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Left us in awe even though it was a little small

Unquestionably a beautiful library which has left us in awe. However, it's only one room. Though... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Alisha M
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Very rich historically, the manuscripts are so ancient they are too precious. You are also required... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lani D
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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...more
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Klosterhof 6d, St. Gallen 9000, Switzerland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Unquestionably a beautiful library which has left us in awe. However, it's only one room. Though one which is definity worth a visit which is going to leave an impression.

Thank Alisha M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very rich historically, the manuscripts are so ancient they are too precious. You are also required to wear a special shoe to slip on your shoes. Also, taking photos is prohibited to perhaps because of the sensitivity of the manuscripts

Thank Lani D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I been to St.Gallen a view times, but this was my first visit to this beautiful library. It was very informative to me as a Swiss living in London. I never knew that the Irish had so much involvement with St. Gallen. It was really...More

Thank Marlis0707
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When we were researching our trip to Switzerland we decided that St Gallen was a must-see and we were not disappointed. We rented the audio devices and we’re very glad we did, partly because all of this I need to as in German and our...More

Thank Elizabeth B
Reviewed 14 September 2018

We went out of our way to include St Gallen on our Swiss holiday itinerary and are very glad we did. To be in the presence of books and documents dating back a thousand years is beyond amazing. The building itself is also worth a...More

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Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

This century old library is one of the most gorgeous libraries in the world and hence earned its Unesco World Heritage. It is a part of Abbey of St Gall which is also Unesco site. While the ticket price is high and you are not...More

Thank Suwatss
Reviewed 30 August 2018

A library full of history. One can see the guest list of prominent name, like Wagner and List. it is absolute worthwhile for a visit.

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Reviewed 30 August 2018

Wow! I loved everything about this library. Shoe covers are provided. There is also a museum you can visit.

Thank jak101
Reviewed 24 August 2018

This library is a must-see, both for its architecture and decoration and for its collections, showcased in temporary exhibits. There is an audioguide which covers both the library, the abbey complex and the town itself (runtime of 4 hours in all). No cameras or photographs...More

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Reviewed 23 August 2018

We had several hours to spend after we checked out of our accommodation in Zurich before our flight late at night. We had already spent 3 days in Zurich and was tired of how busy it was and we visited other cities and towns nearby...More

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29 August 2018|
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Response from Feaelwen | Reviewed this property |
It's the main train station of Sint-Gallen, it's 500 meters away from the library.
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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