St. Gallen, the metropolis of Eastern Switzerland between Lake Constance and the Appenzellerland, impresses with its charming, traffic-free old town. The colorfully painted bay windows that characterize the cityscape are characteristic. The abbey district with its cathedral and abbey library is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Cathedral and Abbey Library UNESCO World Heritage Site
The landmark of St. Gallen is the baroque cathedral, which is home to the Abbey Library. Over 170,000 documents are kept here, including handwritten manuscripts, some of which are over a thousand years old.
A particular highlight is the magnificent rococo hall, which is considered one of the most beautiful in Switzerland. In 1983, the entire abbey district was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Abbey District of St. Gallen, which includes the Cathedral and the Abbey Library, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its outstanding universal value. The Abbey District represents a unique combination of architectural beauty, historical significance and cultural heritage.
The baroque cathedral and the Abbey Library with its impressive collection of handwritten documents are masterpieces of human creativity and contribute to global cultural diversity.
The designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site ensures the protection and preservation of this important heritage for future generations.
Old town of St. Gallen
The old town of St. Gallen is a fascinating sight with traffic-calmed streets and charming, colorfully painted bay windows. The historic architecture and picturesque alleyways transport visitors back in time.
The old town is also home to the Abbey District, which contains a special cultural treasure in the form of the cathedral and the Abbey Library, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In the Middle Ages, the city developed into an important center for culture and education in Europe. Later, St. Gallen embroidery gained an international reputation and brought prosperity to the town.
St. Gallen is also a university city with a focus on economics. It is home to the well-known theater group “Mummenschanz” and offers a wide range of cultural activities including theaters and museums.
In summer, the romantic art nouveau outdoor pool Dreilinden-Weiher with its magnificent view of the city invites you to take a dip.
Video Abbey of St Gall – UNESCO World Heritage Site
A tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Abbey of St Gall, a beautiful monastery and library complex originally founded in the 9th century. The library here is one of the best-stocked in the world, featuring hundreds of texts from before the year 1000! Lots of great stuff to discover, though we were a little disappointed we couldn’t film inside the library proper.
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