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Abbey Library (Stiftsbibliothek)

Klosterhof 6D, St. Gallen, Switzerland
071/227-34-16
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Ranked #1 of 17 attractions in St. Gallen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Libraries, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Punta Secca, Sicilia, Italy
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This library is stunning and unique. What strikes the visitor is the beauty and harmony of the room. You can feel the atmosphere of a glorious past here. The ceiling is decorated with expressive baroque paintings depicting scenes from the Bible. There are beautiful illuminated writings exhibited, too. The Egyptian mummy seems somewhat out of place, but reflects the mood... More

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St. Gallen, Switzerland
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42 reviews 42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Super well maintained library with a beautifully decorated historic interieur. Located in the heart of the Old-Town of SG.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

No wonder this was selected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The collection of rare books are oustanding. This library is part of the whole baroque style of the abbey.

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Zürich
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Went there while visiting St Gallen for a day and we were totally amazed. Easy to buy a ticket, clean toilets and lockers to leave your belongings. The library is not big but it is much more than books. The decoration was breathtaking, with a unique combination of wood and baroque ceiling. There was excibitions about the history of the... More

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San Francisco, California
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133 reviews 133 reviews
67 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We found this library to be incredible and so interesting. All the ancient books force you to rethink just how much work goes into bookmaking. Though some signs and tours are only in German, there is a lot of information that's also in English.

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Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

It took an hour by train from Zurich to St Gallen. Once at St Gallen, it was an easy walk of about 10 minutes to reach the Abbey of St Gall and the Abbey Library next to it. The Abbey Library was really one of a kind. It was not big but the decor, the atmosphere and the centuries of... More

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Perth, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Being a Geek, I loved visiting this library. The Audio Guide was a must have as there wasn't any alternative forms of information. The staff were great

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This is a MUST see, one of the most beautiful Libraries around, peaceful,calming, beautiful, reflective. One library where you just want to grab a book, sit down and relax.

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Brisbane, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Wow, what an experience! I have never seen a library like it. make sure it's open before you visit, and even if you don't like books, it's totally worthwhile. Stunning architecture and it's one of the oldest library in the world (on the list of UNESCO world heritage, ie a must-see). I am Swiss and live abroad and wasn't even... More

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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54 reviews 54 reviews
34 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

A truly incredible room, all sweeping curves and curls, containing a vast amount of knowledge, wisdom and spirituality. A wonderful step back to times when religion and science were still compatible to one another.

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