ST. GALLEN | The UNESCO World Heritage Listed Abbey of Saint Gall is one of St. Gallen’s main attractions. The Carolingian-era monastery has existed since 719, and the current late Baroque style cathedral dates back to 1768. It was here that St. Gallen was founded.
The Abbey is home to one of the most important medieval libraries in the world. The beautiful interior is finished in the Rococo style and houses over 160,000 books. About 2,000 of these are handwritten, and almost half of those are from the Middle Ages. Some are over 1,000 years old.
As well as the books, the library is where you can see the Plan of St. Gall, the only surviving major architectural drawing from the ~700 years between the fall of the Western Roman Empire and the 13th century.
The Abbey of Saint Gall is open to the public, seven days a week. It can get quite busy, so our advice is to visit as soon as it opens. This allows you to beat the crowds and truly take in the majesty of the library.
Abbey of Saint Gall
St. Gallen 9000
Sun – Sat: 10:00am to 5:00pm