Art and culture at every turn

St. Gallen was a European center for education and culture as far back as the Middle Ages. And the city in eastern Switzerland has a lot to offer in terms of art today too: It is home to important Swiss artists such as Roman Signer and Pipilotti Rist, and the culture on offer in its museums and public spaces is also extremely diverse. Monika Jagfeld, director of "Museum im Lagerhaus", takes you on a cultural city walk.


The "Lagerhaus" is a striking building complex to the east of the railway station and undoubtedly one of the hot spots on the St. Gallen cultural scene. While it served as a bonded warehouse for the textile industry until the 1980s, it now houses the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen as well as galleries and numerous studios. For example, the internationally renowned Riklin brothers Patrik and Frank have found their creative home here.

Amateurs and the self-taught are welcome!

Since 1988, the "Lagerhaus" has also housed the museum of the same name, which is the only one in Switzerland to specialize in Swiss Outsider Art, Art Brut and Naive Art: art movements whose products are created by amateurs and self-taught artists who have never received any academic art training. And the "Museum im Lagerhaus" collection is huge: It comprises over 8,000 works by more than 180 artists.

St. Gallen’s cultural diversity spots

But that is by no means all: On the walk you will not only experience art in the most obvious sense in the form of museums or galleries, as Monika Jagfeld impressively illustrates with her tour that art in St. Gallen is also everywhere in public spaces. For example, she also introduces you to less obvious works of art such as the binary clock by Swiss artist Norbert Möslang at St. Gallen railway station, projects by star architect Santiago Calatrava or the Hiltibold art showcases. And the art of enjoyment also has to be learned: There is always enough time for a coffee in the listed "Militärkantine". Afterwards the journey continues to the "Museumsquartier", before it culminates in the "Stadtlounge" by multimedia artist Pipilotti Rist: a red living room in the middle of the city that invites you to while away the hours.

Diverse city of art in Eastern Switzerland


Art in the park

The Juggler Fountain by Max Oertli outside the Art Museum.


Urban lounge St.Gallen

The red square of Pipilotti Rist and Carlos Martinez.


Museum im Lagerhaus

Swiss outsider art, brutalist art and naïve art.