Taxable income levels in St.Gallen

I just found an interesting bit of information for you on income levels in St.Gallen. This information is published by the city tax office according to taxable income for individuals in St.Gallen city. Just to confirm though, when you look at these numbers, please don’t think that the majority of people are poor :-). Actual incomes are normally higher. Have a look at your annual tax summary to figure out how you are doing comparatively.



For reference, there are around 78,000 inhabitants in St.Gallen (29% of whom are foreigners).


Icecream parlour: Eiscafe Gekko

Score: 10/10

Summer has officially arrived, although in reality, it feels more like Autumn.

When the sun does shine though, you should have a look at St.Gallen’s best kept secret: Eiscafe Gekko.


This little treasure serves the most amazing homemade icecreams and sorbets in Eastern Switzerland. Some of the sorbets are even dairy-free for those of you with allergies, but be sure to check with them before you order. The Eiscafe is only open 6 months of the year hidden away at the top of Engelgasse opposite Samosa.

The only issue is that there is limited place and no sunshine here to sit and enjoy your icecream. So be prepared to buy and walk…




Openair St.Gallen

This weekend sees St.Gallen host Openair, one of Switzerland’s biggest music festivals with 30,000 attendees daily. If you don’t already know about it then you are already too late. Tickets are sold out already as usual and there are no ticket sales on the day.

The event features local, national and international bands often with some pretty big names. The whole thing is located out to the west of town with everyone camping out around the three stages. Crowds have been turning up for the last couple of days with camping gear on their backs hoping to get there early enough for one of the best spots. This year is going to be a bit of a mud-bath, so an uphill spot is advisable!


Dedicated buses are running from the main train station regularly, so that the many visitors don’t disturb the daily life in St.Gallen. For any one who is interested though, there is one almighty party going on down by the river!


N.b. credit for the photos goes to the Openair 2012 facebook page. I didn’t want to go up in a balloon for the overhead shot 🙂

Restaurant Review: Samosa

Score 7/10

I did a post a while ago about the Indian Palace which still deserves its place as the top Indian restaurant in town.


If you are looking for somewhere quick and easy, but still with great food, look no further than Samosa in Engelgasse. They have just reopened after renovating and are as good as ever. For lunch, they have a buffet with 3 or 4 dishes normally on offer. The price is really reasonable for St.Gallen: CHF 15 for vegetarian, or CHF 18 if you also have the meat dish.

And don’t be afraid to ask for the mango lassi – tastes great!