Abbey Library of Saint Gall, St. Gallen

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View the oldest library collection in the country at Abbey Library of Saint Gall. Founded by St. Othmar on the site where St. Gall had established his hermitage, the library holds 2,100 manuscripts dating from the 8th through 15th centuries as well as almost 160,000 published volumes. The library books are available for public use, except for those printed before 1900, which must be read in the reading room. Admire the Rococo-style architecture of the renowned library hall, designed by Peter Thumb. Exhibitions here explain the history of writing and the development of paper and books. Use one of the audio guides in English or take an English-language guided tour, available at specific times. You must wear oversized slippers provided by the library upon entry. To visit Abbey Library of Saint Gall on your holiday in St. Gallen, and find out what else St. Gallen has to offer, use our St. Gallen travel itinerary planner.
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  • 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 rea...  more »
  • 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  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • Great place, but rude staff and I generally don't like places where its not wllowed to make pictures (without flash). Why forbid to share with others?
  • Library is fabulous but no pictures allowed.
  • One of the most beautiful places I have visited! The library looks like a Harry Potter movie! Magical is the word or Breathtaking!!! Absolutely not to be missed!!!
  • Beautiful place must visit in saint gallen city.
  • Nice libary. But 12chf is to expensive...

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