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Address: Klosterhof 6d, St. Gallen 9000, Switzerland
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+41 71 227 34 16
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Abbey Library St. Gallen, famous for its beautiful baroque hall, is one...

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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A piece of history

Incredible place preserved well and one of the must visit places in St Gallen. Not only does the abbey tell the story of the cathedral, it is also a good starting point to know... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Kochi (Cochin), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Incredible place preserved well and one of the must visit places in St Gallen. Not only does the abbey tell the story of the cathedral, it is also a good starting point to know more about of the history of St Gallen itself.

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Lucerne, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful place. Small but very nice. The cellar is maybe not so impressive but the bib. I always have to complain about ridicolous photo restrictions. If you pay 160CHF you can - if not you can't.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Proving websites cannot be relied upon, we found contrary to their website , the Library WAS indeed open..& be prepared to have to really hunt it down because its NOT marked clearly & is very tricky to find even when you are INSIDE the building that houses it! Having said getting there no mean feat it was more than worth... More 

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Thank John N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This tour was filled with so many detailed facts. The Library is gorgeous! We paid for the audio tour which was well worth it (only 5 CHF more). The audio tour takes about 1.5-2 hours. It takes in from the inside/out and the library. Well worth it.

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Gilly-sur-Isere, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

amazed by the beauty of this historical place. Charming and kept in perfect conditions. A bit cold at winter.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

World UNESCO Cultural heritage, visiting the Stiftsbibliothek takes you back in time. To a place in which our buildings and history where bigger and grander... A must see in St. Gallen

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

If you are in St. Gallen this is a must see. The most amazing library that I have ever seen. Be sure and rent the headset to listen to the history of this beautiful library.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

To be surrounded by manuscripts that are 1000s of years old under the roof of one of the most exquisitely painted libraries was a very humbling experience. Though the library is small, it is extremely impressive. The roof is beautifully painted and the manuscripts are history on display! If you are in St. Gallen and have an hour to spare,... More 

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Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

The library is a must-see if you go in this part of the country. The entry price covers the library, the lapidarium and the cathedral and surrounding, so it seems fair. I advise to take the audioguide or you will miss many things. However already in the 1 room that is the library it is VERY difficult to find the... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

You have to see the massive history and culture behind St Gallen This is a must stop by when you are in St Gallen

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