Contemporary arts centre housed in a former circular train depot.
The distinctive horseshoe shape of the Lokremise in central St Gallen is due to the fact that this renovated building was once a train depot, built to serve the textile industry which thrived in St Gallen in the early 20th century. Its industrial roots were preserved during its 2010 transformation into a multi-disciplinary arts centre housing a theatre, cinema, art gallery and restaurant. Mainly focusing on contemporary arts, the centre presents a rich array of theatre, dance, film and music in large spaces that allow plenty of room for artistic expression and experimentation. Around 170,000 people a year come to its theatre alone, boosted by a theatre festival in June and July. Even if you’re not visiting for a show or exhibition, the Lokremise is an interesting place to hang out during the day. Eat at the Lokal restaurant which serves a substantial buffet lunch and a dish of the day in a contemporary, urban space. In warm weather tables spill onto the outdoor terrace formed by the building that encircles it. The food draws on local, seasonal ingredients and includes several vegetarian options, plus there’s a great Sunday brunch.
|Opening hours:||10am-11pm Mon-Thu; 10am-midnight Fri-Sat; 10am-10pm Sunday|
|Transport:||Bus 1, 4, 7|
|Price:||Admission free. Events ticketed.|