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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  • If the opportunity arises, to visit St. Gallen, which should necessarily use it. Library is a great gathering!
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  • Adjacent to the Cathedral, by when, and then make a right turn to go upstairs with your ticket and. Before the visit to wear boots. Inside there is a large ORB, which can obtain a description in English with the staff.
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  •  Smart foil bag ban, slippers, trying to preserve that. A sublime space. See the book displayed rather than the good taste of this library space and history.
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  • 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!!!
  • The Abbey Library of St. Gallen is the oldest still accessible library in the world. Its history dates back to the year 612, as was laid by a monk of the first foundation of the Benedictine monastery of St. Gallen. Gradually a flourishing abbey originated. The Abbey Library, which is also entered in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site, now serves both as a museum, on the other hand it is still active lending library. It has approximately 170,000 books and other media. However, users have to be resident in Switzerland.
  • Sehr schön!
  • Amazing place, wonderful exhibition
  • Fascinating, the Stiftsbibliothek. Comparable with libraries from Oxford or Dublin.