Abbey Library, St. Gall

This trip gives you the opportunity to visit the famous Abbey Library of St Gall, which possesses a unique collection of early medieval manuscripts. The Convent of St Gall was, from the 8th century to its secularization in 1805, one of the most important in Europe. Besides some of the earliest written evidence for Old High German, the library also preserves evidence for early English, most notably the oldest extant copy of Bede’s Death Song. The present library hall was constructed between 1758 and 1767 and is considered to be the finest example of Baroque secular architecture in Switzerland. We will also visit the cathedral of St Gall and other parts of the Abbey District, which, together with the library, has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1983. (More information available on,

After the visit to the Convent District, there is a possibility to go for dinner at restaurant Marktplatz, which offers local food and beer (cost not included in the fee).

Total cost: CHF 75.00 (includes train ticket, admission fee and guided tour of the Abbey Library).

There are still a few places available. If you would like to join, please contact email.