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Abbey Library

Klosterhof 6d, St. Gallen 9000, Switzerland
+41 71 227 34 16
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Well preserved peice of history! A must visit if one is in the region.

It was very grey week in April and we were looking for things to do indoors and the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
hisscaredbrain
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Fascinating

The Abbey library is indeed impressive. The only thing is that for international visitors who may... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
alaba N
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The Abbey Library St. Gallen, famous for its beautiful baroque hall, is one of the oldest libraries in the world. And it holds one of the most important manuscript collections in Europe, especially for the Carolingian and Ottonian period from the 8th to the 11th century. The collection is presented to the visitors in changing and thematised expositions. The library forms the central part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Convent of St. Gallen.
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“on display” (19 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Klosterhof 6d, St. Gallen 9000, Switzerland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was very grey week in April and we were looking for things to do indoors and the Stiftsbibliothek was one of the highly recommended places in both Wikitravel and TripAdvisor. This is a UNESCO heritage site and well deserved too. The place is bang...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Abbey library is indeed impressive. The only thing is that for international visitors who may not be familiar with the European history and/or religion, it would be great to have more multimedia introduction about the background and the collection.

Thank alaba N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The abbey’s large baroque-style library has an impressive medieval collection of manuscripts and books, and the most breathtakingly beautiful library I have ever seen. The library houses a total collection of about 170,000 books and other material. The woodwork is awesome, and it too has...More

Thank KodoDrummer
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While there, we took a bus to Rorschach, Lake Constance. From there a small red train to Heiden - beautiful views on train ride and when we were up there. We then too, a train from Rorschach to Romanshorn and car ferry to Freidrichshafen in...More

Thank sandraX7330RH
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even though our hotel was well over an hour away, we made the decision to drive to Saint Gallen to view the famous Abbey Library of Saint Gall. After purchasing the tickets, everyone needs to place all personal belongings into lockers, which are located just...More

Thank Lutea
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unbelievable library which has been very well maintained. Audio tours are definitely a plus. More than just a hold place for books, contains artifacts, excellent artwork and sculpture. Allow enough time to fully enjoy.

Thank A396CRjohnw
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stiftsbibliothek is the library of the abbey monastery st. gallen. It is very old and keep books and letter from the 12 13th century. Some of them are very nice displayed. Its a little small and its forbidden to take photos. But its definately the...More

Thank Scuba_Stevie78
Reviewed 1 October 2017

The manuscript samples on display -- many of which predate the year 1000 -- are magnificent. Just take your time and experience it. Don't miss the lapidarium in the cellar.

Thank Colona1988
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

As a citizen of St.Gallen I took the chance to visit the Abbey Library with a group of friends from abroad. It's well worth to engage a guide. Ours knew everything about the history and we had am exiting tour. Last year I visited Trinity...More

1  Thank rwambach
Reviewed 28 September 2017

Well worth a visit. The town is charming, the cathedral lovely and the Abbey amazing. To be in the presence of books that are over 1000 years old is quite something

Thank steveco2015
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Kimromanchuk
24 May 2017|
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Yes, of course, there is an elevator and all levels of the Abbey Library are accessible for wheelchairs.
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GlobalGirl98
1 May 2017|
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Yes, the Abbey Library Museum ist open on Saturdays and Sundays. The more restrictive opening hours refer to the reading room of the library and concerns the scholars who work in the library, not the greater public. We wish... More
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