The Cantons of Appenzell and St. Gallen are in the northeast part of Switzerland. The town of Appenzell, Switzerland has a population of around 5,700 while larger St. Gallen has almost 500,000 residents. The old towns are nestled between Lake Constance to the north (also called Bodensee) and the Alps to the south. To the east is the Rhine Valley, and Zurich is about 50 miles west. Famous for its Baroque cathedral (the Abby precinct), ski trails, oriel windows, and dairy farming (cheese!!), they are a must-see on your visit to Switzerland. Read our interview with St. Gallen locals below to help plan your trip!