Where We Be
Next door to the Cheese Dairy is Stein's highly rated Folklore Museum, where we checked out three floors of Appenzeller customs and culture
St. Gallen & Stein, Switzerland
We took the train from Appenzell to St. Gallen,
about 40 minutes away. The main reason for our
visit was to see the St. Gallen Library, called
the Stiftsbibliothek, attached to the main “Dom”
or cathedral in St. Gallen. This Unesco World
Heritage Site (shown left) is the cultural
centerpiece of northeastern Switzerland. One
of the world’s oldest intact libraries, it was built
in the 1500s and is the finest example of rococo
architecture in Switzerland. It is wonderfully
proportioned and filled with parquet walls and
floors, wooden pillars, swirling fresco ceilings,
and thousands of ancient manuscripts. It looks
like a dream library fabricated by a fiction
writer. When you enter they make you wear the
funniest “slippers” over your shoes, so you
shuffle through the exhibits in an amusing
manner, but it’s all to protect the original wood
floor from damage. Our day trip also included
several other interesting sites in St. Gallen and
the nearby town of Stein, as you'll see below.
St. Gallen's Library looks like a dream library fashioned by a fiction writer [Not my photo]
The Appenzeller Showcase Cheese Dairy in Stein includes a warehouse of stacked cheese wheels and a huge vat where the
still-liquid cheese is stirred. After a self-tour, we enjoyed a free Appenzeller cheese tasting courtesy of our Appenzeller card.
We took a bus from St. Gallen to Stein. By now it was raining and overcast, but the sightseeing in Stein is primarily indoors anyway.
St. Otmar, first abbot of St. Gallen -- with his bishop's staff in a wine barrel!
What a zany art installation!
Intended as an "outdoor living room," it seemed quite popular when we visited -- full of young people lounging on the chairs and sofas
The Stadtlounge is an unusual part of historic St. Gallen that is covered in a rubberized red tennis-court coating!
In place since 2005, it covers several streets as well as numerous outdoor chairs, sofas, tables, and even a car!
We finished our visit to St. Gallen with an OLMA-bratwurst served with burli (bun) at Metzgerai Gemperli, said to be THE place to have one
This silver bug-like building is the city’s emergency call center – an unusual modern architecture piece that hardly fits with its traditional neighbors
Lots of little touches, like this patterned tiled roof and carved wooden inset, make St. Gallen interesting to visit
The top floor is dedicated to Appenzell folk art, made by 19th-century farmers who painted scenes from daily life on furniture, milk pails, canvas, and wood
Traditional Appenzeller wooden bedroom complete with painted furniture
Live display of traditional weaving techniques -- the multiple-step process was quite complicated
Traditional Appenzeller kitchen with some very huge pots (for cheese-making, no doubt)
This gives you an idea of what a traditional Appenzeller cowherd's cabin might have looked like. Look at those cowbells!
How European -- a pickup game of soccer underneath the cathedral