A charming town just an hour east of Zurich, St. Gallen is a popular destination for tourists. This city is also the capital of the canton of St. Gallen and is home to ~160,000 people.

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St. Gallen

The most famous attraction here is the Abbey of St. Gall, a remarkable edifice dating back to the 8th century. The Stiftsbibliothek (the library) in the Abbey, houses over 170,000 handwritten manuscripts and bibles over 1,000 years old and is recognized as one of the richest medieval libraries in the world! Perhaps I’ve been reading too much Game of Thrones but the idea of handwritten books from this era is quite stupendous! The entire Abbey precinct was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1983.

The Abbey of St. Gall

The Abbey of St. Gall

Inside the Abbey

Inside the Abbey

Wandering the streets of Old Town

Wandering the streets of Old Town

St.Gallen is also a university town and cafes and stores are plenty. I love this town – the ancient Abbey, the winding roads, the cobblestone streets, the buildings that look like gingerbread houses.

The weather was a brisk 26 degrees Fahrenheit so we spent most of the day indoors, browsing the medieval books housed in glass cases, enjoying a Macchiato at the local cafe and just soaking in the beauty of the town – appreciating all the stories (and untold stories) the walls have to offer.