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Abbey Library (Stiftsbibliothek)

Klosterhof 6D, St. Gallen 9004, Switzerland
+41 71 227 34 16
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Ranked #1 of 18 Attractions in St. Gallen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Libraries, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Owner description: The Abbey Library St.Gallen is one of the oldest and most beautiful libraries in the world. It owns...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Libraries, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Owner description: The Abbey Library St.Gallen is one of the oldest and most beautiful libraries in the world. It owns an important collection of manuscripts since late antiquity. The Abbey Library is the central part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Abbey Distric St.Gallen.

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Seattle, Washington
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

Trip to this thousand+ year old abbey library was simply amazing, and very inspirational. The architecture spans several historical eras, as do the books. Very well done presentations, with audio guides in English. Quite impressive.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

I have visited this beautiful library together with my friend. The fee was not much, we changed to shoes to comfortable slippers and entered the magical world of the library! I really liked the whole atmosphere there and exhibitions explaining the development of the paper from ancient Egyptians up to Guttenberg book printing time...It is the oldest library in Switzerland... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

As a former student of history and architecture the library itself was lovely but practically I thought the entry 12 Francs was far too high for what was offered. Even if you read the few small signs and studied each painting carefully you probably could still be done in under 10 minutes. Plus even with the high entry fee visitors... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

It's free to go there for Swiss Pass holder. To protect the wooden floor of the library, visitors were asked to tuck into over-sized slippers provided by the library. The books/parchment in there were not accessible, but one can admire the painting at ceiling and learn about the history of writing.

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Oberageri, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Overwhelming atmosphere of the room with many details to be seen apart of the impressing abbey which is surrounded by pictoresque houses of St. Gallens old town.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

A small but beautiful library with amazing aged old collections. Suggested to use Guided tour if English is available as I am sure I would know more about this place and its related stories. The globe is another interesting object to look into the details

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Melbourne, Australia
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268 helpful votes 268 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This isn't a normal library. This place is dripping with writing history. Shuffling about in over-size slippers creates a quiet atmosphere where you can just sit on a chair an become engulfed in the beautiful panelling. Take your time because this visit is extraordinary. Read how writing first stated, parchment, paper and how it all evolved. A real gem in... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This is the second most beautiful library I ever visited (after the Trinity College Old Library in Dublin). It is not very large but the decor is sumptuous and the paintings wonderful. And being in the middle of so many old books is magic. This is really an unmissable place for whoever passes by St Gallen!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Awe-strucked by the wonderful architecture and the ancient atmosphere! A most go in St. Gallen, as it is part of the UNESCO heritage!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The library is a must visit. The room is incredibly beautiful. The painted ceilings a feast for the eyes. There are books hundreds of years old. Most are available to read. Those a hundred years old or less can be taken out. Those older than a 100 years can be read on the premises. Do not miss this Unesco heritage... More 

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