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Abbey Library

Klosterhof 6d, St. Gallen 9000, Switzerland
+41 71 227 34 16
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Inhale history in this library

Deep respect to people who started this collection in the 8th century or thereabouts. There was a... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Cambridge, UK
Just spectacular!

This baroque library with its 30'000 books and skripts on display (of a total 180'000) is one of... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Zollikerberg, Switzerland
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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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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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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 4 days ago

Deep respect to people who started this collection in the 8th century or thereabouts. There was a nice exhibition when we visited, explaining and illustrating the history of this amazing collection. Must see for sure. Note that the Lapidarium in the cellar is rather boring...More

Thank vmilman
Reviewed 4 days ago

This baroque library with its 30'000 books and skripts on display (of a total 180'000) is one of the most spectacular libraries you can visit, just amazing!

Thank tommysaw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's kind of small and the docents are a bit obnoxious. One has to wear slippers to enter, ok, but you can't take pictures? I always understand no flash photography, but common.

Thank JCW703
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is for history buffs. It is a must see. First buildings start from 10th century. You have to be into it I guess.

Thank Jim C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well organize. We were there when just opened. Perfect time. It is small but worth every cent. Not reason to complain about price. It so rich in details. I highly advice to read about it before walk in. Was sad to see people hiding fones...More

Thank Chesnut2015
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was overwhelmingly warm inside the library otherwise I could have been lost in time as I perused the volumes of history held within these walls. A highlight stop for me.

Thank SayBye2Me
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I added an extra day to my trip to come to this magnificent library and I was not disappointed. I highly recommend coming here.

Thank teeb1770
Reviewed 17 August 2017

This library is a hidden Paradies for historical interest people. Located near to the famous cathedrale of St.Gallen, just few steps and you find handwritten books which are hunderds of years old. What a place!

Thank Swissfello
Reviewed 13 August 2017

I'm glad I saw this room, but I could give it a miss. Very expensive just to see the room with an amazing old library, but you can't read anything. Not really suitable for children or anyone with balance problems as you have to put...More

Thank susanmccallum
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

The church and library are both spectacular to see and well worth a visit if you're in the area. Get an audio guide if possible

Thank Matthew K
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24 May 2017|
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Response from Cornel D | Property representative |
Yes, of course, there is an elevator and all levels of the Abbey Library are accessible for wheelchairs.
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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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