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Abbey Library (Stiftsbibliothek)

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Address: Klosterhof 6D, St. Gallen 9004, Switzerland
Phone Number: +41 71 227 34 16
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Description: The Abbey Library St.Gallen is one of the oldest and most beautiful...
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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Don't miss this highlight of St Gallen.

This beautiful library in the old monastery building in St Gallen is attached to the Baroque Cathedral and really not to be missed. Its beautiful inlaid floors (you have to wear... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This beautiful library in the old monastery building in St Gallen is attached to the Baroque Cathedral and really not to be missed. Its beautiful inlaid floors (you have to wear felt overshoes to protect it), the attractive balcony running around the upper level and the changing display of fabulous old handwritten books is breathtaking. If you've seen the Chained... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

It costs CHF12 per person to enter the library. Locker is a must for you to leave your bag, phone and camera etc in the locker. We had to slipped our shoes into some soft shoe-cover, kind of clumsy fun. It was a very small room maybe the size of a badminton court? Double storey but there is no access... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The library of St. Gallen is the oldest continuous library of Europe north of the Alps. Though the room is baroque the treasures in forms of manuscripts are innumerable. I would suggest to start in the cellar, where the history of the monastery, its library and the book production in Europe are very well explained with a lot of high... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

A great way to go back into time. They have a rather interesting globe in the library that will capture everyone's attention.

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St. Gallen, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

It's like "going back in time" - Lots of very interesting historic Facts and the architecture is "visit-worth" too..

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Lugano, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

So beautiful and splendid with vast green area, ideal for a walk or just sit and enjoy. It has spectacular sculpture of the windows and painting of the ceiling.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We whole-heartedly recommend a visit to this stunning library. It is breath-taking, especially the mummified body! It is also great fun to wear the protective slippers when you go in. A must-see for anyone in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

It was a great experience. Perfect library but a little bit small. Many books, wikis, and of course good stuff always with a smile in their faces. 12€ visit price but definitely you must see it!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

On a tip from our host, we visited this old city and found not just an amazing church but also an incredible library with writings dating over 1500 years. The see the whole "package" was incredible. We had visited many churches and cathedrals during our trip but this one was our favorite. The story behind the church, the architecture, etc.... More 

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Harvey Western Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This is a sight not to be missed in Switzerland. Visited st Gallen especially to see the library. Getting the audio guide is a must. Go early before the tour buses arrive.

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