Stiftsbibliothek, St. Gallen

View the oldest library collection in the country at Stiftsbibliothek. 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. Plan to see Stiftsbibliothek and other attractions that appeal to you using our St. Gallen trip planner .
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  • Those who were in MeLk must also be taken to St. Gallen. Impressive and simply beautiful and worth seeing. Especially helpful people.
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  • A bit expensive the ticket but still the visit is absolutely to recommend. The room is not very large and it seems to go back a bit in time, to the point that you can enter only by wearing special slippers that are provided at the entrance. Not bad the ability to use audio guides in language.
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