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Abbey Library

Klosterhof 6d, St. Gallen 9000, Switzerland
+41 71 227 34 16
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All I can say is WOW

It doesn't take long to see this whole library and to be fair, when I was there nobody was really... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ypsilanti, Michigan
An amazing library

Worth the visit if you are already in St Gallen. Get the audioguide and bring your own earbuds... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kingston, Canada
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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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1 week ago
“All I can say is WOW”
2 weeks ago
“An amazing library”
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Klosterhof 6d, St. Gallen 9000, Switzerland
+41 71 227 34 16
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It doesn't take long to see this whole library and to be fair, when I was there nobody was really speaking English but i really think this is a place not to miss when you visit St Gallen. WOW it's really got a lot of...More

Thank HappyCamperA2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth the visit if you are already in St Gallen. Get the audioguide and bring your own earbuds (share with your partner)--the guide takes you all around the library and the surrounding grounds

1  Thank AnthonyXXXXXXX
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Go see the library. It is an amazingly beautiful place. There is wonderful woodwork and the smell of old books, but you should know that you are not going to get any wonderful photos there, as you are not allowed to take pictures inside.

Thank PilotDags
Reviewed 6 May 2017

Very interesting experience! The library is very well preserved and the baroque style is very stunning!

Thank SarahChh
Reviewed 3 May 2017

If medieval manuscripts is your thing---this is one of the best places in the world for you. A enormous collection shown in a fantastic style. Beautiful building with unique in laid wooden floors. Slippers are provided, so no damage can be done. Not really like...More

1  Thank ruth b
Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

I'm not one who generally visits museums or galleries but this blew me away. To see things written over 1200 years ago, even though I couldn't read them, was eye opening. The neatness and size of writing was incredible and the ceilings magnificent. A must...More

2  Thank Ian D
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

I travelled from Zurich especially for this. I was left wanting. Let's start with positives - it is a beautiful library, ornate and full of history with a gorgeous selection of rare books. Unfortunately, much of it is not on display. There are about 20...More

5  Thank CercaTraveller
Reviewed 5 April 2017

If you are in the city, one of the most famous places is this library. Okay place to visit.There is a selfie point at ground floor. do not forget to take a selfie. They do not allow to tak a pic inside library

3  Thank anshul1goyal
Reviewed 5 April 2017

Very renowned and splendidly maintained, this library is a real pearl! Not only the woodwork and the ceiling fresco's are impressive, but also the thousands of books, some of which are exposed in special cases.

2  Thank Dirk_205
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Amazing experience. To visit one of the oldest libraries in the world, to read in the monastery rule from 850 that "one shall read every day", to admire the heritage created by thousands of people over the last 1300 years, arising even with bolder plans...More

1  Thank NadiyaV
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Are wheelchairs allowed in the library?
24 May 2017|
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Response from John N | Reviewed this property |
I cannot add anything further & as I always say - for detailed info like this >> contact the venue!!!
There are two online postings that show differing hours, could someone confirm if the Abbey Library is open on Saturdays?
1 May 2017|
Response from Cornel D | Property representative |
Yes, the Abbey Library Museum ist open on Saturdays and Sundays. The more restrictive opening hours refer to the reading room of the library and concerns the scholars who work in the library, not the greater public. We wish... More
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