. Gallen spaces accommodate 300 to 3,800 delegates and range from the nearly 80,000-square-foot Hall 9.0 to the 3,681-square-foot Foyer Hall 9.2. Aside from Olma Messen St. Gallen, the region is home to a number of unique venues that serve as fantastic meeting and event spaces. Situated within the modern Radisson Blu Hotel, Casino St. Gallen features table games, slots, and a variety of entertainment options, as well as group casino tours, exclusive gambling lessons, and private event spaces.

Nestled in the heart of St. Gallen's gardens on the eastern outskirts of the historic district, Tonhalle St. Gallen serves as a fantastic concert hall and private event venue. Built in the early 20th century and renovated in 1993, Tonhalle St. Gallen features a variety of event spaces, ranging from its 8,073-square-foot Great Hall to its 968-square-foot Schoeck Foyer.

Ever since it opened in 2009, the Einstein Congress has been setting new standards in Switzerland. The 15 elegant rooms spread over 5 floors will impress you with their selected materials which create a light and inspiring atmosphere complemented and augmented by the latest presentation and communication technology. The spacious Einstein Hall provides the perfect location for events of any kind.

Nearby St. Gallen located in Kanton Appenzell, Mount Saentis is a year-round recreation destination and a perfect spot to take in spectacular views of Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, France, and Italy from its 8,208-foot-high summit. Mount Saentis welcomes seminars and conventions in a variety of event spaces, including the 3,229-square-foot Appenzeller Great Hall, 2,798-square-foot Panorama Restaurant, and 4,305-square-foot Panorama Hall, among other spaces.

Groups can gather at nearby Lake Constance, located at the tri-point of Switzerland, Germany, and Austria, mere minutes from the center of St. Gallen. Groups can opt for private charters aboard the Swiss Lake Constance Shipping Company's nine-vehicle fleet, accommodating 50 to 500 passengers. Situated in Lake Constance, the idyllic Mainau Island is known for its Mediterranean flair, exotic plants, spring orchid show, seasonal gardens, restaurants, butterfly house, palm house, and arboretum, among many other highlights. Mainau Island is home to a number of indoor and outdoor venues perfectly situated for group gatherings and events.

About St. Gallen, Switzerland / Additional Info

Boasting a traffic-free Old Town district, enchanting architecture and oriel windows, varied gastronomy, and nearby recreational activities, St. Gallen is also known for its historic Abbey District, home to the Abbey Library and Convent of St. Gallen; in fact, the entire area was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1983. St. Gallen dates back to the establishment of its monastery by the Irish monk Gallus in 612. St. Gallen was a center of culture by the 830s, thanks to its Abbey of St. Gallen and its spectacular library. By 1311, St. Gallen was a free imperial city, and in 1415, bought its liberty from the German king. By the 13th century, St. Gallen had become an important market town, strong in textile production. St. Gallen experienced its golden age in the 1820s and 1830s thanks to the invention of embroidery machines. Today, the city remains a strong textile and embroidery area, as well as a university town with a focus on the economic sciences.

St. Gallen offers the best of both worlds with its historic UNESCO World Heritage sites and its nearby Lake Constance and mountain recreational sites. The city's surrounding agricultural region is lined with hiking and cycling paths, while its nearby mountain destinations offer skiing and snowshoeing opportunities. Visitors can embark on excursions to such nearby destinations as Appenzell, a car-free village lined with shops and boutiques, all situated among rolling countryside between Lake Constance and Mount Saentis. Mount Saentis offers year-round recreation in the form of hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, and more, while Lake Constance is the perfect spot for swimming and biking on its Lake Constance Cycle Path. In addition to its nearby recreation, St. Gallen offers a number of cultural options. The city's Theater St. Gallen is the oldest continuously run professional theater in Switzerland, and the only three-genre (ballet, opera, and theater) venue in the region.

St. Gallen's varied gastronomic offerings range from traditional Swiss eateries to charming street cafes. Restaurant Netts in the Schuetzengarten Brewery serves seasonal and regional fare, as well as offers outdoor dining under chestnut trees. Restaurant Candela specializes in market-fresh cuisine, served in such spaces as a large terrace and traditional Appenzell-style parlor, while Schloessli serves St. Gallen specialties and eastern Switzerland wines in a 16th-century estate on the edge of Old Town. Housed in a former storehouse, Restaurant Lagerhaus boasts a unique urban charm and serves cured meat cooked on an open beechwood grill, while Restaurant Zum Goldenen Schaefli is known for its traditional meats and organ specialties.

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