Game and Nature Reserves
The Botanical Gardens
An oasis of peace in the middle of the city. Whether you are studying botany or just want to recover from the daily grind… Whether you are looking for ideas for the home garden or just enjoy looking at beautiful plants… you are welcome in the Botanical Gardens.
In the spring, check the ponds for frog spawn.
In the summer, let the little ones run around the huge plants and explore (whilst finding the carnivore plant green house!)
When its snowing outside, you can stay warm inside the tropical greenhouses. Free entry and open 99% of the year.
The Peter and Paul wildlife park
Ibex, chamois, lynx, wildcat, deer and wild boar are among the native Swiss animals at the Peter and Paul wildlife park on the scenic St. Gallen-Rotmonten hilltop.
Set in a typical Prealpine landscape, this popular venue with its new information centre offers a fascinating outing at any time of year – along with glorious views and delicious regional specialities at the Peter and Paul restaurant. Admission is free.
The wildlife park building is also well worth a visit. Primarily intended for schools and interested groups, it houses illustrative material about the animals living in the park. Such items as horns, antlers, hides and pictures of tracks can be touched. Animal sounds and short film sequences can be called up on the large touch screen.
Wildenmannlisloch (also Wildmannlisloch, translating to “wild man’s hole”) is an alpine limestone Karst cave in the municipality of Wildhaus-Alt St. Johann, Toggenburg region, canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland, on the northern slope of the Churfirsten range (ca. 2 km due north of peak Selun) at an elevation of 1640 m.
The cave extends for 142 m, at about 60 m from the entrance forming a chamber. The cave’s name is recorded in 1819 a booklet on “Zwingli’s birthplace” (Zwinglis Geburtsort, i.e. Wildhaus) by J. Fr. Franz: “at the foot of Selun ridge there is a great cave, known as the wild man’s hole, which at first is very broad and high, so that it could by entered by horse and wagon, then becomes narrower, and again wider, and in such alternation continues along various bends for a quarter of an hour before its end is reached.” An examination of 15 July 1906 yielded bones of cave bears. A more detailed survey was conducted during 1923 to 1928 (published in Bächler 1934), producing a large number of bones, mostly of bears, besides a smaller number of stone tools comparable to the Wildkirchli finds. The bones seem to have been artificially deposited in heaps. The cave was presumably in use (either inhabited or used as a storage site for meat, or as a sacrificial site) by prehistoric man during the Mousterian (about 40,000 to 35,000 years ago).
Johannes Seluner, a feral child found in 1844, presumably lived in the cave during a number of years.