St Gallen

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  1. St Gallen cathedral / © Daniel M. Frei Cathedral St Gallen
  2. St Gallen - Abbey area / © Christof SondereggerSt.Gallen mit Säntis
  3. St Gallen library St Gallen library - Stiftsbibliothek
  4. St Gallen library - Stiftsbibliothek Gallen library - Stiftsbibliothek

Time Out says

The pretty town of St Gallen revolves around its medieval square and Unesco-listed cathedral and library.

St Gallen is world-famous for its stunning cathedral and medieval library. The Stiftsbibliothek St Gallen (abbey library) is a rococo jewel that houses 170,000 precious books as well as 2,000 priceless medieval manuscripts. The cathedral is a baroque confection, set in pretty grounds that are lovely to laze around in on a sunny afternoon.

The whole abbey precinct of St Gallen is a Unesco Cultural Heritage site surrounding which you'll find a maze of charming cobblestone streets populated with historic buildings that contain businesses, restaurants and cafes and the obligatory chocolate shops. 

The area also has a rich history in textile making and decoration, which you can explore from St Gallen itself and surrounding towns. St Gallen's Textile Museum is a good place to begin, and from here you can take a three-hour, self-guided 'textile trail' walking tour. Check the tourist website under the Details tab above for more information.  


St.Gallen-Bodensee Tourismus
Bankgasse 9
St Gallen
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