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.