Hauptstrasse 88, St. Gallen, 9401, Switzerland
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This picture is made just by pointing camera slightly over people's heads, and clicking a shutter button. I acted so to show that everywhere your eye falls down, is something to see. Unfortunately, there was a bad weather that day, so the snow on a picture is a bit unnaturally looking. Sorry about that!
Stiftsbibliothek (Abbey Library)
Regrettably closed by the time we got to St. Gallen, this should be a must see if you visit St. Gallen as the pictures I've seen are incredible! The library holds 130,000 volumes (and I thought I had a lot of books!) and the library is decorated in the baroque style with beautiful ceiling paintings.
This website is a PDF file of a brochure for the Abbey of St. Gallen that has a photo of the beautiful library.
There is an admisson charge. Open Monday to Saturday: 10 - 17, Sunday: 10 - 16
Stiftsbibliothek is wonderful and from 1983 it is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Stiftsbibliothek was saved from the destruction during the Reform. The main room was planned by Peter Thumb between 1758 and 1767 and it is a wonderful Baroque masterpiece with elaborate rococo decorations. The floor, in wood, is elegantly inlay while the ceiling is adorned by workmanships in plaster made by brothers Gigl and with Trompe-oil paintings made by Joseph Wannenmacher. The library contains over 150000 books and manuscripts, among which there is the important collection of Irish manuscripts of the period between the 8th to the 11th century, miniatures of Carolingian school, and Egyptians sarcophaguses.
Oriel windows galore
For a town that i was told when i was there doesnt normally have tourists visiting, due to its location and lack of Swissness (!?) i found that amazing as the place is amazing - as good as any touristy town (such as Stein!) - beautiful timbered buildings and especially the oriel windows, alcove windows with elaborat,e such as baroque, decorations.
I asked Hanspeter what the local speciality is for something to eat when i was about to roam around the town after arriving and he showed me on the map of the old town centre that he'd given me the best places in town to try the special bratwurst known in St Gallen - after getting mine - which was actually amazing right from the first bite! - then trying to tackle the big bun or almost scone type thing to put it in - and then seeing every second or third person go past me with a olma bratwurst or something in a roll. Its definitely the in thing here!
"Unesco rococo library and baroque cathedral"
Built in 1767 and 1768 this buildings are over the top lavishly ornate.
The eastern metropole St. Gallen is rich in history. Its name and beginning goes back to the time of the Monch Gallus in the year 612.
St. Gallen is situated between the 900 m high hills and at the edge of the Apppenzeller country. The old part of town of St.. Gallen lies iin the valley, bordered by wooded mountain-slopes and pretty houses. The old town centre is partially a pedestrian zone which makes it comfortable to explore.
The famous Erker the narrow streets and friendly street cafes are very inviting.
A further characteristic of the city: The good room were always found in the old houses on the first floor. You can still find some of cosy "urigen Esskneipen", which have the guest room and the kitchen all together on the first floor.
"Oriels or bay windows"
An attraction are the Erkers .
The citizens wanted to show their wealth so they built new oriels of all styles and description. It had to look as ornate as possible, multicolored and abstruse and it had have at least one figure with an out-stretched tongue: in order to annoy the neighbour! Thus the old part of town still boasts some magnificent oriels .
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