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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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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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An amazing library.

This small but absolutely amazing library is a must see in st gallen. It is beautiful, from the floors which visitors help keep polished with special slippers to the amazing old... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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St. Gallen, Switzerland
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St. Gallen, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This small but absolutely amazing library is a must see in st gallen. It is beautiful, from the floors which visitors help keep polished with special slippers to the amazing old books and fantastic painted ceilings. Have been many times with visiting friends and i still enjoy it everytime.

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Thank Tracey G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The collection of early Irish religious manuscripts particularly interested me but the room itself is also beautiful. The mummy in the corner is a little strange but worth seeing Free for holders of a Raiffeisenbank members plus card.

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Thank Tom C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A must see. The ticket costs 12 francs and includes also the visit to the Lapidarium. The library is the jewel of the whole abbey. You can't take photos and have bags, and furthermore you have to wear some kind of slippers in order to avoid damages to the (very) old parquet.

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Annville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must see for adults. You can take a tour on your own which costs 12. and if you wanted an audio tour it was an additional 5.

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Thank Kathy G
Cully, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you go to St. Gallen, you must stop at he library , because it is beautiful inside , shame we are not allowed to take pics, even though, it's a must

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Aurora, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The abbey library in St. Gallen is not only the oldest library in Switzerland (937), but it is the most stunning library I have ever visited. The library has an entrance fee which is paid in the gift shop. No pictures are allowed to be taken in the library. People get upset at the no pictures rule. But, flash especially... More 

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Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you enjoy antique books in a classic Rococo library setting, do not miss the opportunity to visit. The room itself is beautiful in its design and woodwork. There are tens of thousands of volumes displayed, with some works dating from the 800's. A number of volumes with special significance are encased in a manner that permits you to read... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've never seen such a beautiful and amazing library ever. I saw a photo of it before I visited there. It was actually more then I expected . I enjoyed fully around 1~2 hours. I might visit again if i get the chance to visit st. Gallen.

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Thank Ah Reum K
St. Gallen, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The photos make the place appear a lot bigger than it actually is, nevertheless, it is still an awe inspiring place to see. The first time I visited a few years ago, there were no English signs. This has changed since and now all displays have information in English, making the experience much more fulfilling for none-native German speakers.

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Columbus, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Absolutely DO NOT miss the opportunity to visit the Abbey Library. When you arrive you'll put on slippers over your shoes to protect the original wood floors. The Abbey Library is stunning and has works going back to the 8th century. You can't take photos inside but the image will stay in your mind forever, I promise!

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