Gozbert's Legacy – the myth of St.Gall

Our story begins on the monastery island of Reichenau, where in the early ninth century ingenious monks drew up a prototype: it consists of a unique architectural drawing, now referred to in historico-cultural research as the Monastery Plan of St. Gall. The draft shows a monastery complex with a church, monastery buildings, novices' building, hospital, abbot's house, school, guest house, workshops, gardens... The dedication inscription shows it to have been intended for Gozbert, the Abbot of St. Gall (816-837). In the famous library of St. Gall Abbey it survived the centuries more or less unscathed and is exhibited there until our days.

Experience the myth while travelling back into time – in the following you will find some splendid ideas for all kinds of tours tackling Southern Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Crossing Lake Constance by boat or car-ferry you will enjoy one of the most beautiful holiday areas in Europe – all loaded with history!


St. Gall

World Heritage Town between Lake and Mountain

Nestling in a verdant Alpine valley between Lake Constance and the Säntis Massif, St. Gallen and its monastery exude the flair of a global metropolis. The town owes its reputation not only to the status of its famous Abbey as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but also to its flourishing textile industry. This even led to a New York suburb being named after the small town of 78,000 inhabitants. But of course St. Gallen has far more charm than any great metropolis, and most of the town can be explored in the course of a long weekend.

The Eastern Swiss community of St. Gallen boasts an impressive past. Its name and origin date back to the foundation of a monastery around the year 612 by Gallus, an itinerant monk. From the Middle Ages up to the 19th century, St. Gallen was an important centre of the textile industry. Its past glory becomes apparent during a walk through the old part of town: new fewer than 111 ornately decorated oriel windows bear witness to its urbanity, power and influence.

Its great past has made for a flourishing present: St. Gallen is modern and cosmopolitan. A lively culture scene with numerous museums, a first-class, triple-branch theatre, several cabarets, various festivals and concert series uphold the town's reputation as an Eastern Swiss metropolis.



Wildenstein Castle Youth Hostel


Jugendherberge Burg Wildenstein
88637 Leibertingen-Wildenstein
Tel: +49 (0)7466 411
Fax: +49 (0)7466 417


Where the past is all around you

Strolling round the Late Medieval town centre of Messkirch, you can't fail to notice the all-pervading sense of history in this former administrative Baden town. The cityscape is defined in particular by the Baroque Church of St. Martin and by Messkirch Castle. With its museums and a wide range of events on offer, the Renaissance castle has evolved over the years into a cultural centre for the region.

The "Master of Messkirch" (c. 1490 – 1543), court painter to the Counts of Zimmern, is one of Southern Germany's most prominent representatives of the transition from Late Gothic to Renaissance art. Much of his life's work was produced in Messkirch. Of the ten winged altarpieces which he created for the parish church, one can still be seen in the Baroque Church of St. Martin –the "Three Kings" panel depicting the Adoration of the Magi.

An insider tip for nature enthusiasts is the "Sauldorf Lakes" bird sanctuary. The opportunity to watch great crested grebes, ospreys, hobbies, common tern or sometimes even black storks is guaranteed to gladden the heart of every nature lover.



Our holiday region belongs to the Upper Danube Nature Park, one of Southern Germany's loveliest and most impressive scenic areas. The countryside in the north captivates visitors with its unique views over the Danube Valley and a landscape full of rocky outcrops. Gently rolling hills, fragrant meadows and woodlands are typical of the transition from the north to the south of the region, where the "Sauldorf Quarry Lakes" nature reserve is an ideal place to relax. This mosaic consisting of forests, wetlands, meadows and shallow lakes is a veritable paradise for birds of passage and endangered bird species, colourful butterflies, rare dragonflies, fish and aquatic plants.

In our region the annual calendar of events begins with what we call the "Fifth Season" – i.e. "Fasnet" (Carnival). Thousands of costumed carnivalists celebrate and lark around in the streets. Messkirch especially is one of the main strongholds of the Swabian-Alemannic Carnival, and the "Messkirch Cats" are an eyecatcher in every carnival procession.

But the other seasons of the year have just as much to offer. Spring and summer are the seasons for festivals here. One of the highlights of autumn is Wildenstein Fair, a festivity which involves the whole of Leibertingen, pervading the village with medieval flair. Messkirch Castle is a hub of activity all year round, with a wide range of events. The programme includes exhibitions, concerts, fringe theatre and cabaret.



