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Eastern Switzerland Travel Guide

St. Gallen

Switzerland's largest eastern city, bustling St. Gallen is dominated by students during the school year. The narrow streets of the Altstadt (Old Town) are flanked by a wonderful variety of boutiques and antiques shops.

St. Gallen has been known for centuries as both an intellectual center as well as the source of some of the world's finest needlework, including the embroidery

that embellished the gown work by Michelle Obama at President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony in 2008. But today its commitment to the latest trends in art, design, and architecture marks a new direction for the city, which seems to be competing against Z├╝rich, Basel, and Winterthur as a contemporary art destination.

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