Large and small visitor groups can have a guided tour of Campus Galli at any time – by prior arrangement and at a small extra charge per person. Guided circular tours are available at present in German, English, French and Russian. Our visitor guides will accompany you on a journey back to the Early Middle Ages and show you the various trades and crafts being carried out on the monastery building site. You'll get an insight into the monastery town in the making and learn more about the present phase of construction.

Admission prices:

Under 12 participants EUR 9.00
12 participants upwards EUR 8.00
Bus drivers and tour guides free

Price for guided tour:

Up to 12 participants EUR 35.00
12 participants upwards EUR 3.00 extra per person

Duration of tour: approx. 90 minutes


A medieval menu that tickles the palate and all the other senses, too – based on original ingredients known in the Middle Ages and inspired by purchase lists from the archives of a medieval imperial city. A team of chefs who are enthused by the tasteful approach to a rustic era. And a minstrel who combines jesting with causerie – after all, guests don't want to miss out on medieval lore. You'll learn lots of interesting facts from 800 years of medieval culture:

  • Charles the Great and the Carolingian Age
  • the St. Gall Monastery Plan: culture spreads from the monasteries
  • the liberating influence of the cities – knights and imperial towns
  • fashion, festivals, plague and war: the everyday lives of the common people

Four-course meal with entertainment, 150 minutes, 250 EUR basic price
Menu surcharge: EUR 39 per person


The competent escort for your group! Angus, the itinerant monk, will tell you some down-to-earth facts about what life was really like in the ninth century. Sent out as a missionary to Christianise the heathen Alemanni, he left his Irish homeland and started off on a long peregrination in the direction of St. Gall. The witty wandering monk will accompany you for a while – and tell you of some of the dreadful dangers which he met on his wanderings, his encounter with the weird "Man of the Woods" and of the rumours circulating about the alleged plan to build a whole new monastery town near Messkirch. Give him a lift on your horse-drawn carriage, or offer him a seat at your table – the itinerant monk will reward you with songs and stories.

Angus, the itinerant monk, escort for groups, 60 minutes, 95 EUR standard charge


The St. Gall Abbey complex has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983 – and the maganificent Baroque ensemble with its library and cathedral are guaranteed to render speechless even those normally immune to culture. During the 90-minute guided tour you'll glean a host of interesting information about the Baroque cathedral with its imposing façade and twin towers – the main landmark of the town of St. Gallen and one of the last monumental monastery buildings of the Baroque era. The heart of the monastery complex is the Abbey Library, one of the oldest and most beautiful in the world. The impressive collection of original Early Medieval manuscripts has made this institution world famous.

Group tour

max. 25 participants EUR 180.00

Added Library

Single Ticket EUR 12.00
Groups of 10 persons upwards 10.00* per person

* For prices in euros the current rate of exchange applies.

Contact: St. Gallen-Bodensee Tourismus, Bankgasse 9, CH-9001 St.Gallen, Tel. +41 71 227 37 37, info@st.gallen-bodensee.ch, www.st.gallen-bodensee.ch


You can't get to know a region without sampling the local specialities. On the following pages we introduce some of the restaurants that include regional dishes on their varied menus, and give you some tips on buying local produce!

Gasthof Adler Leitishofen

Restaurant – Hotel – Catering

A time-honoured and at the same time modern family establishment now run by the 6th generation. Our restaurant and catering service offer you high-quality, fresh, light but satisfying cuisine. Local specialities and the finest seasonal produce, all made from ingredients fresh from the market.

Familie Bücheler
Leitishofen 35 88605 Messkirch-Menningen
Tel. ++49 (0)7575 / 92508-0
daily from 7 am –  3 pm and 5 pm to midnight, closed Tues
hot meals from 11.30 am – 2 pm and 5 –  9.30 pm

Gasthaus zum Adler Heudorf

Welcome to our recently refurbished country inn! Enjoy delicious food in our attractive premises. Our menu offers a wide selection of creative, ingenious dishes with Swabian or Mediterranean flair. We place particular importance on using local, seasonal produce. In summer our large, sociable beer garden invites you to linger.

Familie Nipp
Stortzingen 3 88605 Messkirch-Heudorf
Tel. ++49 (0)7575 / 9279150
Tues from 5 pm onwards, Wed to Sat 11.30  am –  2 pm and from 5 pm onwards Sun/public holidays from 10 am throughout, closed Mon